Special Services & Events

Sunday, October 28 | 5 p.m.

Choral Evensong with St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir, London, Ontario.
Evensong for St. Simon and St. Jude followed by community supper at 6. Contributions appreciated.

 

 


Thursday, November 1 | 6 p.m.

All Saints Communion and “Reformation and the Printing Press.” 
After a light supper, at 7, Dr. Pearce Carefoote (Head of U of T’s rare-book collection) concludes our year-long celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. In an illustrated talk, he explains that it couldn’t have happened as it did without the invention of the printing press. Contributions appreciated.


Sunday, November 4 | 4 p.m.

Choral Evensong for All Souls and “For King and Country.” 
Names of the dearly departed will be read during this service led by St. Olave’s choir. Stay for Pumpkin Tea, then at 5 we mark the centenary of the end of the First World War with a talk from historian Richard Fiennes-Clinton. He will explore the special role of the monarch at such occasions of national importance, through vintage photographs, films, videos and music. Contributions appreciated.


Sunday, November 11 | 10:30 a.m.

Remembrance Day service of Morning Prayer commemorating the centenary of the end of the First World War. 

 

 

 


Saturday, November 17 | 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Christmas Craft Show and Coffee Hours
Find unique gifts for everyone on your gift list at our annual craft show. More than 20 artists selling jewellery, knitwear, baking, cards, stained glass and more! Plus baking, knitted goods and treasures from our Anglican Church Women. Delicious treats plus a bistro lunch from 11:30 to 2 p.m. $2 admission fees support a program for peace in South Sudan with The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund

 

 

 


Sunday, December 2 | 4 p.m.

Choral Evensong for Advent Sunday and “Christmas Lights.”
Following Christmas Tea, at 5 St. Olave’s Arts Guild presents light music from the steel-pan band Pan4Christ and light entertainment, including Wenceslas by Britain’s Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and dramatic readings from the Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. 


Sunday, December 9 | 10:30 a.m.

Annual Children’s Nativity Play


Sunday, December 16 | 7:30 p.m.

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols with St. Olave’s Choir and Friends
This traditional service traces its roots back to 1918 when it was first held in King’s College Chapel at Cambridge University. The collection of scripture readings interspersed with carols was introduced in 1918 “to bring a more imaginative approach to worship.” Don’t miss this highlight to St. Olave’s Advent season, and bring your friends!

 


 Sunday, December 23 

4 p.m. | Christmas Eve Family Service
7:30 p.m. | Christmas Eve Communion


Sunday, January 6 | 4 p.m.

Choral Evensong for Epiphany and “Victorian and Modern Music with Giles Bryant.”
After Epiphany Tea, at 5 Giles returns with an illustrated talk at the piano, covering late Victorian and modern influences on cathedrals and churches. He will focus on Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924) and Herbert Howells (1892-1983), including their Evening Canticles. Contributions appreciated.


Friday, February 1 | 6 p.m.

Candlemas Communion and “Women Interpreters of the Bible.” 
Following a light supper, at 7 Dr. Marion Taylor, a professor of Old Testament at U of T’s Wycliffe College, discusses the greatest adventure of her life: her recent research on the many brilliant women who interpreted the Bible. Contributions appreciated.


Sunday, February 10 | 4 p.m.

Choral Evensong for the Queen’s Accession with Schola Ecclesiam and “Music of Handel.” 
Following a Royal Festive Tea, choir director Clement Carelse marks the Queen’s accession 67 years ago by examining the life and music of George Frederick Handel (1685-1759), noted for Zadok the Priest and other Royal music. Contributions appreciated.


Sunday, March 3 | 10:30 a.m.

Thinking Day service with Scouts and Guides.
Following the service we gather for annual Pancake Lunch in advance of Shrove Tuesday.


Wednesday, March 6 | 7 p.m.

Ash Wednesday Communion and Imposition of Ashes


Sunday, March 10 | 4 p.m.

Choral Evensong for the First Sunday in Lent and “Medieval Songs from Northern Italy.” 
Following light refreshments, at 5 singer and medieval fiddler Katherine Hill presents devotional Laude (praise songs) from 13th and 14th century Florence and Cremona. Contributions appreciated.


Wednesdays, March 13, 20, 27, April 3 & 10 | 6 p.m. Evening Prayer and Talk.

LENTEN SERIES: THE PRAYER BOOK – YOUR GUIDE TO DAILY LIVING.

Following a light supper, at 7 the Rev’d Rob Mitchell (St. Olave’s Rector) discusses how to use the Book of Common Prayer as a daily companion, for personal devotion and structuring your life. Contributions appreciated.


April 14 – 21

HOLY WEEK & EASTER SERVICES

Sunday, April 14, 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. – Palm Sunday and blessing of the Palms
Monday, April 15, 7 p.m. – Communion for Monday in Holy Week
Tuesday, April 16, 7 p.m. – Communion for Tuesday in Holy Week
Wednesday, April 17, 7 p.m. – Communion for Wednesday in Holy Week
Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m. – Communion for Maundy Thursday with foot washing and stripping of the altar
Friday, April 19, 10:30 a.m. – Cross of Christ service for Good Friday
Sunday, April 21, 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. – Easter Day with Communion


Wednesdays, May 1, 8,15 & 22 | 6 p.m. Evening Prayer and Talk.

EASTERTIDE SERIES: WHY GOD WON’T GO AWAY

Following a light supper, at 7 The Rev’d Dr. Schuyler Brown discusses Andrew Newberg’s major book Why God Won’t Go Away: Brain Science and the Biology of Belief. Contributions appreciated.


Sunday, May 12 | 4 p.m.

Choral Evensong for St. George and “Best Acts of Courage.”
Following St. George’s Tea, at 5 St. Olave’s Arts Guild presents drama, poetry, music and songs, including Millay’s Courage that my Mother had, Richard Johnson’s St. George and the Dragon and some Shakespeare. Contributions appreciated.


Thursday, May 30 | 6 p.m.

Ascension Communion and “A Personal Focus on Israel.” 
Following a light supper, at 7 the Rev’d Margaret Rodrigues gives an illustrated talk on meeting Jesus in His homeland, including her visit to Israel and the Sinai desert. Contributions appreciated.


Sunday, June 6 | 4 p.m.

Choral Evensong for Trinity Sunday and “Improvisation and the Italian Baroque.” 
Followed by Strawberry Tea, at 5 Emily Klassen (soprano) and Ben Stein (lute, tenor) of Musicians on the Edge explore the repertoire of 17th century Italy. Contributions appreciated.


Sunday, July 28 | 4 p.m.

Festal Evensong for St. Olave’s Eve and Community Barbecue
Join us for our annual celebration and homecoming. Bring your friends and neighbours! Contributions appreciated.