Thur Nov 1, 6:00 p.m. – Kidstown Volunteer Thank-You – If you lent a hand to bring Kidstown to life this summer, we want to thank you! Please join us in the Shepard room for an hour at our Snacktacular. Tour the results of your work, allow us to give thanks, and enjoy a few nibbles.
Sat Nov 3 – Toronto Children’s Ministry Conference – At 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.
Sun Nov 4, 12:00 noon – Trip to the Museum – After the regular classes this Sunday, children are invited to join Alison and volunteers on a trip to the Royal Ontario Museum. We’ll travel via the subway.
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 YLF – Every 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 – Every Wednesday – 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 YLF – Every 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 – Arrive at 10:45 a.m. for a prompt start at 11 am. This service honours the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Guest speaker: Rt Rev. Bishop S. Andrews, Principal, Wycliffe College. Followed by a reception.
Tue Nov 13 – Men’s Supper Club – Postponed – The men of the Supper Club will not meet this month. See you on December 11.
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 Gathering – Way 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.
Wed Nov 28, 6:00 p.m. – The Grad Class – Cancelled this week – See you on December 5.
Sun Dec 2, 9:00 a.m. – Advent Lessons and Carols – At the Sacred Table service, experience the Christmas story, from the words of the prophets to the birth of Christ, as told through words and music.
Mon Dec 3, 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.
Wed Dec 5, 6:00 p.m. – The Grad Class – Last Session until January – 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 Dec 5, 7:00 p.m. – Breathe at YLF – Every 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.
Sun Dec 9, 3:00 p.m. – Christmas 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! Free admission; free-will offering for charity.
Tue Dec 11, 6:30 p.m. – Men’s Supper Club – Gentlemen, you’re invited to an evening of food, fellowship, and frank discussion around a piece of contemporary Christian writing. This month, we’ll finish our look at Richard Rohr’s book Falling Upward. Gather at 6:30, dinner at 7:00, discussion at 7:30.
Wed Dec 12, 8:00 a.m. – Barnabas Christmas 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.
Thur Dec 13, 7:00 p.m. – Lychgate Group Christmas Party – The women of the Lychgate Group gather for the annual sweets ‘n savouries potluck Christmas party. Location is to be announced.
Fri Dec 14, 7:30 p.m. – Christmas in the Community – At YLF – A special service with words and worship, music and singing, and welcome and warmth. Come early at 7:00 p.m. for some Christmas-themed refreshments. It’s a wonderful way to ease into the Christmas spirit – bring a friend!
Sat Dec 15, 10:00 a.m. – Decorating the church for Christmas – Join caretakers Bill and Mark and the Flower Guild as we make the church look its best for Christmas. There’s plenty to be done and many hands make light work. Hot chocolate, coffee and Christmas treats will be there.
Sun Dec 16, 10:30 a.m. – Children’s Christmas Pageant at the Open Door – The children perform a play that tells the story of the birth of Jesus.
Sun Dec 16, 7:00 p.m. – Candlelight & Carols – With the choir and handbell ringers, experience the Christmas story told through traditional words and music. Free-will offerings to the work of SJYM in local communities and around the world.
Thur Dec 20, 2:00 p.m. – Seniors’ Christmas Communion & Tea – A time for seniors and others who are not able to attend church regularly, to enjoy Christmas worship and a reception afterward.
Thur Dec 20, 7:00 p.m. – Longest Night of the Year – At St. Leonard’s Church – On this evening of the longest night of the year, a service for people who are grieving or finding it difficult to cope.
Fri Dec 21, 3:30 p.m. – Church Office closes until Jan 2, 2019 – The office will open on the morning of Dec 31 for donations only. The office staff wish everyone a joyful Christmas.
– CHRISTMAS EVE –
Mon Dec 24, 5:00 p.m. – Family Christmas Eve Service – A lively and spirited celebration of the birthday of Jesus, tailored especially for families. Includes communion and activities for children.
Mon Dec 24, 10:00 p.m. – Classic Christmas Eve – As we approach midnight, a candlelit Christmas communion service in the traditional style with the choir.
– CHRISTMAS DAY –
Tue Dec 25, 9:00 a.m. – The Sacred Table on Christmas Day – A quiet and traditional service to honour the nativity of our Lord.
– UNTO US THIS CHILD IS BORN –
Sun Dec 30, 9:00 a.m. to noon – Regular Sunday services – Regular services resume this Sunday: 9:00 The Sacred Table; 10:30 The Open Door; 11:30 The Forum.
Mon Dec 31, 10:00 a.m. to noon – Church office open for end-of-year donations – Final donations for 2018 can be made today at the church office, by mail postmarked by Dec 31, and online at canadahelps.org by Dec 31 evening.
Mark Your Calendar
Wed Jan 2, 2019, 9:30 a.m. – Church Office reopens – The office reopens for regular activities.
Wed Jan 9, 2019, 9:30 a.m. – The Grad Class resumes – Welcome back for another season of going deep into Christian beliefs, practices, and organizations.
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.