St. John the Baptist Norway Anglican Church is located on Woodbine Avenue and Kingston Road.
By REV. MOLLY FINLAY
In case anyone checks, it’s been a roaring twenties for everyone, but try to bring a thousands of years old institution into the 21st century! No wonder your ministers, imams, rabbis and priests look like Lloyd Christmas after going through the wind tunnel of Dumb and Dumber.
Sometimes, as an Anglican priest myself, I scratch my head and think, “Whelp, that was really a thing!”
We are all drunk. But we need each other – in community, more than ever!
And we need to grow spiritually and share acts of peace, love and justice with each other more than ever!
In my context, I have had more conversations with people about their deepest spiritual questions in the past two years than ever before.
We could not avoid accepting these big questions, including the purpose of life and our mortality, during all these months of confinement.
Great things have started to happen over the past two years as well.
We knew a lot of people were hurting and hungry, so a lot of churches and places of worship started doing more outreach. A place I know nearby has started a weekly supplementary meal program to meet the needs of people in need of assistance.
Here in St. John’s Norway, our people opened a simple food pantry that still works well – and we are so grateful to be able to get to know and serve our neighbors in this way.
The other thing we are learning is that our parish is truly called to be an upside down place. Sure, we have a beautiful historic building, but we spend a lot of time in our parking lot hosting our neighbors at barbecues and other special events. We have a lot of fun doing it!
And this summer, we continue to open our doors on Fridays from 10 a.m. to noon for “Open for Prayer” where everyone is welcome to come and have some peace and quiet amidst the hustle and bustle of life. .
You are also welcome every morning of the week to take advantage of the space.
And if you’d like to donate or help with our pantry, give us a call at 416-691-4560 or email: [email protected]
It’s so good to be a part of this amazing neighborhood – and we look forward to welcoming you to St. John’s – whether inside or outside our address on Woodbine Avenue and Kingston Road.
With the blessing of all the people of St. John’s.
— The Reverend Molly Finlay is rector of St. John the Baptist Norway Anglican Church at Woodbine Avenue and Kingston Road.