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On Friday, June 25 at 10 a.m., Bishop Andrew Asbil will issue an apology to the Diocese’s LGBTQ2S+ community. This comes after months of prayerful reflection, intentional consultation and conversation with various members of our Diocese, and for Bishop Andrew personally, decades of walking alongside this community. He has invited those who have helped to shape the apology to be present with him and the College of Bishops at St. James Cathedral. Only those who have been invited will be admitted.

We hope you will watch the livestream on the diocesan YouTube channel ( and join Bishop Andrew in this significant moment in our life together as a Diocese.

more details below
  1.    Re-opening
  2.    Sunday service Zoom link
  3.    Children's program in the summer
  4.    Service videos
  5.    June is Indigenous History Month
  6.    Honouring the children
  7.    Orange flowers for reconciliation
  8.    Bill C-15 update
  9.    Meditation: final session on Wednesday
10.    Summer book group: Braiding Sweetgrass - Thursdays
11.    Sunday evening outdoor services
12.    Men's clothing needed
13.    Moorelands/Canada Helps appeal
14.    Daily Spiritual Opportunities
15.    Offerings
16.    Summer Newsletter

1. Re-Opening
We have decided to continue to hold our Sunday morning services on Zoom, because they permit a larger number of people to take part than the limited number allowed in person. They will continue at 9:30 am through the summer and into the fall.
In the summer we will also hold a weekly outdoor eucharist with Bible study on Sunday evenings at 7 pm. Details in the notices below.
2. Sunday Service Zoom Link
To join our Sunday service on Zoom at 9:30 am just click on this link and follow the prompts:
Or call in on your phone: 647-374-4685
The meeting ID is 894 5854 0617
Passcode: 098692
3. Children's Program in the Summer
Gemma will be meeting with the children outdoors this Sunday for a final gathering before the summer holidays. There will be a pre-recorded Kid Vid with children's program each Sunday in the following weeks.
4. Service Videos on Website and YouTube
We are recording our Sunday morning service each week, for those unable to attend it live. Look for it on the church website here:, or on YouTube by searching St Aidan's in the Beach Sunday Service.
5. June is Indigenous History Month
St Aidan's is actively working on continuing to educate ourselves about the history of colonization and the legacy of the residential schools, and taking steps towards reconciliation. Here are some things we're doing:
- Land acknowledgment at our Sunday services
- Learning about what it means to be an ally or in solidarity
- Planning community projects and events
- Reading Braiding Sweetgrass
- Celebrating the National Indigenous Day of Prayer
There are also many useful resources from the Toronto Urban Native Ministry. Please see the link below:
6. Honouring the Children
We invite you to honour the victims of all the Residential Schools with us, by colouring and posting paper feathers to go outside the church. (You might also want to place children's shoes or teddy bears on the ground.) Print the colouring page (click the link below to access it) created by Indigenous artist Michelle Stoney, and colour some feathers in. Bring them down to the church to tape up outside our building in honour of the children.
7. Orange Flowers for Reconciliation
Parishioner Nina Rockett's daughter Margot is making and selling orange paper flowers as a fundraiser for Reconciliation Canada (see and to raise awareness of the legacy of residential schools on Indigenous peoples. See the story in the Beach Metro News here: To order a flower please email Margot at
8. Bill C-15 Update
Many of us signed petitions urging the federal government to pass this bill that would implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The bill received Royal Assent this week and will now become law.
9. Meditation
The current meditation series ends on Wednesday. Join us at 7:30 pm for the final session. The Zoom link is here:
Phone: 647-374-4685
Meeting ID: 320 439 4907
10. Summer Book Group

Our summer book group continues on Thursdays at 7:30 pm by Zoom. See below for the link. We are reading and discussing Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge, and the Teaching of Plants, by Robin Wall Kimmerer. The author is a mother, an environmental biologist and an enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. You don't need to have read the book: just join in!
Phone: 647-374-4685
Meeting ID: 829 9552 5900
11. Sunday Evening Outdoor Services
From Sunday July 11th to August 29 we will be holding a weekly outdoor eucharist with Bible study at 7 pm. We will meet at the back of the Claremont School property, behind the hall. Go down the driveway to the S end of the school building on Silver Birch Ave, pass through the wooden gate at the end, and turn right to enter the zone between the hall and the Willow lands. Seating will be 2m apart under canopies, and all COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed.
12. Men's Clothing Needed
Do you have any extra men's T-shirts, shorts or pants? The Church of the Redeemer’s Common Table program (  is in need of them before they close for the month of July.
Specifically, the need is for the following:
- Men’s shorts: Sizes 30-36. Must be new or used in good condition. 
- Men’s T-shirts: medium, and large. Must be new or used in good condition. 
- Men’s pants: Size 30-36. Must be new or in good used condition. Jeans are by far the most popular but we can also accept slacks or chinos. No dress pants, please.
Many vulnerable people don’t have a change of tee shirt - imagine that in the summer!!!  You can help! (I know there are tee-shirts out there that are in good condition - I mean, how many do you need???)
If you can help, let me know ( and I can arrange pick up or you can drop off in the box on my porch (326  Kenilworth).  Thank you…  Valear
13. Moorelands/Canada Helps Appeal
During the month of June, we are running our annual fundraising campaign for Moorelands Kids, a Toronto charity of Anglican heritage, that focuses their efforts on empowering vulnerable kids and teens.  Despite the pandemic, they have continued to run their various programs throughout the school year and in the summer, using a virtual delivery to support the children and families who have borne a disproportionate burden from Covid.  Moorelands Kids was recognized as one of the Top 100 Rated Charities in Canada in 2020 by Charity Intelligence!  To learn more about their work, you can visit their website: Moorelands Kids  or
watch this short video: What is Moorelands Kids?
Also in June, Canada Helps is running their annual Great Canadian Giving Challenge in which every dollar donated via Canada Helps become a ballot for the charity in a draw to win $20,000!  This $20,000 prize would allow us to provide some extra resources for our highly successful and growing Ministries for Children, Youth and Families in the Beach.
To participate in both these campaigns, the parish leadership encourages you to make a special donation during June to the “Moorelands” Fund on St. Aidan’s page on Canada Helps using this link: Canada Helps: St. Aidan's Church
Thank you to all those who have already donated to Moorelands and/or entered us in the contest. To date we have raised $2300 for Moorelands. Can you help us make it $2500 or even $3000?  We will forward the total received to Moorelands as a lump sum in July.  Donations may also be sent to the church via e-transfer or cheque (payable to St. Aidan’s) if you prefer.
14. Daily Spiritual Opportunities
Although we aren’t able to provide paper copies of the Forward Day by Day daily bible reading guides, those interested can access them online or as a podcast, along with other resources for prayer at their website:
Canterbury Cathedral Morning Prayer is recorded each morning in the Deanery Garden at Canterbury Cathedral in England and is available as a video through the cathedral’s YouTube channel.  Led by Dean Robert Willis, and sometimes assisted by cats and other creatures that reside in the beautiful 2.5 acre garden, it provides a unique setting for daily prayer and spiritual reflection:
15. Offerings
Your regular offerings support the mission and ministry of St Aidan's, and we thank you.  Here's how to make a donation:

  • E-transfer from your bank account to Please set the security password to "jesuslovesme"
  • Donate online using your credit card at Canada Helps: St. Aidan's Church
  • Mail cheques to the church: 2423 Queen St. E., Toronto, ON M4E 1H6, or drop off your donation in our secure mailbox on the construction fence facing Queen St.
  • To begin donating by pre-authorized debit, please go to Giving on our website for more information and authorization form:
  • If you already give by PAG, and wish to change the amount of your monthly donation, please send an email with the details to

16. Summer Newsletter
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