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We have now completed two congregational processes in the exploration phase of 'Charting our Future with Christ.'

In the first process, after sharing some thoughts on how CCDP has been important to us in the past, we identified our hopes, dreams, ideas and concerns for the future of CCDP and wrote these on arrows which were then displayed on the symbol for the visioning project. A summary of the 130 arrows was distributed to the congregation for three Sundays in Advent and is also available in the Atrium.

The second process was a group discussion titled 'A Church at its Best.' In this discussion we identified and reflected on inspiring images and values that would guide CCDP in the future. We encouraged all opinions and gave participants two imaginative exercises to stimulate thoughts and feelings. About 80 people participated in four sessions of this 90-minute exercise. A summary of these discussions is available in the Atrium and portions of the summary will be highlighted over the next several weeks.

In January and February three research teams will be working on 1) connections to the neighbourhood (CCDP's contribution to community betterment); 2) understanding the spiritual needs, aspirations and values of people who do not participate in organized religion; 3) who are we? We hope to present this work to the congregation in March.

The final congregational process in the exploration phase will be a biblical exploration of the essential elements of congregational life and how these can be realized in the life of CCDP. This will take place on March 3.

All of the exploration work will be brought together and form the basis for creating the vision and plan for CCDP at the congregational weekend event March 29 - 30 (Friday evening, Saturday morning and afternoon). Please try to attend this important event!



We are all so thankful and grateful that Jayne Miles Simpson stepped up this past Fall to coordinate Coffee Hour! Looking forward into 2019, CCDP needs your help to step up and host Coffee Hour following the 10:00am service. The sign up sheet is posted outside of the kitchen. It's a one hour commitment and also a great way to meet fellow parishioners. Should you have any questions, please email Debbie Wilkinson at ccdpcoffee@gmail.com.



We are a talented and deeply committed group of people at Christ Church! Within the last few weeks we have had three members given high praise and recognition for their commitment to church and society. And on behalf of all of us, I extend congratulations to these three worthy parishioners who recently received awards.

Carolyn Kearns and David Moore have been awarded the Order of the Diocese of Toronto. As stated on the diocesan website, "the purpose of the Order is to recognize and honour those members of the laity in our Diocese who have given outstanding service over a significant period of time in their volunteer ministry. We give thanks to God for the work and witness of those faithful lay persons in our Diocese who in the exercise of their baptismal ministry have demonstrated that their light shines, their 4 works glorify." Carolyn and David will be presented their awards by Bishop Andrew Asbil at St. James Cathedral on January 1st at 3:30pm. I hope many of you will attend.

Congratulations to Carolyn, David and John! Your CCDP family is proud and honoured.

The Annual Bishop's Levee will take place on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at the Cathedral Church of St. James (corner of King & Church Streets). The Holy Eucharist will be celebrated at 12:30 pm, followed by a receiving line and reception at 1:30 pm, and then Choral Evensong at 3:30 pm. New recipients of the Order of the Diocese of Toronto will be honoured at Evensong, including our very own Carolyn Kearns and David Moore.


Junior YAL January 20

Sunday, February 3 / after the 10 am service

Let us celebrate the new year with Food, Friends and Fellowship. Bring a dish that represents your country of origin. Every member of the congregation is invited. Contact Anne Larkin or Maxine Henry.


Friday, January 25 / 7:00 pm

"Church on Tap" is an informal celebration of the Eucharist, followed by a pub which serves cold beer. Our next Church on Tap will take place on Friday, January 25th, 7:00 pm in the Arthur Smith Room. Please bring a friend!



The JANUARY Food of the Month donation is HOT CEREAL. We are also currently in need of plastic or reusable shopping bags for our clients. Visit us at our website info@cothfoodbank.ca for more information or to donate. On behalf of the clients, volunteers at the COTH Foodbank, thank you for your support.



Warm winter coats, especially large and extra large are needed for the Saturday morning community breakfast. Please leave them in the rummage box labelled "Community Breakfast". For any questions please call Anne Larkin at 647-298-4993.


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Christ Church Deer Park
1570 Yonge Street, Toronto
2 blocks north of St. Clair - NW corner of Yonge & Heath

Diocese of Toronto
Anglican Church of Canada