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Bulletin Board March 21

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Diocesan Business

Clergy reminded about confirmation service
Clergy with prepared candidates for the annual diocesan confirmation service are reminded to inform Mary Conliffe prior to Holy Week at This year’s service will take place on April 30 at 4:30 p.m. at St. James Cathedral.

Parish leaders encouraged to attend workshops
Parish leadership workshops have been scheduled for each episcopal area. All clergy and parish leaders (churchwardens, treasurers, etc.) are strongly encouraged to attend. Topics include insurance (and risk mitigation), real property management, parish finances and human resources. For more information, visit the Parish Leadership Workshops page. The dates for this year’s workshops are:

Tax documents mailed
Clergy should note that T4s were mailed at the end of February and T1223 forms for calculating the clergy residence deduction were mailed on March 7. If you have not received either of these documents, contact Claire Wilton at 416-363-6021 (1-800-668-8932) ext. 239 or

Diocesan Events

Save the date: Bishop’s Company Dinner
Mark your calendar for the Bishop’s Company 56th Annual Dinner on May 18 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The reception and dinner will both be hosted at the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel. Michael Coren, renowned author and columnist, is this year’s guest speaker. He will share his journey to the Anglican Church and what it means for him to be Anglican. Tickets will go on sale on April 6.

Help spread the word by sharing information about the dinner within your parish. Weekly or bi-weekly postings in your bulletin starting April 2 will let parishioners take advantage of the early-bird rate before April 18, or buy tickets at the regular rate before the registration deadline on May 12.

Silent auction items with a market value of approximately $20, $40 or $100 are also needed. To receive a charitable tax receipt for donated items, proof of market value must be included with the item. Any silent auction items or questions can be directed to Melissa Doidge at 416-363-6021 (1-800-668-8932) ext. 243 or

ACW hosts 50th anniversary celebration
The diocesan Anglican Church Women will be holding its 2017 annual general meeting, luncheon and 50th anniversary celebration on May 13 at Christ Church, Stouffville, 254 Sunset Blvd., Stouffville. The theme will be “Moving Forward in Faith,” featuring guest speaker Jane Philpott, Canada’s minister of health, who has had an extensive career in family medicine, public health, medical education and global advocacy on HIV/AIDS. The day will include a Eucharist, lay anointing, lunch, speakers on social justice concerns and Indigenous reconciliation, and entertainment by Sister Act. For more information, contact the ACW office at 416-363-0018 or

Area churchwardens invited to commissioning service
Bishop Jenny Andison invites York-Credit Valley clergy, along with their churchwardens, deputy churchwardens and guests, to attend a special commissioning service to recognize and affirm their valuable ministry. This year’s service will be held on April 2 at 4 p.m. at All Saints, Kingsway, 2850 Bloor St. W. Clergy, churchwardens and guests are asked to register online by March 24. A light reception will follow the service.

Parish hosts lay pastoral visitors training
Lay pastoral visiting is the reaching out in love in the name of Jesus by one lay person to another. It involves using the ordinary gifts we all use in our daily lives – listening, and showing love and concern. On March 25, Trinity Church, Aurora will provide a training program for lay pastoral visitors from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This course will cover such topics as aging, listening, elder abuse, confidentiality and other important issues. Contact the Rev. Heather Westbrook at or 905-727-6101, ext. 25 to register.

Lay anointers invited to refresher day
All lay anointers are encouraged to attend the annual Lay Anointers’ Refresher Day on April 29 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Trinity Church, Aurora. The speaker will be Dr. Shelley Tidy, pastoral care associate at St. Paul, Bloor Street. The cost is $20, payable at the door. Space is limited, and registration closes on April 23. To learn more, visit the registration page.

Bishop to meet with York-Credit Valley confirmands
Bishop Jenny Andison is inviting youth confirmation candidates to attend an evening of fellowship on March 28 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. Mary and St. Martha, 1149 Weston Rd., Toronto. This informal gathering gives candidates a chance to meet and chat with Bishop Andison in advance of their individual confirmation services or the diocesan service at St. James Cathedral. All confirmands should be accompanied by a parent, guardian or priest from their parish. Online registration is open.

York-Scarborough confirmands invited to meet bishop
Bishop Kevin Robertson invites York-Scarborough youth confirmands to attend an evening of fellowship on March 29 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at St. Matthew the Apostle, Oriole, 80 George Henry Blvd., Toronto. This informal gathering gives confirmation candidates a chance to meet Bishop Robertson before the confirmation services in their parishes. The event is open to young people from about Grade 6 to Grade 12 and those in university. All confirmands should be accompanied by a parent, guardian or priest from their parish. Light refreshments will be served. Register online by March 24.

External Events

Liturgy conference explores proclaiming the word
Liturgy Canada presents “Real Presence: Proclaiming the Word,” the second of five conferences on renewing Eucharistic worship from gathering to sending. This conference will take place on April 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. George the Martyr, Parkdale, 197 John St., Toronto. The event is designed for parish worship teams, including all who serve in the liturgy. The cost is $35 per person, or $125 for a parish team of up to five. Lunch is included. For more details and to register, visit the Liturgy Canada website.


Free banners available
St. Barnabas, Chester is offering its extra banners free to anyone who is in need. There are seven banners available, including dowels with which to hang them. Contact the office administrator at (she is in the office from Wednesday to Friday) if you are interested in any of them.­­­

Deadline for OFOH grants coming soon
Parishes and congregations are invited to submit applications to receive Our Faith-Our Hope: Re-imagine Church grants in the following areas: leadership development; pioneering ministry; communicating in a wireless world; enabling parishes to become multi-staffed; and adaptive re-use of parish facilities. Spring applications are due by April 15. Learn more on the Our Faith-Our Hope page.

Job Postings

Cathedral seeks outreach program coordinator
St. James Cathedral is seeking an outreach program coordinator to provide meal and food coordination, volunteer coordination and outreach support. The position will be 17 hours per week, including Tuesdays and flexible hours for program planning and administration. The pay will be $20.93/hour. Applications will be received until close of business on March 24. Send a cover letter and resume to Lisa Scapillato at or St. James Cathedral, 65 Church St., Toronto, ON M5C 2E9. Find a full position description and list of qualifications on the cathedral’s website.

Music director wanted
Christ Church, Woodbridge is seeking an organist and choir director to work with an adult SATB choir. Familiarity with liturgical worship music and a broad spectrum of contemporary musical expressions of worship in an asset, along with a willingness to work with children and youth to develop musical programs. Remuneration is commensurate with experience and qualifications according to RCCO guidelines. The position entails about 6 hours per week, including rehearsals and Sunday services, along with availability for additional services and regular meetings with the rector. The church has a Casavant organ and a grand piano. To apply or for more information, contact the church office at or 905-851-0718. Applications will be received until March 31. For more information about the parish, visit

Communications officer sought
The Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) has an opening for a communications officer. The primary responsibility is to promote the work of the CCC in all its expressions. Education or experience in marketing, web design and social media communications is preferred. Fluency in both English and French is an asset. The salary range for this 80% position is $35,000 to $40,000 per year, and the preferred start date is May 1. To apply, send a letter of application, an original writing/design sample and a CV to the executive assistant at by March 31.

PWRDF seeks nominees for board of directors and honorary associates
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) is seeking nominations for several new members for its board of directors. Terms are for three years. Board members will attend board meetings in May and November and engage in committee work between meetings. To nominate a candidate, fill out the nomination form with the nominee. Signatures are required for both the nominator and the nominee. Submit completed nomination forms by April 7 to Michelle Frost at, fax to 416-924-3483 or mail to 80 Hayden St., Toronto, ON, M4Y 3G2. Elections will be held at the annual general meeting on Sept. 20. For more information, read the nomination letter.

Parish seeks associate priest
St. Christopher in Richmond Hill is seeking a passionate part-time or full-time associate priest to help grow the church and minister to the changing needs of its English congregation. The position is responsible for leading Sunday worship, regular preaching, overseeing adult small groups, youth group and children’s ministry, working with lay leaders, equipping members to become ministers of Jesus Christ, and providing leadership in reaching out to the community. To apply, send a resume to the Rev. Philip Der at or call 416-712-0295 before April 30. For more information, see the full job posting.

Vicar needed for cathedral
Archbishop Colin Johnson is seeking to appoint a vicar (assistant to the dean and rector) for St. James Cathedral, Toronto. Applications should include an application form, cover letter, resume and, if you are not from the Diocese of Toronto, a letter from your bishop indicating you are “a priest in good standing with permission to apply.” Apply by the close of business on March 31 to Lisa Scapillato at For a detailed position description and the application form, visit the cathedral’s website.

Ottawa church seeks music director
St. Albans Church, a new congregation in a historic Anglican parish in downtown Ottawa, is looking for an energetic and passionate music director to lead its musical program and worship each Sunday by leading and accompanying a band of volunteer musicians. The parish’s mission and ministry priorities are university and college students, young adults and those experiencing homelessness and poverty. It draws on a variety of musical styles, instrumentation and traditions, including contemporary praise music, hymns, popular and folk music. Applications should be forwarded as soon as possible and will be considered as they are received. For details, visit or contact the Rev. Mark Whittall at