Our Worship Services
Sundays at 8 am
A quiet, traditional service from the Book of Common Prayer with a short homily, Holy Communion and one hymn.
Sundays at 10 am
A service of beauty and ceremony from the Book of Alternative Service with a homily that reflects contemporary circumstances, and a full repertoire of hymns, Mass settings, and anthems sung by our choir.
While parents (or caregivers) worship upstairs in the church, children and youth from four to fifteen years of age, gather for PromiseLand (our church school) located in the Chapel of St. Nicholas on the lower level. Here they sing, pray, laugh, and do art or drama together. They also hear the Gospel used in the worship service upstairs, so the family has lots to talk about at home.
For babies and children under the age of four we offer certified childcare in the Nest, located on the third floor.
This is a celebration for people of all ages and stages, and the children join the service upstairs in time to circle the altar for Holy Communion.
After the service, all are welcome in Elliott Hall (upstairs) to connect over coffee, tea and some sweet treats.
Jazz Vespers, Sunday at 4:30 pm
A popular, informal service held every Sunday from September to June, and featuring some of the city's finest jazz musicians. This service has been included in the Toronto Jazz Festival line-up. Our Jazz Vespers include a reflective reading and prayers for the needs of the world. A voluntary collection is taken.
Wednesdays at 7:30 am
A half-hour service of Holy Communion in the chapel, with a short reflection or homily. This service is followed by a delicious continental breakfast in the Arthur Smith Room — a great way to start your day and meet new people.
Other Holy Days & Seasons
We follow the liturgical calendar and observe other holy days and seasons throughout the year including the seasons of Advent and Lent, and the feasts of Easter and Christmas. For service details at these times of the year, please visit our calendar.
There's Life in our Liturgy
At Christ Church Deer Park all of us — lay and ordained — actively participate in worship. People of all ages and stages play dynamic roles such as
- Reading the Scriptures according to the prescribed lectionary
- Writing and/or reading the prayers of the people
- Singing in our choir
- Acting as sub-deacons, chalice bearers, crucifers, or accolytes
- Serving as greeters or sidespersons
- Hosting coffee hour to welcome parishioners and guests after our worship
- Leading and organizing a team for any of the above roles
If you would like to learn more to discern if one of these roles is for you, please contact us.
The Chancel Guild prepares the church for worship — an important role in the life of the parish. These volunteers maintain the brass, silver, and linens, change the altar and lectern hangings for each liturgical season and for special occasions (baptisms, weddings, and funerals), and ensure adequate supplies of wine, wafers, and candles. On a weekly basis they also purchase and arrange fresh flowers for our sanctuary.
Guild members rotate monthly in groups of three, meeting for about an hour and a half on Fridays. Flower arrangers also rotate on a monthly cycle. New members are always welcome. If you are interested in joining this spirited group, please contact us.