Calendar of Events


September 2017


Sun Sept 3, 10:00 a.m. – Registration for Children’s Ministry 2017-2018 – Registration begins for the Children’s Ministry for 2017-2018. Find us in the foyer on Sunday morning or contact the church office.

Sun Sept 3, 10:30 a.m. – Last Sunday of Children’s Ministry Summer Program – The last Sunday for our summer drop-in children’s program.

Sun Sept 10, 10:00 a.m. – Registration for Children’s Ministry 2017-2018 – Registration continues for the Children’s Ministry for 2017-2018. Find us in the foyer on Sunday morning or contact the church office.

Sun Sept 10, 10:30 a.m. – Children’s Ministry Begins its 2017-2018 Year – We begin the Children’s Ministry for the school year 2017-2018. For children from pre-school to grade 6.

Sun Sept 10, 11:30 a.m. – Barbecue for Outreach – Following the Open Door, the SJYM Outreach team is hosting a fundraising barbecue on the patio. Bishop Kevin Robertson will be here. Join us on the patio for burgers, hot dogs, and cold treats. There’s also a car wash, and someone might be getting a pie in the face.

Mon Sept 11, 6:00 p.m. – Handchime and Handbell music programs start – The kickoff evening for the Handchime Choir (grades 3 to 6) and the Rockin’ Ringers (grade 7 and up). We encourage and welcome new ringers! No musical experience needed – enjoy free music lessons, have fun and make new friends, and take part in concerts including Sing and Ring at Christmas.

Tue Sept 12, 6:30 p.m. – Men’s Supper Club – Gentlemen, you’re invited to an evening of fellowship, food, and ideas. This month, we’re discussing Lee Strobel’s book The Case for Faith. Gather at 6:30; dinner begins at 7:00; discussion begins at 7:30.

Thur Sept 14, 7:30 p.m. – Lychgate Group Meeting – Ladies, we reconvene this month with a welcome-back potluck dinner. Reconnect with friends, share in a potluck supper, and discuss the year ahead.

Fri Sept 15, 7:30 p.m. – Is God a Figment of Our Imagination?At Convocation Hall, University of Toronto. Alister McGrath, Christian apologist, debates Michael Shermer, writer and skeptic, on what we should believe and why. Sponsored by Wycliffe College. For more info and to buy tickets please visit www.wycliffecollege.ca/religionandsociety.

Wed Sept 20, 7:00 p.m. – The Parenting Course at YLFStarting! – Every Wednesday for five weeks, learn how to be the parent you want to be and the parent your children need. Inspired by the work of Barbara Coloroso. For info or to register, please call the SJYM office at 416-225-6611 or use the contact form at ylfellowship.com.

Sun Sept 24, 11:30 a.m. – Farewell Celebration for Rev. Anne – Join us as we say farewell to Rev. Anne, who is stepping down from her role as Associate Priest at St. John’s. We celebrate with a lunch in the auditorium. Please RSVP by signing up in the foyer or by contacting the office. (There will be no Forum this Sunday.)

Sun Sept 24, 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 Sept 27, 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.

Thur Sept 28, 7:00 p.m. – Alpha at YLFIntroductory evening – Every Thursday for twelve weeks, be a part of the course that has introduced the Christian faith to a new generation and revitalized the faith of many other people. This first evening is a no-cost no-obligation time to discover what Alpha offers. Bring a friend! For info please call the SJYM office at 416-225-6611 or use the contact form at ylfellowship.com.

Fri Sept 29, 7:00 p.m. – A Night Out with God and the Girls – At the Miller Tavern. A time to socialize, enjoy some refreshments (liquid and solid), and discuss a good book. If you’d like to come, please RSVP to Laura at lpeetoom@sjym.ca or 416-225-6611. The book is Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott, a wise and very funny account of a journey to faith.

Fri Sept 29 – Vestry Reports Due – Individual reports to be included in St. John’s Annual Vestry Report are due. Please send reports (usually 150 to 500 words for volunteer-led ministres) to Laura at lpeetoom@sjym.ca.


October 2017


Tue Oct 10, 6:30 p.m. – Men’s Supper Club – Gentlemen, you’re invited to an evening of fellowship, food, and ideas. This month, we’re discussing chapter 2 of Lee Strobel’s book The Case for Faith. Gather at 6:30; dinner begins at 7:00; discussion begins at 7:30.

Thur Oct 12, 7:30 p.m. – Lychgate Group Presentation – This month, we welcome Scott Kennedy, co-author of 200 years at St. John’s York Mills, to speak about the rich history of York Mills, Toronto, and the contributions our congregation has made. All are welcome at this special event – bring a friend!

Wed Oct 25, 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 Oct 22, 11:45 a.m. – Annual Vestry Meeting – Following the Open Door, all parishioners are encouraged to attend the Annual Vestry meeting of St. John’s. This is where we review the year past and make plans for the year ahead. It’s your chance to listen, to ask questions, and have your say about the running of the church.

Fri Oct 27, 7:00 p.m. – A Night Out with God and the Girls – At the Miller Tavern. A time to socialize, enjoy some refreshments (liquid and solid), and discuss a good book. If you’d like to come, please RSVP to Laura at lpeetoom@sjym.ca or 416-225-6611. The book is Traveling Mercies by Anne Lamott.

Sun Oct 29, 4:00 p.m. – Bachtoberfest – Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation with our music director, Mr. Patrick Dewell, BMus, MSMus. Enjoy a programme of rich and stimulating fare from the oeuvre of Johann Sebastian Bach, followed by a reception featuring seasonally-appropriate beverages and hors d’oeuvres.

Sun Oct 29, 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.


Mark Your Calendar


Thur Nov 2, 6:00 p.m. – The St. John’smen’s Dinner – All men of the parish are invited to the annual Men’s Dinner. This year, surgical oncologist Dr. Peter K. Stotland, MD, MSc, FRCSC, will be speaking about advances in the detection and treatment of colorectal cancer. It’s an evening for an exquisite reception, a hearty dinner, and an engaging talk.

Wed Nov 15, 7:00 p.m. – Divorce RecoveryStarting at YLF – A divorce can be one of the most stressful events in a person’s life. In this course of four weekly sessions, attendees find out about the feelings they are going through, get answers to common questions, and learn that they are not alone. For info or to register, please check the YLF website or contact the SJYM church office.


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. – Coffee and Conversation – 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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