Diocese compiling a list for emergency clergy coverage
The Bishop’s Office is compiling a list of those clergy who can provide short-notice emergency coverage for Sunday supply. If you are able to help, and willing to have your contact information shared on a list for the clergy of the Diocese, please contact Mary Conliffe.
AON Insurance has a new contact
Please be advised that Dennis Hinh has left AON. The new person to contact about insurance coverage, certificates of insurance or enquiries is Shawna Whitmell, Associate Account Executive. The updated AON Service Team contact list has been uploaded to the Diocese website.
Clerics and parish staff reminded to renew police record checks
Responsible Ministry: Screening in Faith stipulates that all active clergy (Incumbents, Priests-in-charge, Interim Priests-in-charge, Associate Priests, Deacons, Honorary Assistants and Assistant Curates) are required to have their police record checks renewed every three years and these must be obtained through XpressChek. Please be in touch with the Screening Coordinator at your parish to ensure your application for a police record check is submitted. It is your responsibility to keep track of when you last completed a police record check and when you are due for a renewal. Please ensure that you complete this process as soon as possible. The forms and instructions can be found at: www.toronto.anglican.ca/forms-and-resources/ (Appendix M – Police Records Check). Please ensure your police record check is renewed by Nov. 20, 2020.
Parishes encouraged to be in full compliance with the Screening Policy for 2020
Please take some time to review your screening files for your staff and volunteers that were engaged in ministry between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2020.
- Have all the screening steps been completed? For more information, see the Implementing Screening Steps Chart.
- Do any of your parish procedures need to be reviewed or updated?
- Do any of the screening steps need to be renewed? To assist you with tracking this, you may use the Screening Steps Worksheet.
When you complete your annual Churchwardens’ and Incumbent’s returns for 2020, you will be asked to verify that your parish has completed four compliance indicators for the Responsible Ministry: Screening in Faith policy. If there are items that need to be addressed, take some time to get everything in order before March 15, 2021 when the annual returns are due. There are resources available on the Diocese’s website to assist with the implementation of this policy. If you have any questions about what is required, please contact Aneita Chang.
Toronto Urban Native Ministry invites you and your parish to participate in Orange Shirt Day
Sept. 30 is known as Orange Shirt Day in memory of Phyllis Webstad’s first day at Indian Residential School in 1973. Like so many other children, Phyllis experienced having her identity and family stolen from her. She came to school wearing her favourite shirt that was gifted to her by a loved one and was forced by school officials to throw out her orange shirt and personal belongings. At residential school, children were stripped of their unique identities, their name, language, and any items brought from home. Anglicans have been invited by Indian Residential School survivors to wear orange on Sept. 30 as a symbolic way of honouring the survivors and acknowledging the legacy of harm inflicted on so many generations of Indigenous families and communities.
This year, the Toronto Urban Native Ministry is inviting you and your parish on Orange Shirt Day to take a “selfie” or photo of yourself or community wearing orange. TUNM will compile them into a collage and share it on its Facebook page. You could also hold a sign with a slogan of solidarity, for example:
- Every Child Matters
- In memory of every child who never returned home from Residential School
- Indigenous Children are sacred!
For more information, and to send in your selfie, contact the Rev. Leigh Kern at email@example.com
Registration now open for the Bishop’s Company Cabaret
Join us on Oct. 16 at 8 p.m. for the first Bishop’s Company Cabaret. In place of this year’s dinner, we will be presenting a free evening of online entertainment brought to you by artists from across the Diocese. The event will be hosted by the Very Rev. Stephen Vail with a message of hope from our guest speaker, the Most Rev. Linda Nicholls, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada. Registration is available on Eventbrite, the Bishop’s Company website and Facebook pages. Requests for donations will be made throughout the evening. This event is open to everyone. Feel free to share it with your family, friends, and fellow parishioners.
Registration now open for the Outreach Conference “No One Is Disposable”
Registration for the Annual Outreach Conference is now open. Bishop Peter Fenty will deliver the keynote address at the opening plenary, and the closing plenary will feature inspiring worship as well as updates from several of our FaithWorks partner ministries. A range of workshops are offered, on topics such as anti-racism, basic income, justice for migrant workers, and supporting the most vulnerable through COVID-19. One workshop, on frontline ministry during COVID, is specifically geared to youth aged 11-18 and parish youth workers. There is no cost, but donations to assist with honoraria will be gratefully received.
Bishop’s Committee on Healing Ministries launches video series
The Bishop’s Committee on Healing Ministries video series for fall will begin on Oct. 17. A new video will be released once a week until Nov. 14. All videos will be available for viewing on the Facebook page www.facebook.com/Ministries2 .
Oct. 17: Introduction and a service of worship.
Oct. 24: Bishop Peter Fenty – The Homily
Oct. 31: The Rev. Don Downer – Healing/Caring for God’s Creation
As everyone is able, please watch two Netflix documentaries prior to this presentation. One is called “Chasing Coral” and it focuses on the impact of global warming on coral reefs around the world. The other is “My Octopus Teacher,” which tells the story of a person who is unhappy with life who connects with, and learns from, an octopus.
Nov. 2: The Rev. Jo-Anne Billinger – Praying with the healing miracles of Jesus
Nov. 14: Nancy Truscott and Cheryle Pollock – Parish Nursing
York-Credit Valley hosts 3-part series on the ins and outs of prayer
Join Bishop Jenny Andison this fall in a three-part series on the “what, why, and how” of prayer. The sessions will take place Oct. 21, 28, and Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. by Zoom, and will include breakout rooms and larger group discussions. This is for anyone in the York-Credit Valley Area. No experience necessary. The curious, seeking and prayer-fatigued are especially welcome. Registration is required.
Annual FLAME conference open for registration
On Oct. 30-31, join the Toronto and Montreal FLAME committees for the virtual FLAME conference, which will focus on Jesus Christ and how we relate to Him, and how He relates to us. It will feature Bishop Dan Herzog of The Episcopal Church as a keynote speaker. More information and registration is available on the conference website.
Deacons host virtual KAIROS blanket exercise
The deacons of Parkdale-West Toronto and the York-Credit Valley Episcopal Area invite everyone to attend the second event in their series on Indigenous Justice & Reconciliation on Oct. 15. The KAIROS Blanket Exercise is a unique, interactive and participatory history lesson developed in collaboration with Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers and educators. A virtual form of the Blanket Exercise has been developed by KAIROS and this will be one of the first groups to experience this new format. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required.
Cleric ordained in Diocese of Toronto to be consecrated Bishop of Diocese of Hong Kong
The Very Rev. Matthias Der, Dean of Hong Kong Island, was ordained in the Diocese of Toronto in 1990 and served as Assistant Curate at St. John, York Mills, and Incumbent of St. Christopher, Richmond Hill until his move to St. John’s Cathedral in Hong Kong in 2012. All are welcome to watch his consecration as Bishop Co-Adjutor of the Diocese of Hong Kong Sheng Kung Hui, which will be livestreamed on Oct. 3 at 3 a.m. (ET)/3 p.m. (HKT).
Reach More Grants fund innovative post-COVID initiatives
Reach Grants up to $5,000 to fund celebrations or to develop programs that build on what parishes have been learning during the lockdown are now available through a streamlined and accelerated process. The Reach Grant Panel will hear pitches twice a month and get back to you regarding the status of your proposal by the next day. Funds for successful proposals will be released in the next week. Congregations may apply for one Reach Grant in any calendar year. For help navigating the Reach Grant process, download this checklist. Reach Grants may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org at any time. Email Elizabeth McCaffrey for more information.
Advocacy campaign calls on Peel Regional Council to prevent evictions
Recent changes to provincial legislation, combined with ongoing income insecurity, mean that many low-income tenants are at greater risk of eviction, creating a potential spike in homelessness as the winter approaches and cases of COVID-19 continue to rise. Toronto and Peel Region have some of the highest rents as well as the greatest rates of COVID-19 infections in Ontario. Advocates in Peel Region are calling on Regional Council to take action to prevent a flood of evictions, by joining the City of Toronto in their legal challenge to the province as well as taking other measures. If you live in Peel Region, consider e-mailing your Regional Councillor between now and Oct. 8. A template letter is available on the Diocese’s website.
Tech mentorship available to parishes
The Congregational Development department has launched a small team of remote tech mentors who are available to help parishes set up online worship and small group meetings using digital media tools. Mentoring takes place through phone calls, video calls or email. If you would like to be paired with a mentor, or if you’d like to offer your skills as a mentor, contact Elizabeth McCaffrey, Volunteer Resources Coordinator, at email@example.com.
York-Credit Valley Area grant fall deadline approaching
The fall deadline to apply for York-Credit Valley area grants is Nov. 1. Visit the York-Credit Valley Grants page to learn more and download an application form.
York-Simcoe Area grants available
It’s September and that means it’s Area Ministry Development Grant application time. If you are thinking about applying for a 2020-21 grant, please review the York-Simcoe Area Council Grant Guidelines and then send a brief synopsis of your ministry program or project to the office by Friday, Oct. 9. Applications will be sent out once your synopsis has been reviewed. If you have any questions, contact Jennipher Kean, 905-833-8327 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
York-Simcoe seeks Area Youth Coordinator
Do you have a passion for youth ministry? The episcopal area of York-Simcoe is looking to hire a part-time (7.5 hours per week) Area Youth Coordinator to work north of Hwy 89 for a two-year, renewable contract. The successful candidate will work in conjunction with the current AYC, Amy de Sousa, report to the Area Bishop and be fully supported by the members of the York-Simcoe Area Council. Please see the full job description for more details. If you are interested, call Jennipher Kean, 905-833-8327 and submit your resume to email@example.com.
St. Andrew, Scarborough, seeks organist
The Church of St. Andrew Scarborough seeks a creative and technically competent person to assume choral and organ music leadership in the church. The ideal candidate will welcome the challenge of inspiring new members while invigorating the music ministry of the church. The sanctuary has a well maintained 1964 Wick’s organ. This part-time position requires 10-12 hours per week. Ten vacation days are provided annually (primarily weeks in the summer months). Further to an annual review, remuneration will be commensurate with experience and qualifications including those as described in the RCCO Salary Guidelines. Apply by Oct. 12 at 12 p.m. Please send applications plus references to firstname.lastname@example.org.