Special Services & Events

Sunday, September 9, 2018 | 10:30 a.m.

Gathering Sunday service followed by Community Lunch on the Lawn.
All are invited to our service as we welcome our choir and children’s program back from summer break. Children are invited to bring their backpacks to be blessed and our free BBQ chicken lunch will also include a special guest performance from the Windermere String Quartet. If you’ve never been to St. Olave’s, now’s the time to check us out!

Sunday, September 30 | 4 p.m.

Choral Evensong for Michaelmas and “Music of the Oxford Movement.” 
The Rev’d Clement Carelse leads guest choir of St. Peter’s, Erindale. After Peach Tea, Carelse discusses the dramatic changes in church music that resulted from the Oxford Movement, beginning with Victorian composers such as Samuel Sebastian Wesley and Thomas Attwood Walmisley. Contributions appreciated.

Sunday, October 7 | 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.
Thanksgiving Sunday services and Blessing of the Harvest.

Sunday, October 14 | Feast of the Dedication.
Join us after our 10:30 service for celebration and introduction of the second phase of For the Love of St. Olave’s.

Sunday, October 28 | 5 p.m.

Choral Evensong for St. Simon and St. Jude with St. Paul’s Cathedral Choir, London, Ontario.
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 Reformation which started in 1517. 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.” 
Following Pumpkin Tea, 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

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 and entertainment, including Wenceslas by Britain’s Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy and a singalong featuring Good King Wenceslas. Contributions appreciated.

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 Bryant 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 (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, at 5 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.


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


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.


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 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 BBQ
Join us for our annual celebration and homecoming. Bring your friends and neighbours! Contributions appreciated.