Special Services & Events

Incredible India

Friday, October 18, 6 p.m.

A service of Evening Prayer at 6 p.m. is followed by a light supper at 6:30, then at 7, Debbie Cowling presents an illustrated feature talk on a land of contrasts, with a rich history, where many religions co-exist, usually in peace. Her slides include the Taj Mahal, Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur, a tiger safari and Goa’s beautiful beaches and spectacular churches. Contributions appreciated. 

 


Choral Evensong for St. Simon & St. Jude

with St. James’s Cathedral Choir 

Sunday, October 27, 4:30 p.m. (please note start time)

We welcome guest homilist the Rev’d Canon David Harrison, Rector of the Church of St. Mary Magdalene to the service, which is followed by Pumpkin High Tea. The Cathedral’s music director, Robert Busiakiewicz, will discuss his life in music as composer, conductor and tenor, including his early years in Vienna, Stratford, London and at King’s College, Cambridge; plus later performances in Sydney, New York, Washington and across Europe. Contributions appreciated. (Michael Hudson photo)


Holy Communion for All Saints’ Day

Friday, November 1, 7 p.m.

A celebration of saints known and unknown. We welcome the Rev’d Canon Beth Benson, Rector of the Church of St. Mary and St. Martha as guest preacher and our choir will be singing a special Communion setting. Refreshments to follow.

 


Holy Communion for All Souls’ Day

Sunday, November 3, 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

At this annual service of the Commemoration of the Dearly Departed, you are invited to add the name(s) of your loved ones who have passed away to a list to be read during the service.


The Future of the Church in the City

Wednesday, November 20, 6 p.m.

A service of Evening Prayer at 6 p.m. is followed by a light supper at 6.30, then at 7 Dr. Douglas Stoute looks forward at a time of uncertainty for the Christian church. As Dean of Toronto, he was responsible for St. James Cathedral for over 21 years, until 2016. Contributions appreciated. 

 


Choral Evensong for Advent Sunday 

with Voices chamber choir

Sunday, December 1, 4 p.m.

The Rev’d PJ Carefoote will deliver the homily. The service is followed by Christmas Tea, then at 5, St. Olave’s Arts Guild presents Christmas Lights, light music and light entertainment, including drama, poetry, music and songs. Contributions appreciated. 

 

 


Children’s Nativity Play

Sunday, December 15, 10:30 a.m.

This annual St. O’s tradition dates back 35 years and takes place during the service. Rehearsals are during Junior Church lessons on Sundays starting late November. If you’d like your child to participate, contact our Child & Youth Minister Martha Riddell.

 

 


Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Sunday, December 22, 7:30 p.m.

This candlelight service is built around scripture, congregational carols and choral anthems performed by St. Olave’s Choir. A highlight of St. Olave’s Advent season. Reception to follow.

 

 

 


Choral Evensong for Epiphany Eve

Sunday, January 5, 4 p.m.

The service is followed by Epiphany Tea then at 5, founder Lana Chou Hoyt directs City Flutes in another sequence of glorious classical, popular and contemporary flute pieces for the season. Contributions appreciated. 

 


Combined service with our South Sudanese community

Sunday, January 19, 10:30 a.m.

York-Credit Valley Area Bishop Jenny Andison will join us for this annual combine service celebrating the friendship between St. Olave’s and our afternoon worship community, the Sudanese Community Church of Toronto. This year the Bishop will be confirming several of our young parishioners. African luncheon to follow. 

 

 

 


Toronto Church Architecture

Friday, January 24, 6 p.m.

A service of Evening Prayer is followed by light supper at 6.30 then at 7, Dr. Carl Benn from Ryerson University’s Department of History, discusses the diversities of Toronto church architecture, from the Neoclassical visions of the Georgians to the Gothic Revival and eclectic tastes of the Victorians. Contributions appreciated.


Choral Evensong for the Queen’s Accession

with Schola Ecclesiam 

Sunday, February 9, 4 p.m.

The service is followed by Royal Festive Tea, during which the choir’s director Clement Carelse presents an illustrated feature on what we now call the First Viennese School of composers, which includes Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart and Schubert. This marks the start of Beethoven’s 250th anniversary year. Contributions appreciated. 


Thinking Day and Pancake Lunch 

Sunday, February 23, 10:30 a.m.

In recognition of its strong ties to the 101st Scouts Troop and 155th Guiding Unit who gather here, St. Olave’s celebrates the international Thinking Day movement. A pancake lunch is served after the service in in honour of Shrove Tuesday on February 25.

 


Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, February 26, 11:15 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Our annual service includes Imposition of Ashes and the Raising of the Lenten Veil.

 

 


Choral Evensong for Lent I

with the Healey Willan Singers

Sunday, March 1, 4 p.m. 

The service is followed by light refreshments then at 5, historian and liturgist Dr. Jesse Billett of University of Toronto presents From Plainsong to Anglican Chant, explains and illustrates the gradual transition from the plainsong of Gregorian chant to the glorious Anglican styles of today. Contributions appreciated. 

 


Lenten Series: The Beauty of Holiness

with the Rev’d Rob Mitchell and the Rev’d Alexandra Pohlod

Five Wednesdays in Lent, March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April 1 

A service of Evening Prayer is followed by light supper at 6.30, then at 7, the Rev’d Rob Mitchell and the Rev’d Alexandra Pohlod explore the details of traditional Anglican worship: the structure of Prayer Book services, the items used in worship, the clothing worn by the clergy, and other features that make Anglican services so beautiful. Contributions appreciated.


Eastertide Series: The Art of the Prayerbook

with the Rev’d Dr. Schuyler Brown 

Wednesdays in Eastertide, April 22, 29, May 6, May 13

A service of Evening Prayer is followed by light supper at 6.30, then at 7, Dr. Schuyler Brown discusses John Wall’s major book Transformations of the Word. First of four Wednesdays; continues to May 13. Contributions appreciated.


Choral Evensong for St. George

with St. Olave’s Choir 

Sunday, April 26, 4 p.m.

The service is followed by St. George’s Tea then at 5, St. Olave’s Arts Guild presents drama, poetry, music and songs, including excerpts from George Orwell’s Animal Farm and Joanna Cannon’s The Trouble with Goats and Sheep. Contributions appreciated. 


Choral Evensong for Trinity Sunday

with St. Olave’s Choir 

Sunday, June 7, 4 p.m.

The service is followed by Strawberry Tea then at 5, guitarist Doug Hibovski presents Mystics and Music for a Summer Afternoon. Doug will be joined by experienced musicians from his Bloor West Music Studios for a delightful sequence of popular, classical and cross-over music. Contributions appreciated. 

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