St. Cuthbert's Church


Each year The Leaside Garden Society recognizes a non-residential property that has made a significant effort to beautify the community. Your efforts in creating a tranquil and pleasing garden are most admirable!

We are pleased to inform you that St. Cuthbert’s has received the most votes from our Board members for 2023. Your investment in our local streetscape has brightened up a significant area of Leaside and the community is most appreciative.

Thank you very much for being an inspiration to the neighbourhood and to all who pass by.

(Letter from LGS)


Sunday, September 10th at 3 pm

Join us for the Celebration of Rev. Janet’s Ministry at St. Cuthbert’s! The Induction Ceremony will be officiated by our Archdeacon, the Venerable Theadore Hunt and the Preacher will be Canon Mary Conliffe.
A Parish Group Shot will be taken by Michael Hudson, on the Bayview Steps, immediately following the service. A Reception will follow in Lamb Hall.

And So It Goes… A Cabaret

with Canadian Baritone Brett Polegato and Pianist Robert Kortgaard
Tickets are on sale via Eventbrite and from the Church Office

St. Cuthbert’s, Leaside invites you to enjoy “And So It Goes… A Cabaret” a retrospective of Broadway songs presented by Canadian Baritone Brett Polegato and Pianist Robert Kortgaard featuring songs by Cole Porter, Rogers & Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim and Billy Joel, among others.

Concert will take place on Sunday, October 1st, 2023 at 2 pm, with light reception to follow.

Tickets are on sale, $30 plus applicable fees, via Eventbrite or through the Church Office 416-485-0329

All proceeds to support St. Cuthbert’s Ministry.

St. Cuthbert’s Gard’n Angels

The Gard’n Angels gather every Wednesday from 10 a.m. until noon to work on the Vegetable Garden in the Green. All of the produce from the vegetable garden is donated to the Flemingdon Food Bank. Additional Angels are always welcome to stop by to help or learn more about the garden. If you would like to learn more about how you can support this initiative, please stop by on any Wednesday or contact the Church Office at

History and evolution
The garden’s history and evolution expands over the past decade. If you have not travelled past the church in a while, you will be amazed by it’s beautiful transformation from the Bayview Garden Project. However, more spectacular are the hands behind the scenes, nurturing the gardens and the souls of all those who participate.
Candid Interview with our Garden Chairs: Nancy and Kathi

Has St. Cuthbert’s always had a garden? How did it develop?

Nancy: Well, there’s always been a garden!
Kathi: Nancy manages care of the grounds and pollinators and I do the vegetables.
Nancy: What I instituted as chair was The Doris White Children’s Garden.  Doris’ financial legacy to St. Cuthbert’s ensures that two needy children are sent to Moorelands camp.
Kathi: It was really the Youth Worker in 2013 who began the vegetable garden and it grew from there. In 2014, we added two big raised gardens. In 2019, there was a fundraiser for the cisterns and a grant was given to help with rainwater harvesting. Also, we were granted funding from the TD Friends of the Enviroment Foundation, which allowed for an extended southwest corridor and pollinator garden.
Nancy: This was in response to an increasing awareness of the struggling bees and butterflies, and we certainly had the space.

What do you grow? Where does all this produce end up?

Kathi: We grow for the Flemingdon Food Bank. All the produce we have is taken over on Wednesdays. In total, we grow about $3 – 4,000 worth of produce during the season. It includes beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers and lots of kale. Kale is a big one!  We grow from seeds to save funds.

Why do you garden?

Kathi: It was very integral during COVID-19. It allowed for people to come together, distanced, to work.
Nancy: Well, quite simply, it’s a labour of love, it’s calming, even if at times exhausting, and I get to know and socialize with a great bunch of people.

The Bayview project really expanded our gardens. What can people do to help?

Kathi: The bucket brigade could always use volunteers to help water! Donations are always appreciated.

If you would like to learn more about how you can support this initiative, please stop by on any Wednesday 10am to 12noon, or contact the Church Office at


Many thanks to all those who participated in Clean Toronto 2023 on Saturday April 22nd.  We endured through showers and sometimes pouring rain to pick up garbage bags full of litter, left along Laird from Millwood to Overlea Blvd.  Special Thanks to Rev Janet and our wonderful group of volunteers, Martin, Ted, Diane, Claire, Jane, Alain and Lorraine; our assigned area now looks green and pristine. Check it out when you drive by!

Photos courtesy of A. B.

From the Church of England, a prayer for Queen Elizabeth.

“He only came when the sun was fading from the sky and the streets were quiet. What once had been a grand and glorious garden was overgrown, forgotten.  It was there, in the shadows of the gnarled trees that it happened… “

Bring your favourite stuffie and a blanket. Come in your PJ’s if you like! 
Join us for Stories in the Garden – Wednesday, August 17th at 7:30 pm

For more information, contact the Parish Administration at 416-485-0329 or email

Build houses and dwell in them.  Plant gardens and eat the fruit of them.  Jeremiah 29:5

Join us at the end of day for prayers in the beauty of the garden. 
The second and fourth Tuesdays of August (9th & 23rd) at 7:30 pm.

For more information, contact the Parish Administration at 416-485-0329 or email



Everybody is welcome at St. Cuthbert’s Shrove Tuesday “Pancakes with Tim!” This year we’ll be meeting virtually at the Seller’s home. Our Picnic Host will be none other than Deputy People’s Warden Tim Sellers. Planning to give up Zoom Meetings for Lent? Hold that thought until Ash Wednesday because you won’t want to pass up a Pancake Picnic with Tim.

Bring a plate of your favourite hot cakes, Zoom in and have a great Shrove Tuesday adventure!

To join the Zoom meeting please click on the following link:

You can also join by phone by calling 647 374 4685 and using meeting ID: 824 9124 1629,  Participant: #  and Passcode: 004306

Please join us via Zoom for our Virtual Social Gathering on Sunday, March 6th at 11:45 a.m.

Hope to see you there!

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to all those who made the Bayview Garden Opening such a wonderful event!

It was a true blessing to see members of St. Cuthbert’s, and the wider community, come together to celebrate our new prayerful, peaceful garden. We are particularly grateful to the committee who organized the celebration, as well as all of the behind-the-scenes helpers. While there were a few raindrops it did not damper the joy and as one friend noted “it was as if God were baptizing the whole thing!”




Photo credit Michael Hudson / Anglican Diocese of Toronto

Bayview Garden Project

Please click here or on the image to view a special presentation


A core team of Reverend Janet, Chris Vyse, Guy Stevenson, Michael Wissell, Tim Sellers, Mary Lynne Stewart and Ian Beverley with recent additions of Spencer Wissell, Linda Prue and Jane Milligan have been working over the last six months to make the Bayview Garden Project a reality this fall.  Here is the current status:
  • We have all permits in place or in progress to undertake the project.
  • The new illuminated sign has been ordered and is ready for installation when the rest of the project proceeds.
  • With Amy Turner, our landscape architect, we have selected a landscape architect who will be available to begin construction with the other contractors this October
  • The funds required to complete the project are $280,000.  Work will proceed as funds become available.
  • How are we going to fund this? 
    • Over the past years we have received approximately $90,000 to fund the costs to date of approximately $70,000. 
    • Over the past 6 months the Project Team has been submitting funding applications to various charities and foundations.

Matching Gift Program

      • The Wardens have allocated $100,000 from the Norma Bird Bequest to be made available for the Bayview Garden Project in a dollar for dollar matching gift program to start in June.
      • Under this program, each dollar donated to the Bayview Garden Project will be matched by one dollar from this allocation up to a maximum of $100,000 and to a total amount of $200,000.  This is a great opportunity to get this project moving.
      • Additional funding applications continue in progress. 
      • Materials on the Matching Gift Program will be provided to parishioners in early June.  PLEASE WATCH FOR THEM AND RESPOND AS YOU ARE ABLE.
      • While details are being finalized, an In Memoriam recognition program is being prepared for contributions to the Bayview Garden Project.

This is an exciting time and an exciting opportunity to relaunch, revitalize and re-present St. Cuthbert’s as we begin to envision our return to our physical church in the fall.




Join us on Tues. Feb. 25, 5:30 – 7:15p.m. for our annual Pancake Supper.