Services and Zoom Links
June 9, 2022
Dear Friends, 

This month is Pride Month and you will probably have noticed that we have a Pride banner up and the 'Hate has no home here' artwork on the outside wall. Every year it attracts the odd bit of hate mail, but that is par for the course. I would guess that most if not all of us have an LGBTQ friend, child, sibling, colleague, or neighbour. I have been reflecting recently on the number of people I know who have felt forced to keep their personal lives completely secret for fear of discrimination. I have colleagues who until very recently did not let parishioners know they had a long term partner. I had school teachers who always pretended to be 'just good friends'. One who is now in her 80's even hid her relationship from her own mother for the nearly 50 years she was with her partner. It is only now that many people feel free to accept themselves and their relationships in front of others. When I receive emails from random strangers telling me to take the Pride banner down I tell the person that the Pride symbol lets LGBTQ people know that Grace is a safe space, where they will be welcomed as they are, and as they should be, as one made in the image of our Creator. 

On June 26th some of us from Grace will walk with the Proud Anglicans group at the parade on Sunday June 26th. You are most welcome to join us. We also have a double decker bus for those who don't feel like walking or need to take a break. I always wear my clerical collar when I take part and I am humbled by the amount of people who shout "Thank you for being here with us'. Our track record as Anglicans is not good with the LGBTQ community but we have never experienced anything but welcome at Pride. God help us to love and value all people as God's beloved children.

Psalm 139:13-14 “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”  

Rev Nicola

Masks are no longer mandatory but please be respectful of those nearby you. Many still prefer to wear them. 
Sunday Services are now each week at 9.15am until Labour Day
Trinity Sunday, June 12th at 9:15
The service will be livestreamed as usual.
The Church School picnic follows the service
 Please go to the website for Livestream this Sunday for 9:15 service
Wednesdays Service in Church
at 10:00 am every week

Some of us go to Halibut House on Highway 7 for lunch after the service. All are welcome to join.
Bible Study / Book Club
Women of the Bible (33 of them)
"Helpmates, Harlots and Heroes"
Bible study every Wednesday at 2pm and 7pm
in the Lounge and on Zoom

Join Zoom Meeting
Church School Picnic June 12th

We will be having a picnic and games after church on June 12 so that all the families can meet. Church will provide drinks and ice cream/ice pops and there will be some fun games for all the family. New friends are welcome so feel free to invite folk. The church service will be an all age family service.
ACW Fundraiser
June 25 1:00-4:00 pm
Fashion Show and Afternoon Tea
Sale and Silent Auction
Tickets: $40 per person (on sale soon)
The ACW are looking for donations and volunteers as they prepare for this dazzling event.
Do you have a china cup and saucer you can donate? Or perhaps a teapot or carafe? In fact, any afternoon tea paraphernalia such tiered cake stands, etc. would be gratefully appreciated. Items can be dropped off at the church. Questions, email Wendy Dottin at
Joan Bufton continues to accept broken gold or silver and unique costume jewellery so please look through your jewellery boxes and send any of these items to Joan. Questions, call Joan Bufton at 905-294-6240. Donations can be dropped at the Church or in Joan's mail box.
As always, these events require a tremendous amount of volunteer help, especially at the end of the event. If you are available on June 23, 24 or 25 and can spare any amount of time, whether it be to help organize and set up on the days leading up to the event, or on the 25th, or, even have half an hour at the end, please contact Wendy Dottin at
FNMI Month

Please take advantage of our small FNMI library in the Narthex near the office. Lots of non-fiction and fiction to read and learn from. Services in June will include FNMI liturgies and prayers. 
Pride Month

Grace folk are invited to participate in the Proud Anglicans section of the Pride Parade on Sunday June 26th. We will leave straight after church to the meeting place at St Pauls Bloor St.
Altar Flowers

If you have a neighbour who is unwell or would be cheered up by a bunch of flowers, please tell us and we will wrap them so that you can deliver them as a gift from the church.
If you wish to give flowers in memory of loved ones or in celebration of an event, email or call in the details to the office. The usual donation for flowers is $50.00.
Green Stage

We enter the Diocese's Green Stage of Covid restriction on June 1 which means a number of things: masks are optional, communion in both kinds will be offered, coffee hour etc. may resume. Please remain aware of other people's personal space and preferences. Many will still prefer to offer a sign of peace rather than shake hands. You may receive from the common cup, but it is theologically fine to receive just the bread. Some people will cross their arms over their chest as the wine comes by or just read out and touch the cup. Any of these practices is acceptable. In whatever way you feel comfortable, you are welcome at the Table. 
Walking Group
Now Meeting at 8:30am on Monday Mornings

The walking group now meets at 8:30am Mondays at T & T Bakery to walk the trails - come rain or shine. Join us for fresh air, exercise and chat!
Egg cartons for the Food Bank

Please can you collect egg cartons and leave them at church in the Food Bank Box at the entrance. They will be much appreciated.

For those of you wishing to give by E-transfer, please send your email to :

The password is: giving

Thank you to everyone for your generosity and commitment to Grace Church.