St. Olave's Anglican Church

360 Windermere Avenue, Toronto, M6S-3L4

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Come Join Our Christian Community

Located near the heart of Bloor West Village,
St. Olave's has been worshipping as a congregation
for more than 125 years. We are a diverse, multi-
generational group who welcomes everyone. In today's fast-paced,
technology-driven world, St. Olave's celebrates the tradition and
beauty of the Book of Common Prayer, Anglican chant and other forms
of sung liturgy. Our mission is to continue to bring the light of
Christ to the community and beyond.

If you would like to add a name to our prayer list please call our office or send an e-mail message to

St. Olave's is on Twitter ---> @stolavesTO

Would you like to receive our newsletter, The Olave Branch, published
three times a year? If you are not getting the Branch, please email your address to

Links to all recent issues are at the bottom of this web-page.

A brief history of our parish is available in celebration of one-hundred-and-thirty years
of worship in October 2016.

Worship Team

Rector --- Rev. Father Robert Mitchell (416-769-5686) Pastoral Letter

Honorary Assistant --- Rev. Canon Ruth Smith (647-340-9015)

Honorary Assistant --- Rev. Peter John (416-653-1174) Sudanese Community Church

Director of Music --- John Stephenson
We are actively recruiting singers for our choir.
Please contact John at

Growth Committee Chair --- Jim Shapland (416-653-3570)

Envelope Secretary --- John Stafford (416-767-0167)

Child and Youth Minister --- Laura (Oxley) Bennett

Nursing Supervisor --- Jolene Watt

Administrative Team

Administrator --- Judy Beal (416-769-5686)
Office Hours are from 10:30AM to 5:30PM on Mondays and Tuesdays
and from 11:00AM to 8:00PM on Thursdays.

Sexton ---David Webb (416-720-1163)

Much work in St. Olave's is done by our Wardens, Committee Chairs and other Volunteers.

Giving to St. Olaves

St. Olave's gratefully accepts donations to help us continue to minister
to the community. Tax receipts will be issued at the end of every February
for donations totaling more than $25. Donations can be made

by Cash, Cheque or Pre-Authorized Giving

by Credit Card or with your PayPal Account

Services and Programs



HOLY COMMUNION --- 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 10:30 AM


MORNING PRAYER --- 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays of the month at 10:30 AM

PRAYERS IN THE CHAPEL --- 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 10:00 AM

JUNIOR CHURCH AND NURSERY --- at 10:30AM every Sunday
excluding summer, school breaks and holiday weekends. We make charitable donations,
one of the most recent of which made headlines in the Toronto Star.
See also our Junior Church Information Form.
For more about our Child and Youth Minister Laura (Oxley) Bennett click here.
We have added Jolene Watt as our nursing supervisor.

MID-WEEK EUCHARIST --- Wednesdays at 11:00AM.

BIBLE STUDY --- Wednesdays at 10:00AM.

As summer ends, we resume Bible Study at 10:00AM on Wednesday September 7
followed by mid-week Eucharist at 11:00AM.

Special Services

Thursday July 28th at 6:00PM We were delighted to incorporate
the Induction and Celebration of New Ministry for our new Rector
Rev. Father Robert Mitchell (416-769-5686) into our annual Patrons Festival.

Bishop Philip Poole led the service on his last visit to St. Olave's
before his retirement at the end of September.
A dinner followed downstairs in the hall at 7:30PM with
entertainment provided by the Excelsior Dixieland Jazz Band.

Rob Mitchell, our Rector, was on holiday from August 8 to August 22.
Accordingly, services on August 14 and August 21 were conducted by
The Rev. Cannon Harold Nahabedian.

Sunday September 11th at 10:30AM Gathering Sunday Back to Church celebration of
the ending of summer. A chance to meet with our new minister Rob Mitchell.
The children of our Junior Church were welcomed back for the year to follow.
After the service, our annual parish picnic was held on the south lawn.
While pretty-well everything was provided for lunch,
pot-luck contributions were also welcomed!

Sunday September 25th at 4:00PM Choral Evensong with the Choir of St. Peter's Erindale
followed by Peach Tea and The Music of Windsor Chapel including a talk by
the Choir Director Clem Carelse about music from some of the famous composers
associated with the Royal Chapel of St. George at Windsor Castle.

Tuesday November 1st at 6:00PM All Saints Evensong Service followed by light supper
and a Feature Talk entitled Faith in the Public Sphere.
by Dr. Christian Elia, coordinator of our hunger patrol.


Sept 28 2014 through March 25 2015
April 19 2015 through July 2015
Sept 27 2015 through March 16 2016
April 17 2016 through July 2016


Kids in Gardens returns! Join the Kids in Gardens crew, led by Laura Bennett
for a series of free, "garden-to-people" cooking workshops for kids, ages 6-13.

Go to the link
Garden-to-table Cooking Workshop Series: Seasonal Salads and More!
These hands-on workshops aim to demonstrate the seasonality of food and the
health benefits of organically grown vegetables, while also building
skills in the kitchen. Each workshop will begin in the garden where
kids will be encouraged to observe the changes in the garden, and help
harvest for the evening's project. After harvest, we will practice step by step
food preparation, learning new skills and kitchen tricks along the way,
before finally enjoying our creations together! After working in the kitchen
there will be a time to help with garden chores, and learn more about growing
food! Workshops are from 5:30 to 7:00 on Tuesdays, July 12, August 9,
September 13 and October 11.
Click here for Other Workshop Titles

In January 2016, distinguished local stained-glass artist Sarah Hall collaborated
with parishioner Janice Douglas on a presentation about Yvonne Williams, the artist
who created twelve of our beautiful stained-glass windows. Janice and Sarah
will be giving their presentation at Swansea Town Hall with the Swansea Historical
Society on December 7th at 7:30PM.

The Christmas Craft Show will be held on Saturday, November 19, 2016
from 10:00AM to 4:00PM,
marking the fourth year for this event.
Unique hand-made crafts will be sold by
artisans, artists and craftspeople from the Greater Toronto Area.
Tasty treats and a coffee bar will also be available.

Vendors are Wanted. If you are an interested vendor with your
hand-made craft, please contact our office at 416-760-5686 or
email Annis Tebbutt at
to obtain additional information and make an application.
The application deadline has been extended to September 30, 2016.

Proceeds will support St. Olave's good works and outreach.

An Advisory Board Meeting was held on Tuesday, June 7th, 2016.
The previous meeting was held on April 5th, 2016 and the next
meeting will be on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016, starting at 7:30PM.

A Vestry Meeting was held on Friday, February 26, 2016, at 7:00PM.

Mission Work

St. Olave's is home to the hunger patrol,
a weekly mobile soup kitchen run under the auspices of the Order of Malta.
Volunteers are sought to make soup Saturday afternoons and/or deliver it that
evening with Dr. Christian Elia, a parishonner at St. PIUS X Roman Catholic Church.
We provide soup, juice and rolls, along with clothing and sleeping bags to the poor
and disadvantaged. Find out how you can get involved by contacting Christian at 647-330-7864

Our Growth Committee has produced a fantastic new Soup Cook Book
in support of the Hunger Patrol.
Get 28 favorite soup recipes from
members of the Parish, as well as cook book authors Michael Smith, Julie Van Rosendaal
and Fina Scroppo for just $12. Available during church office hours while supplies last.
Call the office at 416-769-5686 to arrange your purchase.

Over the past 28 years, St. Olave's has donated more than $300,000 to Christian Mission Work in our community and around the world through our SECOND CENTURY MISSION FUND.

We support our former parishoner Kathy Langston in her efforts to
provide a home and care for abandoned children in Romania.
To make a donation, contact our office. Thanks!

Supported Activities

We are a busy place! Our facilities are used every week-day by
Addus, a charitable organization for youth with developmental disabilities,
For more information contact Rosie Parris at 416-604-2449.

In the evenings our Parish Hall is bustling with Girl Guides, Brownies,
Pathfinders, Sparks, Rangers, Scouts, Cubs, Venturers and Beavers.
For more information contact:
Brownies --- Willa Silver (416-763-2991)
Guides --- Paula Hilborn (416-995-7813)
Sparks --- Valerie Smith (416-274-6571)
Scout Group Commissioner --- Rene Bruneau (416-531-9749)

On Saturday mornings, we are home to the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.
For more information contact Father Herbert Bennett (416-570-4182).

On Sunday afternoons we are home to

We are also proud to be the home of the Windermere String Quartet,
whose web-site lists, categorizes and describes their upcoming events.

Christian Fellowship

Anglican Church Women (ACW)

Arts Guild

Youth Group

What is the Anglican Church All About?

The best short answer is probably the
Mission Statement of the Anglican Church of Canada

As a partner in the worldwide Anglican Communion and in the Universal
Church, we proclaim and celebrate the Gospel of Jesus Christ in Worship and action.

We value our heritage of biblical faith, reason, liturgy, tradition, bishops
and synods, and the rich variety of our life in the community.

We acknowledge that God is calling us to greater diversity of membership,
wider participation in ministry and leadership, better stewardship in God's
creation and a stronger resolve in challenging attitudes and structures that
cause injustice.

Guided by the Holy Spirit, we commit ourselves to respond to this all in love
and service and so more fully live the life of Christ.

For a wonderful perspective on being Anglican, read
Bishop Philip Poole's editorial in the Anglican Journal.

What is the Book of Common Prayer?

The Book of Common Prayer (BCP) is a small book that lists all the services
throughout the year, including many passages from the King James Bible. It is
much smaller than a Bible! When you come to St. Olave's or any Anglican
Church, you will notice that common prayer (or praying together) is an
important part of how Anglicans worship together. The rich tradition of set
prayers from the BCP forms the backbone of our services. It was written in 1662,
and later revised in 1962. While many Anglican Churches adopted the Book of
Alternative Services (BAS) in 1985, St. Olave's is among the 17 Anglican Churches
in Toronto to retain the BCP, which has been called the "priceless possession of the
Anglican Church." Saying the same liturgical words that have been said over
the centuries is, for many, part of the comforting ritual and tradition of our services.

A History of St. Olave's Church

We are pleased to be able to attach to our website
a detailed discussion of the history of our church
which includes details of the life of Olaf Haraldson,
who became Saint Olave, as well as of the beginning
of our parish going back to 1886, and our ties with
St. Olave's Hart Street in the London England business
district. The origins and dedications of of all the
windows, fonts, and components of the chapel are also
explained in an interesting way. The document, titled
Wood, Stone and Stained Glass
Saint Olave's Anglican Church
1886 -- 1991

was produced by one of our former rectors
the Reverend Dr. V. D. Wigmore

Read Our Newsletter

The Olave Branch --- Edited by Janice Douglas (416-658-4769)

Easter 2016
Advent 2015
Fall 2015
Easter 2015
Advent 2014
Fall 2014
Fall Parish News 2014
Easter 2014
Advent 2013 -- Pt 2
Advent 2013 -- Pt 1
Fall 2013
Easter 2013
Advent 2012
Fall 2012
Fall 2011
Easter 2011
Advent 2010
Lent 2010
Advent 2009
Fall 2009
Easter 2009
Advent 2008
Easter 2008
Fall 2007
Summer 2007
Easter 2007
Winter 2006
Fall 2006

Links to Web-Sites of Members of our Congregation

Craig Douglas, comedian and juggler
Jelana Duncan, golf professional
John Floyd, economist
Sandra Franke, artist and architect
David Hutcheon, real estate sales representative

For comments and further information, contact the Webmaster
John Floyd (416-769-8245)