Save the date: 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 go on sale on July 22 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 enable parishioners to 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 email@example.com.
Save the date: 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. Registration will open shortly and close on Sept. 23. The cost is $30 at the door. For more details, see the Lay Anointers page or contact the Rev. Jo-Anne Billinger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration open for outreach conference
The annual 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. Youth age 11 and older are particularly invited to attend the youth-focused workshop in the morning and youth-friendly options in the afternoon. 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.
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. Anyone, including minors accompanied by a guardian, is invited to 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.
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 www.liturgy.ca.
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.
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 some 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 email@example.com by Oct. 1.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct. 11. Visit the Reach Grants page for more information.
Parishes reminded to address HR policies
As responsible employers, parishes, regardless of their size, need to be make sure their practices comply with appropriate legislation. Each parish should create an office or staff manual to address a variety of human resources matters. Churchwardens are responsible for setting their parishes’ policies and should check relevant legislation before making policy decisions. The Parish Human Resources Manual explains a number of basic HR issues churchwardens should be familiar with. If you have questions about how to properly set policies, contact Amy Talbert, human resources manager, at email@example.com. You can also contact Ecclesiastical’s HR Assist at 1-888-325-4633 for free access to qualified HR professionals and lawyers.
Ransomware attacks can cause loss of church data
Several churches in the Diocese have been attacked by ransomware, whereby staff open emails that install malware that encrypts files to make them unreadable unless a ransom is paid in BitCoin. This can cause major disruption and data loss, especially if a church uses a local server for shared files. The risk of malware can be significantly reduced by having regular and tested backups of local servers or moving to cloud (online) storage instead of in-house servers.
Parish seeks music director
Christ Church, Scarborough is seeking a music director for 10-12 hours per week. There is currently a 10-12 voice SATB choir, a manual Allen digital organ and a baby grand piano. Salary is in accordance with RCCO scale. For more details, see the job post. Apply to firstname.lastname@example.org or to Christ Church Scarborough Village, 155 Markham Rd., Scarborough, ON M1M 3A1 by July 14 or until the position is filled.
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. The successful candidate will have 4-9 years’ experience and demonstrate skills in discipleship, newcomer welcome, family ministry, outreach and leadership development. 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 email@example.com or St. John’s York Mills Church, 19 Don Ridge Dr., Toronto, ON M2P 1H3 by July 31.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or St. Athanasius Anglican Church, 10 Westmount Dr. N., Orillia, ON L3V 6B8.