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Tax documents mailed
Clergy should note that T4s and the T1223 forms for calculating the Clergy Residence Deduction for line 231 of their tax return were mailed together in the same envelope on Feb. 23. If you have not received these documents, contact Claire Wilton at 416-363-6021 (1-800-668-8932) ext. 239 or email@example.com.
Videos explore episcopal ministry
To help members of Synod discern God’s call for the Church, the Nominations Committee has developed “Episcopal Ministry,” a document that outlines the responsibilities and gifts required for the ministry of the Bishop of Toronto. It will be accompanied by a series of video clips highlighting the various aspects of episcopal ministry. For more details on the nomination process, the list of nominees and key dates leading up to Synod, see the 2018 Electoral Synod page.
Clergy and employees reminded to review benefits and life insurance coverage
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 416-363-6021, ext. 239. You should also get in touch if you get married, separated or divorced, have a baby or adopt a child. 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, you will need to complete paperwork to have them removed.
Parish leaders encouraged to attend workshops
Clergy and parish leaders (churchwardens, treasurers, etc.) are strongly encouraged to attend a parish leadership workshop. Topics include insurance (and risk mitigation), real property management, parish finances and human resources. The dates for this year’s workshops are:
- Trent-Durham: March 10, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. George, Pickering Village. Register online.
- York-Simcoe: March 10, 12:30-4:30 p.m. at St. Paul, Newmarket. Register online.
- York-Scarborough: April 7, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. Andrew, Scarborough. Register online.
- York-Credit Valley: April 7, 12:30-4:30 p.m. at St. John the Baptist, Dixie. Register online.
For more information, see the Parish Leadership Workshops page.
Good Friday walk explores poverty
This year’s Ecumenical Good Friday Walk for Justice will begin at 2 p.m. on March 30 at Holy Trinity, Trinity Square, Toronto. The theme is “Dimensions of Poverty.” The Rev. Maggie Helwig, incumbent of St. Stephen in-the-Fields, author, poet, activist and chair of the diocesan Social Justice Committee, will be the closing speaker. For more information, see the Facebook event.
Area celebrates new youth ministry coordinator
York-Credit Valley will celebrate the appointment of Alexandra McIntosh as its new Youth Ministry Coordinator with a service of commissioning on April 20 at 7 p.m. at St. George on-the-Hill, 4600 Dundas St. W., Toronto. Area clergy and laity, particularly youth ministers and leaders, are invited to attend. Contact Alexandra at email@example.com to discuss the possibility of your youth group members, youth choir, liturgical dance group or other youth contributing in the service.
Conference explores the Eucharist
Liturgy Canada is hosting “Real Presence: Sharing the Meal,” the fourth of five conferences on renewing eucharistic worship from gathering to sending. It will take place on April 28 at 9 a.m. at St. John the Baptist, Dixie, 719 Dundas St. E., Mississauga. The cost is $35 per person, $125 for a parish team of up to five people ($25 for each additional member) or $25 for students. Learn more on the Liturgy Canada website.
Session examines affordable housing site
Indwell, a Christian charity with extensive experience in affordable housing in southern Ontario, is holding an information meeting about plans for their new property at 425 Lakeshore Rd. E. in Mississauga. The session will take place on March 6 at 6:30 p.m. at St. Stephen’s-on-the-Hill United Church, 998 Indian Rd., Mississauga.
Conference considers privilege and oppression
Ryerson University is hosting The White Privilege Conference Global from May 9-12 to explore global perspectives on white privilege and oppression in Canada and beyond. Participants will receive tools to examine concepts of privilege and oppression, as well as solutions and team-building strategies to work toward a more equitable world. The Bishop’s Working Group on Intercultural Ministries is attending, and other clergy are encouraged to attend using their continuing education funds. Visit the Ryerson website to learn more and register.
TST hosts event for clergy
The Toronto School of Theology is hosting “Innovation in Ministry Practice,” an event for clergy featuring a keynote address by Professor Michael Stoeber on the role of visual art in therapy, transformative prayer and response to suffering. It will take place on April 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 47 Queen’s Park Cres. E., Toronto. Register by April 20 to firstname.lastname@example.org. The cost is $25, which includes lunch.
Anglicans gather for conference on prayer
The Anglican Fellowship of Prayer (AFP) is hosting a conference called “Oh My God!: The Priority of Prayer” from June 4-8 at St. John’s College, Winnipeg. Participants will discern the ongoing mission and ministry of the AFP and share in conversation with Primate Fred Hiltz and many local leaders. Registration costs $250, which includes accommodations and some meals. Travel costs exceeding $500 will be reimbursed for one representative per diocese. Learn more and download the registration form from the AFP website. Registration closes May 1.
Elder care working group seeking input
Ahead of the upcoming provincial election, the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario is gathering opinions and issues from across the province, and will be putting together a number of questions that can be used to influence the political agenda and advocate for better elder care. Take a moment to complete the elder care survey to share your opinion with the elder care working group.
Parish seeks discipleship ministry associate
St. Matthew, Islington is seeking a discipleship ministry associate to help in the faith formation of all ages in the parish and to provide leadership to a growing family ministry. The position is currently 30 hours per week, with the potential to evolve into a full-time position in the 12 months. The successful applicant will have at least some theological training, youth and children’s ministry experience, great organizational and interpersonal skills, and a desire to reach the wider community with the gospel message. Musical ability is an asset but not required. Pay will depend on qualifications and experience. The start date is flexible, but no later than Sept. 4. Contact the Rev. Stephen Blackmore at email@example.com for more information.
Office administrator wanted
St. Timothy, North Toronto is seeking a person with outstanding personal and administrative skills to support its ministry on a full-time basis. The administrator is responsible for overseeing the efficient administration of church operations while supporting the ministry of the church by assisting the clergy, staff and churchwardens. Salary will be commensurate with experience. For a full job posting, visit the parish’s website. Apply by March 6.
Convent seeks half-time staff
St. John’s Convent is seeking a female theology student or recent graduate to work half-time with its Companions program for women who spend a year living alongside the Sisterhood. Companions come from a variety of denominations, and women interested in the position may come from any denomination. For more information, contact the Rev. Canon Sister Constance Joanna Gefvert, Companions Coordinator, at 416-226-2201, ext. 316 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Blue Communities Coordinator wanted
The Federation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Canada is seeking a Blue Communities Coordinator to help implement its commitment to recognize water and sanitation as human rights. This is a part-time position working five days over every two-week period. To learn more, see the full job posting. Apply by March 6.
Parish seeks ministry associate
St. Paul, Bloor Street is seeking a ministry associate to provide leadership in forming its evangelistic and missional outreach ministries. A passion for spreading the message of God’s love and saving grace through Jesus Christ will be core to this ministry. This is a full-time position at 40 hours per week. Remuneration will depend on qualifications and experience. The position is available immediately. To learn more, visit the parish’s website.
Director of music wanted
St. Nicholas, Birch Cliff is seeking a director of music to bring out the best in its choir and inspire its services through ministry of music. The position will be an average of 7-12 hours per week, contingent upon the capability of the successful applicant. Compensation will be determined by experience and qualifications. The position is available immediately. For more information, see the job posting. Apply by April 4 to email@example.com.
PWRDF seeks executive assistant
The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund is seeking a full-time executive assistant to provide professional and confidential personnel and administrative support to the Board of Directors, executive director, management team and the organization. Interested applicants should submit a resume accompanied by a letter that details their experience and the reason for their interest in the position. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on March 19 to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, see the job posting.