1 Laurentide Dr, Toronto
Church of Our Saviour
Welcome to Church of our Saviour. We are so glad you have taken the time to check us out online. We are rooted in the Anglican tradition and part of the Anglican Diocese of Toronto. We are a small, warm and welcoming parish dedicated to sharing God’s word, growing in faith through Jesus Christ, and supporting one another in our journey of faith. We are nestled in a suburb of Don Mills - a diverse group of believers – bankers, musicians, social workers, teachers, public servants, business owners, parents, and students – united by our shared faith in a loving God. We encourage you to put away the cares of the week, and come and worship with us in this holy place of respite in the tumult of life. Everyone is welcome at the Lord’s Table and all baptized Christians are invited to receive the sacrament of bread and wine. We are a social parish, who in addition to celebrations within the liturgical church year, hold a variety of events such as pub nights, theme dinners, cards and games night, talent shows, garage sales, and bazaars.
8:30 a.m. – A quiet, reflective service with the Book of Common Prayer, message, and Celebration of the Eucharist
10:00 a.m. – A beautiful service using alternately the Book of Common Prayer and the Book of Alternative Services, including scripture readings, traditional and modern hymns, prayers, music, children’s message, sermon and celebration of the Eucharist
Both services are followed by a coffee hour and we invite you to join us. It’s a great time to connect, get to know one another better, and share our experiences.
Children are an integral part of our community and we welcome them at all services. During the school year, children from preschool to Grade 6 are invited to attend Sunday School during the 10:00 a.m. service. Led by a qualified and capable educator and volunteers from the parish, we work to create an atmosphere where children feel welcomed and encouraged to become lifelong disciples of Jesus, filled with the light of Christ and guided by the Holy Spirit. Our teaching staff have created a thoughtful kid-friendly curriculum designed to teach children about God’s love, and support both children and parents on their journey together as part of an immediate family and our larger church family.
Music is a much loved and vital part of our worship service, and we are blessed to have a very talented organist and choir director and an active and talented group of singers leading us through hymns and Psalms. We enjoy traditional hymns and anthems as well as more contemporary music. New members are always welcome whether it be for a short time or a long time. We are also privileged to showcase other talents such as instrumentalists and dancers on special occasions.
Events - Autumn 2016
Back to Church Sunday
18th September, 10:00 a.m.
All are welcome. Feel free to bring friends and family. There will be a pot luck lunch following the service.
Revera Retirement Residence Services
27th September, 25th October and 22nd November
On the 4th Tuesday every month, at 2:30 p.m., there is a Communion Service at the Revera Retirement Residence
9th October, Thanksgiving Harvest festival
Annual Christmas Bazaar
Saturday 5th November, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
There will be home baking, 'new to you" china, housewares and glass, books, knitted goods and lots more.
- The Right Reverend Patrick White, Interim Priest in Charge
- The Reverend Vernon Duporte, Associate Priest
Along with the clergy, altar servers are important leaders in worship. Servers set up for worship and perform a number of jobs during the service--such as leading processions, carrying the Gospel books, and preparing the altar for the celebration of Holy Communion. We're always looking to recruit new volunteers!
Members of the Chancel Guild work faithfully in many of the behind-the-scenes jobs in the church. This guild is largely responsible for maintaining the beauty of our worship space, through arranging flowers, polishing brass and silver, and cleaning the fine linens and vestments.
Communion Ministers, Readers and Prayer Leaders
Members of the congregation are involved in a variety of ministries during our 10:00 a.m. service. Lay people administer the wine at Holy Communion, lead the prayers we offer for our own community and for the whole world, and participate in scripture reading. Newcomers are always welcome to step into these roles!
Our side’s people or greeters engage in the important ministry of hospitality, welcoming newcomers and returning parishioners alike. If you are an extrovert and would like to meet new people and support our parish - This is the job for you!
Outreach - Volunteer With Us
There is so much we can do for others and we need only stay tuned to local, national and global news to know that both our financial support and concrete involvement is needed. Many people today lack food security and the basic necessities of life. If you would like to make a difference, feel more connected to Jesus, his teachings, and way of life, then consider giving of your time and be part of our Outreach program, and the projects and activities that we support. New members are always welcome and your volunteerism would be greatly appreciated.
Anglican Church Women (ACW)
Throughout our history, we have always had an active and enthusiastic Anglican Church Women’s group. We strive to support both the church and our community from a spiritual and financial perspective. We have Executive Meetings monthly and an Annual General Meeting Our Card Party in the Spring and our Bazaar in the fall are activities that enable us to serve the community and provide financial support to our parish and outreach causes.
Where We Serve
- Iqaluit, St. Judes Anglican Cathedral, Fire - Reconstruction Project
- Fort McMurray - Fire Relief Red Cross
- Eva's Place
- Flemingdon Park Food Bank
- Good Neighbours Program
- Morlands Newborn Layette Program
Yoga classes, led by Wendy Cole, a highly acclaimed instructor, run from September to June. Wendy has instructed Yoga at Church of our Saviour for 25 years. She teaches the Classical Method of Hatha Yoga which includes instruction in breathing, relaxation, and the yoga poses. Wendy is a former Director of Yoga Centre, Toronto, and has mentored many yoga teachers.
Dates and Times:
→ Monday: 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
→ Wednesday: 7:30 p.m.
Classes are 1 ¼ hours and newcomers are welcome to join at any time. The first class is free. If you are paying per class, the cost is $15. If paying per term, the cost is $12 per class.
Wendy lives in the neighborhood, and if you would like to attend a class or sign up for a series of classes, you can contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Scrapbooking is a wonderful way to creatively and artistically preserve, present, and arrange memorabilia from the past – family history, photos, or pictures in the form of a book, box or card.
Judi Violet leads a group of scrap bookers every other Tuesday at Church of our Saviour to do just that. Classes are from 6:45 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and include page layouts and paper crafting. Judy is an experienced instructor with 38 years of teaching experience. If you are interested in learning more about scrap booking or joining the group, you can contact Judy in the following ways:
Rainbow Children's Club
Vocal Music and Folk Music Classes
Five years ago, Nathalie Gheorghiu founded Rainbow Children’s Club. She has over 20 years of teaching children to sing and over 10 years of bringing joy to children’s lives by composing, writing, singing, and producing music for children. Her goals include vocal music skill development, improved self-esteem, learned breathing exercises, teamwork through games, and generally to convey the message that music is fun. There are performances at the end of each term. Lesson’s include 3 terms (1st term / 14 classes, 2nd and 3rd terms /12 classes. The cost is $12 / class
Music Classes - Thursday - 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. children ages 3 to 5
Vocal Music Classes - Thursday - 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. children ages 5 to 12
Contact Nathalie for more information on how to register your child in one of these sessions. She can be reached at 647-888-6262 or visit their facebook page
Don Victoria Softball League
Sponsored by Church of our Saviour for many years and managed by Dan Leliever, an active parishioner, this league has served the community for 58 years. There is a place for boys and girls from age 4 on – whether it be T-Ball, Mites, Co-ed softball or Adult Softball. The playing boundaries are the 401 to the north, Eglinton Avenue to the south, Don Mills Road to the west and Victoria Park Avenue to the east. Players from any area of the city are welcome. Don Valley Softball offers dedicated and enthusiastic coaches, trained umpires, uniforms, team photos, receipts and an exciting Championship Day!
This is a volunteer run league, that provides a fun-filled, safe and welcoming softball learning environment. The goal is to encourage youth participation in amateur sports, and although competition is part of the sport, they consider themselves to be a non-competitive league. Volunteers are always welcome.
Check out their website for more information on registration, cost and schedules.
The 8th Don Mills Scout group has been operational since 1962. Church of our Saviour is proud to have sponsored this group since the early 1980's.
The group offer programs to Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Venturers - boys and girls, ages 5-17 Volunteers are always needed, as the program is run and staffed by volunteers. Church of our Saviour hosts Venturer meetings every other Thursday evening (youth Grades 9-12)
The group hosts an Electronic Waste event each year coming up on October 29th, and this year's event will be at Jubilee United. The spring E-Waste collection in early May will be at Church of Our Saviour.
The Anglican Church (or Church of England where roots lie), is committed to the faith uniquely revealed in the Holy Scriptures and set forth in the catholic creeds. The Anglican Church mission is to bring the grace of God to others through word and sacrament in the power of the Holy Spirit. Church of our Saviour, 1 Laurentide Drive, in Don Mills is a small parish established in 1961 and built on land previously owned by the Dunlop family, and once part of the Donalda Farm. We have always been a parish committed to supporting the community we are a part of through the giving of our time, talents, and financial support. We welcome you to our website and hope you will join us in our journey.
Location: 1 Laurentide Dr., Toronto