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Bulletin Board Oct. 30

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Diocesan Business

FaithWorks launches $75,000 challenge
Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor, FaithWorks has a real chance to exceed its campaign goal of $1.35 million in 2018. Up to $75,000 is available to match dollar for dollar all new or increased gifts generated through the parish appeal. More than ever, parish support is needed to help reach the funding goal for 2018. Here’s what you can do:

  • Hold a special event, with proceeds going to FaithWorks.
  • Make an announcement during church services about this challenge and urge members to make a gift to the campaign.
  • Post a link to the FaithWorks website,, on your parish website and encourage members to learn more about its important work.
  • Direct a portion of your church’s outreach budget to this effort.

Gifts can be sent directly to the Diocese or made online through the secure website. On top of the grant, parishes are eligible to retain up to 15 per cent of funds raised for their own local outreach efforts. Reporting forms can be found on the FaithWorks website. The deadline for this challenge is Dec. 31.

Diocesan Events

Archbishop to be honoured at public celebrations
A special retirement celebration for Archbishop Colin Johnson will be held on Dec. 15 from 1-4 p.m. at St. James Cathedral, Church and King streets, Toronto. It will include refreshments, a receiving line, speeches and presentations, and it will conclude with Choral Evensong, at which Archbishop Johnson will preach. All are invited.

Trent-Durham Anglicans are invited to a farewell event for Archbishop Johnson on Nov. 11 from 2-4 p.m. at St. Martin, Bay Ridges, 1203 St. Martin’s Dr., Pickering. Come and enjoy coffee, tea and home-baked dessert from around the area and offer your best wishes to the Archbishop.

York-Simcoe is hosting a farewell event for Archbishop Johnson and Ellen on Nov. 17 from 2-5 p.m. at Holy Trinity, 140 Brooke St., Thornhill. This will be a chance to thank them for their work and to offer prayers and best wishes. There will be a short evening prayer service at 3 p.m., followed by a few presentations and light refreshments.

Parish youth host interfaith concert and dialogue
The youth group at St. George on-the-Hill, 4600 Dundas St. W., Toronto, is hosting an interfaith concert and dialogue on Nov. 6 with Abraham Jam, three songwriters of different faiths who have teamed up to make the case that harmony (singing different notes that are beautiful together) is better than unity (all singing the same note). Designed for an audience of all ages, the event will be equal parts concert and conversation. For more details, see the Facebook event.

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.

Parish hosts workshop on Indigenous and settler relationships
Christ Memorial Church, 81 Hillcroft St., Oshawa, is hosting “Mapping the Ground We Stand On,” an interactive workshop exploring Indigenous and settler relationships, on Nov. 17 from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. It will be facilitated by Suzanne Rumsey, public engagement program coordinator for the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund, and Indigenous community members. RSVP by Nov. 11 to Irené at or 905-432-1230.

Area hosts Advent conference
Trent-Durham is hosting an Advent conference on Dec. 1 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. Peter, 240 College St., Cobourg. The theme is “Moving Towards Hope: Searching for God in Today’s World” with the Rev. Yme Woensdregt of Christ Church, Cranbrook, BC. The cost is $45, which includes lunch. Download the poster to learn more. To register, call 905-372-3442 by Nov. 23.

Ministry holds fundraising lunch
The Mission to Seafarers Southern Ontario is hosting a Fall “Hall Out” lunch to celebrate the end of the boating and shipping season. It will take place on Nov. 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Mimico Cruising Club, 200 Humber Bay Park Rd. W., Toronto. Tickets are $75 per person or $550 per table, with a charitable receipt provided for the full amount. RSVP by Nov. 20 to the Rev. Judith Alltree at or 647-295-3219.

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.

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.

External Events

Churches asked to toll bells
The Royal Canadian Legion is inviting churches and other places of worship across the country to participate in Bells of Peace to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Churches are asked to toll their bells 100 times, with five seconds between tolls, starting at sunset on Nov. 11. For more information, see the invitation to places of worship or visit the Royal Canadian Legion website.


Bishop’s Scholar program supports Trinity D.Min students
The College of Bishops is seeking applicants for its Bishop’s Scholar program, which provides tuition for up to four years of full-time study to a prospective Doctor of Ministry student at Trinity College. For the terms of the program and application requirements, see the information sheet. To be considered, indicate your intention to apply by Nov. 23 and send a two-page reflection and cover letter to Canon Mary Conliffe, Diocesan Executive Assistant, at no later than Dec. 1.

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

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.

Staff Changes

Lilian Qian will join the Diocese as treasurer and director of Finance on Nov. 5.