Recent events

Autumn series: A History of Private Prayer

Fridays, September 13, 20, 27 and October 4, 6 p.m.

A service of Evening Prayer at 6 p.m. is followed by a light supper at 6:30. At 7, the Rev’d Alexandra Pohlod, St. Olave’s Assistant Curate, presents a series on private prayer throughout history:

  • September 13 – the Early Church
  • September 20 – the Middle Ages
  • September 27 – the Reformation
  • October 4 – Today

Contributions appreciated. 

Dedication Festival

Sunday, October 6, 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.

Join us as we celebrate the 82nd anniversary of the dedication of our current church building. The original St. Olave’s building at the bottom of Windermere Avenue served our parish from 1887 to 1927. For the next 10 years the congregation worshipped in the basement, until in 1937 moving into the newly constructed church that we know today. In light of the dedication and generosity of parishioners who built this beautiful church, we will be introducing the idea of Legacy Giving at both services. Legacy Giving refers to the practice of making provision for the church in ways that continue to benefit the ministry of St. Olave’s, even after we are no longer living. This kind of foresight from past parishioners has been vital for St. Olave’s, and it could become an even greater way of ensuring that our unique and important ministry continues to thrive long into the future. 

Choral Evensong for Michaelmas

and David Willcocks Centenary, with the Choir of St. Peter’s, Erindale

Sunday, September 29, 4 p.m. 

Clement Carelse
Sir David Willcocks

After the service, stay for our annual Peach Tea, during which choir director Clement Carelse will present an illustrated feature on the life and music of Sir David Willcocks (1919-2015), whom he knew at King’s College, Cambridge. Sir David was an English choral conductor, organist and composer, most famous for his work at King’s, where he led the annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols for many years.  Clement will include extracts from several rare vintage recordings of Sir David Willcocks directing the choir at King’s College; and will also discuss the works of Sir David’s contemporaries that will be performed live at this Evensong, Contributions appreciated. 

Gathering Sunday

September 8, 10:30 a.m.

Children are invited to bring their backpacks to be blessed and then join our Child & Youth Minister for games and activities. The choir will be in full voice and after the service there will be a rotisserie chicken dinner on the lawns. Bring your friends! See FB post with photos here.

Summer Bible Study

Starting Wednesday, July 10 at 10 a.m.

THE PSALMS AS SONGS OF JESUS: Of approximately 360 quotations from the Hebrew Scriptures that appear in the New Testament, nearly one third come from the Book of Psalms. Over the Summer, The Rev’d Alexandra Pohlod will lead a bible study on the Psalms as they appear in the New Testament. The study will take place on Wednesdays at 10 am in the Wardens’ Vestry, beginning on the 10th of July. A short service of mid-day prayer will follow the study. All are welcome!


Sunday, July 28 | 4 p.m.

Choral Evensong for St. Olave’s Eve and Community Barbecue.
Join us for our annual celebration and homecoming. This year we are delighted to welcome Bishop Jenny Andison. Bring your friends and neighbours! Contributions appreciated.



May 30 to June 9

Pledge2Pray with the global prayer wave Thy Kingdom Come

Join us in Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer at St. Olave’s Tuesdays to Fridays, or follow along at home with the orders of service on this page



Sunday, June 16 | 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 and perform the repertoire of 17th century Italy. Contributions appreciated.



Thursday, May 30 | 6 p.m.

Ascension Day Holy 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, 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.

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.

April 14 – 19


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

Sundays during Lent


The Seven Last Words of Christ from the Cross
The four Gospels record seven statements made by Jesus as he hung from the cross. These statements have been mined throughout the centuries for the spiritual riches they contain. St. Olave’s Rector, the Rev’d Rob Mitchell, will be preaching on each of these “words” throughout Lent:

  • Wednesday, March 6 (Ash Wednesday – 7 p.m.): “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.” (Luke 23:34)
  • Sunday, March 10 (Lent 1): “Truly, I say to thee, today shalt thou be with me in paradise.” (Luke 23:43)
  • Sunday, March 17 (Lent 2):“Woman, behold thy son. Son, behold thy mother.” (John 19:26–27)
  • Sunday, March 24 (Lent 3):“My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46 & Mark 15:34)
  • Sunday, March 31 (Lent 4):“I thirst.” (John 19:28)
  • Sunday, April 7 (Passion Sunday):“It is finished.” (John 19:30)
  • Sunday, April 14 (Palm Sunday): “Father, into thy hands I commend my spirit.” (Luke 23:46)

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


Following a light supper, the Rev’d Rob Mitchell (St. Olave’s Rector) discusses the Book of Common Prayer. Often referred to as the “priceless possession” of the Anglican Church, the Book of Common Prayer is much more than its title. In this five-part series, Rev’d Rob discusses how to use the BCP as a daily companion, for personal devotions and to provide a steady rhythm to your busy life. Whether you’re new to the BCP or a devout user, these talks will help you engage in the prayer book’s language, order and style. Each Wednesday begins with a service of Evening Prayer followed by a light supper and talk.Contributions appreciated.

March 13, 6 p.m.
Journeying through the BCP’s yearly rhythm

March 20, 6 p.m.
Reading the Bible with the BCP as our guide

March 27, 6 p.m.
Using the BCP outside of Church

April 3, 6 p.m.
Knowing the Anglican Faith preserved in the BCP

April 10, 6 p.m.
Forming a personal Rule of Life as described in the BCP

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. Katherine first developed a love for old European text and music here in her native Toronto. She moved to the Netherlands in 2000, studying, appearing in concerts, radio broadcasts and at festivals throughout Europe over many years. In 2010, she completed an M.A. in Medieval Studies at the University of Toronto’s world-renowned Centre for Medieval Studies and, in 2012, Katherine received a diploma from the Eric Sahlstrom Institute in Sweden. Katherine is the Director of Music at St. Bartholomew’s Anglican church in Regent Park, Toronto.

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 
This service will also feature the first of a Lenten sermon series focussing on the Seven Last Words of Christ from the Cross.

Sunday, February 10 | 4 p.m.

Choral Evensong for the Queen’s Accession with Schola Ecclesiam and “Music of Handel.” 

The service includes Zadok the Priest by Handel, O Taste and See by Vaughan Williams, responses by Smith of Durham and canticles by Stanford.  Following a Royal Festive Tea, the choir’s director Clement Carelse marks the Queen’s accession 67 years ago by examining the life and music of George Frederick Handel (1685-1759), focusing on his music for Royal occasions, including works in today’s service.  Contributions appreciated.

Friday, February 1 | 6 p.m.

Candlemas Communion and “Women Interpreters of the Bible.” 
Our Feast of Candelmas includes a blessing of the candles, then following a light supper, at approximately 7 p.m., 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, January 20 | 10:30 a.m.

Annual Combined service with our South Sudanese brothers and sister, with special guest preacher and celebrant Bishop Andrew Asbil.

Sunday, January 6 | 4 p.m.

Choral Evensong for Epiphany 
Followed by Epiphany Tea and music feature.

Monday, December 24 

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

Tuesday, December 25

10:30 a.m. | Christmas Day Holy Communion.

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

Annual Children’s Nativity Play
The 35th annual production is titled Finding Jesus and is presented during our 10:30 service. Don’t miss this charming and heart warming presentation!



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 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. 

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

Christmas Craft Show and Coffee House
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



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. 




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.


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, 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, 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.

Wednesdays, June 27 to August 1 | 10 a.m.

Sensational Summer Bible Study

Starting Wednesday, June 27 at 10 a.m. and continuing for six weeks, our intern Robb Sykes will be leading a bible study on Galatians in the Ethel Brown Room. Everyone is welcome. Tea and Coffee will be provided. There will be no communion service afterward. Please join us as you are able and if you miss a week here and there no attendance is being taken, but we hope you will be able to come for all six weeks.

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

Choral Evensong for the Queen’s Coronation, followed by Strawberry Tea and at 5, Crowns and Coronets.

At 5 p.m. guitarist Doug Hibovski presents a cross-over sequence of music with Royal connections from the time of Elizabeth I and John Dowland to the popular and classical music of our present Queen’s reign, on the day after the 65th anniversary of her coronation.

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

Holy Communion for Ascension Day, then at 7, guest speaker David Brinton on Faith and Fiction.

David Brinton is the former Sub-Dean of St. James Cathedral and current Priest-in-Charge at St. Thomas’, Huron. At 7, after a light supper, David’s thoughtful, entertaining discussion will reflect a love of the Prayer Book and extend to include modern fiction. David will discuss theological themes in contemporary fiction by authors such as Muriel Spark, Flannery O’Connor and Marilynne Robinson. As with P.D. James, he’s noted for a life-long love of the Book of Common Prayer. 

Sunday, May 6, 2018 | 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.

Holy Communion for Rogation Sunday with guest speaker the Rev’d Chris Harper.

Chris Harper has been the Diocese of Toronto’s Native Indigenous Priest for the past year. Originally from Saskatchewan, Rev’d Harper will preach at both services then stay for a Mapping Exercise workshop, developed by the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund. Download the poster. 

Wednesdays April 11, 18, 25 and May 2

Language of the King James Bible ­– An Eastertide Series.

6 p.m. – service of Evening Prayer and light supper
7 p.m. – 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 BookHe focuses on Adam Nicolson’s book God’s Secretaries, plus works by Paul Kugler and Sarah Thomson. 

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.


Sunday, April 1, 2018 | 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.

Service of Holy Communion for Easter Day. The 10:30 service will include a children’s program and  guest trumpeter Scott Gabriel. Please join us downstairs for sparkling wine and baked treats, plus an Easter Egg Hunt for the children (on the lawn weather permitting)!


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

Good Friday Cross of Christ service – Readings and music to carry you through Christ’s last day



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

Holy Communion for Maundy Thursday, with stripping of the Altar and washing of feet



Meeting Jesus through the Gospel of John: A Lenten Series with Bishop Jenny Andison.

Toronto’s York-Credit Valley Area Bishop Jenny Andison leads this six-part discussion series based on materials from the Society of St. John the Evangelist. Join us and bring a friend as we move through Lent together, Wednesday evenings February 21, 28 & March 7, 14, 21, 28, 2018

  • 6:30 – Light supper (freewill offering welcome)
  • 7:00 – Discussion
  • 8:30 – Compline

To help us plan food and Meeting Jesus prayer journals, please register here

Feel free to download or share this 8.5×11 poster.

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

Ante-Communion and the Way of the Cross during Holy Week

March 25, 2018 | 10:30 a.m.

Palm Sunday with blessing of the palm crosses and special guest speaker, the Reverend Pearce Carefoote. Rev’d Carefoote is the interim head of rare books and special collections at Robarts Libary, home to papyrus from the time of Christ and Medieval manuscripts that come from the fourth century, among other treasures. 


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

Holy Communion and Imposition of Ashes for Ash Wednesday with special guest, Bishop Jenny Andison

Choral Evensong for the First Sunday in Lent with Schola Eclesiam,
plus refreshments and shortly after 5 p.m., Gounod 200.

Choir Director Clement Carelse examines the life, works and influences of French composer Charles Gounod (1818-93), noted for his Ave Maria, his opera Faust and the St. Cecilia Mass. His huge repertoire includes many other operas and masses, as well as a large number of motets, oratorios, ballet and theatrical pieces, songs of many types, plus instrumental works for piano, organ and violin. During the service, the choir will perform the anthem Cantique de Jean Racine by Gabriel Fauré, one of Gounod’s distinguished contemporaries who was strongly influenced by Gounod’s style. The choir will also perform Ave Maria live downstairs after the service to illustrate Clement’s talk, which will also include several recordings of Gounod’s work.

Sunday, February, 11, 2018 | 10:30 a.m.

Annual Thinking Day service for Scouts and Guides with special guest speaker Stephen Scharper, followed by PANCAKE LUNCH. Dr. Scharper teaches in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Toronto at Mississauga. His areas of research include religious ethics and the environment, religion and social movements, biotechnology, human rights and globalization. 

Holy Communion for Candlemas followed by light supper and shortly after
7 p.m., Dream Trip to Egypt, an illustrated talk with Debbie Cowling.

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.



Choral Evensong for Epiphany Sunday, followed by Epiphany Tea
and shortly after 5 p.m., special guest Giles Bryant: Cathedral and Parish Music,
an illustrated talk at the piano.

Giles Bryant will trace Anglican church music from its pre-Reformation monastic tradition, through the establishment of a Prayer Book repertoire in England, to the main forms current today in Canada’s cathedrals and parish churches. His illustrated talk at the piano will focus on Tallis, Purcell, Maurice. Giles is the former music director at All Saints, Peterborough and led the choir of men and boys at St. James Cathedral for 20 years prior to that. He has given many organ recitals across Canada and in England, France and Spain. Giles is a lifelong enthusiast for the Book of Common Prayer and its glorious music.

Holy Communion for Christmas Day

4 p.m. – Family Christmas Eve service – a short carol-filled service designed especially for younger children

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

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.

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!

Choral Evensong for Advent Sunday followed by Christmas Tea
and shortly after 5 p.m., Christmas Lights

St. Olave’s Arts Guild and guests present light music and entertainment, including Christmas songs, stories, poems, drama and instrumental solos. Emceed by comic juggler Craig Douglas.

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 popular flute pieces, led by founder Lana Chou Hoyt. The concert will include glorious music by Bach, Albinoni and Vaughan Williams, plus Spanish Love Song I Wonder As I Wander and the Greensleeves Fantasia.  

November 1, 6 pm, Theology and Reformation talk

Holy Communion for All Saints Day, followed by Reformation 500
with 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.