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Pancake Supper!
Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
5 to 7pm: details »

Lenten Study Series

Lenten Study Starts February 25
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Next Taizé service is Sunday, January 18 at 7 pm. see here »

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
Tour of Kennedy House Youth Shelter Thursday February 5 @ 2:30 pm

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Gwen Atkinson, our guest speaker from Kennedy House Youth Shelter has invited us to tour the facility. If you are interested in going on a day-time tour, please fill out the sign-up sheet at the back of the Church. If you have question, speak to Joan.

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 »

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.

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
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.


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 !
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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!

All are welcome at the celebrations of the St. Barnabas community

Sunday, February 1 - Candlemas
  • 9:00 am - Said Eucharist
  • 10:30 am - Choral Eucharist
    • More about Sundays - Presider, homilist, readings, church school, choir, music, readings, refreshments - see here »

  • Next Taizé Service - The Taizé service features simple meditative chant, instrumental music, silences and brief prayers and passages from Scripture. Sunday February 22, 2015. More about Taizé here »
  • Thursday Eucharist - @ 12 noon Holy Eucharist in the Chancel
  • East Toronto Latvian Lutheran Community - Austrum Draudze worships at St. Barnabas - details & service information here »


SATURDAY JANUARY 31 - Those responsible for Reports are requested to submit them to Mary Ranni at the office (preferably by email ») no later than January 31. The annual vestry will be held Sunday March 1.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1 - in The Study after church there will be a meeting for all those interested in working to help with the Christmas Market for this year and wish to help plan as well as review last year’s. Please attend.
SUNDAY FEBRUARY 1, a chance to learn about another of the behind-the-scenes ministries in our parish. A quick tour will be offered during the hospitality time where things get done that we all enjoy. Please have a look, ask and learn.
  • February 1 - The Greeters and Counters with a tour of the downstairs office.
  • February 8 - Hospitality with a tour of The Study servery.
  • February 15 - Property with a continuation of the Magical Mystery tour through the hidden treasures of the building.
Taizé on the IslandTAIZÉ on the Island
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 1 at 4pm at St Andrew’s by the Lake on Ward’s Island, Light repast provided following the service. Catch the 3pm Ward’s Island ferry from Toronto Ferry docks. Ride provided from the island docks to the church. Please attend! View/download flier here »
Art Exhibit by Sharon Helleman
MONDAYS at noon. We are reading (outloud) Plato’s drinking party dialogue Symposium. More about The Study here »
TUESDAY February 3 at 7 pm - The Property Committee will meet in The Study. Guests and inquirers welcomed!
WEDNESDAY AFTERNOONS FROM 1 - 3 pm in The Study. Joan, our Theological Intern, will be keeping office hours in The Study, generally on Wednesday afternoons from 1 -3 pm. Please stop by for conversation, coffee or if there is interest and “two or three are gathered” a short time of contemplative prayer. If you would like to meet with Joan at another time, please email her at jwilson004@sympatico.ca.
THURSDAYS at 12 noon.
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 5 at 2:30 pm - We will meet at Kennedy House, 1076 Pape Avenue. When you arrive, let the receptionist know you are with the St. Barnabas tour. We will gather in their Boardroom. The tour is expected to last about one hour. If you are interested in going and have not already talked to Joan or received an email from her, please speak to her after the service today.
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9 - With the expected safe return of Deacon Grace, Monday night Bible Study will resume next week, February 9 at 7 PM in The Study.

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 @ 9:15 am - Sportball in Upper Hall - details »
  • DANCE CLASSES THURSDAYS @ 7:30 pm - classes in Upper Hall - details »
  • CHOIR THURSDAYS @ 7:45 pm - Interested in choral singing at St Barnabas? New choir members more than welcome to the first choir practice of the fall season. In the downstairs choir room. Please speak to Neil Houlton or email. ... see choir webpage »
  • LITTLE KICKERS - SATURDAYS @ 9 am - in Upper Hall - details »
  • TORONTO ENGLISH COUNTRY DANCERS - Saturday February 7 @ 7 pm 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 »


EVER-POPULAR PANCAKE SUPPERShrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2015 from 5 to 7pm - St. Barnabas invites you and your family to their annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper Amount $6 Adult and $4 Children (12 and under) Entrance off Hampton Accessible. All are welcome. Map » See poster here »

Volunteers are sought for various tasks; please see the sign-up sheet at the back of the church. Some of these tasks involve setting up and taking down tables, setting tables, preparing sausages and pancakes, waiting on tables, preparing tea & coffee and clean up. Please contact Helen Taylor and let her know how you can help. 416-243-2526.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2015 - 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at St. John, York Mills - York‐Scarborough is hosting “Sharing the Gospel Online,” a workshop focused on using social media to share the Gospel as parishes and as individual Christians. The workshop will take place from at a cost of $10 per person or $20 per parish team (2‐4 people). Lunch is included. This event is for York‐Scarborough parishes, but attendees from other areas will be put on a waiting list and may attend if space is available. Register online through the diocesan website or speak to Fr Jonathan.

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2015 The Diocese’s 20th anniversary Black Heritage Service will be held on Feb. 22 at 4:30 p.m. at St. Paul, Bloor Street. The theme for this year’s celebration is “Honouring the Past, Celebrating the Present, Inspiring the Future.” Bishop Peter Fenty will celebrate and Bishop Josiah Idowu-­‐Fearon from the Diocese of Kaduna, Nigeria, will preach. To participate in the service or for more information, call 416-­‐809-­‐4639..

Using the format that proved popular last Lent, churches in the area are once again sponsoring a joint Lenten Study. We will be looking at James Martin's New York Times best seller The Jesuit Guide to (almost ) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life. Books should be available shortly, please speak with Fr Jonathan or Joan if you would like a copy. The sessions will be Wednesday evenings from 7:30 – 9:00 PM, hosted by the following parishes:
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.
Interested in choral singing at St Barnabas? New choir members more than welcome. Please speak to Neil Houlton or email. For more about the choir, see here ». View repertoire past and present here »

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

ORGAN & CHOIR at St Barnabas

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 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 »
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 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 »


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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