200th Anniversary Events – All

1816 – 2016: 200 Years at St. John’s York Mills

St. John's York Mills - Glory to God from generation to generation


On September 17, 1816, the first members of St. John’s York Mills laid the cornerstone of their first church building. That made St. John’s the second oldest church in Toronto, and it made September 17, 2016 our two hundredth birthday!

See below for highlights of our 200th anniversary events. Click here to read more about the history of St. John’s York Mills Anglican church.

Events and Celebrations

Sunday, April 17: Guest Preacher Andy Bannister on “Why I Believe in the Resurrection”

St. John’s welcomes Dr. Andy Bannister to speak at The Open Door at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday April 17.

Andy will speak on the topic of “Why I Believe in the Resurrection.” The resurrection of Christ on the first Easter morning is one of the most pivotal events in history – and an event that can seem unbelievable. Could the body of a man dead for 48 hours really be returned to life? Does Jesus’s return to life really signal a victory over death?

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Thursday April 21: Speaker Mike Filey on “Toronto, Then and Now”

Mike Filey is a historian and author who has spent years researching, writing about, and speaking on the history of his hometown, Toronto. On April 21 at 6:30, we welcome Mike to St. John’s where he will speak about Toronto’s past, about the events and the society that has shaped SJYM, and about the role that SJYM has played. The evening begins with light refreshments.

Saturday May 28 and Sunday May 29: Doors Open Toronto

St. John’s is participating in Doors Open 2016, a weekend when the public is invited to tour buildings of architectural and cultural significance.

Through its 200 years, St. John’s has stood and grown as the community that it serves has transformed from a region of farms and mills to a major cosmopolitan city. These different eras are reflected in places throughout the building. In the foyer there will be displays of historical images, documents, and mementos. Visitors will also be invited to wander through the churchyard, which includes the resting places of several notable people.

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Sunday June 12: Strawberry Social

It’s time for a traditional summer get-together at the church, a Strawberry Social, but updated for 2016. It will be the men of St. John’s who will be preparing and serving. Join friends and neighbours for a nice light lunch, for some outdoor activities, and for socializing.

Sunday September 18: 200th Anniversary Celebration Services

St. John’s is 200 years old this week, and we celebrate with two distinctive services. All parishioners, former parishioners, former clergy, and friends of St. John’s are warmly invited.

Sunday September 18, 9:00 a.m.: Nineteenth Century Morning Prayer
Experience how worship was done in the 1800s, featuring the 1815 Prayer Book, period music and a hymn on the 1840s barrel organ – with the church set up as if it were 1816.

Sunday September 18, 10:30 a.m.: A Service of Thanksgiving
The church will be transformed to modernity for a joyful celebration of the contemporary eucharist with the Archbishop. Music will include handbells, band, organ and choir – and singing!

Sunday October 2: Guest Preacher Abdu Murray on Christianity and Islam

Abdu Murray, the North American Director of RZIM, will be at The Open Door (10:30 a.m.). Murray is the author of two books, including Grand Central Question: Answering the Critical Concerns of the Major Worldviews. On October 2, he will speak about what the Islamic and Christian faiths have to say to the questions of the mind and the longings of the heart.

Sunday October 16: Book Launch of 200 Years of St. John’s York Mills

We’re releasing of a new book about the history of St. John’s, with an emphasis on the last 50 years to complement 150 Years at St. John’s York Mills written by Audrey Graham. On October 16, author Scott Kennedy will be on hand to sign copies. Pre-order from the church office at 416-225-6611 for $50 each.

Saturday October 29: Organ Recital for the 200th Anniversary

Elizabeth Anderson, the interim organist at St. Thomas’s Anglican Church joins our music director Patrick Dewell for a concert on the St. John’s pipe organ. The music begins at 4 p.m., and you’re invited to stay for a reception afterward.

Thursday November 10: Ted Barris on an Evening of Vimy

The Battle of Vimy Ridge was not only a major but costly victory in World War I, it was a defining event in Canada’s identity as a nation. Guest author and speaker Ted Barris will look back at that battle, and discuss the many contributions by the people of St. John’s to the battle and to the memorial at Vimy Ridge.

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