News & Events

Check here frequently for all the latest news about events and activities at St. John’s. Two more good sources of news and events are the weekly bulletin and our parish newsletter The Link. Be sure to also take a look at our Sunday Worship page.

Please take note that a special Vestry meeting has been called for Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. (read more…)

Rev. Tim Taylor’s time at St. John’s is coming to an end. On Sunday, April 28 right after the Open Door, join us for a potluck lunch as we say farewell to Tim. (read more…)

St. John’s is launching a choir for young people! If you are 5 to 13 years old, you’re invited to join us on Sunday, April 28 at 10:00 a.m. in the Children’s Chapel (read more…)

The church office will be closed on Monday April 22 (Easter Monday). Most events, including Youth Night, are cancelled, however bell practice will take place (read more…)

On Monday April 15 at 7:30 p.m., come to St. John’s for music and meditation in the sanctuary. This short service of thoughtful readings and meditative music (read more…)

On Thursday April 11 at 7:00 p.m., the women of the Lychgate Group gather for the regular meeting. This month, the focus, so to speak, is on old photos of life (read more…)

What’s So Amazing About Grace? How does it apply to an individual who seems to spurn grace? On Tuesday, April 9, the Men’s Supper Club will look at grace (read more…)

This Sunday, April 7, the Sacred Table is a special offering: Lenten Lessons and Hymns. Sacred music is interleaved with scripture readings to tell the story (read more…)

Discover a personal Rhythm of Life that will develop you in spirit, mind, and body. On Saturday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Contemplative Fire invites you to (read more…)

The SJYM Youth Band is powering up for its next session on Sunday, March 31, after the the Open Door. Join Kevin at 11:45 for an hour of getting loud with (read more…)

Spend a day away at a retreat hosted by Contemplative Fire on March 23. The day’s theme is: Letting go – Making life transitions. Mary Klein will be our guide (read more…)

If you want to do something for Lent where you can be part of a group, why not join us on Tuesday mornings from 9:45 to 12:30 at St. Leonard’s Church? (read more…)

The Lent-and-Easter edition of the Link is now here. Find it in the foyer on Sunday morning, in your mailbox, and online right here. (read more…)

The women of the Lychgate Group gather on Thursday, March 14 at 7:30 p.m. for some social time and to hear guest speaker Jane Griffiths tell the story (read more…)

Rev. Tim Taylor invites you to join him on a pilgrimage of a different kind: Read the entire Bible during the season of Lent and Easter 2019. (read more…)

The week of March 11 to 15 is March Break for schools in Ontario. Our Monday Youth Night is also taking a break… but soup supper is happening this week! (read more…)

Pancake Supper at St. Leonard’s Church:

Come to St. Leonard’s on March 5 for a Shrove Tuesday pancake supper hosted by the Scouts, from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. (read more…)

7:30 am and 7:30 pm at SJYM, 12:15 pm at SLC

ASH_WEDNESDAY_Web_bannerAsh Wednesday, which is our entry into the season of Lent, falls on March 6 in 2019. Services will be held at 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. at St. John’s Church, and at 12:15 p.m. at St. Leonard’s Church. (read more…)

On Friday March 1, join with Christians in 170 countries for a time of prayer and learning. We will gather at the Church of the Incarnation at 1:30 p.m. (read more…)

Breaking the Cycle of Ungrace

Gentlemen, you are invited to an evening of food, fellowship, and a look at a topic that is both important and challenging to how we are called to live our lives as Christians. We will meet on Tuesday March 5 at 6:30 p.m.

Grace: We Christians talk a lot about grace, but what does it really mean for us in our day-to-day lives? In his book What’s so Amazing about Grace, Yancey answers the questions of grace and how grace calls us in our own lives. (read more…)

Contemplative Fire invites you to their monthly gathering at St. Leonard’s Church (25 Wanless Ave.) beginning at 4:00 p.m.

It’s a time to go Way Beyond Religion with (read more…)

The first rehearsal of the SJYM Youth Band is happening on Sunday, February 17, after the regular services. Join Kevin at 11:45 for an hour to launch (read more…)

Shelly, Alison, and Carolyn getting Kidstown ready for a new season

The women of the Lychgate Group will gather on Thursday, February 14 at 7:30 p.m. for social time, a few nibbles, and a talk about Kidstown at St. John’s. (read more…)

The February 12 meeting has been cancelled due to a snow storm.
Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, March 5, 2019.


Gentlemen, you’re invited to an evening of fellowship, a hearty meal, and some serious discussion around Philip Yancey’s book What’s So Amazing About Grace? (read more…)

Our regular Monday night soup suppers have paused for February and will resume on March 11. However, Youth Nights are continuing: meet at 7:15 in the Lounge. (read more…)

Confirmation classes begin on Sunday, February 3 at 1:00 p.m. at St. John’s and run for ten weekly sessions. Please contact Rev. Shelly if you would like to enroll (read more…)

Shared Table: Bring Soup, Enjoy Soup

February 3 is Souper Bowl Sunday at St. John’s. After the Open Door service, come and enjoy lunch in the foyer, where we’ll have a range of soups for you to sample and savour.

You’re also invited to bring a pot of soup made with your favourite recipe to add to the shared table, which will feature soups from both congregants and church ministry teams. (read more…)

On Thursday, January 1 at 8 p.m., Kevin Burgess invites you to be a part of a worship team. Join in worship, and learn techniques for worship and worship leadership.

Worship is how we show reverence and offer praise to God. It’s a vital part of forging a personal connection with Him and experiencing the power and comfort in His love. (read more…)

The Recovery Course is a free course for people who are struggling with addiction and want to find freedom. The course starts on Tuesday January 29 at YLF, 25 Wanless Avenue.

Want freedom from the grip of addiction?

The Recovery Course has helped people with addictions to drugs, alcohol, pornography, sex, gambling, self-harming, over-eating, and other compulsive behaviours. Losing control of your life to addiction can not only threaten your wellbeing but can bring harm to those you love. The Recovery Course will give you a roadmap for breaking free of addiction, with an approach built on empowerment, fellowship, and faith. (read more…)

Are You Ready to Take the Next Step?

Friday February 1 is the final day to register for the Winter 2019 session.

Confirmation is a rite of passage whereby we personally affirm the vows that were made on our behalf at baptism. Confirmation marks our transition into a adult phase of our Christian faith. (read more…)

Rev. Shelly Pollard, now serving as a deacon, will be ordained as a priest on Saturday January 26 starting at 4:00 p.m. at St. John’s. The ceremony will be broadcast by lives stream on YouTube.

Shelly arrived at St. John’s in June of this year as a newly-minted deacon from Wycliffe College. Since then she has involved herself in many areas of church life, especially with the Children’s and Youth ministries. Her training and experience have now prepared her to be ordained into the Priesthood.

The ceremony of Holy Orders will take place at St. John’s York Mills Church on Saturday January 26, 2019, starting at 4:00 p.m. (read more…)

For new members and for the curious.

Are you new to St. John’s? Wanting to re-connect? Or just curious to learn more?

Rev. Drew is hosting a morning to learn about life at St. John’s. It is an informal time for you to get to know us better and for us to find out what is important to you. We discuss topics that range from the fundamentals – what are our core beliefs and practices – to the practical – who’s who at St. John’s and the programs we have. Learn about all the things that we have to offer, and why so many people have chosen to be a part of the community of faith that is St. John’s. (read more…)

The women of the Lychgate Group gather on Thursday, January 10, at 7:30 p.m. to socialize and to hear the latest news from Sandy Bay Primary School in Jamaica. (read more…)

The Men’s Supper Club gathers for its first meeting of 2019 on Tuesday, January 8 at 6:30 p.m. The topic for discussion is: What’s so amazing about grace? (read more…)

At 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 2, join us for a special “YLF extra” as we see in the new year. (read more…)

Procrastinators, this is your time to shine! Donations must be received no later than Monday December 31 to be applied to the 2018 tax year. (read more…)

The Church Office is closed from Tuesday December 25 until Wednesday January 2. We are open briefly from 9:30 a.m. to noon on December 31 for final donations (read more…)

Services in the York Mills Minster

The York Mills Minster was formed two years ago to bring together three churches – three families in faith – under a unified leadership.

For the churches themselves, the minster allows them to benefit from the synergy and mutual support of the clergy, administration, and lead volunteers. For the people in our church communities, the minster offers them a greater variety of programs, ministries, and worship styles. (read more…)

Our Sunday morning program for the children continues through Christmas! Every Sunday, including December 23 and 30, children at The Open Door (10:30 a.m.) (read more…)

7:00 p.m. at St. Leonard’s Church. Do you find the Christmas season to be a difficult time? Do you seem to be at odds with the relentless cheerfulness all around? (read more…)

On Thursday, December 20 at 2 p.m., St. John’ offers a Christmas eucharist especially for seniors and others who cannot come to church regularly.  (read more…)

Get ready to be entertained at The Open Door, 10:30 a.m. on Sunday December 16, 2018. The children are putting on a play that tells the Christmas story. (read more…)

Experience the Christmas story as told with words and music. This Sunday evening, December 16 at 7 p.m., enjoy a traditional service of choral music and scripture (read more…)

On Saturday, December 15, join the Flower Guild and caretakers Bill and Mark as they make the church look its best for Christmas. (read more…)

7:30 pm at YLF: Like a comfy sweater.

How are you feeling this Christmas season? Does shopping and preparing leave you frazzled? Do the expectations of the season have you feeling blue? Or are the sights and sounds making you upbeat?

Whatever mood you’re in, take a little time out and join us at YLF’s Carols and Candlelight this Friday evening, December 14, 2018. It will be an easy-going gathering where we’ll sing a few carols with the YLF worship band, indulge in some festive snacks, and relax in the warmth of good fellowship. (read more…)

On Tuesday, December 11, starting at 6:30 p.m., the Men’s Supper Club is having it’s annual Christmas Dinner. For this special day, we’ll meet in the auditorium (read more…)

The Advent and Christmas 2018 issue of The Link has been published. Pick up your copy in the foyer, read it online here, or wait for it in the mail (read more…)

At the Men’s Supper Club on December 11, we consider the passage through the Shadowlands which marks the transition between the two halves of life as described (read more…)

At The Sacred Table, 9 am

On the first Sunday in Advent, experience the Christmas story told through words and music. (read more…)

Join Contemplative Fire at St. Leonard’s Church at 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 25, as we go Way Beyond Religion. This month, we are about to enter Advent (read more…)

On Saturday November 18 at 7:30 p.m., St John’s handbell ringers join five handbell choirs from around Ontario for a concert at St Mark’s Coptic Cathedral. (read more…)

100th Anniversary Commemoration

In this year, 2018, we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended the Great War of 1914 to 1918. (read more…)

Nurturing children’s innate spirituality

Children have an innate spirituality, a spirituality of great profundity. The Children’s Ministry seeks to reveal and activate the secret, blessed world of a child’s innermost heart, and teach a new language so that children may express the spiritual experiences that can be difficult to put into words.

Our program dedicates itself to drawing out children’s natural capacity for excitement and joy, while teaching them about the sweet, sanctifying name of Jesus. The curriculum is designed by Alison Juurinen, our Children’s Ministry director. Alison combines seminary training with a passion for nurturing young hearts and minds. (read more…)

Our Handbell Ringers in Concert

Throughout the year,
the Handbell Choirs of St. John’s
put on concerts at the church and the community.
Here is our schedule of concerts for 2018.
Enjoy a concert at St. John’s
or in the community! (read more…)

Do you want to play in a louder worship band?

Are you between the ages of 11 and 18? Do you feel that music can bring you to a worshipful place? (read more…)

The Lychgate Group is holding its monthly meeting on Thursday, November 8, starting at 7:00 p.m.

We welcome Dr. Hartley Miltchin, podiatrist, as our guest (read more…)

CANCELLED: The Children’s Ministry is going to the Royal Ontario Museum on Sunday, November 4 after the regular services. (read more…)

Daylight Saving Time comes to an end at 2 a.m. on November 4. Set your clocks back one hour on Saturday night and then enjoy another hour of sleep. (read more…)

On Saturday, November 3, people dedicated to children’s spiritual growth are meeting at Wycliffe College for a day of talks, workshops, and opportunities (read more…)

Each year, a worthy parishioner is chosen as the St. John’sman of the year. This year, Tim Orser received this honour and the coveted St. John’s tie. (read more…)

The year ahead: have your say.

Once a year, the congregation of St. John’s York Mills Anglican Church is invited to gather with the leadership to review (read more…)

9:30 to noon, for newcomers to SJYM

Open Door Orientation

Please note: This session of Orientation, originally scheduled for October 27, has been postponed. The rescheduled date has not been announced.

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Contemplative Fire invites you to take the Companion’s Journey: a course of three sessions to guide you in finding your personal Rhythm of Life. (read more…)

This month, the Lychgate Women’s Group invites all members of the parish to join us as we welcome Carolyn Kim of the Talking Book Library. (read more…)

Gentlemen, do you hunger for spiritual sustenance as well as a hearty supper? The Men’s Supper Club is for you. Meeting at 6:30 on the second Tuesday (read more…)

The latest issue of The Link is now out – online here and on paper in the foyer on Sundays.

What will you find inside The Link?

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Contemplative Fire invites you to their monthly gathering at St. Leonard’s Church (25 Wanless Ave.) beginning at 4:00 p.m. It’s a time to go Way Beyond Religion with (read more…)

Bring a favourite fall dish

Join us for a Harvest Potluck Lunch on September 30 right after The Open Door (about 11:30 a.m.). Bring a favourite dish for the shared table and then get ready to make a tasty lunch from the selection on offer. It takes place in the foyer and the Garnsworthy room. (read more…)

Monday Nights are Youth Nights at SJYM

At 7:15 p.m., meet in the Youth Room for an evening of games, relaxing, and conversation. Come early at 5 p.m. for a soup supper that you help make!

You’re invited to a free-form get-together tailored to young people. Each Monday evening will be hosted by Rev. Shelly along with Rev. Tim or Rev. Drew. (read more…)

On September 23, guest preacher Danielle Strickland speaks at The Open Door (10:30 a.m.) about Brave Global. Brave, “a catalytic movement for girls”,seeks (read more…)

A Spiritual Compass on your Journey
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On Sunday September 16, the Children’s Ministry launches with a brand new program, a renovated children’s space, and a Family Breakfast at 9:30 a.m. (read more…)

Ladies of the Lychgate Group, welcome back from summer break! We’re starting the season with our traditional Fall Potluck Supper. Gather at 6:00 p.m. (read more…)

The Recovery Course at YLF - You are not alone

Offering real hope for freedom

Many of us know someone, or have been someone, with an addiction issue or compulsive behaviour. Addiction issues threaten our wellbeing, our relationships, and ultimately our lives. So it only felt right that as a church Committed to Kindness, we should link up with the UK Recovery Course folks, and bring their course to Toronto.

The Recovery Course is a free course for all people who struggle with addictions that are interfering with, or even consuming, their lives, and who want to invest on their road to recovery. The course has proved itself in helping people suffering from a range of addictions including alcohol, drugs, pornography, gambling, food-related, and self-harm.

This course brings the well-known twelve steps of recovery to life with a Christ-centred approach. We will eat together, hear a message on recovery, and then have time in same-sex groups to talk through our own journeys and take this road together. (read more…)

In spring, Rev. Drew hosted the Grad Class, a course for people wishing to deepen their Christian formation. This popular class resumes at 6:15 p.m. on Sept 12 (read more…)

Gentlemen, do you hunger for spiritual sustenance as well as a hearty supper? The Men’s Supper Club is for you. Meeting at 6:30 on the second Tuesday (read more…)

Learn music, learn a unique instrument

As we begin a new school year, families are choosing what to be involved with after school. Research reminds us why our free handbell program is so good for young people. Studying music from an early age supports language and social development, and teaches self-discipline, cooperation, and interpersonal skills. Participants learn music skills – reading music, playing an instrument, and understanding aspects such as rhythm and melody. In addition, by being part of a music ensemble, participants learn how to work together to stage a live performance, manage public appearances, and control stage anxiety. (read more…)

Returning from summer break

Breathe, the weekly gathering of the Yonge Lawrence Fellowship, starts afresh on Wednesday, September 12 at 7:00 p.m (read more…)

On July 29, Contemplative Fire gathers to celebrate two milestones: our tenth anniversary, and “Spreading the Fire to the Edge” as Anne and Hugh relocate (read more…)

The latest issue of our newsletter, The Link, is now available for your reading enjoyment. Find it in your mailbox, in the church foyers, or online right here. (read more…)

This summer, we welcome Brother Charles McMulkin to St. John’s Church. This Sunday, June 24, Br. Charles will preach at the 8 a.m. Sacred Table service. (read more…)

Is it a community of faith?

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The acclaimed handbell ensemble

St. John’s is proud to welcome Strikepoint to the sanctuary for a handbell concert on Sunday evening, June 24, starting at 7 p.m. (read more…)

Contemplative Fire invites you on a walk to and through Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. We depart at 10:00 a.m. from Yorkminster Park Baptist Church for a two-hour journey (read more…)

So much music filled the church…

Thank you everyone who helped make MusicFest 2018 so entertaining and wonderful. (read more…)

Every Wednesday at YLF in the Summer of 2018

The Yonge Lawrence Fellowship is changing things about for the Summer! Instead of refreshments followed by worship, we’re now starting our evenings at 7 p.m. with worship at the church (25 Wanless Ave.), and then at 8 p.m., heading out to a local pub for an hour of socializing and relaxing with friends. (read more…)

Gentlemen of the Supper Club, we will be meeting outdoors on June 12 for our annual season-ending barbecue. The evening begins at 6:30 p.m. (read more…)

Spirituality for a lifetime

Wondering what books you might like to read while on holiday this summer? The Men’s Supper Club has an idea: Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr. (read more…)

On Friday June 1, 2018, at 1 p.m., you’re invited to join in prayer at SJYM. We’ll be a part of a day of prayer and fasting as the Diocese prepares to elect a new Bishop. (read more…)

Our monthly gathering starts at 4 p.m. in the Community Hall at St. Leonard’s Church. This month, Contemplative Fire seeks to journey Way Beyond Religion. (read more…)

On Saturday, May 26, the SJYM Youth are going to Niagara-on-the-Lake, or possibly Narnia, to take in the play The Magician’s Nephew at the Shaw Festival. (read more…)

The Wanless Park Spring Fair happens this Saturday, May 12, and two St. John’s bands will be on stage! Wanless Park is a 12-minute walk from St. Leonard’s (read more…)

The Anglican Church Women of the Diocese of Toronto holds its Annual General Meeting on Saturday, May 12. This year’s theme is “Embracing Safety for All Women”. (read more…)

How do we respond at a difficult time?

Children's MinistryThe heart of the city of Toronto is heavy this week, and this of course includes the hearts of all of us here at SJYM. (read more…)

The Five Love Languages:

Gentlemen, you are invited to an evening of hearty food for the body and for the soul. On Tuesday, May 8, we’ll gather to consider the ideas of Gary Chapman in his book The 5 Love Languages. (read more…)

In the wake of Monday’s destruction, remember that we are here for you. A prayer service and vigil will be held at The Redeemer, 162 Bloor St. W., on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. (read more…)

Our monthly gathering starts at 4 p.m. in the Community Hall at St. Leonard’s Church. This month, Contemplative Fire thinks about going Way Beyond Religion. (read more…)

Is money causing you stress? Do you feel bewildered? The CAP money course can help give you the tools and the financial literacy to get those feelings under control. (read more…)

Anniversary Lunch Celebration

The Lychgate Group was started at St. John’s in 1978 as a social and service club for the women of the parish. This year, forty years later, the Lychgate Group is going strong so it’s time to celebrate! (read more…)

A new date – Music’s still great!

We had to postpone MusicFest 2018 due to a wind storm that cut power to the church for three days in early May. The new date for MusicFest is June 3, 2018.

Our apologies to those of you that we weren’t able to notify and who came out expecting music but found only a dark building.

Music and Magic from the Movies

Music that can charm the restless soul and lift the sagging spirit: you’ll find it at MusicFest 2018 with music from the movies. Drawing on moments of magic from history (Titanic) to fantasy (Beauty and the Beast) and much in between, we’ll re-live those moments through songs from the movies. (read more…)

L’Arche is fostering an open, inclusive, and compassionate Canada, one in which people with intellectual disabilities can find their place. (read more…)

Pondering the eternal questions.

Gentlemen, on Tuesday, April 10, we will be meeting for a delectable dinner (6:30 pm for socializing, 7:00 for dinner). (read more…)

We welcome guest speaker Jolene Goulet to The Open Door this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. She will be talking about the work of Christians Against Poverty. (read more…)

Come and unburden your heart

How are you feeling right now…


Whatever your week has held, whatever you’re facing, whatever you’re carrying…

At Breathe you’ll find some space,
something of peace,
some grounding,
something of the unforced rhythms of grace. (read more…)

Growing to a New Level in Faith

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We’re taking a break on Easter Monday, April 2, 2018. The church office will be closed, and Youth Night activities will not take place. (read more…)

On Monday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m., the youth of St. John’s lead us in a service that recounts the Passion story – the story of Jesus’s suffering and crucifixion. (read more…)

Contemplative Fire’s monthly gathering is happening at St. Leonard’s Church on Palm Sunday, March 25, starting at 4:00 p.m. (read more…)

0223 Pastrix Holz-WeberHow could a seed of faith become planted in a most unlikely person? We’ll talk about this at A Night Out with God and the Girls on Friday, March 23. (read more…)

The Lent-Easter 2018 edition of The Link is now available: in the foyer on Sundays, in your mail box or e-mail inbox, and online right here. (read more…)

The Hour of Daylight Saving Time is upon us (read more…)

What makes or breaks a marriage?

0313 We Two MarriageGentlemen, join us for dinner and discussion on March 13 at 6:30 p.m. when we continue the conversation: Being a Christian man in a post-Harvey Weinstein world. This month, we talk about marriage: what do we need to do to make it work, and how can we avoid the stumbling blocks. (read more…)

The Lychgate Group meets on Thursday March 8 at 7 p.m. This month we welcome Constable Howard Clements who will speak on fraud prevention. (read more…)

1:30 p.m.: Part of a global community

On Friday March 2, 2018, Christians from 170 countries come together in spirit for a day to learn from people of other countries (read more…)

0223 Pastrix Holz-WeberA seriously irreverent book study? It must be a Night Out with God and the Girls!

Pastrix: the Cranky Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint by Nadia Bolz-Weber (read more…)

Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John

0214 Meeting Jesus offeringLent is the time of year when Christians are called on to reflect on our past, seek to renew our relationship with God, and chart a course for the days ahead. We step back from the busy-ness of our day-to-day lives to make space for self-examination, prayer, insight, and self-renewal.

A Lenten Guide

This year, the leaders at St. John’s have selected a lenten guide to help you along the way:

Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John

A six-week offering of prayer and reflection
on the words of John the Evangelist (read more…)

We’re taking a break for Family Day. The church office will be closed, and there will be no Youth Night activities, on Monday February 19, 2018. (read more…)

ASH_WEDNESDAY_Web_bannerAsh Wednesday is our entry into the season of Lent. Services take place at 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. at St. John’s, and at 12:15 p.m. at St. Leonard’s. (read more…)

• St John’s • St Leonard’s • YLF •

0213 Shrove TuesdayPancake supper on Shrove Tuesday, prepared and served by the Scouts, has been a long-standing tradition at St. Leonard’s (read more…)

SJYM Third Century FundThis Sunday at The Forum, we invite all congregants to take part as we discuss St. John’s Third Century Fund. What will be our legacy to the next generation? (read more…)

Director of Children’s Ministry (part-time)

We are looking for someone who will develop our existing ministry to children and move us on to the next level with fresh vision and energy (read more…)

The Lychgate Women’s Group welcomes Jacqueline Kennedy to talk about urban bees and beekeeping. Everyone is welcome. Come at 7:00 p.m. to enjoy (read more…)

Soup bowls and ingredients

A “Souper” potluck for Outreach

0204 soup bowlsWHEN:    Sunday, February 4 after The Open Door

WHERE: The foyer and the Garnsworthy Room

WHAT:     SOUPer Bowl Sunday lunch and cook-off

WHO:      The SJYM Youth kitchen crew and you (read more…)

You are invited to take part in our monthly worship and communion, starting at 4 p.m. at St. Leonard’s church. Find a spiritual passion born in stillness and reflection. (read more…)

1027 God and the Girls LCThis month, we meet at St. John’s at 6:00 p.m. to listen to a selected podcast and then discuss over refreshments. Then at 7:15, we’re invited to watch (read more…)

The debate live from Convocation Hall

0126 Is There Meaning to LifeJoin us as we hear a provocative discussion between three scholars as they offer their insights into this timeless question. This event is part of the Religion and Society Series hosted by Wycliffe College.

On Friday, January 26th from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Convocation Hall we welcome philosopher and author Dr. Rebecca Goldstein, philosopher William Lane Craig, and psychology professor Dr. Jordan Peterson for what will be an exciting two hours of dialogue, moderated by journalist Karen Stiller. (read more…)

Sharing a meal, fostering a community

0114 Potluck lunch

This Sunday at The Open Door we emphasize fellowship with a guest preacher, holy communion, and a casual lunch after. (read more…)

The envelopes for weekly offerings for the year of 2018 are now available for pick-up. Find them in the foyer on Sunday mornings and in the office during the week. (read more…)

Monday Youth NightAfter taking a break for the Christmas holidays, Monday Nights are once again Youth Nights at SJYM, beginning on January 15. (read more…)

The Lychgate Group gathers for the first regular meeting of the new year. This month, we welcome Tom Hayes who will speak about the parables of Jesus. (read more…)

The Shepherds Tell the Good News, by the children and youth of SJYM. A star brighter than any other recently appeared in the sky. What does it mean? (read more…)

Being a Christian Man Today

1212 Mens Supper Club slideIn the past year, a cultural and moral shock wave has rolled over us. Taboos around sex and power relationships have been brought to the front pages of the news media. Careers have been destroyed in the blink of an eye, previously-silenced victims are speaking out, and many people are wondering: what are the rules now?

This month, Tim Taylor will lead us in a discussion on: Being a Christian man in a post- Harvey Weinstein world. We’ll look at the issue from several perspectives.

  • One is as a man in the covenantal relationship of marriage. What guides us as a loving husband? Does that change in a same-gender relationship?
  • Another is as a man interacting in the world at large, especially as we interact with people over whom we may have power and/or authority.
  • Is Paul a misogynist or was he the seminal feminist Christian theologian?
  • WWJD?

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Procrastinators, this is your time to shine! Donations must be received no later than December 31 to be applied to the 2017 tax year. (read more…)

1210 Sing and RingWe Sang and Rang and filled the church with music on Dec 10. Thanks to you, we raised a record amount for Canadian Anglican world relief and development. (read more…)

The day before Christmas is the day filled with both anticipation and with joy. Through the season of Advent we have been anticipating, waiting, and preparing (read more…)

The Advent 2017 issue of The Link – SJYM’s quarterly newsletter – has arrived. Find it online here, on paper in the foyer on Sunday, or in your mailbox. (read more…)

On November 18, 2017, the human rights lawyer and 2017 CBC Massey Lecturer Payam Akhavan spoke at SJYM. A recording of his talk is available here (read more…)

The story of Christmas through words and music

1217 Candlelight and CarolsIt is the the magnificent story of the birth of Jesus Christ. It is a story of a promise made a long time ago, of a promise kept two thousand years ago, of the birth of Jesus in a humble abode, and of the joy that started to fill the world that very night.

Come and be a part of SJYM’s Candlelight and Carols Service, when the handbell ringers and the choir join with readers to tell the story of Christmas through words and music. (read more…)

Barnabas Breakfast Group

The Barnabas team is hosting a Christmas Breakfast on December 13, 2017, and they’re hoping you will be an angel and support them for this special day. (read more…)

Is Jesus the only way to God?

The Case for FaithIn the Bible, Jesus says “No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6). This month, we meet at St. Leonard’s church (read more…)

‘Tis the Season to Make a Joyful Noise

1210 Sing and RingKick off the Christmas season on a high note when the Handbell Ringers of St. John’s join the Band and the Choir to fill the church with the songs and carols of Christmas.

For your Sunday afternoon, enjoy seasonal songs both traditional and modern. You – the audience – get to join in: everyone gets to sing along to some well-known songs, and children have an opportunity to come up to the stage and try ringing the handbells. (read more…)

On Tuesday, December 5 at 2 p.m., St. John’ offers a Christmas eucharist especially for seniors and others who cannot attend on Sundays.  (read more…)

1126 Holy WaitingContemplative Fire invites you to Holy Waiting: a gathering to mark the beginning of the season of Advent, at St. Leonard’s Church beginning at 4:00 p.m. (read more…)

The Ingram Ringers of St. John’s will be performing at the Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery District this afternoon at 3:30 and again at 4:30 p.m. (read more…)

1118 St Marks Ring in Christmas posterOn Saturday November 18 at 7:30 p.m., St John’s handbell ringers join handbell choirs from around Ontario for a concert at St Mark’s Coptic Cathedral. (read more…)

Payam Akhavan, a renowned human rights lawyer and 2017 CBC Massey Lecturer, will be speaking at St. John’s on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 4:00 p.m.

Professor Payam Akhavan: In Search of a Better World

Payam Akhavan set out on a noble mission, traveling to Sarajevo with the UN 20 years ago to help promote justice and to bring war criminals to trial. His idealism was severely tested by the realities of capturing and trying leaders for crimes against humanity, and he returned as a changed person struggling with his own moral values. (read more…)

Parishioners enjoying a potluck lunch

Hosted by the Parish Council

Parishioners enjoying a potluck lunchThey’re back! On the second Sunday of every month, following The Open Door service, all are invited to enjoy a potluck lunch. Stay and enjoy a filling lunch while sampling a variety of tasty offerings.

This month, the Parish Council hosts the lunch. Members of the Council provide a variety of entrees and desserts.

All congregants are bring a favourite dish if they like – it’s optional – or simply enjoy the food that is on offer. (read more…)

Do you think to yourself, “I could use an extra hour of sleep?” You’re in luck: Daylight Savings Time ends this Sunday, November 5. The clocks go back one hour (read more…)

Women of the Lychgate Group gather for our regular monthly meeting. We welcome Rev. Tim Taylor who will speak about his pilgrimage on the Camino Santiago. (read more…)

What should be the priorities for St. John’s in the next few years? You are invited to hear ideas and share opinions at a Town Hall following The Open Door. (read more…)

Our duty to remember

Poppy - Lest We ForgetOn Sunday, November 5, 2017, St. John’s will hold services to commemorate Remembrance Day. (read more…)

1104 Outreach Conference 2017 bannerOn Saturday, November 4, the annual Outreach and Advocacy Conference, hosted by the Diocese of Toronto, takes place at St. John’s. (read more…)

An annual tradition of fellowship

1102 St John'smen's Dinner bannerEach year, the men of the St. John’smen group host the highly regarded St. John’smen’s Dinner. The evening is open to all male parishioners of St. John’s, and we encourage attendees to make it an event by bringing their fathers and sons. The evening includes a reception with hors d’oeuves, a full-course meal, the presentation of the St. John’sman of the Year award, and then a talk by a notable speaker.

Dr. Peter Stotland on advances in oncology

Smiling surgeonThis year, on November 2, 2017, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Peter Stotland, a surgical oncologist who practices at North York General Hospital, to speak on Helping your Health – Beating Colorectal Cancer. Dr. Stotland brings good news on the medical front: recent advances in detection and treatment have greatly improved not only the success rate but also the quality of life for patients with colon cancer. Dr. Stotland will also talk about ideas and lessons that we can take from his work to apply in our own lives. (read more…)

500th anniversary of Luther’s 95 Theses

1031 Martin Luther 95 ThesesWhen Martin Luther wrote his 95 Theses, he was hoping to get people talking about the sale of indulgences – promises of escape from punishment for sin in exchange for money – which he believed were a corrupt practice. Instead the publication of the Theses marked the start of the Protestant Reformation, which saw large numbers of Christians split away from the Roman Catholic church to form Protestant churches.

The Protestant Reformation is considered to have begun on October 31, 1517, when Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenburg, Germany, which makes October 31 of this year, 2017, the 500th anniversary.

Teachings that infuse the modern church

Martin Luther went on to call for other reforms to the church of his day, and many of these infuse the beliefs of our modern church. For example:

  • Christians must look to the scriptures, rather than to priests, for the definitive source of Christian doctrines.
  • Ordinary people should be able to read their Bibles, hence the Bible should be available in the language of the people.
  • People gain entry into heaven through God’s grace alone. Doing good works cannot grant you entry into heaven.

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At home and in the commmunity

Handbell ringers and choir singers performing at St. John's

The Rockin’ Ringers performed for the congregation on October 1, Harvest Sunday

The Handbell Ringers of St. John’s are performing throughout the fall and in the Christmas season.

They perform at venues in and around Toronto as well as here at home. At St. John’s you will find them at the regular services on selected Sundays, at special services such as Christmas Candlelight and Carols, and of course at the musical highlight of the season, Sing and Ring. (read more…)

At Wycliffe College

• Be Inspired • Be Equipped •

1104 TCMC posterThe Toronto Children’s Ministry Conference is a gathering of people dedicated to the spiritual growth of children (read more…)

1027 God and the Girls LC

Anne Lamott Traveling MerciesThis is not your average book study! Women of all ages are invited to the next gathering on Friday, October 27: 205 The Donway West beginning at 7:00 p.m. (read more…)

Treats and music for the season

1029 BachtoberfestOn Sunday afternoon, October 29, warm up to fall with Bachtoberfest. The afternoon starts at 3 p.m. with a reception in the Garnsworthy room where there will be seasonal snacks and drinks. Enjoy some refreshments, meet the musicians, talk to friends, or just relax.

At 4 p.m. we move into the sanctuary for a recital of works of J.S. Bach. Our music director, Patrick Dewell, will be performing on the organ. He will be accompanied by the choir leads for some choral renditions. (read more…)

1022 Annual Vestry MeetingLooking at the year ahead: have your say.

Once a year, the congregation of St. John’s York Mills Anglican Church is invited to gather with the leaders (read more…)

Scott Kennedy on our area’s history

1012 Scott Kennedy StoriesOn Thursday, October 12, 2017, the Lychgate Group is pleased to present Scott Kennedy speaking at St. John’s. (read more…)

Call for nominations to the 2017-18 Parish Council. The Parish Council is the voice of the parish in the direction of the church throughout the year. (read more…)

Christians are called on to believe in miracles, especially those in the gospels. Science does not accept miracles: earthly events have earthly causes (read more…)

0930 Drew MacDonaldOn Sunday morning, October 1, 2017, we observed the 10-year anniversary of Rev. Drew MacDonald’s leadership of our parish. (read more…)

0929 God and the Girls

Anne Lamott Traveling MerciesThis is not your average book study! Women of all ages are invited to the next gathering on Friday, October 27: 205 The Donway West beginning at 7:00 p.m. There will be wine; also, snacks! (read more…)

Anne Crosthwait 2016Come and help us say goodbye to Rev. Anne Crosthwait as she steps down from her role as Associate Priest. Following the Open Door service (read more…)

0517 YLF Parenting CourseYonge Lawrence Fellowship is offering a five-session parenting course inspired by Barbara Coloroso’s best-selling book, Kids Are Worth It. The course includes (read more…)

Scheduled to start in the week of September 17, St. John’s is launching new offerings of the acclaimed “Apprentice” life study courses. (read more…)

Or is God a figment of our imagination? Two great minds – Alister McGrath, theologian, and Michael Shermer, skeptic – go head to head at Convocation Hall (read more…)

The Lychgate Group is gathering for a “welcome back” potluck dinner on Thursday, September 14, starting at 7:30 p.m. Women of the parish are invited (read more…)

Mens ministry book SGentlemen, if you hunger for intellectual stimulation and spiritual growth along with good food and fellowship, the Men’s Supper Club is for you. (read more…)

Good food, good fun, good cause

0910 Outreach BBQOur annual Barbecue for Outreach is happening on Sunday, September 10, following The Open Door service. Join us on the patio for some hot food, cold drinks, and tasty treats. In addition, St. John’s youth will be washing cars, there will be a raffle for great prizes, and possibly someone will be getting a pie in the face. (read more…)

Monday Youth NightMonday Nights are Youth Nights at SJYM. On Monday, September 11, join Rev. Tim in the Youth Room at 7 p.m. for social time and for an unstructured forum. (read more…)

This September, the Yonge Lawrence Fellowship will reprise two of its popular offerings: The Parenting Course (starting Sept 20) and Alpha (starting Sept 28). (read more…)

Starting Sept 10 – Register now

A new year is starting in the Children’s Ministry at St. John’s. Registration is now open for programs for children in JK/SK to grade 6.

Train children in the right way,
and when old, they will not stray.

Proverbs 22:6

Getting started

Here is what you need to know for getting your children started in the 2017-2018 program:

  • Registration dates: Open now; registration continues until September 10.
  • Registration forms: Available here (fillable PDF) and in the foyer on Sunday mornings.
  • Completed forms: Please e-mail to, drop off in the foyer on Sunday mornings, or drop off in the church office during the week.
  • Children’s Ministry begins: Sunday, September 10.
  • Children’s Ministry runs: Concurrent with The Open Door (Sundays at 10:30 a.m.) from September 2017 to June 2018.

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The music starts Monday, Sept 11.

0906-back-to-bells-and-chimesThis is the time when families begin to plan for a new school year and start thinking about after-school and weekend activities. Our free handbell and handchime programs are so good for young people. Research shows that music study from an early age supports language and social development, and teaches self-discipline, cooperation and interpersonal skills. In addition, by becoming part of a music community, young people learn to manage everything that comes with public performance: from the care that goes into preparation to the stress of the unexpected to the exhilaration of applause.

Of course, along the way we have fun, laugh and learn — and we would love to have new ringers join us, especially Chimers.

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The Kingdomtide edition of The Link is here – with news you can use about fall programs, with looks at the life in the parish, and with reflections on our walks in faith. (read more…)

lightstock 455520 bible coffee MHere is a guide you can use to study a complete book of the Bible on your own, complete with questions to help you tease out the deeper meanings in the texts. (read more…)

Church directory 2016The 2016 edition of the church photo directory has finally arrived! Copies are now available for pick-up: please contact the church office or see Pam Smith (read more…)

The books we’re taking on vacation

0707 Summer ReadingThe summer of 2017 is here, school has finished, vacations are happening, and we have the time to spend with a good book. But what to choose? To help you decide, here’s a peek at what our clergy are reading. (read more…)

Order of Ontario iconBeverley Salmon, a member of the St. John’s community, was appointed to the Order of Ontario on June 28. The Order of Ontario is the province’s highest honour, (read more…)

0702 Smiley treesSave the trees for shade in the summer! During July and August, we are not printing paper bulletins for the Sunday morning services. (read more…)

0704 SJYM Youth Movie NightSJYM Youth in the Summer is launching for 2017 with a movie night on Tuesday, July 4. We’ll be meeting up at the Cineplex at Yonge and Eglinton (read more…)

James Scholl MJames Sholl is joining us for the summer as a McCollum summer student. He’s excited about working with both Yonge Lawrence Fellowship and with SJYM Youth. (read more…)

Sunday mornings at The Open Door

0618 Childrens MinistryThroughout July and August, St. John’s is offering a summer Children’s Ministry program for children during The Open Door service each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. It’s a drop-in format so children can attend as they like throughout the summer. (read more…)

Our annual Outreach Barbecue will take place Sunday, September 10, following The Open Door. (read more…)

Food for the body. Food for the soul.

0613 Mens Supper ClubGentlemen, please join us on Tuesday, June 13 for the final gathering of the Men’s Supper Club before the summer break. (read more…)

The Lychgate Group is holding its annual spring party on Thursday June 8 starting at 6:30 p.m., and the women are inviting spouses and significant others (read more…)

From May 25 to 27, the Ontario Guild of English Handbell Ringers (OGEHR) is hosting its annual festival, and St. John’s handbell ringers are taking part. (read more…)

The Pentecost 2017 edition of The Link is now here. This spring, we have seen how community – people meeting to talk, pray, eat, and care for one another (read more…)

Wednesday evenings starting May 31

0517 YLF Parenting CourseThe Parenting Course returns to Yonge Lawrence Fellowship this Spring.

The book Kids are Worth It by Barbara Coloroso is the inspiration for this course. Barbara is a highly regarded writer and speaker on many aspects of child rearing, including parenting, schools and teaching, and conflict resolution. (read more…)

From May 10 to 23, Rev. Tim will be walking the Camino Portugues on a pilgrimage to Santiago. Join him in spirit by reading two chapters of the Book of Acts each day. (read more…)

The Resurrection of Jesus – An Exclusive Video Report

The SJYM Children’s Ministry news team brings you a video report on what some are saying is a most miraculous event. (read more…)

Men's Supper Club

The Case For Christ: Facts and Faith.

Men's Supper ClubToday, Lee Strobel is well known for being a writer on Christian apologetics.  But in the 1970s, he was
an investigative (read more…)

Getting to know faith and ourselves

The evening begins with dinner and casual conversation

The evening begins with dinner and casual conversation. Dinner for this first evening was prepared by a team from St. John’s.

The first offering of Alpha at the Yonge Lawrence Fellowship has begun. Over thirty people have enrolled in the program, which meets every Thursday evening for twelve weeks. (read more…)

For the body and the soul:

Monday Youth Night

Monday night at SJYM is a time for young adults to gather for socializing, for a little food, and for talking about topics both light and heavy. (read more…)

Now on sale are tickets for Musicfest 2017.  They’re available every Sunday morning in the foyer and during office hours from the church office at 416-225-6611. (read more…)

Thank you for a wonderful afternoon!

Thank you to all the musicians, volunteers, and the audience members who made Musicfest 2017 a wonderful and memorable musical journey. All the practice and preparation that went into this day paid off in the great handbell, choral, and band performances of songs from around the world. (read more…)

Spirit Cinema presents Quakers: That of God in Everyone. See stories of the Society of Friends (Quakers) and the outsized role it has played (read more…)

0416 Easter SundayEaster Sunday is the most joyous day of the year as we remember how Jesus was restored back to life. With the resurrection of Jesus, God completed what He started (read more…)

0410 Holy WeekHoly Week runs from Palm Sunday (April 9, 2017) to the next Saturday (April 15). It is a somber time as we recall the events leading up to the death of Jesus. (read more…)

On Wednesday, April 12 at 3 p.m., St. Leonard’s Church is having a service of Eucharist especially for seniors. If you know someone who might like to receive (read more…)

An evening out at the movies:

0411 Mens Supper ClubThis month, the SJYM Men’s Supper Club is stepping out to the movie house … and inviting the women to join them! (read more…)

sarah-bessey-out-of-sortsWe’re finishing Sarah Bessey’s book, Out of Sorts, with a bang! Join us for an evening of discussion and celebration. (read more…)

Monday, April 3, 2017 is the deadline for registering for Contemplative Fire’s silent retreat – The Splendor of Silence – which takes place April 24 to 28 (read more…)

At 3:45 p.m., the Handbell Ringers of St. John’s are on stage at St. Mark’s Coptic Museum for an interactive concert. It’s part of an afternoon of tours (read more…)

The Power of Forgiveness:

0323 Spirit Cinema ForgivenessContemplative Fire presents a moving and multilevel examination of the religious, spiritual and scientific values of forgiveness. (read more…)

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Wednesday evenings for six weeks beginning on March 29. The Foundations of the Faith course looks at the essentials that all Christians should know. (read more…)

0319 March Music Merriment slideTreat your ears on Sunday afternoon, March 19, to a selection of choral works spanning classical to gospel to contemporary. The music begins at 4 p.m. (read more…)

It’s engaging. It might be life-changing.

The hugely successful Alpha course has been retooled for a new generation – and it’s coming to Yonge Lawrence Fellowship!

0330 Alpha at YLF (read more…)

The Lent 2017 edition of The Link newsletter is here.

Lent is a time to pause, to look back and look ahead, and to listen and respond to God’s call. (read more…)

john-ortberg-know-doubtIf you have significant doubts about your faith, can you keep the faith, or should you let go of it until you can resolve the doubts? (read more…)

Praying the Anglican Rosary:

Anglican RosaryThis month, the Lychgate group is meeting at SSJD, 233 Cummer Ave, where we’ll do a contemporary take on an ancient tradition. (read more…)

Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 12 at 1 a.m. Services for March 12, 2017 start at 9 a.m. DST (Sacred Table) and 10:30 a.m. DST (Open Door). (read more…)

Join with others St. John’s and other congregations in Toronto at St. Elizabeth of Hungary R.C. Church, 432 Sheppard Ave. E. on March 3 starting at 1:30 p.m. (read more…)

ASH_WEDNESDAY_Web_bannerOn Ash Wednesday, March 1, St. John’s is holding services at 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. Both services include the imposition of ashes. (read more…)

The Wisdom to Survive – Climate Change, Capitalism & Community –

0223 Spirit Cinema clipA film that offers an inspiring, enlightening, creative, and practical guide to the spiritual dimensions of climate change. (read more…)

Feb 23: Join us for dinner, stories, and celebration in support of a ministry that brings compassion and transformation to many lives. (read more…)

Feast on Shrove Tuesday

0228 Shrove TuesdayShrove Tuesday is the last day before the season of Lent, a time for the feast before the fast. (read more…)

Postponed to March 10 –
Contemplative Fire
Engaging and making and difference
with hot topics in our world
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Over ten bowls of hot and hearty soup were on offer and all proved to be very popular. The winning soups as selected by the clergy judging team were …

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“Everyone Gets To Play” when we discuss Sarah Bessey’s ideas on theology and change in chapter 3 of Out of Sorts: Making Peace with an Evolving Faith. (read more…)

On Sunday January 22 at 7 p.m., Bishop Kevin Robertson will be installed as the new Area Bishop for York-Scarborough. (read more…)

Every Wednesday at 7 pm

  • Note – Deep and Wide will be not meeting for the duration of Alpha, which is happening at Yonge Lawrence Fellowship starting on March 30, 2017 and running until June 15. 

Deep and Wide posterA different kind of weekly gathering is happening at the Yonge Lawrence Fellowship. It’s a place for people who want to experience a life well lived, who want to feel that there’s a plan and things are going according to plan, who want to know that their life has value. (read more…)

Starts Jan 19: Be the parent you want to be

0119-ylf-kids-are-worth-itIt’s never too late to improve your relationship with your child. Start now with a parenting course based on
the internationally bestselling book Kids Are Worth It by Barbara Coloroso. The course is led by Dr. Guy Chevreau. (read more…)

At The Open Door on January 15 at 10:30 a.m., we’re holding a special service of confirmation with Bishop Patrick White presiding. (read more…)

Ladies, you’re invited to the Lychgate monthly meeting where our guest speaker Kerry Chevreau will be talking about sex trafficking in the Far East. (read more…)

Fierce Light: When Spirit Meets Action

0126-spirit-cinema-fierce-lightFuelled by a belief that another world is possible, this documentary by filmmaker Velcrow Ripper takes us on a global journey of spiritual activism from its historical roots to those who are igniting a new wave of spiritual activism. The movie profiles the powerful personalities of visionary Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hahn, Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker, among others. (read more…)

The Children’s Ministry resumes on Sunday, January 8 at The Open Door, 10:30 a.m. We look forward to welcoming you back after the Christmas break. (read more…)

The church office will be open on Friday morning, December 30, from 9 a.m. until noon to receive last-minute donations for the year 2016. (read more…)

Dinner. Discussion. Deeper Insights.

Gentlemen, do you have an appetite for personal growth? Join us for an evening of good food, good fellowship, and thoughtful discussion on topics that matter.

We meet on the second Tuesday of every month. In January, 2017, we’ll be looking at the role of doubt in faith.

Having faith … having doubts

john-ortberg-know-doubtDo you have doubts about your faith? Do you feel uncertain about particular teachings? If you do have doubts, does that mean that perhaps you’re not a true Christian? Writer John Ortberg tackles these questions head on in his book Know Doubt: Embracing Uncertainty in your Faith. (read more…)

0101-new-years-dayChristmas is not over yet. By the Christian calendar, we celebrate Christmas for twelve days, ending with the Feast of the Epiphany. Epiphany falls on January 6 (the 12th day); in 2017 it will be observed on Sunday January 8. (read more…)

1224-christmas-eve-aJoin us as we celebrate the birthday of Jesus, the light of the world, who moved in on Christmas day two millennia ago. (read more…)

The story of Christmas told with words and music (read more…)

The Barnabas team will be hosting the annual Christmas Breakfast on December 14. Your support helps provide a hearty meal and a Christmas gift bag (read more…)

the-link-2016-winter-frontThe Winter 2016-17 edition of The Link, our quarterly newsletter, is available online here and in print in the foyer. Looking at the past year and the year ahead, (read more…)

Renewed hope at the darkest time of the year

1221-healing-and-lightDo you find the Christmas season to be a difficult time of year? Do you seem to be at odds with the relentless cheerfulness all around you? If you feel this way, you’re not alone.

Join us on December 21 at Healing and Light, our gathering on the darkest day of the year, for a time of healing prayer, of comforting words, and of understanding. We also offer communion for those who wish to partake. (read more…)

Dinner. Discussion. Deeper Insights.

Gentlemen, we gather in December at St. Leonard’s for an evening of food, fellowship, and discussion on topics that matter. (read more…)

1204-sing-and-ring-thanksOn December 4, we kicked off the Christmas season on a high note. The Handbell and Chime Ringers of St. John’s, along with the band an choir, filled the church with the songs and carols of Christmas. (read more…)

Waiting … and watchful …

1118 Advent Holy waitingAdvent, which marks the beginning of the Christian church year, begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. For 2016, Advent is from November 27 to December 24. (read more…)

What kind of connection do you have with Jesus? Has that relationship evolved over time? Join us as we explore one person’s roundabout road to faith. (read more…)

Reading what others have to say about their Christian faith journeys is a great way to nourish your own faith. Here are two books that groups at SJYM are studying (read more…)

On Saturday November 19 at 7:30 p.m., St. John’s Rockin’ Ringers will be ringing with five other handbell choirs at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Markham. (read more…)

‘Tis the Season to Make a Joyful Noise

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Poppy - Lest We ForgetOn Friday, November 11 at 10:30 a.m., St. John’s hosts a special Remembrance Day Service at the Yonge Corporate Centre, 4100 Yonge Street. (read more…)

1105-fall-back-dst-ends-nov-5Why not set your clocks back on Saturday evening, November 5? Enjoy an extra hour of uninterrupted sleep and still be at church on time Sunday morning. (read more…)

Nov 5 • Be inspired • Be equipped

1105-cm-conferenceThe Toronto Children’s Ministry Conference is a gathering of people who are dedicated to the spiritual growth of children (read more…)

Organ keyboardJoin us at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 29, when majestic organ music will fill the sanctuary in a concert for St. John’s 200th anniversary. (read more…)

HandbellsFrom now until Christmas, our Handbell and Chime Choirs are in concert at St. John’s and elsewhere. Learn when and where in the schedule posted here (read more…)

A comedy classic with live organ music.

Silent movie - Harold Lloyd in "Speedy"

(Click on poster for larger image)

Please join us on Saturday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m. for the screening of the classic silent movie Speedy (1928; 86 minutes), a comedy starring Harold Lloyd. (read more…)

Spirit Cinema - Pray the Devil Back to Hell

Ordinary women. Extraordinary faith.

Join us on October 27 for Contemplative Fire’s Spirit Cinema when we screen Pray the Devil Back to Hell (read more…)

An initiative of Contemplative Fire, where we discuss today’s hot topics. This month, we consider our reaction to the recent Assisted Dying legislation. (read more…)

Looking at the year ahead: have your say.

1023-annual-vestry-meetingOnce a year, the congregation of St. John’s York Mills Anglican Church is invited to gather with the leadership to review (read more…)

For newcomers and for the curious

Open Door OrientationAre you new to St. John’s? Wanting to re-connect? Or just curious to learn more?

Rev. Drew and Rev. Anne are hosting a morning to learn about life at St John’s. It is an informal time for you to get to know us better, and for us to find out what is important to you. We discuss topics that range from the fundamentals – what are our core beliefs and practices – to the practical – who’s who at St. John’s and what programs we have. Learn about all the things that we have to offer, and why so many people have chosen to be a part of the community of faith that is St. John’s. (read more…)

1013-dog-guidesOn Thursday, October 13, the women of the Lychgate Group gather. This month, it’s all about the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides program. (read more…)

Gentlemen, please join us for an evening of dinner, discussion and fellowship. This month we look at Islam, Christianity, and the story of one man’s crisis of faith. (read more…)

SJYM takes on life’s difficult questions

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Attention, Women of St. John’s! On Tuesday, October 4 at 7:00 p.m., we will gather for the first meeting of a new, women’s monthly book study group. (read more…)

Registration is now open for the 2016 Toronto Children’s Ministry Conference. If you are interested in or involved with nurturing children’s Christian growth, mark Nov. 5 (read more…)

1002-200-years-at-sjym-bookNow available – one church, many stories. Just released is a new book about this historic church – 200 Years at St. John’s York Mills by Scott Kennedy with Jeanne Hopkins.

The new book 200 Years at St. John’s York Mills brings the history of St. John’s up to date. It tells the wonderful stories of St. John’s with emphasis on the past 50 years and is a complement to 150 Years at St. John’s York Mills by Audrey Graham, published in 1966. (read more…)

Two worldviews. One central question.

1002-abdu-murrayFor most of his life, Abdu was a proud Muslim who studied the Qur’an and Islam. After a nine-year investigation into (read more…)

0918-the-link-2016-fallThe Fall edition of The Link, our quarterly newsletter, is available online here and in print in the foyer.

In this special edition that marks our 200th anniversary (read more…)

0929-journey-of-the-heartJourney of the Heart: The Life of Henri Nouwen is the story of the complex and compassionate life of a man who helped shape modern spirituality. (read more…)

Ladies, the Lychgate Group is getting together for the first meeting of the fall on Thursday, September 8, starting with a potluck supper at 6:30 p.m. (read more…)

A music program that hits all the right notes

0906-back-to-bells-and-chimesChoosing after-school activities for your family? Our free handbell and handchime programs are so good for your children. As a recent article puts it:

“Studying music from an early age has proven to be beneficial in almost every aspect of a child’s life. Learning to read and understand music and its underlying theory facilitates learning many other subjects. Music is shown to lead to language development and increase verbal recall. As they develop higher language and social skills, children become well rounded and benefit from the intrinsic benefits of learning music. They become disciplined, learn a skill and become part of a community they can be proud of. They learn to manage performances and the related anxiety and learn interpersonal skills like cooperation, sharing and compromise” 

Of course we have fun, laugh and learn! We would love to have new children join us. (read more…)

confirmation-themeThis Fall, Rev. Tim is hosting classes for young people to prepare for Confirmation. Class starts at 7:15 p.m. Come early and help Tim make soup! (read more…)

A special day of worship and celebration

SJ 200 Years Logo ColourSt. John’s is 200 years old this week, and we celebrate this Sunday, September 18, with two distinctive services. All parishioners, former parishioners, former clergy, and friends of St. John’s are warmly invited to attend. (read more…)

Jeanny Hwang

Jeanny Hwang, SJYM’s new Children’s Ministry coordinator

St. John’s is very happy to welcome Jeanny Hwang to the church and to her new role as coordinator for Children’s Ministry. (read more…)

0621 Summer Soul 1In your life, do you measure up? Or do you fall short? The reality is that you may need to change the way you measure self worth. Tara Birch explains how. (read more…)

Sermon Series: Sundays at The Open Door

0829 challenging wordsSome people have the idea that Jesus’s teachings are a kind of “how to” guide for living a good life. They feel that the gospels offer easy-to-follow instructions and advice that anyone can apply with a little practice.

These people are in for disappointment when they read their bibles because they find that Jesus did not give a step-by-step guide. Indeed what he did say often seems baffling, even contradictory. (read more…)

A journey to faith through discovery

0913 Mens Supper ClubThe Men’s Supper Club is resuming, after taking a break for the summer. You’re invited to an evening that will feature fellowship, a hearty meal, and some thoughtful discussion around a topic of real relevance.

We’ll be taking a look at the journey of faith of one man, Nabeel Qureshi, who was raised in the Muslim faith, who as a young adult felt a passion to deepen his faith, and who ended up feeling compelled, against his will, to the faith that is centred on Christ. In the book Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus, Qureshi tells of the conflicts he had to deal with along the way, both with his family and with his own heart. (read more…)

0822 HappinessOn Wednesday, August 24, Summer Soul takes a look at the ‘ACT’ approach to finding fulfilment and happiness in life with all its ups and downs.
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Gentlemen, the next meeting of the Men’s Supper Club is on Sept. 13, only a month away! Perhaps you had time to read the book that will be up for discussion (read more…)

0621 Summer Soul 1On Wednesday, August 17, starting at 7 p.m., come and learn techniques that will help you achieve the benefits of Mindfulness in the workplace. (read more…)

FreedomOn August 14, at The Open Door, Rev. Anne will wrap up the summer’s series on Freedom with a talk: On a Road Trip to Freedom. (read more…)

On Wednesday, August 10, starting at 7 p.m., come and learn how the practice of Mindfulness can help you to lessen and manage pain. (read more…)

Adult Christian Education at SJYM - For your journey in faith and in life

From the acorn to the oak tree

Stages of Growth

Adult Christian Education at SJYM - For your journey in faith and in lifeClergy, lay leaders and members of SJYM have envisioned an intentional program of Christian education, based on the Apprenticeship Principle. Its goal is “oak trees” — well-rooted Christian disciples who make Him known in everything they are and do. Using resources and groups already in place in our church, the teaching program unfolds in stages. (read more…)

Many have been following the deliberations of the recent General Synod on the question of same-sex marriage and have been wondering what does this mean for us at St John’s. (read more…)

Summertime, and the reading is easy … but it can still feed your soul! Try one of these titles, recommended by staff and clergy. (read more…)

March Mindfulness SSummer Soul begins this Wednesday July 6 at 7 p.m. with: Introduction to Mindfulness. An evening featuring a video, discussion, and practice. (read more…)

A relaxed program in July and August

0628 Childrens Ministry SummerThroughout July and August, and up until September 11, St. John’s is offering a relaxed Children’s Ministry program for children in grades 1 through 8. The program is offered during The Open Door service each Sunday at 10:30 a.m. It’s a drop-in format so children can attend optionally throughout the summer. (read more…)

The books we’re reading on vacation

0624 Summer ReadingSummer. A time when school has finished, vacations are happening, and we have the time to relax and immerse in a good book. But what to choose?

Here’s a peek at what Drew+ and Anne+ are reading this summer. An ideal summer book is one that’s easy to read yet engages you in a meaningful way, and these selections surely fill the bill. (read more…)

Wednesdays at 7 in July and August

0621 Summer Soul 1Want to enhance your ability to relax during the summer? Join us for a speaker, discussion and practice around the art of simply enjoying each moment, with the help of Anne’s+ video shelf.

Each week we’ll listen to a short presentation by a world-recognized speaker. Then, we’ll enjoy a discussion and practice what we’ve heard. (read more…)

0616 Link Spring 2016 thumbThe Spring 2016 edition of The Link newsletter is here. You can receive it in your e-mailbox, pick up a paper copy at church on Sunday, or click to read it online. (read more…)

On May 28 and 29, we welcomed visitors to our church and churchyard for the Doors Open Toronto 2016 weekend. Here are highlights in words and pictures. (read more…)

Looking for yoga classes that are fun, invigorating and affordable? Then take a look at the classes now being hosted at St. John’s. (read more…)

Do you enjoy working with children? Would you like to be part of a lively and supportive team? Are you seeking summer employment? (read more…)

Mark and Damien are the masters of the grill

It’s the last meeting of the Men’s Supper Club before the summer, so we’re going outside for a barbecue. It’s a time for burgers and hotdogs, a time for looking back (read more…)

A summer tradition – Updated!

0612 Strawberry SocialThis year marks the 200th anniversary of St. John’s, and to help celebrate, we’re holding a Strawberry Social. (read more…)

Welcome to a church both old and new.

0528 Doors OpenSt. John’s is 200 years old, and to celebrate we’re inviting everyone to visit our church building and churchyard during Doors Open Toronto (read more…)

The English Conversation Fellowship will be taking a break for the summer. Our final meeting will be on Tuesday, May 26 at 1 p.m. (read more…)

What it really is and how to have it

FreedomPersonal freedom is a defining idea in our society, yet many of us struggle to be free, and others who think they have reached freedom feel oddly discontented. Perhaps the idea of freedom is not as simple as we might have thought. (read more…)

Holy Baptism, pouring water

“Let the little children come unto me,
and do not hinder them,
for the kingdom of God
belongs to such as these.” 

(Mark 10:14, NIV) (read more…)

For newcomers and for the curious

Open Door OrientationAre you new to St. John’s? Wanting to re-connect? Or just curious to learn more?

Rev. Drew and Rev. Anne are hosting a morning to learn about life at St John’s. It is an informal time for you to get to know us better, and for us to find out what is important to you. We discuss topics that range from the fundamentals – what are our core beliefs and practices – to the practical – who’s who at St. John’s and what programs we have. Learn about all the things that we have to offer, and why so many people have chosen to be a part of the community of faith that is St. John’s. You’ll even get to discover hidden places of our historic building on a guided tour. (read more…)

The Decision to be a Christian:

0510 Mens Supper ClubJohn Stott, in his book Basic Christianity, explains the fundamentals of the Christian faith (read more…)

0505 Tim TaylorOn Thursday, May 5 starting at 7:30 p.m., the Rev. Tim Taylor will be ordained as a priest in a ceremony at St. John’s. Watch it live on YouTube. (read more…)

For five days, from Monday May 9 to Friday May 13, discover the gifts of the spiritual discipline of silence at Manresa Retreat Centre in Pickering. (read more…)

0717 Sandy Bay SchoolOn May 10, several members of the parish will be travelling to Jamaica for a week to continue fostering our relationship with Sandy Bay Primary School (read more…)

Over the course of the past year, challenges and opportunities have presented themselves to St. John’s. How do we respond to the calls that are on us? (read more…)

For the past three years Chantal Sathi has been leading the Children’s and Youth Ministries at St. John’s. Now she is moving on to new opportunities at Ravi Zacharias (read more…)

Seneca KetchumSeneca Ketchum was instrumental in the founding of St. John’s. He also lived a rather colourful life two centuries ago. His story and his legacy are recalled (read more…)

Starting on Tuesday, May 5, at 7 p.m. in the Marsh Room: The Yarn-Yarn Sisterhood (and its divine secrets).

Yarn-Yarn Sisterhood

We’re launching a new women’s group (read more…)

Historian – Raconteur – Torontonian.

0421 Mike Filey ASpend an evening with Mike Filey as he looks back at the events, the culture, and the people that have shaped St. John’s over the past 200 years.

Mike Filey is a popular historian who has spent years researching, writing about, and speaking on the history of his hometown, Toronto. He has written more than two dozen books, including The TTC Story, the First 75 Years; I Remember Sunnyside; A Toronto Portrait; and Toronto, Then and Now. He has been a regular contributor for over 30 years to the Toronto Sun with his column, The Way We Were; many of these columns have been collected and published in a series of books, Toronto Sketches, The Way We Were (volumes 1 to 12). Mike is known not just for his knowledge of Toronto’s past, but for bringing that knowledge to life in an lively and engaging way. (read more…)

When having it all is not enough

0414 The Shift poster

“There’s a place deep within us that wants to feel fulfilled. That wants to know my life has made a difference.” – Dr Wayne Dyer (read more…)

The cost of being a Christian:

Men's Supper ClubThe gospels offer the “good news” of God’s great gifts to all of us. But in return, what obligations are put on us?
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Ask questions. Get answers.

0420 Youth ForumEvery Sunday at 12:30, right after The Forum, Drew+ invites youth ages 13 and up to join him for lunch and conversation. Meet in the sanctuary to plan the lunch order – pizza or perhaps something else.

Then we move to the meeting room for food and for talk. There’s be lots of time to discuss and ask questions and offer opinions while we wait for lunch to arrive. School, friendship, social life, culture, family, sexuality, work, the world and your place in it — we’ll hold it all up to the light of faith and see what the Bible has to say about it.

If you’re a teenager, your invited – and invited to bring a friend!


Youth Forum
Sundays @ 12:30 p.m.
Meet in the sanctuary
Hosted by Rev. Drew

1015 PrayerPrayer is an integral part of the life of a Christian, alone in quiet places and together in groups. At SJYM a small group meets every week to pray.
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Thinking about the reasons for belief

0417 Andy BannisterSt. John’s is pleased to welcome Dr. Andy Bannister as the guest speaker at The Open Door 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?

Andy is part of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries, a worldwide organization that “helps thinkers believe and believers think.” On April 17, he will explore the evidence and the reasoning that has convinced him that the resurrection is indeed a fact. (read more…)

The Marriage Course - Mondays starting March 28 at SJYM

Nurture the marriage that you really want.

The Marriage Course - Mondays starting March 28 at SJYM

In modern culture we have the idea that to have a successful marriage, you have to find a soulmate who is a perfect match for you, so if you run into problems in your marriage the implication is that you married the wrong person. In fact a successful marriage is a balance of making a wise choice in who you marry, combined with a willingness and an ability to foster a healthy relationship with your partner.

The Marriage Course is designed to help couples delve into their relationships and learn ways to nurture and maintain a healthy, loving, and enduring marriage. The course covers the full scope of a healthy marriage, from communication, through conflict and forgiveness, to the impact of the wider family to how we relate with our partners. (read more…)

Mind Full, or Mindful?

Being present in the Here and Now

Mind Full, or Mindful?For three Fridays in March, Contemplative Fire invites you to take time to experience the practice of mindfulness. (read more…)

Starting in March, we are again offering courses based on the acclaimed Apprenticeship Series by James Bryan Smith. Each course runs for ten weeks. (read more…)

St. John’s is 200 years old, and we’re marking the anniversary by releasing two books that tell the story of our church and community: one old and one new. (read more…)

conversation bubblesEvery Thursday at 1 p.m., people who are learning English gather for an hour to practice conversing in English in a casual, friendly setting. (read more…)

Spring must almost be here because “March, Music & Merriment” is back! Come on out to St. John’s Anglican Church this Sunday at 5 p.m. to hear our choir’s (read more…)

Bonhoeffer: a Christian in adversity

On screen is “Bonhoeffer”, the portrait of a German theologian determined to change the world for the better. Join us beforehand for a soup supper.

Bonhoeffer – This 2003 documentary is a portrait of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German theologian who was imprisoned and killed for plotting to assassinate Hitler. This film conveys the essence of a man and his world. Bonhoeffer’s life is lyrically presented, with his friends and family shedding light on his breakaway seminary, his travels to America and Harlem, his calls to change the world for better, and his noble attempts to respond to a war-time Germany as a Christian. Written and Directed by Martin Doblmeier. (read more…)

Salvation: What it means for us

Spend any time in church and you will hear talk about “salvation”, often in conjunction with that other word, “sin”. But what is salvation, really? Does it really mean that God forgives all our sins, just like that? Does it mean we can live as we please with the comfort of knowing that nothing we do will be counted against us?

As you might suspect, the reality is more complicated. God does not seek to see people freed of responsibility for their sins; he seeks to see people free of sin. But how can you become free of sin? (read more…)

The World Day of Prayer is an ecumenical movement that brings Christians of all faith traditions together in an annual common day of prayer. (read more…)

The Archdeacon A.C. McCollum FundCongratulations to the four seminary students who have been awarded bursaries from the Archdeacon A.C. McCollum Fund 2016. (read more…)

A reprint of the book “150 Years at St. John’s York Mills”, written by M. Audrey Graham in 1966, is now available for purchase. (read more…)

One of our core values at St John’s is spiritual growth which is reflected in a love of learning. A large part of that spiritual growth takes place in our small groups (read more…)

It is important that refugee sponsors have the right tools and most up-to-date information for successful refugee sponsorship. (read more…)

Soup bowls and ingredients

A Soup Cook-off with SJYM Youth

Soup bowls and ingredients

WHEN: Sunday, February 7 starting at 11:30 a.m.

WHERE: The foyer and the Garnsworthy Room

WHAT: Second annual SOUPer Bowl Sunday fundraising lunch and cook-off

WHO: The SJYM Senior Youth and you (read more…)

The Christmas story as re-enacted by the children of St. John’s is now on-line. Watch the video here and read about how it was made. (read more…)

Can you be drawn toward the stillness of monastic contemplation, yet want to act to change the world? A new blog explores questions like this (read more…)

Join us on January 22nd at 7 p.m. at St. Mary Magdalene church for an evening around the 2014 film The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton. (read more…)

“Let the little children come unto me,
and do not hinder them,
for the kingdom of God
belongs to such as these.”

(Mark 10:14, NIV) (read more…)

Men's Supper Club - Basic Christianity

Christ’s Death: What it Means for Us

Men's Supper Club - Basic ChristianityEver wonder why the symbol of Christianity is the cross? Why do we use a symbol that memorializes the cruel death of Jesus? Why don’t we use a positive symbol such as a lamp (the light of knowledge) or a sheep (a follower of Christ)?

The reason the cross is the central symbol of Christianity is because the death of Jesus on the cross is the centre of Christian theology. This is the central event that binds together so many other things – Jesus being simultaneously God and human, His death followed by His return to life, sin and redemption, the nature of the love of God, the purpose of our own existence, how we should live our lives. (read more…)

Help! My kids are (about to be) Teenagers!

Parenting teenagers is one of the most challenging and rewarding tasks that you might ever do. Wherever you are on your parenting journey – about to enter the teen years or in the middle of them already – please join us for Family Night at SJYM starting in January.

Starting January 11 and running every Monday for five weeks until February 8, you can share some food and engage in relaxed conversation about parenting, and meet other people in the midst of their own parenting journeys. (read more…)

Path leads into wooded place

Starting your Journey with SJYM

Path leads into wooded placeAre you new or new-ish to St. John’s? Do you want to know what you can expect here? Then this course is for you!

Over five weeks, we’ll gather on Mondays at 7:00 p.m. for a light supper of soup. Then Drew will lay it all out: our mission, what we preach, our immediate goals, and the many ways you can grow at SJYM. Now is the time to make sure that this is the place for you. (read more…)

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