St. Cuthbert's Church

Stefan Hostetter of Green Majority will kick off St. Cuthbert’s 2018 Environmental Film Festival. Our featured film will be More Food Less Water. This film was featured on TVO on December 11, 2017, part of the Water Brothers movie series. Stephan will lead a panel discussion at the end of the film. All environmentalists are welcome! Read More

St. Cuthbert’s Church Environmental Film series 2018.

You are invited to join us for a light lunch, a film and discussion.

  • More Food. Less water on Sunday January 14th at 12 Noon to 2pm
  • Water in all the wrong places on February 11th at 12 noon to 2pm
  • Tapped on Sunday April 15th at 12 noon to 2pm

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It is time again for the famous St Cuthberts Christmas Fair on Saturday November 11 from 11:30am to 2:20pm.  There will be home decor, home baking, books, toys, kitchenwares, small appliances, jewellery, treasures, boutique, and lunch.    This fair is always wonderful, there always something for everyone!

 

 

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To the glory of God, St Cuthbert’s Leaside celebrated the installment of their 7th Incumbent the Rev. Ian LaFleur on March 12, 2017.  Rev. Ian and Lorraine would like to offer a special thanks to Bishop Kevin Robertson, Our Church Family at St Cuthbert’s, attending Clergy, Friends and Family for making this celebration of new ministry so special.

The Induction service was a typical St Cuthbert’s moment, vibrant, filled with the Holy Spirt, love , joy, laughter, beautiful environment, wine, good food and of course Cake. Thanks be to God.

Creation Care 2017

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Rev Ian on the elctric bike

On Earth day weekend Saturday March 25 and Sunday March 26, 2017, St Cuthbert’s Leaside Anglican Church hosted a wonderful community event celebrating God’s creation, our Earth. The Creation Care event was glorious, it was fun for the family, educational and enlightening. The event was attended by the local community, politicians and special guests from the Anglican Church of Canada.

We started the day with Morning Prayer in the church, and then went full-blast into our Environment Fair, where, between 11 am and 2 pm on the main floor of the church building, we had:

  • Invited speakers – Councillor Josh Matlow, Trustee Gerri Gershon, MPP Arthur Potts each hosting a talk followed by questions and answers in our Fellowship Room
  • Activities for children and youth, with created videos, prizes, quizzes, all under the leadership of our pastor to children and families, Maureen Ononiwu
  • Marvellous food for purchase catered for us by Diane Gray, our Hospitality Chair and her team
  • Invited exhibits in the church Hall – electric bicycles, eco funerals, organic meats, the St. Cuthbert’s Gardening Group etc.….

In a plenary session in the church, there was an opportunity to ask questions in an open format to Trustee Gerri Gershon, MPP Arthur Potts and Ryan Weston, representing the Anglican Church of Canada.

Then we had the honour of having the possibly 200 year old white oak tree on our Bayview frontage named as the first sesquicentennial heritage tree, with our Premier, Kathleen Wynne, and officials from Forests Ontario and TD Bank Group in attendance.IMG_9763

The creation Care weekend started with worship and ended with a with a quiet, candlelit service in the church.View More: http://emilymaureen.pass.us/stcuthbert

Thanksgiving Outreach

On a bright Saturday morning on Thanksgiving weekend, our youth group and other members of the St. Cuthbert’s community gave thanks to God by serving those in need in a community Open Door program.

We visited St. John The Compassionate Mission to give back to the community, but we ended up also receiving a gift from those we went to serve – we were invited into their stories.

St. John The Compassionate Mission is a small Orthodox Christian community that is focused on running a space where people can come to discover their own value. With a variety of projects that are motivated by a deep respect and love for the poor, the organization opens its door to people of all religions and walks of life. Their aim is to build a communal life, amidst the city, that is structured around the reality of God’s love.

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Youth and other members of St. Cuthbert’s at St. John the Compassionate Mission.

The patrons we met at St. John came in to have a meal but it was clear that they were also drawn there by the sense of community emphasised in the St. John setting.

“I didn’t expect it to be a nice social place where everyone could sit and eat. I thought that it would just be a typical sort of café and kitchen where people would just drop in and take their food and go,” says William, one of the youth group members who was particularly impressed by the community setting where most of the patrons obviously knew each other.

Jan and her daughters Alex and Brywn were also among the St. Cuthbert’s members who visited the mission. Jan says she felt a sense of community there in a way she hadn’t felt previously in similar programs.

“I have had experience helping out at food banks. They were much larger places were the focus was on getting the food to the table and serving a lot of the people. So there wasn’t the opportunity to have a conversation,” says Jan. At St. John, we were encouraged to not just serve but to sit among the patrons at the tables and have meals and conversations with them.

We also learned from listening to the stories about the resiliency of many people who live in very abject situations. Jan was especially inspired by the story of a man she conversed with who lives in a tent. He owns a huge grill and usually invites his friends to share in his cook-out.

“Even though he was living in tremendous poverty, here was somebody who was creating social opportunities for others around him because he had something which gave him the opportunity to be the host, provide for others and to reach out a hand. You don’t think of that happening. You think of people who live in the streets huddled and cold and your heart is torn because you think of people being out in the elements.”

Often when we are on the outside looking in, we make judgements, Jan feels. The human spirit is so resilient and the will to survive is really strong – we don’t always appreciate that.

“Here was a man who’s lived on the street all his life and who had a number of incredible coping mechanism to survive and you’ve got to look at that at say, ‘he has blessings and gifts that I am not even aware of.’ It makes you feel like you want to go back and do something. I want my kids to do something,” says Jan.

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Youth members serving at St. John the Compassionate.

Sometimes that doing something can be as simple as listening and being aware of what people can do for themselves and what skills they have. In Jan’s case, her conversation with the man at her table began with talking about food and forayed into other topics.

“For me that brought up the whole Christian focus and the focus of the Anglican Church on food being the Word; and the Spirit being the food of life, which drives and empowers us.”

Among the blessings of listening and hearing about their stories is the realization of seeing God in others, including persons who have little or nothing. Jan feels that the Spirit is among people even when they don’t know it is there. “It must have been there for this man. There must be someone looking out for him and maybe he’s not aware of it. It makes you feel very humble and causes me for sure to want to go back and listen again,” says Jan.

It was certainly a good learning experience for all of us, especially for the youth who were surprised that some of the patrons who dropped in were not obviously poor in the way that we typically think of people being poor. William describes becoming aware that poverty can come in many shapes and forms and that the incident of poverty in a developed city like Toronto is more hidden than that of less developed areas of the world.

“I also learnt that the way to solve problems associated with poverty isn’t just with relief but also with restoration,” he notes “And St. John practices restoration in creating a community for its guests.”

Article by Maureen Ononiwu Pastor to Children, Youth and Family

We had  a great 45th Annual Ecumenical Community Food Drive! Volunteers  fanned out from St. Cuthbert’s and neighbouring churches on Nov 19 to distribute flyers and then again on Nov 26 to collect non-perishable food.
The food drive is an ecumenical effort of local churches: Leaside Presbyterian, Leaside United, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Rosedale Presbyterian, Rosedale United, St. Anselm’s, St. Augustine’s, St. Cuthbert’s and Northlea United.   Beneficiaries are the food banks run by Flemingdon Park, Christian Resource Centre, Evangel Hall & Society of St.Vincent de Paul.  
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