York-Credit Valley - Area Presentation, updated July 2013


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This set of slides, originally prepared as the Area Council Report to Diocesan Council, April 2013 and since updated, describes the richly diverse nature of the Episcopal Area of York-Credit Valley and celebrates the work taking place there.

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York-Credit Valley - Area Presentation, updated July 2013

  1. 1. Area Presentation - Updated July, 2013
  2. 2. Thank yous . . .  To York-Credit Valley‟s Regional Deans – items in quotes throughout this presentation are taken from their feedback  To all the parishes who have provided photos and information for these slides Please note that this presentation is intended to highlight the scope of work across the area. It could not possibly capture all projects in every parish.
  3. 3. Where is York-Credit Valley?
  4. 4. York-Credit Valley urban rural suburban wealthy vulnerable large small liberal conservative youth seniors Inter-cultural
  5. 5.  4 deaneries  52 parishes  Oldest – St. Peter, Erindale (1825)  Newest – St. Elizabeth, Mississauga (2003)  Energetic and passionate parishes
  6. 6.  Smaller Communities (Christ Church, Bolton; St. James, Caledon East)  Downtown congregations (Toronto, Brampton and Mississauga)  Theologically diverse  Contains all the Anglo-Catholic parishes in the Diocese except one  Largest Parish: Trinity, Streetsville (600+)  Smallest Parish: Trinity, Campbell‟s Cross (around 15 on a Sunday morning )  Tremendously rich diversity of parishes and ministries
  7. 7. Inter-cultural . . .  Cantonese and Mandarin (St. Elizabeth)  Ghanaian (St. John, Weston)  Punjabi (St. Hugh and St. Edmund)  Sudanese (St. Olave)  Madhya Keralan (CSI)  Italian and Portuguese (St. Mary Magdalene)  Hispanic (San Lorenzo, San Esteban)  Igbo (Holy Spirit, Dixie North)
  8. 8. Young . . .  Apprenticeship program, matching youth ministers to parishes who may need them.  Two youth ministry formation days  Youth retreats  Evenings with the Bishop for confirmation candidates
  9. 9. . . . and Old St. Hilda’s Church & Towers 2339 Dufferin St., Toronto A multi-faith, not-for-profit senior residence offering both independent and assisted living options and short term care. ($10M per year budget) Jubilee Centre 256 Sheldon Ave., Etobicoke Home to two communities: Church of the Atonement; and a 76-unit apartment complex for senior citizens age 59 and over.
  10. 10. Musical Diversity  Two of the top church choirs in Canada (St. Thomas, St. Mary Magdalene)  A Steel Pan Band (St. Paul, Rexdale)  Joy in the Morning (St. Luke)  Band led music (Trinity, Streetsville)  Gospel Band and Choir (Christ-the-King)  Pan Pipes (San Lorenzo)  Lively Jazz Vespers program (St. Philip, Etobicoke)
  11. 11.  A priest could work their whole career in York-Credit Valley, moving every five years, and not find themselves in the same kind of church twice. 
  12. 12. York-Credit Valley
  13. 13. Key Events and Developments  Conversations re: partnership/hub  Emerging Anglican-Lutheran Church (Holy Spirit)  Support for new appointees:  Transition partners  „Welcome‟ information pack from Area  The Bishop is Coming! booklet for children  Exploring increased ministry collaboration
  14. 14. Outreach and Community  Foodbanks – parishes throughout the area support and run foodbanks  Community Lunches and Suppers  St. John, Weston; St. Margaret, New Toronto; St. Philip, Etobicoke; Jeremiah Community; St. Stephen in-the-Fields  The desire to work together as communities to further the work of the Gospel
  15. 15. Outreach and Community contd. . .  Out of the Cold  All Saints, Kingsway  St. Margaret, New Toronto  St Thomas, Huron  St. Matthew, Islington  St. George on-the-Hill  Commitment to reaching out to those in need
  16. 16. Outreach and Community contd. . .  Advocacy on critical issues  Area Outreach Coordinator  Shalom Justice Camp (3 Area-funded bursaries)  Environmental Awareness and Action  “The Spirituality of Social Justice” talk at All Saints, Kingsway  Community Supper Steering Group (St. John, Weston)  An area with a heart for outreach and justice
  17. 17. Outreach and Community cont‟d. . .  International Outreach  St. James, Caledon East, Mission Trip to Guatemala with Arms of Jesus  St. Bride – Hands Across the Nation (Bolivia), Tanzania Caring Group  St. George on-the-Hill – Youth Group support for the village of Itabo in Matanzas Province in Cuba  Expanding cooperation in God’s mission to the world, to the poor and the marginalized
  18. 18. Youth Initiatives  Trinity Streetsville – 3 different programs  Church of the Advent – ministry to youth ages 4 – 18  St. Bride, Clarkson – Youth Group & Summer Bible Study  St. David, Lawrence Avenue – Youth Program
  19. 19.  Trinity, Streetsville  senior high youth group - building relationships, unpacking scripture and having fun in community  junior high youth group - building relationships, playing games and, most importantly, unpacking the Word of God  junior high Bible study on Sunday mornings  God’s word is central to our church and to the youth ministry and we want God to be leading us so that we can grow closer to Him, live authentic lives of faith and that we can help lead people to discover the love and grace that He offers. Youth Initiatives contd. . .
  20. 20.  St. Bride, Clarkson Youth Initiatives contd. . .  The majority of our youth come because they have been invited by a friend who is already part of the youth group community. Our hope is that these young people will have the opportunity to hear the good news and explore who Jesus is while building solid friendships. Every week we enjoy each other’s company, pray together, read Scripture and eat good food.
  21. 21.  Church of the Advent  Sunday School  Teen Group  Vacation Bible School, using five Godly Play lessons  Florence Gell Memorial Bursary ($250.00 to $1,000.00). – available to parish members up to the age of 29 who are pursuing post- secondary education. Youth Initiatives contd. . .
  22. 22. Youth Initiatives contd. . .  St. David, Lawrence Ave.  Homework Club  Community Garden  Dance  Spoken Word Artist  Visiting Youth Musicians  Youth as full participants in Sunday worship (including preaching)  Youth as Advisory Board Members, Synod Delegates and bread bakers
  23. 23. Ministry Development Grants Awarded annually to parishes that apply for funding for new and continuing ministry programs. The Area Council provides financial assistance to parishes seeking support for:  Congregational Growth and Development  Youth Ministry  Lay leaders and vocational deacons participating in Leadership Training courses  Capital costs (limited funds)
  24. 24. 2012 Grants  Christ Church, Brampton – Cool Church: $959.49  St. John-the-Baptist – Structured Grief Counseling Group: $1,750  St. James, Caledon East – Rectory Roof (Capital Costs): $4,000  St. Elizabeth – Mandarin Ministry: $9,500  St. Hugh & St Edmund – Hindi, Urdu and Punjabi Ministry: $3,600  St. James - Caledon East – Lifetree Café: $2,500  Epiphany & St. Mark – Kitchen Renovations (Capital Costs): $3000
  25. 25. Faithworks Grants Available for the Area Council‟s disbursement to assist a variety of parish and community outreach projects involving children, youth and adults. 2012 Grants  The Bridge – Support in acquiring Bridge Centre: $5,000  St. Bride, Clarkson – Halloween Family Fun Fair: $900  Christ Church, St. James – Stonegate Community Ecumenical Ministry: $5,000
  26. 26. Parish Partnership Grants A small amount of funding is also available for Parish Partnerships 2012 Grants  St. Philip and San Lorenzo – Lady of Guadalupe Fiesta: $1,400
  27. 27. Building Projects  Christ Church, St. James 2012  St. John, Dixie  St. Margaret, New Toronto
  28. 28. Building Projects  St Philip, Etobicoke  historical church; better accessibility Planned  St. Elizabeth  growing congregation; three languages
  29. 29. Area Events  2011 – Trends in Formation in a time of anxiety and indifference. Kempenfelt (50 participants)  29/34 respondents said it met their needs really well Annual Overnight Retreats  2012 – Two questions of Jesus – Who do others say I am? Who do you say I am? Mount Carmel (50 participants)  The overall rating of the conference was 7.95/10 York Credit Valley is starting to come together as a mutually supportive community. I took away a renewed sense of the Holy in all of life!
  30. 30. Area Events Lenten Day Retreat  February 2013 – Preparing with joy for the Paschal Feast  Ordination Vows, Baptismal Vows and the Great Vigil of Easter  Held at SSJD  Led by Sister Constance Joanna Our clergy who participated greatly appreciated the gift of time to relax and review our vocations.It was a day that gave us new ways to look at promises we have made many times. All who attended spoke of how much they had received from the day.
  31. 31. Area Events  67 people attended  Held at St. George-on-the-Hill, Etobicoke Parish Leadership Workshop 101 – April, 2013 Speakers were very knowledgeable and well-spoken We learned how to perform our roles/ duties as wardens in a way that is effective and to minimize risk . Very informative guidelines and expectations
  32. 32. Area Events  A special area Service of Celebration for the ministries of Churchwardens and Deputies to honour our senior parish leadership Churchwardens’ Commissioning Service
  33. 33. Fresh Expressions & Missional Ministries  St. Philip, Etobicoke  Messy Church  Pints of View Chapel  Polka and other Vespers  We are building capacity in making disciples for Jesus  St. John, West Toronto  Messy Church  All Saints, Kingsway  Godly Play  St. Peter, Erindale  Hike-Pray-Laugh
  34. 34. New Directions  Intentional Neo-monastic Community  Missional-oriented – “seeking the peace of the city” in Parkdale  Members covenant to a common Rule of Life  Now a “housed ministry” at Epiphany and St. Mark  Regular public worship – “River” Jeremiah Community
  35. 35. New Directions New for 2012: St. George-the-Martyr  Our vision is to build a program-sized mixed economy church that finds new ‘doors’ for engagement in community ministry  The 5:00 p.m. Mini-Mass/ Chapel Service and Bring and Share Dinner  Lunch and Study Groups  Seniors‟ Drop-In  Community Market and Café Project
  36. 36. People Many key volunteers in the Diocese are drawn from York-Credit Valley  Registrar  Canon Pastor  Administrator for those parishes under Administration  Board representatives to Meadowvale and the Jubilee Centre  Leadership for Momentum and FreshStart  PSC Facilitators Our volunteers  The ongoing witness to the Gospel by so many faithful Anglicans in our Area
  37. 37. People  Administrative Assistant: Gina Bearne Phone: 416-363-6021 Ext. 223 Email: gbearne@toronto.anglican.ca  Liturgical Consultant: The Rev. Steven Mackison Phone: 905-277-0462  Chaplain to Retired Clergy: The Rev. Canon David Luxton (please contact via the Bishop‟s Office)  Youth Ministry Coordinator: Rosemary MacAdam Phone: 416-259-6755 E-mail: ycv.area.coordinator@gmail.com  Parish Outreach Facilitator: Elin Goulden Phone: 416-762-2485 or 647-206-2485 (cell) E-mail at e.goulden@sympatico.ca The York-Credit Valley Team 2013
  38. 38. People  Etobicoke – Humber: The Rev. Canon Al Budzin  Mississauga: The Rev. Canon Jennifer E. Reid  North Peel: The Rev. Dr. Byron Gilmore  Parkdale Toronto West: The Rev. Canon Philip Hobson, OGS Regional Deans 2013