I'm New Here
Welcome to Christ Church Deer Park Anglican Church. We're happy that you have chosen to visit. We hope you'll see that There's Life Here! and that you'll want to come again.
To make your visit a little easier and enjoyable, we'd like to give you some information to help you understand what to expect.
Christ Church Deer Park is located at 1570 Yonge Street on the northwest corner of Heath Street — just two blocks north of St. Clair Avenue. See Map.
Getting Here by TTC
A five-minute walk north of the St. Clair subway station on the Yonge subway line.
Where Do I Park?
The Toronto Parking Authority Green P parking lot at Heath/Delisle is directly opposite the church on Heath Street, just west of Yonge Street. Enter the lot by turning west off Yonge at either Heath Street or Deslile Avenue.
Take advantage of our FREE Sunday parking for worshippers, available up to 1:30 pm. Obtain a parking ticket at the lot and park only in the lower levels (not in short-term parking spots on the entrance level). Stamp your parking ticket with our address stamp, which you will find inside the church on a table at the Bell Tower entrance. After church, return your validated ticket to the customer service office at the parking garage, where you will be issued an exit ticket.
Come On In
Enter the church through the wooden doors on Yonge Street or Heath Street. As you come in you'll be welcomed by one of our greeters — we call them sidespeople — who will hand you an Order of Service pamphlet. Or, you can help yourself from one of the tables near the entrances. The order of service includes everything you need to follow along with the service including hymn numbers, information on the readings, prayers, and responses. Our Announcement flyer will be tucked inside. The announcements give you news about our parish plus upcoming events.
Need Some Help?
If you need some help in hearing the service more clearly, the church area is equipped with an infrared hearing system. Just ask the greeter or our custodian for a headset.
We also have a large-print order of service, which might make reading more comfortable for you. Check the tables at each entrance to the church or ask one of our greeters for a copy.
Take a Seat
Help yourself: sit wherever you like. In the pew, you'll find a hymn book plus the Book of Alternative Services and the Book of Common Prayer. At the front of the church on the left-hand side, you'll see the hymn numbers posted on a board. Once you're settled, take a look around. Notice our beautiful stained glass windows, our magnificent Karl Wilhelm organ with its classic French styling, and the fresh flowers arranged by some of our talented parishioners.
Do You Have Children With You?
Thanks for bringing them... we love children and have a deep respect for them. If you like, during the 10 am service we have two great spaces for your children to spend some quality time — but they're perfectly welcome to say in the church during any of our worship services.
The Nest is our certified childcare program designed for children under the age of four. It is located in our nursery space on the third floor, and one of our greeters would be happy to direct you there.
PromiseLand is our church school for children four years of age and older. The children meet in the church at 10 am, and then move downstairs to the
St. Nicholas Chapel during the opening hymn. They return upstairs to the church in time to circle around the altar for Communion.
The Service Begins
Our 8 am Sunday service is a quiet, traditional service from the Book of Common Prayer with a short homily, Holy Communion, and one hymn.
Our 10 am Sunday service is one of beauty and ceremony from the Book of Alternative Services with a homily that reflects contemporary circumstances, and a full repertoire of hymns, Mass settings, and anthems sung by our choir.
At Christ Church Deer Park, we respect all prayer postures: some stand, some kneel and some sit. Please feel comfortable with whatever form your prayers take throughout the service.
About halfway through our worship services, the greeters walk down the aisles to take up a collection that is entirely voluntary. If you'd like to leave an offering of money, you can use one of the visitors' envelopes that are hanging on hooks in front of your pew, and we thank you for your generosity.
Generally speaking, we celebrate the Holy Eucharist at our 8 am and 10 am Sunday worship services, and all baptized Christians are welcome to come forward and receive the consecrated bread and wine. During communion, we proceed from our pews up to the altar and kneel (as we are able) at the altar railing. The priest will come to you and offer you a host (usually an unlevened wafer; also available gluten free), which most people accept into their hands. Immediately after that, a chalice bearer will offer you the chalice of wine, after having wiped the rim with a clean linen cloth. Please help the chalice bearer by guiding the chalice to your mouth. If you do not wish to drink from the common cup, just let the chalice bearer know; it is perfectly acceptable to only receive the bread. However, please do not dip the bread into the wine.
If you would like a prayer for healing in body, mind or spirit, simply ask the priest before you receive the bread. And if you prefer a blessing instead of Communion, please tell the priest.
At the altar you'll be kneeling on the Benedicite Kneelers that were designed and stictched by devoted parishioners. The kneelers took three years to complete and contain over 2 million stitches.
After the Service
The 8 am service has coffee and conversation on the first Sunday of every month. The 10 am service has coffee most Sundays. All are welcome upstairs in Elliott Hall to enjoy refreshments and some sweet treats. Don't be shy, introduce yourself!
There's Life Here at Christ Church Deer Park beyond Sunday services. Come to hear some great jazz and uplifting prayers at Jazz Vespers, join our Book Club, or visit one of our terrific rummage sales in the spring or the fall.
Find out about our parish community here or learn how we care for others here.
See you soon!