Special Services & Education Events

Gathering Sunday with Junior Church activities and lunch on the lawn

Join us as we gather our Junior Church students, our full choir and whole community together to celebrate the return to the fall schedule. Children are also invited to bring their backpacks to be blessed. Followed by lunch on the lawn. Bring a friend!



Choral Evensong for Michaelmas & Peach Tea with special guest Clem Carelse 

Join us as we welcome the choir of St. Peter’s Erindale, under the direction of the Rev. Clement Carelse who will also speak about the Music of the Reformation. This is the first of our special events marking the dramatic influence of the Reformation, which began 500 years ago on October 31, 1517 when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany, thereby starting the Protestant Reformation. It had a profound effect on the music of the Christian Church. Download and print the poster for this event. September 24 Event



Holy Communion for Feast of St. Luke, followed by guest speaker Bishop Mark MacDonald

Bishop MacDonald was named the Anglican Church of Canada’s National Indigenous Bishop in 2007. After the service and a light supper, he will discuss the long reconciliation process between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people of Canada. Read more about Bishop MacDonald’s ministry as he reflects on the last 10 years in the Anglican Journal


Holy Communion for All Saints Day, followed by guest speaker Dr. David Neelands

Dr. Neelands is the former Dean of Divinity at Trinity College, University of Toronto. After a light supper, he will discuss the history and theology of the Reformation and Counter-reformation. This is the day after the 500th anniversary of the day Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to a church door in Wittenberg, Germany, starting the Protestant Reformation.


Sunday, November 5, 2017 | 4 p.m.

Choral Evensong for All Souls (transferred) followed by Pumpkin Tea and special guests, City Flutes

The Evensong for All Souls will include an opportunity to remember loved ones who have recently passed away. After Pumpkin Tea, Toronto’s City Flutes return to St. Olave’s to present another glorious sequence of classical, contemporary and popular flute pieces, led by founder Lana Chou Hoyt.


Sunday, November 12, 2017 | 10:30 a.m.

Remembrance Sunday


Sunday, December 3, 2017 | 4 p.m. (time TBC)

Choral Evensong for Advent I followed by Christmas Tea and Christmas Lights

St. Olave’s Arts Guild and guests present light music and entertainment, including Christmas songs, stories, poems, drama and instrumental solos.


Sunday, December 10, 2017 | 10:30 a.m.

Children’s Annual Nativity Play

St. Olave’s Junior Church presents the 34th annual presentation of the story of Jesus’ birth. Join us during the 10:30 service!


Sunday, December 17, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols by Candlelight

St. Olave’s Choir and friends lead this traditional service of Bible readings and Christmas anthems and carols that combine for a beautiful evening together. Reception to follow.


Sunday, December 24, 2017 

4 p.m. – Family Christmas Eve service

7:30 p.m. – Holy Communion by Candlelight for Christmas Eve


Monday, December 25, 2017 | 10:30 a.m.

Holy Communion for Christmas Day


Sunday, January 7, 2018 | 4 p.m.

Choral Evensong for Epiphany (transferred) followed by special guest Giles Bryant

Dr. Giles Bryant is the former music director at All Saints, Peterborough and led the choir of men and boys at St. James Cathedral for 20 years. After Epiphany Tea, Dr. Bryant will trace Anglican church music from a pre-Reformation monastic tradition, through the establishment of a Prayer Book repertoire, to the main forms in use today in cathedrals and parish churches.


Friday, February 2, 2018 | 6 p.m.

Holy Communion for Candlemas followed by Dream Trip to Egypt, a travelogue with special guest Debbie Cowling

After a light supper, Debbie will take us on a guided tour of Egypt through colourful slides of Cairo, the Egyptian museum, camel riding by the pyramids, a cruise on the Nile, the Abu Simbel temples, a Red Sea resort, plus key mosques and Christian churches.


Wednesday, February 14, 2018 | 7 p.m.

Holy Communion and Imposition of Ashes for Ash Wednesday


Sunday, February 18, 2018 | 4 p.m.

Choral Evensong for Lent I with Schola Eclesiam followed by Gounod 200

After light refreshments, Choir Director Clement Carelse examines the life, works and influences of French composer Charles Gounod (1818-93), noted for his Ave Maria and opera Faust.


Wednesdays February, 21, 28, March 7, 14, 2018 | 6 p.m.

At the Cross Her Station Keeping – A Lenten Series with Rob Mitchell

St. Olave’s Rector examines the Biblical texts that reveal Mary’s perspective on the Passion of Jesus, in a four-part discussion series. Following 6 p.m. service of Evening Prayer and light supper.


March 26, 27 & 28, 2018 | 7 p.m.

Holy Communion and the Way of the Cross during Holy Week


Thursday, March 29, 2018 | 7 p.m.

Holy Communion for Maundy Thursday, with stripping of the Altar


Friday, March 30, 2018 | 10:30 a.m.

Good Friday service


Wednesdays April 11, 18, 25 and May 2 | 6 p.m.

Language of the King James Bible ­– An Eastertide Series with Schuyler Brown

St. Olave’s Honorary Assistant the Rev. Dr. Schuyler Brown discusses writing which explores the emotional power of the KJV’s poetry and its heightened language, as also reflected in the Prayer Book. Following 6 p.m. service of Evening Prayer and light supper.


Sunday, April 22, 2018 | 4 p.m.

Choral Evensong for St. George’s Day followed by the Best of Canadiana

St. Olave’s Arts Guild and friends present prose, poetry, music and songs as we continue our year-long celebration of Canada 150.


Thursday, May 10, 2018 | 6 p.m.

Holy Communion for Ascension Day followed by guest speaker David Brinton

David Brinton is the former Sub-Dean of St. James Cathedral. After a light supper, his thoughtful, entertaining discussion will reflect a love of the Prayer Book and extend to include modern fiction.


Sunday, June 3, 2018 | 4 p.m.

Choral Evensong followed by Crowns and Coronets

After Strawberry Tea, join us for lute and guitar music for Royal occasions over the past four centuries the day after the 65th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.


Sunday, July 29, 2018 | 4 p.m.

Choral Evensong for the Feast of St. Olaf

Bring your friends and neighbours as we celebrate St. Olave’s Day and our Patronal Festival. BBQ to follow.


In case you missed it … We have assembled our Way of the Cross community art project from Holy Week 2017 into a Powerpoint presentation! Simply click on the document below to open. The slides are timed automatically or use the arrow keys to click through at your own pace. 

Download the way of the cross here.