Calendar of Events


March 2017


Wed Mar 1, 8:00 a.m. – Ash Wednesday Morning Service – A simple, spoken-word service to mark the beginning of the season of Lent. It includes the imposition of ashes (marking of the cross on the forehead).

Wed Mar 1, 7:00 p.m. – Ash Wednesday Evening Service – A service with music by the choir to mark the beginning of the season of Lent. It includes the imposition of ashes.

Fri Mar 3, 1:30 p.m. – World Day of Prayer 2017 at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church, 432 Sheppard Ave. E. – Gather with people throughout Canada and around the world to pray, learn, and celebrate. This year, we are led by women of the Philippines who have prepared a service on the theme “Am I being unfair to you?” More information here.

Sat Mar 4, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. – Contemplative Fire Community Day – at St. John’s – A day to welcome new Companions into our community and for existing Companions to set their intention for their Rhythm of Life for the coming year. Details are here; register by sending a note to info@contemplativefire.ca

Mon Mar 6, 7:15 p.m. – Youth Forum with Rev. Drew – Every second Monday, take part in a free-form get-together with the rector. Ask Drew anything … about family, school, society, relationships, life … whatever is on your mind. Bonus: Come early at 5 p.m. for a soup supper that you help make.

Tue Mar 7, 7:30 p.m. – Women’s Book Club – In the Marsh Room. Recapping and discussing chapter 4 of Sarah Bessey’s book Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith. All women are welcome! Bring a friend.

Thu Mar 9, 7:00 p.m. – Lychgate Meeting – The Lychgate Women’s Group meets this month at The Sisterhood of St. John the Divine (SSJD), 233 Cummer Avenue, North York. We look at a new take on an ancient tradition: Praying the Anglican rosary.

Fri Mar 10, 7:00 p.m. – Contemplative Fire FIREWORKS! – At St. Leonard’s Church, 25 Wanless Ave. What gets you fired up? This month we consider and discuss A World Without Borders with guest host Anne Woolger. All are welcome to an evening of ideas and discussion.

Tue Mar 14, 6:30 p.m. – Men’s Supper Club – Gentlemen, come for an evening of fellowship, food for the body, and food for the soul. This month, we’ll be looking at the last two chapters of John Ortberg’s book Know Doubt: The Importance of Embracing Uncertainty in Your Faith.

Sun Mar 19, 4:00 p.m. – March Music & Merriment! – A recital of music from madrigals to modern, performed by our organist Patrick Dewell and the choir leads. Free-will offerings for St. John’s music program will be accepted. Refreshments to follow the recital.

Mon Mar 20, 7:15 p.m. – Youth Forum with Rev. Drew – Every second Monday, take part in a free-form get-together with the rector. Ask Drew anything … about family, school, society, relationships, life … whatever is on your mind. Bonus: Come early at 5 p.m. for a soup supper that you help make.

Thu Mar 23, 6:15 p.m. – Spirit Cinema – Hosted by Contemplative Fire. On screen is The Power of Forgiveness, an exploration of the personal and spiritual transformation experienced by those who summoned the power to forgive others. It looks at research and at personal stories. Refreshments start at 6:15 p.m., the film starts at 7:00, and a discussion follows the film. Suggested donation for the evening: $10.

Sat Mar 25, 3:45 to 5:00 p.m. – SJYM Handbell Ringers at St. Mark’s Coptic Museum – An interactive concert at St. Mark’s Coptic Museum, 41 Glendinning Avenue, Toronto. It’s part of A Cross-Cultural Experience Through Art and Music, an afternoon of tours and performances for Myseum’s Intersections Festival. The event runs from 1 to 7 p.m., with the Handbells performing at 3:45 p.m.

Sun Mar 26, 4:00 p.m. – Contemplative Fire Monthly Gathering – At St. Leonard’s Church, 25 Wanless Av. Experience a creative, contemplative communion service. With stillness and spaciousness we explore themes to help us know God more deeply. All are welcome. Visit www.contemplativefire.ca for info.

Wed Mar 29, 8:30 a.m. – Barnabas Breakfast – Until 11 a.m. A warm breakfast, spiritual comfort, and fellowship. Volunteers are always welcome – please contact the church office at 416-225-6611.

Wed Mar 29, 7:30 p.m. – Foundations of the FaithStarting! – First session of a six-session course on the foundations of our faith. If you are new to Christianity, want to strengthen your understanding, or simply have questions, you are welcome here. Presented every Wednesday evening until May 3 by Rev. Drew and Paul Heersink. Please contact the office at 416-225-6611 or welcome@sjym.ca for information.

Thu Mar 30, 7:00 p.m. – AlphaIntroductory evening – Alpha launches at the Yonge Lawrence Fellowship with an evening where you can learn what Alpha is all about and decide if this is for you. Alpha is a series of twelve sessions that engage people in conversations about faith, life, and Jesus. Every session includes a meal, a talk on video, and a discussion. It’s open, it’s informal, and it’s free. More info is here; please use this contact form to let us know you’re coming.


April 2017


Mon Apr 3, 7:15 p.m. – Youth Forum with Rev. Drew – Every second Monday, take part in a free-form get-together with the rector. Ask Drew anything … about family, school, society, relationships, life … whatever is on your mind. Bonus: Come early at 5 p.m. for a soup supper that you help make.

Tue Apr 4, 7:30 p.m. – Women’s Book Club – In the Marsh Room. Recapping and discussing chapter 5 of Sarah Bessey’s book Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith. All women are welcome! Bring a friend.

– HOLY WEEK –

Sun Apr 9 – Palm Sunday – A commemoration of Jesus’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem, complete with palm fronds. Regular services: The Sacred Table at 9:00, The Open Door at 10:30, The Forum at 11:30 a.m.

Tue Apr 11, 6:30 p.m. – Men’s Supper Club – Gentlemen, you’re invited to an evening of food for the body and food for the soul. Gather at 6:30, dinner at 7:00, discussion at 7:30. Each month we focus on contemporary thought and opinions around a selected topic of the faith.

Thu Apr 13, 7:30 p.m. – Maundy Thursday – An informal observation of the Last Supper, followed by the stripping of the church to prepare for Good Friday.

Thu Apr 13, 8:30 p.m. – Lychgate Meeting – Following the Maundy Thursday service, the Lychgate Group meets in the Garnsworthy room. Take time for an evening for socializing and for conversation around a theme topic.

Fri Apr 14, 10:00 a.m. – Good Friday – The Passion Story – the story of the final hours before Jesus’s crucifixion – told with music and drama. A Children’s program is offered.

– EASTER –

Sun Apr 16, 9:00 a.m. – The Sacred Table – A traditional service of celebration with Holy Communion to welcome the risen Christ.

Sun Apr 16, 10:30 a.m. – The Open Door – a joyful family service filled with music and praise celebrating the resurrection of Jesus. A special program is offered for the children.

Sun Apr 16, 11:30 a.m. – The Forum – Bring coffee. Bring questions. This is your time to discuss and share ideas about Easter, the highest day in the Christian calendar.

– HE IS RISEN INDEED –

Mon Apr 17, 7:15 p.m. – Youth Forum with Rev. Drew – Every second Monday, take part in a free-form get-together with the rector. Ask Drew anything … about family, school, relationships, life, love … whatever is on your mind. Come early at 5 p.m. for a soup supper that you help make.

Wed Apr 26, 8:30 a.m. – Barnabas Breakfast – Until 11 a.m. A warm breakfast, spiritual comfort, and fellowship. Volunteers are always welcome – please contact the church office at 416-225-6611.

Sun Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. – Contemplative Fire Monthly Gathering – At St. Leonard’s Church, 25 Wanless Av. Experience a creative, contemplative communion service. With stillness and spaciousness we explore themes to help us know God more deeply. All are welcome. Visit www.contemplativefire.ca for info.


Every Sunday


9:00 a.m. – The Sacred Table – A reverential service with traditional music, texts, prayers and a brief reflection, all centred on the Holy Eucharist.

10:00 a.m. – Intermission – A social time to meet with friends old and new, to have some refreshments, and to share news and views.

10:30 a.m. – The Open Door – A modern service focused on spirited engagement with the Word. There’s preaching that goes deep on topics that matter. Prayer is pastoral and inclusive; the music is contemporary and invites participation. There is a program for children ages 3 to 12, and a nursery room for parents with very young children.

11:30 a.m. – The Forum – Bring coffee. Bring questions. This is a free-form time with the pastor to discuss whatever is on your mind.


Past events are in our calendar archive.

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