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Bulletin Board July 23

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Diocesan Business

Bishop Asbil reflects on General Synod
At the end of General Synod last week, Bishop Andrew Asbil offered his thoughts in a video message, including next steps for the Diocese regarding the marriage of same-sex couples. Watch the video or read a transcript on the diocesan website. For full coverage of General Synod, visit

Diocese’s executive director to retire
Angela Hantoumakos, the Diocese’s executive director, has decided to retire at the end of September. She will be succeeded by Rob Saffrey, the director of operations and finance at St. James Cathedral. For more details, see the related news story.

Diocesan Events

Tickets on sale soon for Bishop’s Company Dinner
The Bishop’s Company 58th Annual Dinner will take place on Oct. 18 from 5:30-9 p.m. at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel. This year’s speaker is Bishop Andrew Asbil. Tickets will be available shortly on the Bishop’s Company website. The early bird rate is $175 until Sept. 19, after which the cost will be $200. Staff will do their best to accommodate guests’ requests to sit with particular parishes or friends.

Help spread the word by sharing this information in your bulletin to let parishioners take advantage of the early bird rate. If you have any questions, contact Melissa Doidge at 416-363-6021 (1-800-668-8932) ext. 243 or

Register now for Lay Anointers Refresher Day
The annual Lay Anointers Refresher Day for currently licensed lay anointers is scheduled for Sept. 28 at St. James, Orillia. The day provides an opportunity for learning, worship and meeting other anointers. Register now. The cost is $30 at the door. For more details, see the Lay Anointers page or contact the Rev. Jo-Anne Billinger at

Outreach Conference explores resilience and hope
The Outreach & Advocacy Conference will be held on Oct. 19 at Havergal College, with the theme “Grounded and Growing in Christ: Church as a centre of resistance and hope.” Participants will explore how the Church can counter injustice with strategies of resilience and hope. Thea Prescod, the keynote speaker, is a street nurse and counsellor at Sanctuary Toronto, as well as a member of the Wine Before Breakfast worshipping community. The cost is $30, or $15 for students or the unemployed. Learn more and register on the Outreach Conference page.

Register now for youth retreat
Registration is open for the annual ReCharge fall retreat for youth in Grades 6-12, with the theme “How to get closer to Jesus through our prayer life.” It will take place on Sept. 13-15 at Muskoka Woods. The cost is $105 for the first 100 people who register and $149 after that. Sign up online.

Area Events

Scarborough churches invite teams to scavenger hunt
On Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Anglican churches in York-Scarborough are hosting the first Scarborough Steeplechase scavenger hunt and inviting their friends and neighbours to participate. Contestants will travel to 10 churches, navigating their way through an undisclosed course with only the clues they win at each church to guide them. Register by Sept. 1 with a $25 donation to the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund. For more details, see Holy Trinity, Guildwood’s website.

External Events

Liturgy conference explores the Sending
Liturgy Canada presents “God Sends Us in Mission,” the fifth event its Renewing Liturgy series, on Sept. 28 at All Saints Lutheran Anglican Church in Guelph. This conference will help to restore the Sending as an essential act in the Eucharistic celebration. The cost is $35 per person ($25 for students), or $125 for a team of up to five people. To learn more, visit

Anglican men grow in faith at conference
FLAME Toronto (Fellowship Learning for Anglican Men Everywhere) will welcome the Rev. Canon Gary van der Meer as the speaker at its 2019 conference on Sept. 20-22 at Jackson’s Point Conference Centre. The theme will be “Whoever is not against us is for us.” Bursaries are available, and first-time attendees receive a discount. For more information, visit the FLAME Toronto website.


Know the difference between independent contractors and employees
Independent contractors provide a service, submit an invoice, have the ability to subcontract, have multiple clients, own their own tools or equipment and assume the risk of financial profit or loss. They need to assure churchwardens that they have a GST number and adequate insurance coverage. Be careful not to confuse them with employees, or your parish may be subject to penalties. For more details and resources, including sample employment and independent contractor agreements, see the Employee v. Contractor page. If you need more help, contact Amy Talbert, human resources manager, at or Ecclesiastical HR Assist at 1-888-325-4633 for free, unlimited help from qualified HR professionals and lawyers.

Church musicians encouraged to apply for bursary
Are you looking for ways to develop, support and encourage creative musical and liturgical experimentation with the goal of fostering full liturgical participation by all age groups? Do you have ideas for exploring ways to enhance worship and musical creativity in your congregation? The Douglas C. Cowling Bursary in Liturgical Music is awarded annually to a part-time musician working in a parish in the Diocese of Toronto to further their own liturgical training or provide creative liturgical enrichment in their ecclesial setting. Applicants should outline how they intend to use the $5,000 bursary consistent with its purpose. Apply with a full proposal to by Oct. 1.

Several items available to churches
Trinity-St. Paul, Port Credit has the following items that may be of use to another church: a custom-made oak linen cupboard with lift top and half-side drop for easy access to linens (8’ x 14” x 3’10”); two candelabra, each with seven fuel candle holders; and a floating podium. Contact 905-278-1992 or if you’re interested or need more information.

Next Reach Grant deadline announced
Is the spirit of God prompting you to try a new ministry idea to reach those not currently served by traditional church? Do you have the time, the people and the vision? Do you need some help with resources? Let us help you achieve that missional vision with a Reach Grant. Submit a proposal to by Oct. 11. Visit the Reach Grants page for more information.

Job Postings

Associate priest wanted
St. John, York Mills is seeking a full-time associate priest who will play a full and active role in the education, nurture and development of mature disciples among the congregation. For more information, see the job post. Apply by July 31 with a resume and cover letter to the attention of Laura Peetoom, church and community coordinator, at or St. John’s York Mills Church, 19 Don Ridge Dr., Toronto, ON M2P 1H3.

Diocese seeks general accountant
The Diocese is seeking an experienced full-time general accountant, who will provide payroll services for diocesan staff, parish clergy and pensioners, assist in the accounting of all payroll data, and initiate and analyze financial information. For more details, see the job post. Apply by Aug. 2 to, and include salary expectations in the cover letter.

Director of family ministries wanted
Light On The Hill (St. John the Baptist, Oak Ridges) is seeking a committed leader with a passion for the discipleship of young people with the gospel. The ideal candidate is an experienced or emerging leader who can relate well with children, youth, parents and adult volunteers. Visit for more information. This is a part-time role. To apply, email Adam Furfaro, executive director, at

Parish seeking child & youth minister
St. Olave, Swansea is seeking an energetic and enthusiastic child and youth minister with a passion for teaching young people about the love of God and the teachings of Jesus. The position will be about 8-10 hours a week on average for 40 weeks a year, starting in September. To learn more or apply, read the job description. The deadline is July 31.

Parish seeks youth minister
St. Clement, Eglinton is hiring a youth minister to form teenagers in the Christian faith by providing relevant and age-appropriate programming, teaching and pastoral care in the context of a family ministries team. The position is 20 hours per week. See the job description for more details. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to by Aug. 2.

Human resources advisor wanted
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund is seeking a human resources advisor at 5-7 days per month to support its human resources needs. For more details, see the job post. To apply, submit a resume accompanied by a letter detailing your experience and the reason for your interest to by 5 p.m. on Aug. 12.

Parish seeks Sunday School coordinator
St. Timothy, North Toronto is seeking a Sunday School coordinator to begin in early September. This is a paid part-time position, approximately four hours per week from September to June. For more details, see the job post. Apply by July 31 with a cover letter and resume to with the subject “Sunday School Coordinator.”

Music director wanted
St. Athanasius, Orillia is seeking an organist and pianist to play for services. The applicant must be familiar with Anglican music and liturgy or willing to learn. Salary information is available upon request. Apply with a resume to the churchwardens at or St. Athanasius Anglican Church, 10 Westmount Dr. N., Orillia, ON L3V 6B8.

Diocese seeking proposals for website development
The Diocese is seeking proposals from web agencies in the Greater Toronto Area for the purpose of developing a new WordPress website. To see the requirements and instructions for preparing and submitting proposals, see the Request for Proposal. The deadline is 4 p.m. on Aug. 30.