Special events coming up at the Church of St Mary Magdalene.
Saturday, 17 December, 4.00 pm
It’s one of the most beloved pieces of music for the Christmas season, and St. Mary Magdalene’s and Pax Christi Chorale present it in a way that speaks specifically to children. Come hear Handel’s masterpiece as you’ve never heard it before. Come as you are. Pay what you can.
Free half day Christmas Kid’s Camp – Sunday, 4 December, 1.00 pm–5.00 pm
A half day program for children aged 4–12 exploring through crafts, songs, story, snack and drama the Christmas story. While the kids are entertained, parents are welcome to a bit of free time to rest or run around as may be most expedient for them.
Advent Quiet Day: The Four Last Things - Saturday, 26 November, 10.00 am–3.00 pm.
Join us for a day of quiet prayer and reflection on the traditional Advent themes of the “Four Last Things”: Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell. Guest speaker: Fr Dr Walter Hannam, Vicar of St Bartholomew, Regent Park. We begin with Mass at 10.00 am, followed by a light (continental) breakfast. Please bring a bag lunch, and RSVP to let us know you are coming.
An Evening for Advent – Saturday 26 November, 5.00- 7.30 pm
Start preparing your hearts and minds for the coming of Jesus by sharing a meal. Then get creative and make a wreath to decorate your family home as the four-week period of waiting and expectation begins.
Miracles & Martyrs! A Saintly Medieval Camp Experience for Kids
29 August to 2 September, 9.00 am to 4.30 pm.
Journey back to one of the most exciting periods in history through a program where we’re offering children aged 5 to 12 the opportunity to learn about the Saints who transformed life in the Middle Ages – an impact that continues to resonate today.
Kids will enjoy an unforgettable end to their summer vacation through music, art, drumming, dance, drama, and sword play. They’ll cultivate chivalry with new friends. They’ll find newfound appreciation in the people who shaped Christianity. And they’ll discover why some quests are worthy of our most valiant efforts.
The camp is a collaboration between The Pneuma Ensemble, Hoplologia, and the Church of St. Mary Magdalene.
Fee is $175.00, until 30 June; $225.00 after 30 June (includes $25.00 materials fee and FREE before and after care beginning at 8.30 am and ending at 5.30 pm). We would like to offer scholarships for those who may need some financial help. If you would be interested in helping to fund a child to go participate in the camp please speak with Mother Jennifer.
Community Fun Day!
Saturday, 23 July, 10.00 am to 2.00 pm
Healey Willan Park (504 Euclid Avenue, right next to the church!)
The Church of St Mary Magdalene invites everyone to their 2nd Annual Community Fun Day. This year, the event will be held in Healey Willan Park and on the church lawn. Come for games, crafts, sidewalk chalk, bubble blowing, a BBQ lunch, and more. The whole day is free! Just come and have some summer fun. In the event of rain, indoor, family-friendly activities will be held in the church basement.
A Sleep of Prisoners is a short one-act drama set in a church, where four British POWs are imprisoned. The play deals with the conflicts among the four men which are linked, when they fall asleep and dream, to the Biblical stories of Cain and Abel, David and Absalom, and Abraham and Isaac. The resulting conflicts are reflected upon in the story of Shadrac, Meshac and Abednego.
Christopher Fry’s play about WW2 prisoners held in a church was first performed at the University Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Oxford, England in 1951. The play speaks to our human tendencies toward violence and suggests alternatives through reflection on stories from the Old Testament. At a time when there is violence in Canada directed at Syrian refugees, while our church is sponsoring a refugee family, Fry touches in us an existential nerve about how we can fulfill God’s purpose.
Performances will be held at the Church of Saint Mary Magdalene on Friday, 11 March, and Saturday, 12 March, at 8:00pm.
Tickets are $10.00 (through EventBrite), and will also available at the door.
A Holy Discovery Day: Observing Ash Wednesday through Service, Worship, and Learning”
Wednesday, 10 February – 9.00 am-4.00 pm
At St Anne’s, Gladstone
Kids 9-14 are invited to join us as we partner with St Anne’s to learn about and work at the Oasis food bank, returning to the church for worship, lunch, and creative learning afterwards. For more information, please contact the Parish Office.
Dungeons & Dragons: Joan of Arc vs the Army of Darkness
Friday, 19 February – 6.00-10.00 pm
Kids 9+ are invited to join us in an improvisational, co-operative storytelling experience! Characters go back in time to help Joan of Arc defeat two evil wizards pretending to be Cambridge professors, and their army of skeletons! Combining themes of history, science fiction, fantasy, philosophy, and ethics! Cultivate virtue while helping one of history’s greatest saints in a battle against the forces of evil! (Bring $5.00 for pizza dinner!)
AGO: Faith in Beauty – REGISTRATION REQUIRED
Sunday, 24 January, 1.00 pm
Join medieval historian Christian Cameron and philosopher Alice MacLachlan in conversation with some of their favourite pieces as we take a shared, Sunday afternoon, walk through some of the AGO’s most beautiful and profound treasures. Open to all. Scavenger hunt for the kids. Special Group Rate: Cost $5.00/child, $10.00/adult, $20.00/family. Sponsored by the Church of St. Mary Magdalene’s.
Answering the Call to Reconciliation
York-Credit Valley Formation Workshop for 2016 Vestry Motion
Saturday, 23 January, 9.30 am – 12.00 pm
The 2016 Diocese of Toronto social justice vestry motion asks parishes to respond to the Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Formation and training workshops have been organized for each episcopal area that will enhance the capacity of interested parishioners and clergy to speak to the issues of this motion leading up to and during vestry meetings. Light refreshments will be provided. The session for York-Credit Valley is on Saturday, 23 January, 9.30 am–12.00 pm at St. Matthew’s, Islington. Please pre-register.
Saturday, 12 December, 4.00 pm
It’s one of the most beloved pieces of music for the Christmas season, and St. Mary Magdalene’s and Pax Christi Chorale present it in a way that speaks specifically to children. Come hear Handel’s masterpiece as you’ve never heard it before. Children free, Adults Pay-What-You-Can at the door. Money collected goes to charity.
Free half day Christmas Kid’s Camp
Sunday, 13 December, 1.00 pm-5.00 pm
A half day program for children aged 4-12 exploring through crafts, songs, story, snack and drama the Christmas story. While the kids are entertained, parents are welcome to a bit of free time to rest or run around as may be most expedient for them. Register Now!
Advent: Prelude to Incarnation (An Advent Quiet Day)
Saturday, 28 November, 10.00 am – 3.00 pm
In Advent, our time of spiritual preparation for the Christmas feast, we take time to meditate on why it matters to us that God became a human being. Join us for a day of prayer and quiet contemplation on this Advent theme of Incarnation, led by Fr John Whittall. The day begins with Mass at 10.00 am. A light (continental) breakfast will be provided (RSVP to Joanne Christiansen at firstname.lastname@example.org). Please bring a bag lunch.
Saturday, 28 November, 5.00 pm - 7.30 pm
Overwhelmed by the culture’s consumerist drive at Christmas? Come join us as we journey into the season of Advent to learn how to, and the value of, joyfully and patiently waiting for Christmas day – and why it is that we celebrate at Christmas anyway. The night will start with a meal and be filled with crafts, stories and songs. $5.00/child, $10.00/adult, $20.00/family. Cost is for food and craft materials.