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Learn more about us
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Please take time and acquaint yourself with our programs, ministries and worship.

I think you will be impressed with the activities and the fellowship you will find in our congregation.

Note particularly the strong focus on ecumenical life, which has always been central for us and the other members of the
Tri-Churches community.

This emphasis provides a whole new
and enriching aspect to our lives.

Please know that we are always delighted for you to worship with us at
St. Cyprian’s.


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the Rev. Ken Johnstone
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Worship Services

3rd Sunday after the Epiphany
January 23, 2022

With Father Ken being on vacation,
you are welcome to either:

join the on-line worship service

at 11:00 am
at the St. James Cathedral
at this link:

St. James Cathedral Worship Service →

or

at 11:00 am, participate via Zoom in a joint worship service
with the Iona Presbyterian congregation,
led by the Rev Paul Kang,
with the sermon being:
"The Founder's Vision"

Iona Presbyterian Order of Service →


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St. Cyprian's Announcements


Discover the ancient Christian practice of meditation

Come join Rev. Paul and Father Ken every Wednesday at noon and learn how to meditate. This meditation is 20 minutes and is a way to nurture your faith through the practice of silent prayer. God's presence embodied in Jesus is still alive through God's Spirit. However, the Spirit's presence is not simply known on an intellectual or emotional level. Rather, it can be known through faith, i.e., trust, as we open ourselves in silence and consent to this loving presence that desires to commune with us. No experience is necessary. All that's required is an open mind and open heart.

Please contact the office for the Zoom login details.

Annual Vestry Meeting

Sunday, February 27, 2022 after the Sunday service via Zoom.
The last day to get Ministry reports in is Monday, January 31, 2022.

Black History Month

We will begin our observance of Black History Month with our Black History Service on Sunday, February 6, 2022. Our guest speaker will be Leon Presner, paralegal and former Durham Region police officer. 

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Margaret Black
Tri-Churches Parish Nurse


Parish Nursing Health Tip

posted for the week of January 16, 2022


Please see our other health tips posted here

 
“I am SAD”

Several years ago a nursing student walked into my office, sat down, and said “I am SAD”. I waited a moment for her to explain, but then realized she was referring to a condition that affects many of us in the northern hemisphere at this time of year - Seasonal Affective Disorder. It is caused primarily by the decreased amount of light (shorter and often cloudy days, longer dark nights). After the joy of Christmas, this can be a difficult season. Compounded by the cold weather and especially the COVID restrictions and uncertainty right now, I expect many of us are experiencing this to some degree now. 

The good news is that there are things you can do to make it better.  First, take Vitamin D, 25-50 micrograms daily. This is the “sunshine vitamin” that our bodies are craving in this time of limited light and no skin exposure when we are outside. It also helps our body to absorb Calcium, important for bone strength.
Vitamin D deficiency can lead to mood changes, bone loss, muscle cramps, back and joint pain. Foods high in Vitamin D include salmon, herring, cod, canned tuna, egg yolks, mushrooms, and some fortified foods (e.g. milk, orange juice, cereal & oatmeal).

Other things include starting a gratitude journal. Write one thing each day that you are grateful for. There is so much we take for granted in our lives (warm, comfortable houses; clean, drinkable water at the touch of a tap; fridges and cupboards full of food; phones and computers to keep us in touch with friends; TV programs when we’re bored, etc.) that so many people; in our city and the world do not have.  I even remember a child who was asked to list the wonders of the world and she said: “I can see, hear, taste, smell, and feel when I touch something”. Then review the journal when you are feeling down. 

Look at some of the photographs around your home that remind you of happy days and wonderful people you love in your life. Think about one special experience you have had recently.  Yesterday I was invited to visit very special friends that I don’t see often. I was treated like royalty, except for the family dog who was sure I was up to no good and didn’t want to let me in. After we got acquainted, he sat on my knee and didn’t want to let me leave.  Their beautiful 13-month-old son kept us all entertained, as he played with his toys and told me what sounds all the farm animals in his book make (moo, oink, baa, neigh, etc.). That visit will give me good memories to last a lifetime. And finally, think about someone you know who might be lonely and feeling down, and call them.

God, our greatest blessing, is always with us. Remember and rejoice! You are never alone and you are always loved.

Margaret Black
Parish Nurse


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Policy: Proof of Vaccination at Worship

“... At his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who longed to satisfy his hunger with what fell from the rich man’s table; even the dogs would come and lick his sores...” - Luke 16:20-21
 
Dear Friends:
 
We read in Scripture, and particularly in the parables of Jesus, that God cares about how we extend the hand of welcome – regardless of other people’s circumstances or status. We believe that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is a gospel of inclusion. “All are welcome,” we say, and we mean it.
 
How that looks in practice can be challenging in our current circumstances of a global heath crisis.
 
In September, the College of Bishops made the prayerful discernment that in order to be fully inclusive, to allow every person access to worship and to gather at the Table, we would NOT be requiring proof of vaccination against COVID-19 for entry to our services. Instead, we continue with our safety precautions, including masking, distancing and refraining from singing, to allow everyone who wishes to attend church to do so. By not turning away people at the door, we demonstrate our belief that the corporate worship of Almighty God is a way and necessity of life for all, not an optional leisure activity like going to the movies or a restaurant.
 
But it has been pointed out to us that, due to our welcome of the unvaccinated, some other people have now been unintentionally excluded because they are immuno-compromised. These are individuals who cannot attend church or any public place where the unvaccinated may be present, as they are especially vulnerable, despite being themselves vaccinated. Their exclusion was never our intention.
 
To that end, we have heard the request from some parishes to offer services with a vaccine mandate, requiring proof of vaccination for entry.
 
After much discussion, consultation and prayer, the College of Bishops has consented to permit parishes to institute a new worship service – outside of their existing and continuing schedule of services – that requires proof of vaccination to attend. It is the College’s expectation that these restricted-entry services will be the exception to our worship offerings, and not the norm.
 
If your parish decides to offer such a service, there are clear guidelines from the Province on how to check vaccination status at the door. These must be strictly followed.
 
Restricted-entry services must be clearly publicized as such in advance, and your regular open-access options – existing Sunday and mid-week services, and any online offerings (if applicable) – advertised well. We want to minimize the number of people being refused entry. Those worshippers who cannot provide proof of vaccination and are refused access at restricted-entry services should be warmly encouraged to attend those regular services where they will be welcome.
 
While government regulations allow for full-capacity attendance when proof of vaccination is checked, we recommend that physical distancing continue to be maintained for restricted-entry services. Masks continue to be mandatory indoors regardless of service type. (The only exception is for an individual giving spoken liturgical leadership, at a 4m distance from others.) Please continue to use our Amber Stage Guidelines for all other protocols even if you are requiring proof of vaccination.
 
Every parish must continue its regular schedule of services and welcome all who wish to join them, regardless of their vaccination status. No parish is obliged to institute a restricted-entry service.
 
We commend and encourage all those parishes that are continuing to offer online worship in addition to in-person services, as these options offer the most flexibility to the whole community, allowing everyone to make informed personal choices for their participation in the worship life of the Church.

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1080 Finch Avenue East, North York, Toronto
(just east of Leslie and Finch, north of the 401)


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Sunday Services

Holy Communion at 9:30 am
every Sunday

Sung Eucharist at 11:00 am
1st, 3rd & 5th Sunday of the month

Morning Prayer at 11:00 am
2nd and 4th Sunday of the month
(except Holy Days)

Occasionally, there will be a combined Communion service at 10:30 am

 

We also have a Sunday school and a nursery.


 

 

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