Calendar of Events

Past events are in the archives: year 2018, year 2017, year 2016.


October 2018


Mon Oct 1, 7:15 p.m. – Youth Night Every Monday evening – Meet in the Youth Room for a free-form evening of socializing, games, and relaxing. It’s also a time for conversations from light-hearted to serious. Come early at 6:00 to help make soup in the Garnsworthy room, or at 6:45 when we sit down for soup supper.

Tue Oct 2, 6:30 p.m. – The Recovery Course Continues at YLFEvery Tuesday until November 27 – A Christ-centered approach to addiction recovery based on the well-known twelve-step program; the course is offered by Yonge Lawrence Fellowship at 25 Wanless Ave. For details please visit ylf.church/recovery.

Wed Oct 3, 6:00 p.m. – The Grad Class – Each week Rev. Drew or a guest speaker digs deep into a topic that informs our Christian beliefs and practices. Meet at St. John’s in the Garnsworthy room. Please contact the church office for more details.

Wed Oct 3, 7:00 p.m. – Breathe at YLFEvery Wednesday at 25 Wanless Ave – Yonge Lawrence Fellowship’s midweek worship service. Whatever trials and frustrations your week has held … at Breathe you’ll find some space, some peace, some grounding, something of the unforced rhythms of grace. It’s worship that’ll do your heart good. Social time at 7:00; worship at 7:30. More info at ylf.church.

Thur Oct 4, 7:00 p.m. – All-Candidates Meeting – To 9:00 p.m. The candidates running to represent Don Valley West (Ward 15) in the Toronto election will be at St. John’s to speak and answer questions. Everyone in Ward 15 is invited to this meeting.

Tue Oct 9, 6:30 p.m. – Men’s Supper Club – Gentlemen, you’re invited to an evening of food for the body and the soul. Gather at 6:30, dinner at 7:00, discussion at 7:30. This month, we continue discussing the book Falling Upward by Ricard Rohr.

Thur Oct 11, 7:00 p.m. – Lychgate Group Meeting – The monthly gathering of the Lychgate Women’s Group. At 7:00 p.m. we socialize over some nibbles. At 7:30 p.m. we welcome Carolyn Kim, the Lab Director of the Talking Book Library, for a presentation. All members of the parish are welcome; please RSVP to Sharon Barney or the church office.

Fri Oct 19, 7:00 p.m. – A Night Out with God and the Girls – Our slightly unconventional book club resumes tonight with Nation by Terry Pratchett. Grow in faith and friendships over refreshments and lively discussion. We’ll meet at SJYM — 19 Don Ridge Dr.  Contact the office if you have questions.

Sun Oct 21, 11:45 a.m. – Annual Vestry Meeting – All members of the congregation are encouraged to attend the annual general meeting of the church. Attendees will receive reports about the past year’s activities, hear about church finances, and consider plans and directions for the year ahead. A light lunch will be available for those who attend and there is childcare with with a pizza lunch.

Mon Oct 22, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. – Toronto Election Voting Day – The foyer of St. John’s is a polling station for the Toronto municipal election.

Thur Oct 25, 6:30 p.m. – St Johnsmen’s Dinner – All men are invited to this annual event at which we enjoy camaraderie, a hearty dinner and an engaging presentation. This year, Ted Barris tells the story of an audacious World War II bombing raid into the industrial heartland of the enemy, which he write about in his newest book, Dam Busters. Bring a brother or friend; father-son, uncle-nephew, grandfather-grandson and big-little brother pairs get a discount! H’ors d’oeuvres at 6:30, dinner at 7:30.

Sat Oct 27, 9:00 a.m. – New Member Welcome OrientationPostponed, new date to be announced – to 12 noon. For people new to or becoming reacquainted with St John’s Yorket to know St. John’s York Mills Church. Learn about the community, the leaders, our values and activities and what what you can expect as a member of the church. Morning coffee and childcare are offered as well.

Sun Oct 28, 4:00 p.m. – Contemplative Fire Monthly GatheringWay Beyond Religion: An experiential encounter with texts and the Jesus story. Expect stillness, spaciousness and storytelling. All are welcome – discover Contemplative Fire! We meet at 25 Wanless Ave. For details visit contemplativefire.net/events.

Wed Oct 31, 8:00 a.m. – Barnabas Breakfast – Until 11 a.m., a warm breakfast, spiritual comfort, and fellowship. Volunteers are always welcome; please contact the church office at 416-225-6611.


November 2018


Sat Nov 3 – Toronto Children’s Ministry ConferenceAt Wycliffe College, a day for people dedicated to the spiritual growth of children and youth – ministry leaders, parents, church volunteers. Hear dynamic speakers, participate in workshops, and meet others who share your passion. Click for information or to register.

Mon Nov 5, 7:15 p.m. – Youth Night Every Monday evening – Meet in the Youth Room for a free-form evening of socializing, games, and relaxing. It’s also a time for conversations from light-hearted to serious. Come early at 6:00 to help make soup in the Garnsworthy room, or at 6:45 when we sit down for soup supper.

Tue Nov 6, 6:30 p.m. – The Recovery Course Continues at YLFEvery Tuesday until November 27 – Offering a Christ-centered approach to addiction recovery based on the well-known twelve-step program. Offered by Yonge Lawrence Fellowship at 25 Wanless Ave – for details please visit ylf.church/recovery.

Wed Nov 7, 6:00 p.m. – The Grad Class – Each week Rev. Drew or a guest speaker digs deep into a topic that informs our Christian beliefs and practices. Meet in the Garnsworthy room. Please contact the church office for more details.

Wed Nov 7, 7:00 p.m. – Breathe at YLFEvery Wednesday at 25 Wanless Ave – Yonge Lawrence Fellowship’s midweek worship service. Whatever trials and frustrations your week has held … at Breathe you’ll find some space, some peace, some grounding, something of the unforced rhythms of grace. It’s worship that’ll do your heart good. Social time at 7:00; worship at 7:30. More info at ylf.church.

Thur Nov 8, 7:00 p.m. – Lychgate Group Meeting – The monthly gathering of the Lychgate Women’s Group. At 7:00 we socialize over some nibbles. At 7:30 p.m., we welcome Dr. Harold Miltchin, podiatrist. He will talk about foot issues, especially as we grow older. All members of the parish are welcome – please RSVP to Sharon Barney or the church office.

Sun Nov 11, 11:00 a.m. – Special Remembrance Day Service – This year, Remembrance Day marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I. On this Sunday, St. John’s hosts a single service that begins promptly at 11 a.m. to commemorate this particularly significant day of remembrance.

Tue Nov 13, 6:30 p.m. – Men’s Supper Club – Gentlemen, you’re invited to an evening of food for the body and the soul. Each month we look at a book on contemporary Christian thought and ideas. Gather at 6:30, dinner at 7:00, discussion at 7:30.

Fri Nov 16, 7:00 p.m. – A Night Out with God and the Girls – Our slightly unconventional book club continues tonight. Grow in faith and friendships over refreshments and lively discussion. We’ll meet at SJYM — 19 Don Ridge Dr.  Contact the office if you have questions.

Sun Nov 25, 4:00 p.m. – Contemplative Fire Monthly GatheringWay Beyond Religion: an experiential encounter with texts and the Jesus story. Expect stillness, spaciousness, and story telling. All are welcome – discover Contemplative Fire! We meet at 25 Wanless Ave. For details visit contemplativefire.net/events.

Wed Nov 28, 8:00 a.m. – Barnabas Breakfast – Until 11 a.m., a warm breakfast, spiritual comfort, and fellowship. Volunteers are always welcome; please contact the church office at 416-225-6611.


Mark Your Calendar


Sun Dec 9, 3:00 p.m. – Sing and Ring – Our annual Christmas concert featuring the musicians of SJYM – handbell ringers, band, choir, and organist. It’s a fun family concert that even invites you, the audience, to participate!


Every Sunday


9:00 a.m. – The Sacred Table – A reverential service with traditional music, texts, prayers and a brief reflection, all centred on the Holy Eucharist.

10:00 a.m. – Coffee and Conversation – A social time to meet with friends old and new, to have some refreshments, and to share news and views.

10:30 a.m. – The Open Door – A modern service focused on spirited engagement with the word. There’s preaching that goes deep on topics that matter. Prayer is pastoral and inclusive; the music is contemporary and invites participation. There is a program for children ages 3 to 12, and a nursery room for parents with very young children.

11:30 a.m. – The Forum – Bring coffee. Bring questions. This is a free-form time with the pastor to discuss whatever is on your mind.


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