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Bulletin Board May 14

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Diocesan Business

Anglicans reminded to confirm newspaper subscription
The Anglican Journal has been asking its readers to confirm their subscription, and the number of confirmations received so far is lower than expected. To make sure all subscribers who would like to continue receiving the Journal and The Anglican are able to do so, the national church is asking parish leaders to download a poster and a bulletin insert to share with their communities. Both include the toll-free number and email address subscribers can use to confirm their subscription. For more information, visit the Anglican Journal’s website.

Diocesan Events

Registration open for girls’ choir school
The Diocesan Choir School for Girls will hold its annual choir camp from Aug. 5-18 at Trafalgar Castle School in Whitby. This residential program provides girls age 8-18 with choral training, Christian fellowship, sports, crafts and other activities. No auditions are held; anyone willing to sing is welcome. The cost is $1,025 per person. To learn more or register, visit the Choir School website.

Last chance to register for Clergy Conference
Limited spaces are still available for the upcoming Clergy Conference on May 27-29. To register, contact Jennipher Kean at or 905-833-8327.

Save the date: ReCharge youth retreat
The annual ReCharge fall retreat for youth age 12-17 will take place on Sept. 13-15 at Muskoka Woods. Registration will open later this month.

Festival celebrates water
Presented in association with Toronto Urban Native Ministry and St. James Cathedral, the Niigaani-gichigami Water Festival returns for its third year, bringing together diverse communities to learn about, pray for and express our gratitude for the waters we depend on. Lectures will be held at the cathedral throughout May and June in celebration of the festival:

  • May 29: Listening to the Silenced Streams: Honouring the Buried Rivers of Toronto (featuring a Water Ceremony)
  • June 12: Our First Water: Traditional Indigenous Teachings on Birth

Learn more at All are welcome and admission is free.

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.” The registration fee is $275 for a shared room or $380 for a private room. Bursaries are available. First-time attendees have a special rate of $175. For more information, visit the FLAME Toronto website.

Area Events

Lunches feature PWRDF speaker
Clergy are invited to bring a member of their parish to a lunch and learn in June to hear about work in Rwanda supported by the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF). Lunch will be provided. The speaker will be Antoinette Habinshuti, the deputy executive director of Partners In Health Rwanda, an agency that seeks to improve health care in Rwanda’s rural areas, especially for women and children. Attendees must RSVP to Each event will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m.:

  • June 11 at St. George, Allandale
  • June 12 at St. John the Baptist, Dixie
  • June 13 tentatively at St. John, York Mills
  • June 14 at St. George, Pickering Village

Bishop leads area lay readers’ day
Bishop Andrew Asbil is extending an invitation to all priests in Trent-Durham parishes with lay readers to attend the morning session of the Lay Readers’ Day at St. George Memorial, Oshawa on June 1. It will start at 9:30 a.m. with a welcome and prayers, followed by Bishop Asbil speaking 10 a.m.

Area to gather for Thy Kingdom Come
Members of York-Credit Valley are gathering to celebrate Thy Kingdom Come, a global ecumenical wave of prayer between Ascension Day and Pentecost. Join Bishop Jenny Andison and Ali McIntosh, area youth coordinator, for an informal worship and prayer party on June 7 at 7 p.m. at Christ the King. Register online. The area’s Evangelism Task Force has also gathered resources for individuals and parishes.

Clergy invited to retirement workshop
“Re-launching Your Life – Heading into Retirement” is an event for clergy in Trent-Durham led by Heather Bennett and Murray MacAdam, ODT. It will be held on June 7 at St. John the Evangelist, Peterborough. This is a free event, and lunch will be provided. Register by May 30 by emailing

Workshop explores social justice
York-Credit Valley is hosting a free interactive workshop about social justice advocacy on June 1 from 10 a.m. to noon at St. John the Baptist, Dixie. Learn practical ways your parish can strive for justice and peace and advocate for the dignity of all people. Register online. For more information, contact Elin Goulden, Social Justice and Advocacy consultant, or the Rev. Don Beyers, YCV Social Justice and Advocacy officer.

External Events

Conference focuses on women in ministry
“Junia’s Daughters: A Conference for Every Woman in Ministry” will explore topics like wage justice, healthy sexuality, and maintaining a vibrant personal, professional and spiritual life. All women involved or interested in ministry (lay or ordained) are encouraged to attend. It will take place on May 25 at Wycliffe College. For more details, see the conference website.


Ministry brings kids’ programs to parishes
Is your church looking to offer Vacation Bible School this summer, but the thought of preparing the curriculum has you feeling overwhelmed? Crosstalk Ministries’ team of trained, enthusiastic and energetic youth leaders will bring the entire program to you. Parishes need to provide only the space and a few leaders, who will be trained by Crosstalk. The cost is $675, but the Diocese will cover the $350 deposit. Watch the video and read through the information package for more details. To sign up, contact Valerie Taylor from Crosstalk or Nancy Hannah, area youth coordinator for York-Simcoe.

AURA seeking office space for rent
Does your parish have spare office space for rent? AURA, the Anglican-United Refugee Alliance, is looking for office space to rent from a Toronto parish. It would be able to pay up to $1,000 a month for a space, preferably above ground, that includes:

  • Lockable office space for three desks, filing cabinets and a copier/printer
  • Phone and internet connection (paid for by AURA)
  • Access to a meeting area, which could be shared with the parish
  • Flexible access, as the nature of the work is not 9-to-5

If you have space to rent or would like to ask further questions, contact Alex Hauschildt at or 416-588-1612.

Job Postings

Parish nurse wanted
St. James Cathedral is seeking a parish nurse. The focus will be pastoral care with special concerns for health issues. A complete position description is available at Apply by June 7.

Nominations sought for General Synod committee members
Are you interested in offering your skills for the ministry of the General Synod through its coordinating and standing committees? Every three years, the meeting of General Synod elects members to the committees that oversee the work and planning of its ministries. These committees should represent the diversity of the Church, and for the most part those elected don’t need to be members of General Synod. Nomination forms, along with descriptions of the work of the committees, are available online on the General Synod website.

Cathedral seeks organ scholar
St. James Cathedral is seeking to appoint a talented organist to join its music department for one to two years starting in September. The scholarship provides an opportunity for an aspiring musician to acquire experience. It is suitable for a recent graduate or for someone who has already held an organ scholarship at a school, university or local church. Apply by June 2. For more details, see the cathedral’s website.

Summer outreach chaplain wanted
The Parish of Georgina is seeking applicants for a 10-week summer outreach chaplaincy starting in late June. The primary focus is a ministry of presence at St. George, adjacent to Sibbald Point Provincial Park. The successful applicant will be a self-motivated individual who enjoys the outdoors and has strong interpersonal skills for working with people of all ages. Accommodation in a camper trailer is provided. Apply by email to or by mail to Outreach Committee, Parish of Georgina, P.O. Box 88, Sutton West, ON, L0E 1R0.

Administrative assistant wanted
Church of the Incarnation, Toronto is seeking an administrative assistant for 20 hours per week. Salary is negotiable, depending on experience and qualifications. For more details, see the job description. To apply, send a resume to the attention of the churchwardens to Church of the Incarnation, 15 Clairtrell Rd., Toronto, ON, M2N 5J7 by May 14.

Staff Changes

Claire Welch has joined the Diocese as administrative assistant to the Trent-Durham bishop’s office as of May 14.

Sheila Robson will be leaving the Trent-Durham bishop’s office on May 31. The Diocese thanks her for her service to the Church and wishes her well.