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Bulletin Board Oct. 16

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Diocesan Business

Revised allotment reports to be posted online
The Finance department has discovered an issue with the diocesan allotment calculations that have been mailed out. It does not impact the assessable income and allotment amounts on the reports. The allotment calculation allows you to see how the Diocese arrived at the assessable income number by deducting the restricted fund receipts and deductible expenses from the total income amount. However, parishes with memorial or bequest receipts or diocesan grants will have incorrect total income amounts and grants showing on their reports.

Revised reports will be posted on the Annual Returns page as soon as the reports have been corrected, but there are no changes to assessable income or allotment. For more information, contact Claire Wilton at or 416-363-6021 (1-800-668-8932) ext. 239.

Clergy and employees reminded to review benefits
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 dependant (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 your information is not correct, contact Claire Wilton at or 416-363-6021 (1-800-668-8932) ext. 239 so you can complete the paperwork needed to change your coverage. 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, they should be removed from your benefits.

Diocesan Events

Service remembers victims of gun violence
All are invited to a service of lament and hope in remembrance of victims of gun violence and their families on Nov. 3 at 4 p.m. at the Ghanaian Anglican Church of Toronto, 1796 Lawrence Ave. W., Toronto. The preacher will be the Rev. Sky Starr, executive director of Out of Bounds Grief and Trauma Support. For more details, download the poster.

Pre-Synod meetings coming up
Episcopal Areas will hold pre-Synod meetings this week to prepare for the upcoming Regular Session of Synod. Agenda items will include orientation for new Synod members, marriage canon dialogue and elections for Diocesan Council. Find the dates and more details on the Pre-Synod Meetings page.

Lunch and learn explores survey results
Paid clergy and vocational deacons in York-Credit Valley are invited to a lunch and learn to hear about the results of the engagement survey launched in January 2018 as part of Growing in Christ, the Diocese’s strategic plan. The event will take place on Nov. 1 at 12 p.m. at St. John the Baptist (Dixie), 719 Dundas St. E., Mississauga. The cost is $10. Register online by Oct. 23.

Refresher day trains lay anointers
The next refresher day for licensed lay anointers will be held on Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Trinity Church, 79 Victoria St., Aurora. It will include training, worship, social time, workshops and two addresses by guest speaker the Rev. Canon Dr. David Neelands. The cost is $25. See the Lay Anointers page for more details, including a schedule. Register online.

Tickets available for annual Caribbean dinner
This year’s Bishops Arthur Brown and Basil Tonks dinner is scheduled for Nov. 3 at St. Andrew, Scarborough, 2333 Victoria Ave., Toronto. The Eucharist will start at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. The guest speaker will be Archbishop Colin Johnson. Tickets are $60. For more details or to help spread the word, download the poster.

Area hosts discussion on assisted dying
York-Credit Valley is holding a discussion event on medical assistance in dying on Nov. 24 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at St. John the Baptist (Dixie), 719 Dundas St. E., Mississauga. This first of two sessions will take a historical overview and outline a biblical and theological framework for thinking about the issue. Learn more and register online.

Youth consider homelessness at social justice event
Interface, the Diocese’s annual youth social justice event, is coming up on Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St. Clement, Eglinton, 70 St. Clements Ave., Toronto. Open to youth age 13-18 and their leaders, Interface is an interactive day of empowering youth to live out their faith in their communities. This year’s theme is homelessness. See the event description for more details and RSVP to

Lecture series focuses on holy people
St. James Cathedral is hosting a free three-part lecture series called “Scandalous Sanctity: The Lives of Saints, Ancient and New” on Oct. 24 (at St. Bartholomew), Nov. 7 and Nov. 21. The series will focus on the controversial, inspiring and legendary lives of Christian saints and holy people. Each evening begins at 6 p.m. with a service, followed by a light supper and lecture. For more details, visit the cathedral’s website.

Workshop explores assisted dying
A workshop on medical assistance in dying will be held on Nov. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at St. John the Evangelist, 99 Brock St., Peterborough. Participants will enter into conversation with the Rev. Canon Douglas Graydon, coordinator of Chaplaincy Services, and the Rev. Margaret Johnston-Jones to explore the pastoral, moral and theological questions surrounding this issue. Register online.

Register now for children’s ministry conference
Registration is open for the Toronto Children’s Ministry Conference, a gathering of parents, volunteers, ministry leaders and anyone with a passion for ministering to children. It will take place on Nov. 3 at Wycliffe College, 5 Hoskin Ave., Toronto. Learn more and register online.

Save the date: lay anointers training weekend
The annual lay anointers training weekend will take place from May 24-26 at St. John’s Convent. This event is for individuals recommended by their clergy to be trained and equipped for lay anointing in the parish. Online registration will open in February. For updates, check the Lay Anointers page.

External Events

World religions event comes to Toronto
The Parliament of the World’s Religions will take place on Nov. 1-7 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 222 Bremner Blvd., Toronto. It will feature more than 500 programs and events, including lectures and interactive cultural experiences from around the world. One-day passes are available. To learn more, visit the Parliament website.

The Parliament is hosting a free event open to the public, Walk a Path for Peace, on Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. at Olympic Park, 222 Bremner Blvd. (east side), Toronto. For more details, contact Jo Stevenson at


Primate launches Heartbeat of the Church initiative
September 2018 marks the 125th anniversary of the General Synod. On this milestone, Primate Fred Hiltz is calling Canadian Anglicans to listen to the Church’s heartbeat through conversation circles, joining in 10 months of dialogue, prayer and reflection. For more information, visit

Election resources available
Communities throughout Ontario will be going to the polls Oct. 22 to elect municipal and regional governments. These governments make decisions and provide services that have a direct impact on people’s lives, particularly those living in poverty. A resource highlighting important issues at stake is available on the Social Justice and Advocacy page.

Job Postings

Diocese seeks Indigenous Priest
The Diocese of Toronto is seeking a full-time Indigenous Priest for a two-year period. The primary purpose of this ministry is to assist in the spiritual journey of Indigenous people who live within the Diocese, with priority for urban Indigenous people. A secondary role is to facilitate the healing journey between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. For more details, see the Synod Office Careers page. To apply, forward an application to by Oct. 31.

Director of children and youth ministry wanted
Christ Church, Deer Park is seeking a director of children and youth ministry who will accompany younger members of the parish as they develop their life of faith. The position will be 30 hours per week. The successful candidate will develop and implement programs for the nursery, church school and teenagers in the parish. For more details, see the job post. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume to by Nov. 9.

Parish seeks family ministry leader
St. Paul the Apostle, Rexdale is seeking a children, youth and family ministry leader to help build and oversee a ministry of spiritual formation, fellowship and community outreach with children, youth and young families. The position will be 20 hours per week, with flexible hours. To learn more, see the job post. Send a resume and cover letter to the Rev. Jo-Anne Billinger at Contact the church office at 416-743-1993 with any questions.

Organist wanted
St. Athanasius, Orillia is seeking a qualified organist and pianist for church services. The applicant must be familiar with or open to learning Anglican hymns and liturgy. Remuneration will be provided for each service, as well as benefits. To apply, forward a resume to or Churchwardens, c/o St. Athanasius Anglican Church, 10 Westmount Dr. N., Orillia, ON, L3V 6B8.

Parish seeking organist and choir director
St. Paul the Apostle, Rexdale is seeking a part-time director of music and organist to lead the Sunday worship music and the parish choir in a wide repertoire of hymns, service music and anthems. The position is expected to be about 4-5 hours per week. Remuneration will be commensurate with experience and qualifications according to RCCO guidelines. For more details, see the job post. To apply, send a full CV and cover letter to the Organist Search Committee at

Staff Changes

Paige Souter, manager of annual giving, will be leaving the Diocese as of Nov. 2. We wish her well.