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There's Life here!

Christ Church Deer Park is a vibrant Anglican parish, strategically located in the heart of mid-town Toronto. Our parish mission is to put faith in Christ into action through compassion, worship, learning, outreach and community engagement. We strive to create a safe and spacious community where all are welcome, and where issues of life and faith are explored together.


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The Good Friday Concert

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We have now raised $479.90 in support of Mama Jane’s Orphanage in Uganda. Thank you all for your generous donations and contributions! We will continue to raise money throughout April (our goal is $1000!) and then, on April 26th from 9:00-1:30, our Young Anglican Leaders Team will participate in the 5K AIDS Walk organized by the Rotary Club. Please contact Hilary if you would like to sponsor the YAL team and support the work of these life-changing charities!



We are seeking an Associate Priest. This new full-time position is an outstanding opportunity to join our clergy and staff team. Alongside our incumbent and strong lay leadership, the Associate Priest will help to lead our parish to fulfill its mission. Read more »


Our Search for an Associate Priest is well underway, and we are grateful to our committee members - Barbara Barnett, Jesse Billett, Carolyn Kearns and Genevieve Chornenki for their work with the rector in the search process.


The Herald - Parish Newseltter
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Congregational Care Team


Oriole Nursery School
Tues Jan 7 @ 9am

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Yoga classes at Christ Church Deer Park in the New Year
Mondays @ 9:30am
Wednesdays @ 7pm
Thursdays @ 9:30am



AA meets regularly at Christ Church

AA at noon & Primary Purpose @ 7pm

AA @ noon & 7pm

AA Book Study @ 7pm

AA Miracle Group@12:15pm
AA Book Study@7pm

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Toronto Children's Chorus
Toronto Children's Chorus

Rehearsals at Christ
Church Deer Park

Wed Apr 23 @ 4 pm
Thurs Apr 24 @ 4 pm

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The Good Friday Concert
Rehearses at Christ
Church Deer Park

Mon Apr 14 @ 6:30 pm
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Current Events Club

Tues Apr 8 @ 12 noon


Underearners Anonymous

Tuesdays @ 6pm
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Phoenix CA
Phoenix CA

Wednesdays @ 7 pm
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Thursdays @ 12:15pm


Orpheus Choir
Rehearsal Thurs Apr 15 @ 6pm - Orpheus website »

Toronto Flute School

Toronto Flute School

Sat Apr 26 @ 2 pm
TFS website here »


Recording Session at CCDP
Watch a recording session of Brahms Trio in progress at CCDP here »


The Herald - Parish Newseltter
March-April 2014
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CHURCHES on-the-Hill
Food Bank

an emergency food program run by volunteers and operated under the auspices of the Daily Bread Food Bank at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church. The program supplies food to individuals and families who have housing but whose income is not enough to make ends meet. There continues to be a constant need for soup, canned fruit, crackers, pasta sauce, canned pasta, etc. Please try to make regular gifts of appropriate items so that Christ Church Deer Park may share generously in this vital service provided by the Churches on-the-Hill. More about COTH here »


Blessing of Animals 2013
blessing of animals 2013

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Meals on Wheels
Yorkminster Park Meals on Wheels requires volunteer drivers and runners to deliver Meals on Wheels in this community during the months of July and August. Meals are delivered
between 10:30 am and 12:15 pm daily, Monday to Friday.Please call 416 482-0549 if you can spare two hours weekly or on an occasional basis to help on any of the delivery days.

Join us!
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Holy Week

Welcome to Christ Church Deer Park! Please plan to join us on the journey through Holy Week & Easter. Whether you are here as a family member or friend, or whether you just happened to wander in, we are delighted to have you here. All are welcome!

April 17 - Maundy Thursday

  • 7 pm - Holy Eucharist & Foot-Washing
  • 8 pm - "Gethsemane Watch" in the Chapel

April 18 - Good Friday

EasterApril 19 - Holy Saturday

  • 8 pm - Great Vigil of Easter & Lighting of the New Fire - Please plan to bring bells that we will ring joyfully during the singing of the Gloria
  • Resurrection Party!! This dramatic service is followed by a lively Resurrection Party in Elliott Hall. Please bring an appetizer or finger food to share so that nothing needs to be cooked. Please also bring your own serving dish, so that we can have a cleanup - free evening. Wine and soft drinks will be provided! Followed by & Planting of the Easter Garden on the front lawn.

April 20 - Easter Day

  • 8 am - Holy Eucharist of the Resurrection
  • 10 am - Sung Eucharist of the Resurrection
    • Details about Sunday Services, Homilist, readings, music, here ».
    • The Nest certified childcare for children under age 4 - see here » PromiseLand is our church school for children ages 5-12. See here » Young Anglican Leaders (YAL) is a youth leadership program for teens in middle and high school. See here »
    • Holy Grounds Café - We invite you to stay for refreshments after the service.
    • Young Anglican Leaders (YAL) AIDS Walk fundraiser - See here »
    • Transportation The Congregational Care Team is arranging for transportation by members of CCDP to the Good Friday services and concert and to our Easter services. This is intended for those who are unable to drive and who would like to attend church. If you or someone you know wishes to use this service please call David Moore at 416-975-5506

  • Next Jazz Vespers - April 27, 2014 @ 4:30 pm - Tribute to Horace Silver - Brian Barlow Quintet featuring Robi Botos and Steve McDade. All are welcome to an evening service of reflective reading, prayers for our city and the world, and wonderful music with some of the finest jazz artists in Canada! See Jazz Vespers here »
  • Welcome to Phil Hamilton, who joins us as a summer intern on May 6th. Phil is a theological student at Wycliffe College, and will serve his full-time internship with us this summer. When he arrives, please extend to Phil the usual warm CCDP welcome.



The Good Friday ConcertThe Good Friday Concert -
Music for a Most Holy Day
FRIDAY APRIL 18 @ 4pm - Special Guest: John Johnson Juno Award winner John Johnson, Popov & Vona, Duo Pianists and Featuring Soloists and Choir of Christ Church Deer Park. Colleen Burns,Narrator, Eric Robertson Music Director. Admission Free donations welcomed. All are Welcome - details »

Community Breakfast
SATURDAY, APRIL 19, 2014 @ 8 am - CCDP partners in providing a safe, family-like atmosphere in which to serve breakfast for those in the community who need extra nutrition see Outreach ».

Spring RummageEaster Fantastic-Plastic Flowers Work-Party!!
SATURDAY APRIL 19 - 10am - It's that time of year, and this year it would be great to make an extra big splash of plastic! Elliott Hall is reserved on Saturday April 19 for the Easter Fantastic-Plastic Flowers Work-Party! We'll start at 10 am and proceed till mid afternoon. There will be bagels and treats. Please come! Please bring a glue gun if you have one... it would be greatto increase the tulips this year! Any students looking for community servicehours are most welcome! Please let me know if you can attend. Thank you, Carol Knowlton-Dority at 416 223 5197, or - see Carol's webpage on Dura Garden here »; This flower idea made it into a Canadian Living article! - see here »

Art showArt Show
Nature Nurtures” by Judith Seifer In the Arthur Smith Room Gallery until May 7 See exhibit details here »

Monday in Easter Week
MONDAY APRIL 21- The office is closed.

ACW and Bridge
TUESDAYS @ 10:30 am - ACW meets each Tuesday morning in the Arthur Smith Room. Lunch @ 12 noon - Bring your own sandwich – coffee and tea are provided. Then stay and play a game of bridge @ 1pm. See ACW here »

Contemplative Knitting CircleWednesday Morning Eucharist
WEDNESDAY IN EASTER WEEK - APRIL 23 @ 7:30am - a half-hour contemporary eucharist with brief reflection. Continental Breakfast served on the house after the service. April 23: Homilist: The Reverend Canon Kevin Robertson

Staff Meeting
WEDNESDAY April 23 @ 10am

Contemplative Knitting Circle
WEDNESDAY, April 23, 2014 @ 5:45-7pm - For knitters of all ages and stages! Please join us for an hour of mindfulness while we knit together and honour • Stillness • Beauty • Skill • & Human Labour - details here »

Management TEam
THURSDAY April 24 @ 7:30am

Lunchtime Chamber Music

Thursday Lunchtime Chamber Music Recital Series
THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2014 @ 12:10 pm - Ton Beau String Quartet; Linnea Thacker, violin; Alexa Wilks, violin; Alex McLeod, viola; Sarah Steeves, cello - see upcoming recitals here »

Spring RummageSpring Rummage Sale
SATURDAY APRIL 26 @ 10am - 1pm - Please drop off donations at the church as soon as possible. To volunteer, please contact Maxine Henry, Rummage Sale Co-ordinator email » 416-590-1008

YAL Young Anglican Leaders: AIDS WALK!
SUNDAY, APRIL 26 on April 26th from 9:00-1:30, our Young Anglican Leaders Team will participate in the 5K AIDS Walk organized by the Rotary Club. Please contact Hilary if you would like to sponsor the YAL team and support the work of these life-changing charities! On April 6, YAL hosted a very successful craft and bake sale in support of Mama Jane’s Orphanage in Uganda. We raised $479.90!! Thank you all for your generous donations and contributions! We will continue to raise money throughout April (our goal is $1000!) and then, See YAL page »

New MomsCelebration of New Ministry
SUNDAY, APRIL 27 @ 4pm - The Reverend Julie Meakin concluded her ministry with us March 30, and began a new ministry as the Incumbent of the Church of the Holy Family, Heart Lake. Julie’s Celebration of New Ministry will take place at Holy Family on Sunday, April 27 at 4 pm. All are welcome. For directions, please visit the parish website:

New Moms & Infants
WEDNESDAY APRIL 30 @ 1:00 - 3:30 pm in the Arthur Smith Room - Come and enjoy an afternoon film and bring your infant along. Meet other new moms. Reduced audio level for infants. Ideal for infants ages 0 - 16 months. Easy access to washroom and changing table. FILM: Secrets and Lies Director: Mike Leigh Palme d’Or and Best Actress at Cannes Film Festival. Read more here » Presented by the Learning Ministry

Book Club: The Red Tent
WEDNESDAY APRIL 30, 2014 @ 7:30pm - We invite all those who enjoy reading to come to our gatherings. The Red Tent, by Anita Diamont - The story of Dinah from the Book of Genesis. Please join us for lively conversation, refreshments and wine or your own choice of beverage. In the Arthur Smith Room. For information, call Anne Kear: 416-924-3940 - see book club page »

Next Parish Forum
SUNDAY MAY 4 following the 10 am service - This is a continuation of our "Money Matters" series. We will revise how we handle our rainy day money — parish reserves — and will learn about current CCDP property improvement initiatives. This will also be an opportunity to meet our new Treasurer, Richard Varkey, and our new Building Improvement Coordinator, Kathleen Lindsey. Please plan to join us. Lunch will be provided. see Parish Forum page »

Notice of Special Vestry
SUNDAY MAY 4 @ 11:30 am Our Parish Forum will include a Special Vestry. Right now the way we handle our rainy day money is fragmented and difficult to understand. We have two funds to hold reserves, and when a parishioner makes a general gift in his or her will, the money must be dispersed in varying proportions to those reserve funds and the operating fund. At this Special Vestry, four plain motions will be presented to reduce this complexity. Three motions will simplify the current arrangements for parish reserves without changing the way in which the parish may use or invest its rainy day money. All parish reserves will be consolidated into the 1870 Reserve Fund (now known as the 1870 Fund) so that all of our rainy day money is in one place. The fourth motion will increase our parish reserves and simplify the allocation of general gifts that parishioners leave in their wills. see Parish Forum page »

Spring LuncheonACW Spring Luncheon
TUESDAY MAY 13 @ 12 noon - The speaker this year will be Terry Fallis. Tickets are $15 each and are available after the 10 am service, from Paul in the parish office, or by calling Anne LeFeuvre at 416-484-3710. Women and men are invited to this event! see ACW page »

Evening Labyrinth Walk
TUESDAY MAY 13 @ 7-8pm - If you enjoyed the labyrinth workshop on December 14, 2013, or missed it but wish you hadn’t... Please mark your calendar for an informal, evening labyrinth walk with other parishioners on Tuesday, May 13, 2014 from 7:00–8:00 pm at the Toronto Public Labyrinth, 1 Trinity Square Park, Toronto. Gather for coffee & conversation after the walk. This is a gentle way to end your day. Prior experience or knowledge not required; information & orientation will be available.

The Bishop’s Company Dinner
TUESDAY MAY 20 @ at 6:00 pm at the Church of the Holy Trinity and the Toronto Marriott Hotel. The speaker this year is John Fraser, the Master of Massey College and former editor of Saturday Night Magazine. Tickets are going quickly, but may still be purchased at: If you plan to attend, please ask to be seated at a Christ Church Deer Park table.

Our Ecumenical VisitorOur Ecumenical Visitor
Well, a few months ago, our Karen Hamilton was being photographed with the Archbishop of Canterbury. Now it's the Pope! Full image and more about Karen here » / See Karen's blog about the The Path of Abraham 2014 trip to the Holy Land here »

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In the Path of Abraham
In the Path of Abraham – Join the 2nd Toronto-based Jewish-Christian-Muslim encounter of the Holy Land. This will be co-led by our own parishioner/ecumenical partner, Dr. Karen Hamilton. For further information, contact

Churches on-the-Hill Food Bank Volunteers
We are looking for new volunteers who could help existing ones in the distribution of items to the needy clients for about two hours on Wednesday mornings. No contribution from anybody in time or effort would be too small. - more about this here »

SSJD retreatsSSDJ - The Anglican Convent
The Sisterhood of St. John the Divine (SSJD) is a monastic community within the Anglican Church of Canada established in 1884. The sisters welcome visitors for liturgies, quiet days, retreats & workshops, or a place of peace and quiet to rest and refresh. They have a regular cycle of retreats and workshops - all are welcome. - see here »

Take a virtual Google Walking Tour
Google virtual tour
Walk around and see the CCDP neighbourhood - without leaving your chair! To stroll by scroll, click the pic, then click & drag the little Google tour guy Google tour guy(top left of the map) onto the map. Double click on the street to move in the direction you want to go. Click and drag to move around in the picture - even scroll the sky - or the pavement.

Toronto Green BinGreen Bin Program at CCDP - To minimize the amount of trash that is put out, Christ Church Deer Park is now participating in the green bin program. The Green Bin Program allows us to put organic waste out for curbside collection, which can then be made into high-quality compost. The Green Bin Program will increase our waste diversion and greatly reduce the amount of garbage we send to landfill. Help us get with the program! More about the green bin program here »

Used batteries - Don't know what to do with your old or used batteries? Bring them to CCDP and place them in the bin in the Atrium. We will take care of disposing them safely. Be part of the green solution! See the CCDP green page »

Re-cycle your egg cartons and plastic grocery bags - bring them to CCDP and leave them in the Food Bank box in the Atrium. The Churches on the Hill (COTH) FoodBank will use the cartons to repackage flats of eggs for their clients. More on COTH »

Donate to support the work & ministries of Christ Church Deer Park

Are you a knitter looking for a project?
Christ Church Deer Park has formed a Prayer Shawl Ministry. Hand-knitted shawls have become an international cause in the ecumenical community - given as a symbol of peace, comfort, and the prayers of the community to those who are sick at home, hospital or in a seniors’ residence. We have seen how much they have been appreciated. Shawls can be simple or elaborate. All knitters, women or men who would like to contribute to this initiative, please contact Norma Ross (416-929-5494). She will be pleased to provide patterns.

Christ Church Deer Park - There's Life Here!

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Christ Church Deer Park
1570 Yonge Street - Toronto, Ontario M4T 1Z8

2 blocks north of St. Clair - NW corner of Yonge & Heath
a 5-minute walk from the St. Clair subway station
Ample parking at the municipal lot directly opposite the church (on Heath) is free (with validation) during worship on Sunday mornings

Phone: 416-920-5211 | Fax: 416-920-8400   | email »

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