Calendar of Events


November 2017


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. Tickets $30 each or $55 for father and son, uncle and nephew, etc.

Sun Nov 5, 9:00 a.m. to noon – Remembrance Day Services – On this Sunday at our regular services, we remember and honour those who made sacrifices in past wars and conflicts so that we may enjoy what we have today. Following the 9:00 Sacred Table service, there will be a procession to the churchyard to dedicate the Vimy Oak saplings. Following the 10:30 Open Door service, there will be a Town Hall meeting (see next item).

Sun Nov 5, 11:30 a.m. – Town Hall – All congregants are encouraged to take part in the Town Hall meeting where we will discuss possibilities and proposals for the next few years at St. John’s. (There will not be a Forum this Sunday.)

Mon Nov 6, 5:00 p.m. – Youth Night at SJYM – Youth are invited for an evening of food, fellowship, fun, and sometimes, frank talk. At 5:00 p.m., meet in the Garnsworthy room for a soup supper that you help make. At 7:00 p.m. gather for a free-form evening in the Youth Lounge.

Thur Nov 9, 7:30 p.m. – Lychgate Group Monthly Meeting – Our regular meeting of the Lychgate Women’s Group. We meet in the Garnsworthy room for socializing, finger food, and a look at a theme topic.

Thur Nov 9, 7:30 p.m. – Lychgate Group Monthly Meeting – Our regular meeting of the Lychgate Women’s Group. We meet in the Garnsworthy room for socializing, finger food, and a look at a theme topic.

Sun Nov 12, 11:30 p.m. – Potluck Lunch – After The Open Door, stay and enjoy a tasty lunch sponsored by the Parish Council. The members of the Council are cooking up a tempting smorgasbord of dishes; parishioners are invited to bring their own contributions to add to the potluck table. (There will be no Forum today.)

Tue Nov 14, 6:30 p.m. – Men’s Supper ClubPostponed – In November, all men are invited to The St.John’smen’s Dinner on November 2. The Men’s Supper Club will resume on Tuesday, December 12.

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.

Sat Nov 18, 4:00 p.m. – Payam Akhavan speaks: In Search of a Better World – The Toronto Book Club presents Payam Akhavan, 2017 CBC Massey Lecturer, at the lectern. He will speak on and discuss ideas from his book In Search of a Better World, about trying to bring war criminals to justice, how it affected him, and what he learned. Admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the door; more info is here.

Sat Nov 18, 7:30 p.m. – Massed Handbell Concert at St. Mark’s Cathedral – The Rockin’ Ringers of St. John’s join six other handbell choirs in a concert Ring in Christmas. The concert is at St. Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, 455 Ferrier Drive, Markham. $10/adult, $5/child 7-12, free/child under 7. More info here.

Mon Nov 20, 5:00 p.m. – Youth Night at SJYMAt 5:00 p.m., meet in the Garnsworthy room for a soup supper that you help make. At 7:00 p.m. gather for a free-form evening in the Youth Lounge.

Fri Nov 24, 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 Nov 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.

Mon Nov 27, 5:00 p.m. – Youth Night at SJYMAt 5:00 p.m., meet in the Garnsworthy room for a soup supper that you help make. At 7:00 p.m. gather for a free-form evening in the Youth Lounge.

Wed Nov 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.


December 2017


Mon Dec 4, 5:00 p.m. – Youth Night at SJYM – Youth are invited for an evening of food, fellowship, fun, and sometimes, frank talk. At 5:00 p.m., meet in the Garnsworthy room for a soup supper that you help make. At 7:00 p.m. gather for a free-form evening in the Youth Lounge.

Tue Dec 5, 2:00 p.m. – Senior’s Communion and Tea – An opportunity for seniors and others who are not able to attend church regularly, to enjoy worship and fellowship together.

Sun Dec 10, 3:00 p.m. – Sing and Ring – Warm up to the Christmas season with our fun family concert. Enjoy the music of the handbell ringers, the band, and the choir. There’s even a chance for you, the audience, to participate.

Mon Dec 11, 5:00 p.m. – Youth Night at SJYM – Our last time until January – At 5:00 p.m., meet in the Garnsworthy room for a soup supper that you help make. At 7:00 p.m. gather for a free-form evening in the Youth Lounge.

Tue Dec 12, 6:30 p.m. – Men’s Supper ClubAt St. Leonard’s Church. Gentlemen, you’re invited to an evening of food for the body and the soul. Gather at 6:30, dinner at 7:00, discussion at 7:30. This month, we consider chapter 5 of Lee Strobel’s book The Case for Faith: Is it offensive to say that Jesus is the only way to God?

Wed Dec 13, 8:30 a.m. – Barnabas Breakfast in December – 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 Dec 14, 7:00 p.m. – Lychgate Group Christmas Party – The Lychgate Women’s Group gathers for the annual sweets ‘n savouries Christmas party. Location is to be announced. Members are welcome to bring guests.

Sat Dec 16, 10:00 a.m. – Decorating the church with Bill and Mark – It’s time to get the church ready for Christmas! Join caretakers Bill and Mark to help make the church look its best. There’s plenty to be done, from decorating the tree to adding greenery throughout, and many hands make light work. Coffee and Christmas treats will be there.

Sun Dec 17, 10:30 a.m. – Final Children’s Ministry until Jan 7, 2018 – Following this Sunday, the Children’s Ministry takes a break for two weeks. Have a blessed Christmas, everyone!

Sun Dec 17, 7:00 p.m. – Candlelight Christmas Carol Service – With the bell ringers, the band, and the choir, experience the Christmas story through words and music. Free-will offerings for Outreach.

Fri Dec 22, 3:30 p.m. – Church office closes until Tues Jan 2 – Exception: the office will open on Friday morning, Dec 29, for end-of-year donations.

– CHRISTMAS EVE –

Sun Dec 24, 9:00 a.m. – No Sacred Table service on Dec 24

Sun Dec 24, 10:30 a.m. – The Open Door on Christmas Eve – A contemporary service with music, teaching, and prayer centered on the birth of Jesus.

Sun Dec 24, 5:00 p.m. – Family Christmas Eve Service – A short but lively and spirited celebration of the birthday of Jesus, especially for families. Includes communion.

Sun Dec 24, 10:00 p.m. – Classic Christmas Eve Service – As midnight approaches, a traditional candle-lit Christmas communion service with our choir.

– CHRISTMAS DAY –

Mon Dec 25, 9:00 a.m. – The Sacred Table at Christmas – A gentle and relaxed communion service honouring the nativity of our Lord.

– UNTO US THIS CHILD IS BORN –

Fri Dec 29, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. – Church office open for end-of-year donations – Final donations for 2017 can be made today at the church office, by mail postmarked by Dec 31, and online at canadahelps.org by Dec 31.

Sun Dec 31, 9:00 a.m. to noon – Regular Sunday services – Regular services resume this Sunday: 9:00 The Sacred Table; 10:30 The Open Door; 11:30 The Forum.


Mark Your Calendar


Tue Jan 2, 9:30 p.m. – Church office re-opens – Regular office hours following the Christmas break.

Sun Jan 9, 10:30 a.m. – Children’s Ministry resumes – The regular Children’s Ministry program resumes this Sunday. Welcome back!


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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