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Diocesan Centre to close for Christmas
The diocesan offices will close for Christmas at noon on Dec. 23 and reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Jan. 3.
December payroll deposited early
The December payroll will be deposited on Dec. 19 rather than Dec. 24.
Annual return forms to be mailed in January
The forms for submitting the 2016 Churchwardens’ Parochial Return (CWPR) and the Incumbent’s Annual Statistical Return (IR) will be mailed in early January. If your congregation does not receive its copy by mid-January, contact:
- Claire Wilton at 416-363-6021 (1-800-668-8932) ext. 239 or firstname.lastname@example.org for CWPR.
- Pamela Boisvert at 416-363-6021 (1-800-68-8932) ext. 231 or email@example.com for IR.
The forms may also be downloaded from the Annual Returns page. They are due back to the Diocesan Centre by March 15.
Should you complete the Personal Tax Credits Return?
Clergy and employees of the Diocese should complete the 2017 TD1 Personal Tax Credits Return if one of the following scenarios applies:
- You are claiming other than the basic personal exemption amounts (federal $11,635 or provincial $10,171);
- You are changing your current claim to the basic personal exemption amount; or
- You are requesting additional tax deductions.
If the Diocese’s payroll department does not receive a completed TD1 form by Jan. 18, your taxes will be calculated using only the basic personal exemption. Download the 2017 Federal TD1 Form or the 2017 Ontario TD1 Form from the Canada Revenue Agency’s website. Forward the completed and signed forms to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax to 416-363-7678 or mail to Diocese of Toronto, c/o Payroll Department, 135 Adelaide St. E., Toronto, ON, M5C 1L8.
Clergy and employees reminded to review benefits and life insurance coverage
As we head into a new year, take a moment to review your pay stub to see what coverage you have for medical premiums and life insurance. For medical premiums:
- If only you are covered, it should read “medical insurance premium single.”
- If you have one dependent (spouse or child), it should read “medical insurance premium married.”
- If you have two or more dependants (spouse and/or children), it should read “medical insurance premium family.”
For life insurance premiums, if the coverage is only for you, it should read “life insurance.” If you and one or more dependants are covered, it should read “life insurance married.”
If you feel that your information is not correct, contact Claire Wilton at email@example.com or 416-363-6021 (1-800-68-8932) ext. 239 so you can complete the paperwork needed to change your coverage. You should also get in touch if you get married, separated or divorced, have a baby or adopt a child, as there may be additional paperwork to be completed for the pension office. Likewise, if you have a child over age 21 not attending university, or any child over age 26, and you believe they are still on your benefits, they should be removed.
Registration open for social justice vestry motion workshops
The social justice vestry motion for 2017 will once again focus on implementing the calls to action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Parishes will be encouraged to advocate for the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, particularly the requirement for free, prior and informed consent related to the lands and resources of Indigenous peoples. The motion and some supplementary resources are available on the Vestry Motion page. Half-day training and formation sessions will also be held in each episcopal area:
- York-Simcoe: Jan. 14 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at St. Paul, Innisfil. Register online.
- York-Scarborough: Jan. 14 from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at St. Matthew the Apostle, Oriole. Register online.
- York-Credit Valley: Jan. 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at St. Matthew, Islington. Register online.
- Trent-Durham: Jan. 28 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at St. Saviour, Orono. Register online.
Clergy reminded to register for seating at consecration
The ordination of the Rev. Riscylla Walsh Shaw, the Rev. Canon Kevin Robertson and the Rev. Canon Jenny Andison as Bishops in the Church of God is planned for Jan. 7 at 10:30 a.m. at St Paul, Bloor Street, Toronto. Clergy who intend to vest and process should register online to reserve their seat in the clergy section of the nave and be present, vested and queued by 10 a.m.
Save the date: Keepers of the Water vigil
Keepers of the Water: A Vigil of Lament and Thanksgiving will be held on Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. at Holy Trinity, Trinity Square. This service incorporates Indigenous and Christian traditions around blessing water and valuing its role in God’s creation. Bishop-elect Riscylla Walsh Shaw will preside.
Letter urges Canadian Anglicans to work for reconciliation
The Primate’s Commission on Discovery, Reconciliation, and Justice has written an open letter to all Anglicans asking them to join in a movement to foster and contribute to reconciliation. The letter includes four directions Anglicans can take to strengthen and deepen a common vocation toward reconciliation: pray, learn, build relationship and act. The letter is available on the national church’s website.
Director of music wanted
Christ Church, Bolton is seeking a part-time director of music and pianist to plan and direct Sunday worship. The position will include attending one main service weekly, running a weekly rehearsal, selecting appropriate music for all services (sometimes in consultation with the priest), preparing anthems or music for special services, and a willingness to work with other musicians. Opportunities to play at weddings and funerals will be occasionally offered. The piano in the sanctuary is a Schimmel (Vogel) grand piano. The church does not have an organ. Remuneration will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. This job will be for an interim period, with the possibility of becoming permanent when a new priest comes to the parish in late 2017 or early 2018. To apply, send a full CV, cover letter and references to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Application for Music Director.”
Parish seeks music director
St. Paul, Uxbridge is seeking a music director starting on Jan. 31 or as soon as possible to help make its services joyful and uplifting. The successful candidate will be trained and experienced in organ and piano playing, able to lead the congregation in service music and hymns, and able to direct a small but enthusiastic choir in anthems suitable to the Anglican tradition. The position will be approximately 10 hours per week. For a full description, visit the parish’s website. To apply, submit a resume to email@example.com to the attention of the Music Search Committee by Jan. 3.
Burlington parish seeks director of children’s ministry
St. Christopher, Burlington in the Diocese of Niagara is seeking a full-time director of children’s, youth, young adult and family ministry. For a full position description and to apply, visit the parish’s website. The deadline for applications is Dec. 31.