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Bulletin Board Oct. 3

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Diocesan Business

Diocesan allotment calculations for 2018 available to churchwardens and treasurers
Diocesan allotment calculations for 2018 were mailed on Oct. 2. If you have not received your notification by Oct. 9, contact Claire Wilton at 416-363-6021 (1-800-668-8932) ext. 239 or to receive a copy. Appeals of allotment must be made in writing by Dec. 31 to the attention of Claire Wilton for the Executive Board. Congregations are encouraged to respond earlier so timely arrangements can be made. Appeals must be supported by:

  1. A letter stating the specific amount being appealed.
  2. Reasons for the appeal.
  3. Audited financial statements for 2016 if the Diocese does not already have those documents.
  4. Financial statements for the first three quarters of 2017.

Any questions concerning appeals or allotment calculations may be made to Claire Wilton.

Retired clergy invited to remuneration consultation
A Clergy Remuneration Working Group has been created to review all aspects of clergy remuneration in the Diocese and make recommendations. Consultation sessions took place this past spring and will continue this fall, with various groups invited to participate. Participants are being asked to share their wisdom, opinions and experiences related to current and potential future clergy remuneration, the results of which will help the working group make viable recommendations for change. The working group will be holding a consultation with retired clergy on Oct. 19 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at St. John, York Mills, 19 Don Ridge Dr., Toronto. Those who have an email address have been invited. If you know of a retired cleric in your parish who may wish to participate, share this invitation with them. Registration will be capped at the first 50 participants.

Canada Savings Bonds payroll savings program ending
The Canada Savings Bonds payroll savings program is ending on Oct. 31. If you currently make monthly contributions, the last deduction from your pay will be Oct. 25. If you have any questions, contact Claire Wilton at 416-363-6021 (1-800-668-8932) ext. 239.

Registration open for Synod
The 157th Regular Session of Synod is coming up on Nov. 24-25 at the Sheraton Parkway Toronto North Hotel & Suites, 9005 Leslie St., Richmond Hill. Online registration is open until Oct. 16. Each episcopal area will hold a pre-Synod meeting, which will include orientation for new Synod members, Priorities and Plans 2017-2019 and elections for Diocesan Council. Attendance at these meetings is extremely important. All details about the upcoming session of Synod, including the pre-Synod meetings, can be found on the 2017 Regular Synod page.

T1213 packages mailed for 2018
The 2018 T1213 package for clergy receiving a housing allowance was mailed on Aug. 23. Clergy living in a rectory do not need to apply for this. Clergy receiving a housing allowance must file form T1213 and receive written approval from the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) before being allowed a reduction of tax at source. If you have not yet submitted your paperwork to the CRA, you should do so immediately to avoid delays in receiving the CRA approval. If you receive a housing allowance and have not yet received your T1213 package, contact Claire Wilton at 416-363-6021 (1-800-668-8932) ext. 239 immediately.

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 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 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

Program helps retirees relaunch lives
St. James Cathedral is hosting a four-week program called “Re-Launching Your Life: Retirement with Meaning” on Wednesday nights at 7 p.m. from Oct. 25 to Nov. 15. Participants will prayerfully consider how to move toward what they feel called to be and do. Sessions will include presentations, individual reflection and sharing in pairs and small groups. Advance registration is required by emailing For more details, visit the cathedral’s website.

Youth invited to weekend retreat
Youth age 12-18 are invited to join the diocesan ReCharge Fall Retreat on Oct. 27-29 at Muskoka Woods. This year’s theme is “Agents of Change: Christ’s Heart in Action Nurturing Global Effect.” The weekend will feature food, music, inspiring worship, encouraging speakers, friendship and the great outdoors. The cost is $85, including dorm-style accommodations and all meals. Bursaries may be available from your area youth coordinator. Register online.

Dinner supports Church in West Indies
The Rt. Rev. Calvert Leopold Friday, bishop of the Windward Islands, will be the keynote speaker at the Bishop Arthur Brown and Bishop Basil Tonks Dinner supporting the work of the Church in the Province of the West Indies. The dinner will be held on Nov. 4 at St. Andrew Scarborough, 2333 Victoria Park Ave., Toronto. There will be a Eucharist at 4:30 p.m., followed by the dinner at 6 p.m. For tickets, contact Wilbur Anderson at 416-445-8664 or Marjorie Fawcett at 416-446-6061.

Registration open for outreach conference
The annual Outreach & Advocacy Conference will take place on Nov. 4 at St. John, York Mills, 19 Don Ridge Dr., Toronto. This year’s theme is “Being God’s People: Embracing Difference, Building Solidarity.” There will be a keynote address from Dr. Carl James of York University and workshops covering many key justice issues. The cost is $30, or $15 for students and those with low incomes. Lunch is included, and childcare is available upon request. Visit the conference page to see workshop options and register.

Symposium explores mental health awareness in faith communities
The York-Scarborough area council is sponsoring “Break the Stigma,” a symposium on mental health awareness, education and ministry in faith communities, with keynote speaker the Rev. Donald Shields. It will take place on Oct. 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Church of the Incarnation, 15 Clairtrell Rd., Toronto. The cost is $10. Fill out the registration form and return to Daphne Lynch at by Oct. 13. For more information, contact the Rev. Heather Gwynne-Timothy at or 416-221-7516.

External Events

Anglican men to explore truth at annual gathering
FLAME Toronto is holding its annual conference on Oct. 27-30 at the Jackson’s Point Conference Centre, about 45 minutes north of Toronto. This year’s theme is “Transformed by the Truth” with guest speaker the Rev. Warren Leibovitch. For more information, including brochures and registration forms, visit the FLAME website.

Discussion considers poverty reduction
Voices for a Just Society is hosting a discussion about how faith communities can advocate for the implementation of Toronto’s Poverty Reduction Strategy in the upcoming budget. The event will take place on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. at St. Timothy, North Toronto, 100 Old Orchard Grove, Toronto. For more information, see the event website.

Ministry marks World Homeless Day
The Bridge Prison Ministry, Regeneration Outreach and the Region of Peel are marking World Homeless Day on Oct. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 156 Main St. N., Brampton with a food bank lunch, a photo exhibit, speakers and the launch of their cookbook. Learn more on the event website.

Conference hears from migrant workers
Simcoe County KAIROS is holding a conference on migrant workers on Oct. 20 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 65 Amelia St., Barrie. Speakers will include the Rev. Canon Ted McCollum of St. Paul, Beaverton, as well as migrant workers themselves. The cost is $10 for Friday night only or $25 for the full conference. Contact or 705-252-3459 for more information.


Reach Grant deadline approaching
Is the spirit of God prompting you to try a new ministry idea to reach those not currently served by traditional church? Do you have the time, the people and the vision? Do you need some help with resources? Let us help you achieve that missional vision with a Reach Grant. Submit a proposal to by Oct. 31. The pitch day for proposals is Nov. 7. Visit the Reach Grants page for more information.

Updates needed for outreach and advocacy prayer cycle
It’s time to compile the 2017-2018 outreach and advocacy prayer cycle, including the outreach and advocacy ministries of all parishes across the Diocese. Send updates to by Nov. 6 so the new prayer cycle can be printed and available at Diocesan Synod.

Hymn books available free
Bishop Strachan School has 100 copies of Common Praise (choir edition) in excellent condition available to anyone who needs them. Contact the Rev. Cathy Gibbs at

Ministry seeking volunteers
All Saints, Sherbourne St. offers a nurturing environment to homeless and street-involved individuals, providing friendship, counselling, advocacy and sanctuary. It is looking for volunteers in its daily drop-in, weekly women’s group, sex-worker breakfast, and Sunday service. See the All Saints website or email volunteer coordinator Barb Todd at

Survey seeks opinions on theological education
The Ontario Provincial Commission on Theological Education (OPCOTE) is developing new video resources to encourage participation in theological education. When compiled, these resources will be made available to clergy and lay people for use in their communities. Clergy in the Ecclesiastical Province of Ontario are asked to take a short survey to help OPCOTE understand grass-roots perspectives about theological education and awareness of current offerings provided by Anglican and Lutheran schools and programs. Take the two-minute survey to contribute your opinion.

Job Postings

Diocese seeks property resources assistant
The diocesan Property Resources department is seeking a full-time administrative assistant. The position requires familiarity with contracts (licenses and leases), corporate governance, risk management, real estate and/or construction matters and applicable laws. See the full job ad on the Synod Office Careers page. Apply by Oct. 27 to or Human Resources, Anglican Diocese of Toronto, 135 Adelaide St. E., Toronto, ON M5C 1L8.

Music director wanted
Grace Church in Scarborough is seeking a music director to ensure worship services are enhanced through music (instrumental and choral) so that the congregation is encouraged to participate. The position is for an average of 15 hours per week, beginning as soon as possible for a one-year term. See the full position description on the parish’s website. To apply, submit a cover letter and resume by email to:

Parish seeks children and youth pastor
St. Elizabeth, Mississauga, a predominantly Cantonese-speaking parish, is seeking a part-time children and youth worker in its growing English ministry. The pastor is responsible for leading a youth group, serving at English worship and ministering to out-of-town young adults at university or work. The successful applicant will be passionate about working with children and youth and enjoy seeing them grow to their full potential in Christ. Send a resume to the Rev. Bill Mok at or call 905-812-2938 for more information.

Part-time nursery assistant wanted
Church of the Transfiguration, Toronto is seeking a part-time nursery assistant to help at the Water’s Edge Sunday evening service. The commitment is 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Sundays, including set-up, nursery care for toddlers and young children, and participation in the free community dinner. Competitive wages. More details about the community can be found on its website. Contact Brenda at or Amanda at

Parish seeking youth minister
All Saints, Whitby is seeking a leader who will help the parish inspire and encourage its young people in their lives of faith. The position is for 10 hours a week. See the full job posting on the parish’s website. Interested candidates should contact the Rev. Molly Finlay at or 905-668-5101, ext. 24.

Staff Changes

Starting Oct. 16, Sue Halwa will join the Diocesan Centre as archives assistant