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Bulletin Board May 29

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Diocesan Business

Parishes with rectories asked to note change in standard lease template
As of May 1, all new parish rectory leases must use the province’s new standard lease template, which replaces the standard form of lease agreement that was prescribed by the Diocese for use whenever a parish rectory was leased to a third-party residential tenant. The new standard lease template includes one change of which all parishes with rectories should be aware. The clause that formed part of the old lease agreement giving the parish the right to terminate a residential tenancy if the rectory was required for occupancy by a cleric is not in the new standard lease template and may not be inserted as an additional term. As of May 1, it is unlawful for new rectory leases to include such a clause. If you have any questions concerning this change, contact a residential real estate lawyer for advice.

Diocesan Events

Diocese holds day of prayer and fasting
In preparation for our upcoming Electoral Synod, our Diocese will engage in a day of prayer and fasting on June 1, uniting in shared sacrificial listening for the voice of the Holy Spirit. To learn more and see a template for how the day could be structured, see the Day of Prayer and Fasting page.

Registration open for fall youth retreat
ReCharge, the annual diocesan youth retreat, is scheduled for Sept. 21-23 at Muskoka Woods. It will include music, inspiring worship, speakers and friendship in the great outdoors. The cost is $90 per person until Sept. 1 or $105 after Sept. 1, which includes all meals and dorm-style accommodations. An optional bus to and from North York will be available at a cost of $30. Learn more and register online.

New conference explores disciple-making and evangelism
Registration is open for Discipulus’18, a new conference sponsored by the Diocese of Toronto and the Institute of Evangelismfocusing on how churches can make disciples in their own communities w­ho will be energized to share their faith with others. The keynote speaker will be the Rev. Dr. Joan DeVries, a pastor with practical experience as a liturgist, writer and teacher. The conference will take place Oct. 18-19 at St. Paul, Bloor Street, 227 Bloor St. E., Toronto. The cost is $200 until July 31 or $250 after July 31 ($200 for theological students and postulants). Learn more on the Discipulus’18 website.

Register now for children’s ministry conference
The Toronto Children’s Ministry Conference will take place on Nov. 3 at Wycliffe College, bringing together people who are dedicated to the spiritual growth of children. Workshops will be led by leaders and experts in the field, exploring topics such as discipleship, curriculum and resources, leadership and management, spirituality, and evangelism. To learn more and register, visit the conference website.

External Events

National conference explores response to disaster
This year’s National Anglican and Lutheran Worship Conference will focus on helping people of faith respond liturgically, theologically and ritually to natural disaster and disasters of human making. The keynote speaker is the Rev. Dr. Lizette Larson-Miller. It will take place July 16-19 in Victoria, BC. The cost $450, not including accommodations. Registration closes June 15. To learn more or register, visit the conference website.


Parish seeks hymn books
St. George, Pickering Village in Ajax is seeking 100-150 copies of Common Praise for its congregation. Anyone with spare copies can contact the church office at 905-683-7981 or

Provincial election resources available
The provincial election campaign gives Anglicans the opportunity to talk about the kind of society we want to help build in Ontario. The Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario has put together non-partisan resources, including social media messages and a bulletin insert with information on poverty and housing in Ontario and suggested questions for candidates. Learn more at

Parishes asked to complete outreach survey
Every parish should have received an email with a link to the 2018 Parish Outreach Survey. This survey includes questions about parish outreach and advocacy activities, parish greening and how the diocesan Social Justice & Advocacy Committee can best help parishes in these efforts. It will take 5-10 minutes and may be completed by the incumbent or another person best equipped to answer the questions. Parishes are asked to complete the survey by June 4.

Job Postings

Youth minister wanted
Christ Church St. James in Toronto is seeking a part-time youth minister to lead a youth group for teens age 12-18. Hours are flexible, but typically 10-20 hours per week, potentially leading to full time. Remuneration will be based on the candidate’s experience and qualifications. For more details, see the job post or call the church office at 416-251-8711. Apply by email to or

Convent seeks seasonal landscape assistant
St. John’s Convent is seeking a someone to assist in the general landscaping needs of its grounds, such as cutting grass, raking, planting, and preparing and maintaining flower beds. Applicants must be high school, college or university students age 15-30 who were registered as full-time students during the last academic year and intend to return to full-time studies in the next academic year. For more details, see the job posting. Send an application letter and resume to

Parish seeks sexton
St. Mary and St. Martha is seeking a sexton (caretaker) to support its ministry. The position will be 20 hours per week. Employment benefits are available. For more details, see the job posting. Submit a cover letter and resume to, indicating “Application” in the subject line, or mail to Churchwardens, Church of St. Mary and St. Martha, 1149 Weston Rd., Toronto, ON M6N 3S3.

Organist and choir director wanted
St. Paul the Apostle, Rexdale is seeking a part-time director of music and organist to lead Sunday worship and music ministry and to lead the parish choir in a wide repertoire of hymns, service music and anthems. The successful applicant will enjoy teaching and help develop the musical skills of the choir in a positive and encouraging environment. The organ is a two-manual electronic Allen organ. The commitment will require slightly more hours at Christmas and Easter and fewer hours through the summer months. Availability to play at weddings and funerals would be an asset. Remuneration will be commensurate with experience and qualifications according to RCCO guidelines. If you have steel pan instruction experience, state this in your CV, although this experience is not necessary. To apply, send a full CV and cover letter to c/o Organist Search Committee. Applications will be received until July 1 or until the post is filled. Early submitted CVs would be appreciated.