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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POSITION POSTiNG: ASSOCIATE PRIEST
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 »
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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
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Toronto Children's Chorus
Rehearsals at Christ
TORONTO CLASSICAL SINGERS
Mon Mar 10 @ 6:30 pm
Current Events Club
Tues Mar 11 @ 12 noon
Tuesdays @ 6pm
Wednesdays @ 7 pm
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Thursdays @ 12:15pm
Toronto Flute School
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
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.
the Public Square
Congratulations to our Ecumenical Partner, the Reverend Dr. Karen Hamilton for a successful conference in Montreal "Bridging the Secular Divide: Religion and Canadian Public Discourse" exploring the place and importance of religion in the public square. - Details here »
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WELCOME TO CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK!
THE FIRST SUNDAY IN LENT
LENT at CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK
SUNDAY, MARCH 9, 2014 - all kids and teens are invited to help us build a simple Labyrinth in the Rainbow Room downstairs. Every Sunday during Lent, we will spend a few quiet moments walking through the Labyrinth. We will explore the idea of using our whole body and all of our senses in prayer, and work on really being present and mindful during our walks. We encourage everyone in the congregation to visit our Labyrinth and walk it either before or after Sunday worship. More about PromiseLand here » / YAL Teens here »
The Gallery presents One Woman’s Journey - Paintings by Brenda Bisiker. We invite you to view this Exhibition until Sunday, March 9. Illust: The Way it Was by Brenda Bisiker - See poster »
Enlighten your mind:
Transformation through renewal of the mind by Imagination
Enlighten your mind with a series of Lenten Readings. The theme is Transformation Through Renewal of the Mind by Imagination. The readings are posted on the parish website here » continuing through Lent.
Printed copies will also be available. Those who are interested in these readings can meet with Canon Peter Gratton in the Arthur Smith Room after the 10 am service on March 23 & April 6. Interactive comments can be made on the webpage, or to Peter at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 »
Christian Meditation: Silence, Stillness, Simplicity
MONDAYS @ 11:15 am in the Arthur Smith Room. No experience required! Please see the Reverend Julie Meakin for details - Contact »
ACW and Bridge
TUESDAYS @ 10:30 am - ACW meets each Tuesday morning in the Arthur Smith Room. Bring your own sandwich – coffee and tea are provided. Then stay and play a game of bridge @ 1pm. See ACW here »
ACW Lenten Luncheon Series
The ACW extends an invitation to Tuesday Lenten Series where the clergy have been invited to reflect upon the Parables of Jesus. Lunch begins at noon in the Arthur Smith Room. Coffee & tea provided. Please bring your own lunch. All are welcome to attend!
For other parables in the series, see ACW »
WEDNESDAY MARCH 12 @ 7:30am - a half-hour contemporary eucharist with brief reflection. Continental Breakfast served on the house after the service. Lenten Feria Homilist: The Reverend Dr. Peter Slater - bio »
WEDNESDAY MARCH 125 @ 10am
Contemplative Knitting Circle
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 12, 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 »
THURSDAY MARCH 13 @ 7:30am. Meeting
THURSDAY, MARCH 13, 2014 @ 12:10 pm - Andréa Tyniec, violin - see upcoming recitals here »
CCDP Choir Rehearsal
THURSDAYS @ 6:30pm. Are you considering singing in the choir? see here »
FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 2014 @ 12 noon - 1:30 pm in the Arthur Smith Room. The topic for discussion is: Valentine themes (including loving our enemies?). more about Challenging Christianity ».
SATURDAY, MARCH 15, 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 ».
YAL Young Anglican Leaders: Community Breakfast
SATURDAY MARCH 15 @ 7-9:30am - Help serve a hot meal at the Community Breakfast - See YAL page »
YAL Young Anglican Leaders: Movie
SUNDAY MARCH 16 in the afternoon: Join the St. John's, York Mills Youth Group to watch “Son of God” - Join YAL for some fun and exciting events this March, including joint socials and worship with other Toronto youth groups! - See YAL page »
WEDNESDAY MARCH 19 @ 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: Groundhog Day Director: Harold Ramis Read more here » Presented by the Learning Ministry
YAL Young Anglican Leaders: Movie
FRIDAY MARCH 21 7-9pm at St. Paul’s Bloor Street: Come and participate in “Toronto Youth Night of Worship” - See YAL page »
The Spring Potluck Lunch
SUNDAY MARCH 23, 2014 after the 10am service - Join us for a Pot Luck Lunch in Elliott Hall as we celebrate The Reverend Jule Meakin’s time with us and wish her well as she takes the reins as Incumbent of Holy Family, Heart Lake parish.
Book Club: The Art of Racing in the Rain
WEDNESDAY MARCH 26, 2014 @ 7:30pm - We invite all those who enjoy reading to come to our gatherings. Garth Stein’s, The Art of Racing in the Rain. Known as a great “dog” book, it is written entirely from the prospective of a dog. 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 »
YAL Young Anglican Leaders: Lunch & Learn
SUNDAY, MARCH 30 @ 11:30am - Join us for our youth-led Bible Study on Chapter 2 of the Book of Ruth- Lunch & Learn in the Library (til 1 pm) See YAL page »
APRIL at CHRIST CHURCH DEER PARK
Help us make Palm Crosses
FRIDAY APRIL 11 @9 :30 am Friday April 11 9.30am in the Arthur Smith Room Please join us. There will be people there to remind us how to make the crosses, and also to demonstrate the technique for those new to the task. Bring a pair of scissors with you.
Plastic Party of the Year is in Sight!
SATURDAY APRIL 19 - 10am - 3pm in Elliott Hall - Come one, come all, , bring your glue guns and/or a festive spirit. We shall glue, repair and otherwise resurrect our “Ecclesiastical Tacky Plastic Flowers” and have them ready for the Saturday evening Easter Vigil and Parish Party! There will be refreshments and general chaos. Any students wishing to earn community service hours are welcome. Please let me know if you can attend! We now have an extensive collection awaiting our attentions! Cheers, Carol Knowlton Dorit,y CCDP Dura-Garden Squad
Good Friday Concert - Music for a Most Holy Day
FRIDAY APRIL 18 @ 4pm - 9 Sparrows Arts Foundation and Christ Church Deer Park present the Good Friday Concert Music for a Most Holy Day Special Guest: John Johnson Juno Award winner John Johnson is one of the most in-demand musicians in Toronto. He is proficient on all the saxophones from sopranino through baritone, as well as piccolo, flute, alto flute, clarinet, and bass clarinet. John has performed with jazz greats such as Diane Krall, Aretha Franklin, Roberta Flack, Dionne Warwick, Peabo Bryson, and Bill Mays, and has also appeared as a guest artist with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra on numerous occasions. and Featuring: Soloists and Choir of Christ Church Deer Park Eric Robertson Music Director Admission Free All are Welcome
Spring Rummage Sale
SATURDAY APRIL 26 @ 10am-1pm - We are even now accepting contributions for the sale... Some ideas to get you started - gently used clothing (men’s, women’s, children’s); household items (cutlery, dishes, glasses, linens); jewellery; treasures; games and puzzles...the list goes on. So, whether you are downsizing or just spring cleaning, remember the Rummage Sale! Please look through your closets...make room for the new and let us have what you don’t need anymore...(You can tell your friends too.) Drop off your items in the box in the Atrium) And as the date draws nearer you will be hearing from me... count on it! Thank you, Maxine Henry, Rummage Sale Co-ordinator email@example.com 416-590-1008
TUESDAY MAY 13 @ 12 noon - Mark your calendards now for this always-anticipated event. Watch for more details as the date draws near.
Confirmation Classes will be offered once again in Lent. If you would like to be a part of this program, please speak with one of the clergy. Confirmation will take place at St. James’ Cathedral on Sunday, April 27, 2014.
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A big thank you to all presenters and parishioners for an energetic and informative Parish Forum Sunday November 3.
It was truly inspirational and a testament to the engagement, commitment and longstanding generosity of this parish. There sure is Life Here!
If you missed the forum or would like to review the presentation, see here »
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 »
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
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 (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.
Green 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 »
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.
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