New to Redeemer
Welcome. If you are looking for a church to call home, we hope this may be the place for you. There are a variety of reasons people chose to come to Church of the Redeemer: university students looking for balance in their academic life; newcomers to the neighbourhood seeking to put down roots; individuals with deep questions searching for answers. There are a variety of faith experience backgrounds, too. Some have been raised within the Anglican tradition; others from other Christian denominations; and often no church affiliation of any kind.
Please know you are welcome here no matter the reason you arrive or the experiences you bring. If you prefer quietly to find your way into the community, we wait for you to let us know when you are ready to become more involved. If you join into activities and involvement quickly, members of the parish will be happy to connect you with parish leadership and find your place to get connected.
Below are a few other ways to get connected to the parish and learn more about us and what we do here. This website is also a source of useful information.
This community of faith is blessed with the strong leadership of clergy, lay staff and parish leaders. We have two boards who have responsibility for guiding and supporting the needs and opportunities present in the parish.
The Board of Management oversees the financial, property and personnel aspects of the governance structure. Members are elected each year at the annual meeting (Vestry).
The Advisory Board oversees the worship, formation, pastoral care, welcoming, communications and outreach areas of parish life. Some members are elected at Vestry and some serve as representatives of the committees that fall within these ministry areas.
The board chairs, vice chairs and Incumbent meet regularly to ensure that the vision of the parish is reflected in the work of the boards.
In addition, a number of committees report directly to one of the boards. Their structure, tasks and mandate will vary. Information about how to become involved in the governance structure of the parish is available from the board chairs (firstname.lastname@example.org.)
At least once a year the whole parish is called together for meetings. Annually, the Vestry meeting takes place in early February where ministry and financial reports are received and the budget is approved. Each June a congregational meeting is held to provide an mid-year update on the financial state of the parish. From time to time a Special Vestry meeting is called when the community needs to be part of decisions beyond the regular responsibility of the Boards. The approval of the Step into the Future project phases is an example of these meetings.
Vestry and Mid-year Review meeting materials are available here.
If you would like to be added to the membership list of the parish, there are two ways to do so. In the pews you will find the Newcomers’ Form that can be completed and handed to one of the clergy or greeters who will ensure it is received by the church office. There is an online form available here. You can request information about financially supporting the church, indicate ways you would like to become more involved if you desire, and you will also receive updates about life in the parish throughout the year.
Links to other areas of Interest on our Website
You may find the information in the following sections of the website helpful as well:
Worship - Information about Sunday services and ways to become involved in worship leadership.
Learn – Information about how children and youth can become connected to the community, and listings of learning opportunities for adults and an archive of past events.
Serve – Details about opportunities to become involved in the committees, groups, and guilds that help to give life to the mission and ministry of this community of faith.
Links to External Websites
You may find the information on these websites helpful as you explore the Church of the Redeemer and the Anglican Church at a diocesan and national level:
www.toronto.anglican.ca - discover all the exciting things that are happening within the Diocese of Toronto and deepen your understanding of the work of the diocese.
www.anglican.ca - the national church website provides you with updates on the work of the church nationally and internationally.
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