Clergy remuneration information memo available
The annual Clergy Remuneration Information Memo is now available on the Remuneration and Benefits page. Churchwardens, treasurers and clergy are reminded to read the information.
Parishes reminded of rental process
All parishes are reminded to follow the licensing and leasing process for rentals, including rental of parking spaces and lots. For details, see the Facility Rentals page.
2018 annual returns to be completed online
The Diocese has implemented a system to allow the completion of the 2018 incumbent’s and churchwardens’ annual returns online. The online forms will be available in early February at http://parishportal.toronto.anglican.ca.
Fund statements may be delayed
Every effort is being made to distribute parishes’ and cemeteries’ fund statements by the end of January, but there may be a delay until Feb. 15. Thank you for your patience.
Save the date: Outreach & Advocacy Conference
This year’s Outreach & Advocacy Conference will take place on Oct. 19.
Cathedral hosts ecumenical service
An ecumenical service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be held on Jan. 27 at 4:30 p.m. at St. James Cathedral. Leaders from churches across Toronto will take part, and Bishop Andrew Asbil will be the preacher. This year’s theme is “Justice, only justice, you shall pursue” (Deuteronomy 12:20). The Week of Prayer is an annual celebration that invites Christians around the world to pray for the unity of all Christians, reflect on scripture together, participate in ecumenical services and share fellowship. Learn more on the Week of Prayer website.
Bishop leads pre-Lenten series
Bishop Jenny Andison will hold a pre-Lenten teaching series on the Apostles’ Creed on Feb. 6, 13 and 20 from 7:30-9 p.m. at St. Thomas, Huron Street. Open to all clergy and laity in the area, the evenings will include time for small-group discussions and larger group interactions. Register online.
Area youth learn about confirmation
York-Credit Valley is hosting a night for youth, youth ministers and parents to gather at the beginning of their confirmation journey on April 3 from 6-9 p.m. There will be separate discussions for parents and youth, with an emphasis on the purpose of confirmation and resources for the experience. Learn more on Facebook. More details will follow.
Save the date: lay anointers training weekend
The annual lay anointers training weekend will take place from May 24-26 at St. John’s Convent. This event is for individuals recommended by their clergy to be trained and equipped for lay anointing in the parish. Supervising clergy will attend for two hours on Saturday. Online registration will open in February. For updates, check the Lay Anointers page. For more information about the ministry of lay anointing, contact the Rev. Jo-Anne Billinger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Workshop explores MAID
York-Credit Valley will reprise its fall event on medical assistance in dying on Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at St. Olave, Swansea. The session will take a historical overview and outline a biblical and theological framework for thinking about the issue. Register online. A follow-up event in May will look at the practical implications of MAID for clergy, medical practitioners, caregivers and others.
Service recognizes churchwardens’ ministry
The York-Credit Valley churchwardens’ commissioning service will take place on March 31 at 4 p.m. at All Saints, Kingsway. Clergy, churchwardens and guests should register online by March 22.
Save the date: ACW annual meeting
The diocesan Anglican Church Women will hold its annual meeting at St. Timothy, Agincourt on April 27. More details to follow.
Property managers invited to green webinar
Faith & the Common Good is hosting a free webinar called “Building Automation Systems: Controlling Your Building Efficiently Through Technology” on Jan. 30 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. This webinar is for those responsible for building maintenance and property management in parishes. Learn more and register online.
Conference explores liturgy
Liturgy Canada presents “God Sends Us in Mission,” the fifth event in its Renewing Liturgy series. This conference will help restore the Sending as an essential act in the eucharistic celebration with the potential to reveal the deeper meaning the Eucharist has for the rest of the world. It will take place on Feb. 2 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 3455 Lakeshore Rd., Burlington. The cost is $35 per person or $125 for a parish team of up to five people. Learn more and register online.
New resources on poverty posted
New material has been added to the Social Justice and Advocacy page to help parishes and individuals with advocacy related to this year’s social justice vestry motion. The motion asks parishes to commit to standing in solidarity with Ontarians living in poverty.
Anthem available to choirs
“Strengthen for Service,” the new anthem by Matthew Larkin commissioned in honour of Archbishop Colin Johnson, is available free to choirs in the Diocese for their own use in worship. Based on Archbishop Johnson’s episcopal motto, “For the least of these,” the anthem is written for SATB choir and organ. Download the sheet music.
Program transforms parish lay leaders
Revive is a small-group discipleship program that transforms leaders of practical church ministry into confident spiritual leaders who love God and participate in Christ’s ministry. It includes opening and closing retreats with three six-week modules between, using downloadable facilitator and participant guides and corresponding videos. Learn more on the Revive website.
Parish seeking secretary
St. Stephen in-the-Fields (Kensington Market) is looking for a parish secretary. This is a part-time position, approximately 15 hours per week. The deadline for applications is Jan. 31. For a full job description and information on how to apply, see the parish’s website.
Director of music wanted
All Saints, Sherbourne St. is seeking a director of music for its small but growing Sunday congregation. Desirable skills include playing guitar and piano, and leading and teaching congregational singing. Qualifications include music leadership experience in an Anglican church or equivalent relevant setting; a creative approach to worship combined with appreciation for Anglican liturgy; strong interpersonal skills; a wide-ranging musical repertoire; and flexibility and maturity in working with a diverse group of people of varying abilities. This part-time position is based on four hours per week. Remuneration will be commensurate with experience according to RCCO guidelines. Forward a resume and cover letter to the Rev. Dr. Alison Falby at email@example.com or All Saints Church Community Centre, 315 Dundas St. E., Toronto, ON, M5A 2A2. Learn more about the parish on its website. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Cathedral seeks organist
St. James Cathedral is seeking a resourceful and talented organist with experience in choral conducting and a wide knowledge of appropriate repertoire. Remuneration is calculated according to RCCO guidelines at 16-19 hours per week. Apply by Jan. 31. To learn more, visit the cathedral website.
Drop-in supervisor & volunteer coordinator wanted
All Saints, Sherbourne St. is seeking a drop-in supervisor and volunteer coordinator. The position will be four days a week, Monday to Thursday. Hours are mostly 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. but some flexibility may be necessary. The annual salary will be $50,000 plus benefits and vacation. To learn more, see the job post. The deadline is Feb. 15.
Parish seeking building manager
All Saints, Sherbourne St. is seeking a building manager who can help provide a caring, supportive and safe environment for homeless, street-involved and marginalized people. This is a full-time, two-year contract position. The annual salary will be $50,000, plus benefits and vacation. See the job post to learn more. The deadline is Feb. 15.