We are a community of people seeking to know, love, and follow Jesus in our place and time.
The Church of St. Mary and St. Martha
We all long for a place to belong, a community of people where every question matters and where we can be still and encounter the living God in real, tangible ways. There is a place for you, here. Welcome to the new parish church of St Mary and St. Martha!
Come Just As You Are!
We are a community of people seeking to know, love, and follow Jesus in our place and time. No matter where you are in your spiritual life you are welcome here. Welcome to experience God’s unconditional love, lift your voice in song, spend some time in quiet prayer and reflection, ask important questions, discover ways to give back and to live more and more as a real sign of God’s love in the world.
We Celebrate the Anglican Tradition
What We Believe
Our faith is anchored in confessing God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit and striving to live according to the promises we make at baptism. With God’s help, we promise:
- To continue in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in the prayers.
- To persevere in resisting evil and, whenever we fall into sin, repent and return to the Lord.
- To proclaim by word and example the good news of God in Christ.
- To seek and serve Christ in all persons, loving our neighbour as ourself.
- To strive for justice and peace among all people, and respect the dignity of every human being.
- To safeguard the integrity of God’s creation and respect, sustain, and renew the life of the earth.
What to Expect When You Visit
There is limited parking available in front of the Church as well as in a parking lot at the rear of the building, off Brownville Avenue. There is a municipal lot nearby and parking on Weston Road is usually available on Sunday morning. Presently we are not wheelchair accessible.
Children and Infants
When your little one is ready, there is a full children’s program during the 10.30 am Sunday service. Our volunteers and staff are all police checked and follow the Diocese of Toronto child safety protocols, so you can rest assured your children are well looked after and having fun as they grow their faith through age appropriate activities and music. The children rejoin us upstairs for communion.
If you are interested in baptism for your child or an adult, you may want to explore our baptism page.
What should I expect?
Everyone is welcome to come forward to the Altar and if you have been baptized in any Christian church, you are invited to receive the bread and wine. You will be offered a wafer of bread first, and then a sip of wine from a common cup.
For hygiene reasons, please do not dip the wafer into the cup. If you are not comfortable sipping from the common cup, just cross your arms over your chest and the cup will pass you by or touch the base of the cup (the chalice). If you require a gluten-free wafer, please let the priest or welcome team know. If you have limited mobility please let a member of the Welcome Team know and we will bring the sacrament to you in your pew.
If you are not baptized, or do not wish to receive the bread or the wine, you are invited come forward with everyone else and simply receive a blessing – just cross your arms over your chest to signal your intention at the altar rail.
Stand, sit or kneel?
You will notice that generally people stand to sing, sit to listen to scripture readings, and kneel or sit to pray. We stand to hear the Gospel, generally the third reading, of the day. If in doubt, we recommend following your neighbour!
Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $10 or more. Tax receipts are issued in January for the previous year. Many of our members give by pre-authorized giving, so that’s why you will see the plate passing them by.
Rather than a mere greeting, the handshake is an outward sign of the peace we experience in reconciliation with God and therefore with one another.
Please complete a welcome card and one of us will contact you. We look forward to meeting you soon!