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St Barnabas on the Danforth
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Handel's Messiah
Good Friday Concert
Handel's Messiah Good Friday Concert
Lenten Study Series
Lenten Studydetails here »
Taize
Next Taizé service is Sunday, April 19 at 7 pm. see here »


VESTRY

Leadership Team Transitions

We said a sincere thank you to Lynn Inniss on her completion of nine years of service on the Leadership Team, as well as welcoming Teresa Johnson to the role of Deputy Warden. We are grateful for Everod Miller's willingness to take on the responsibility of People's Warden, and for Gary Davenport's continuing invaluable contribution as Incumbent's Warden.

Outreach Co-ordinator Opening

There remains an opportunity to serve the parish and the wider community in the role of Outreach Co-ordinator. Working together with the Leadership Team, the Co-ordinator would help champion FaithWorks and the PWRDF in the parish and liaise with Kennedy House, the youth shelter on Pape Avenue supported by the parish.


FOOD BANK DONATIONS
Donations for the Deacon’s Cupboard parish food bank are welcome, especially at this time of the year. Please leave non-perishable items in the wicker basket by the entrance.
Kennedy House

Kennedy House
Outreach Partner
Kennedy House Youth shelter, a partner agency to which our parish makes monthly donations. Located on Pape Ave., Kennedy House assists local youth in need. Trouble children and youth are cared for, assisted, and moved forward to a brighter future... For more details, see Outreach »

Outreach
Those interested in championing Outreach Ministries and/or being a parish contact person for the Primate's World Relief and Development Fund, please let Fr Jonathan or the Leadership Team know.


CLOTHES for
Out of the Cold
We at St. Barnabas support and have a number of volunteers that assist at the Out of the Cold Program at Eastminster United Church. One of the many ways that you can help is by donating both women’s and men's clothing and shoes. You can leave your donations at the back of the church, or take them directly to Eastminster (across from Timothy’s at the corner of Danforth and Jackman) and leave them inside the Jackman entrance). Please label them "Out of the Cold."

Deacon's Cupboard
THANK YOU
Many thanks to all those who have generously donated non-perishable food items for our Deacon’s Cupboard recently. We’re well-stocked now, but the need will continue throughout the winter.

CHOIR WELCOMES YOU

Prayer Shawl ministry

Prayer Shawl Ministry
St Barnabas has joined an international Prayer Shawl Ministry movement. Are you a knitter? Want to learn? Details ».

Enjoy reading? Enjoy the St Barnabas Book Club !
details »

ST BARNABAS
Literally hundreds of members of the community - parishioners, club members, athletes, parents, children, volunteers - can be found at Saint Barnabas every day of the week. A typical week includes an assortment of these: Regular Sunday and Weekday worship, the Bach Youth Chamber Choir, Art classes, Tai Chi, Yoga, Children's Circle Day Care, Girl Guides, Little Kickers, Musical Munchkins, Sportball, Toronto Country Dancers, Toronto English Country Dancers, Jane Austen Dance, Choir rehearsals, Lunch and Learn, and many more!

  
HOLY WEEK AT ST BARNABAS
Holy Week

WELCOME to ST BARNABAS ON THE DANFORTH
All are welcome at the celebrations of the St. Barnabas community
    • More about Sundays - Presider, homilist, readings, church school, choir, music, readings, refreshments - see here »

  • Thursday Eucharist - @ 12 noon Holy Eucharist in the Chancel
  • Next Taizé Service - April 19 - Join with those visiting our parish for this worship and share in quiet reflection, simple songs, and stillness. Informal rehearsal at 6:30 pm, service starts at 7 pm. More about Taizé here »
  • East Toronto Latvian Lutheran Community - Austrum Draudze worships at St. Barnabas - details & service information here »

GOOD FRIDAY at ST BARNABAS on the DANFORTH

Good Friday Ecumenical Walk on the Danforth
FRIDAY, APRIL 3, 2015 - Joined by participants from the wider community, five churches on the Danforth take part in a walk from church to church, as a group, following the stations of the cross. Map of area churches here »
  • 10:00 a.m. Start at Holy Name Roman Catholic Church, 71 Gough Avenue (Gough and the Danforth; west of Pape Ave.)
  • 10:25 a.m. Riverdale Presbyterian Church, 662 Pape Ave. (just south of the Danforth)
  • 10:50 a.m. Eastminster United Church, 310 Danforth (1 block west of Chester station, on the North side, at Jackman Ave.)
  • 11:15 a.m. Danforth Church, 60 Bowden Street and the Danforth (1 block west of Chester station, on the South side)
  • 11:40 a.m. End at St. Barnabas on the Danforth Anglican Church, 361 Danforth Ave. (on the south side, at Chester station).
  • Refreshments will be served at St. Barnabas Anglican Church.
  • Good Friday ConcertSacred Concert - The Walk will be followed by a Sacred Concert at 1:30p.m, at St. Barnabas. "By His Stripes We Are Healed." Excerpts from Handel's Messiah, Part Two. Admission is free.
HANDEL'S MESSIAH: By His Stripes We Are Healed
GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 3 at 1:30 pm -Handel's Messiah, Part 2 (excerpts) - A Devotional Concert for Good Friday with the Elixir Baroque Ensemble and Friends. See poster here » / Getting to St Barnabas on the Danforth - map »
GOOD FRIDAY ECUMENICAL WALK
FRIDAY APRIL 3 - We will be hosting the reception at the conclusion of the Stations of the Cross walk this year (see above). We look forward to welcoming hundreds into St Barnabas for the final stations, then into the Upper Hall for hot cross buns and cocoa, and after that, to stay for a devotional concert. Many hands make light work getting things ready earlier Good Friday morning. Please speak with Helen Taylor or members of the Leadership Team. A sign-up sheet will be available.

ST. BARNABAS on the DANFORTH
THE LIFE & MINISTRY OF OUR COMMUNITY

READING OUTLOUD IN THE STUDY
Monday in The Study, we will conclude reading (outloud!) Vaclav Havel's Largo Desolato, a comically biting quasi-autobiographical play about professorial life and love under totalitarianism. Noon - 1pm - The Study - see here »
MONDAY NIGHT BIBLE STUDY
Monday Night Bible Study in The Study at 7:00 pm. All are welcome.
AREA LENTEN STUDY
Lenten StudyWEDNESDAYS IN LENT - We will be looking at James Martin's New York Times best seller The Jesuit Guide to (almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life. Copies are available; please speak with Fr. Jonathan. The final sessions will be Wednesday 7:30 – 9:00 pm:
SSJE Lent TimeIT'S TIME TO STOP, PRAY, WORK, PLAY & LOVE
DAILY IN LENT - You are invited to participate in a daily on-line Lenten program "It’s time to Stop, Pray, Work, Play & Love" offered by the Anglican monastic order, the Brothers of Saint John the Evangelist. Each day there is a short video, a provocative question and a call to reflect either in a workbook or via social media. To subscribe visit: www.SSJE.org/time. If you have questions, speak to Joan.
THURSDAY EUCHARIST
THURSDAYS at 12 noon in the chancel.

WEEKLY AT ST BARNABAS on the DANFORTH
MANY COMMUNITY GROUPS meet regularly at St. Barnabas. For descriptions and contact information - see here »
  • ZHONG WEN TAIJI MONDAYS @ 7:30 pm in Upper Hall - details »
  • YOGA TUESDAYS @ 7:30 pm - Yoga class in Upper Hall
  • MUSICAL MUNCHKINS WEDNESDAYS @ 10:30 am - Reception Room - details »
  • VITAL STEPS WEDNESDAYS @ 11 am in the Upper Hall - details »
  • CANADIAN TAI CHI ACADEMY WEDNESDAYS @ 7 pm - Upper Hall - details »
  • SPORTBALL THURSDAYS @ 9:00 am - Sportball in Upper Hall - details »
  • JENNY REID'S ART CLASS THURSDAYS @ 9:30 am - in the Rec Room
  • ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCES THURSDAYS @ 7:30 pm - classes in Upper Hall - details »
  • LITTLE KICKERS - SATURDAYS @ 9 am - in Upper Hall - details »
  • TORONTO ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCERS - Saturday March 28 @ 7pm in Upper Hall
  • BOOKING - If you are interested in finding out more about any of the above groups, or booking space for your meetings, classes, events or workshops, please contact Mary in the church office. 416-463-1344 / Lcation & map » / Contact us »
choirCHOIR
THURSDAYS @ 7:45 pm - Interested in choral singing at St Barnabas? New choir members welcome. In the downstairs choir room. Please speak to Neil Houlton or email. For more about the choir, see here ». View repertoire past and present here »

BISHOP'S ANNUAL VISIT
Bishop Yu's next annual parish visit will take place on May 24, 2015 Pentecost Sunday. Bishop's website »

ORGAN & CHOIR at St Barnabas on the Danforth


Bach Children's Chorus at St Barnabas BACH CHILDREN'S CHORUS
The Bach Children's Chorus Concert on Saturday, November 23 saw over 250 people in St Barnabas, almost every available hall filled with young people, and well over $3,000.00 raised for the Organ Fund. All in all, a splendid success and a marvelous evening of music.

Sisterhood of St John the Divine - Retreats RETREATS & QUIET TIME AT THE CONVENT
The Sisterhood of St. John the Divine (SSJD) is a monastic community within the Anglican Church of Canada located near Yonge & Finch. The sisters welcome visitors for liturgies, quiet days, retreats & workshops, or a place of peace and quiet to rest and refresh - see website ». email » / (416) 226-2201. A comprehensive listing of SSJD quiet days and retreats is available here »
AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
Amnesty International needs people like you The Riverdale/Cabbagetown chapter of Amnesty International is looking for new members. Come join us. We meet right here at St. Barnabas. Group 164 (Riverdale/ Cabbagetown) of Amnesty International meets at 7 PM on the first Tuesday of each month (except for July and August) in the reception room. What do we do? See here for details »
Reception in the Study
A recent reception in The Study during the Elixir Mixer baroque concert, with the "Urban Landscape" paintings of Sharon Helleman on display.
ST BARNABAS BOOK TABLE
The Book Club has graciously offered to oversee a book table that will be located at the back of the church. You are welcome to bring in any books that you would like to pass on and donate to this table - LIMIT of 3 books per person! The books will remain on the book table for a period of 6 weeks, after which time they will be recycled. Everyone is invited to take a book for a small donation of either a loonie or a toonie.
THE RIVERDALE ART SHOW
The Riverdale Art Show is held at St. Barnabas annually in mid-October . The October 2014 dates TBA. See artwork and artists from previous shows at St. Barnabas here »

ALSO NOTE!
150 REMEMBRANCES 
ST. BARNABAS (CHESTER) ANGLICAN CHURCH, TORONTO

St. Barnabas on the Danforth celebrated the parish's 150th Anniversary in 2008. In conjunction with Special Memorial Service on Sunday, November 9 was an Exhibition of Artifacts collected from the extensive research project still currently underway. 

This research project is being conducted by several members of the congregation who have collected the names from the church’s many memorial plaques and dedications representing those who fought in past world conflicts. By using the Canadian National Archives and old newspaper clippings available on the Internet, they have already uncovered over 90 enlistment or casualty records. It is their great hope that, with the assistance of the wider community, they will be able to discover even more information on the over 60 remaining names. 

Anyone wishing to participate in this project, either to find out more information on a relative or particular individual or to offer additional details to the project, should contact Sheila Cram of the 150th Anniversary Committee through the parish office at 416-463-1344 or email »

Anglican FoundationThe Anglican Foundation - the community foundation for Anglicans in Canada, whose sole purpose is to nurture and advance, in Canada, the life and work of the Anglican Church of Canada: website »

   
   

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