The Board meets each month
excluding July and August to review, discuss, approve or decline and/or make recommendations
concerning all parish matters. The Board members are the rector, wardens, deputy
wardens, treasurer, board chair, board secretary, representatives from Sunday
school, pastoral care, altar guild, sidespersons, Sunday fellowship convener,
tri-church women, choir, youth, ravel church properties board, lay synod delegate
and members at large appointed or elected by vestry.
The duties of the Altar
Guild are divided among six teams who polish, launder, maintain linens, restock
purifiers, water flowers, conduct light housekeeping and change the Laudian cloth
on the altar in accordance with the church calendar.
Discussion group meets
every Tuesday evening to study the psalm and readings for Sunday to increase one's
knowledge and understanding of God's Word. The evening consists of serious study
and good fellowship.
On one afternoon a week,
there is also a bible study group that centers on a theme or a particular book
of the Bible.
Our choir sings regularly
at the 11:00 am Sunday service and on special services throughout the year. The
choir also performs a Christmas concert in combination with the other congregational
choirs within the Tri-Church.
For $10.00 a year, garden
plots are made available on a section of our property to anyone who does not have
a backyard for a garden and who would like to tend a garden. Tools and soil conditioners
are supplied on site.
food hampers and children's gifts are provided to several families in the neighbourhood
through the combined efforts of the Iona, St. Christopher's and St. Cyprian's
The crafters meet on the
last Wednesday morning of the month. They create Christmas and Easter gifts for
people at the Gibson Residence and Extendicare facility, which are distributed
by the rector and pastoral care members during their monthly visits. Individual
craft projects involving a number of skills and interest are also created.
Members of the congregation
can direct donations towards 14 community ministries and three partners of the
Anglican Church, namely PWRDF (Primates World Relief and Development Fund), Anglican
Appeal and LOFT (Leap of Faith Together). Each year a speaker from one of the
ministries attends Sunday services to discuss the work of one of the ministries.
churches conduct an annual garage sale in September, which is welcomed in the
community by donors and buyers alike. All leftover items are donated to the Oasis
charity. The money raised helps fund the Christmas hamper program and other ministries
of the churches.
The members of this ministry
are receptive and compassionate to the needs of visitors, providing them with
the assistance and information they require to ensure a positive and welcoming
The Healing Ministry of
Anointing and Prayer is generally held on the third Sunday of each month as part
of the worship service. The Lay anointers meet monthly with the Rector to pray,
to study and to prepare for the service.
Lay Synod Delegate
Currently, St. Cyprian's
has two lay members who participate in Synod meetings. The number of members is
determined by the Diocese of Toronto. Synod meetings are held every second year.
In the same year, a separate financial synod is held in the Fall. The lay delegates
attend and share/discuss the items and issues covered with the congregation. The
lay delegates also participate in electoral synods, which are held when required
to elect a new bishop.
A number of members volunteer
along with volunteers from other area churches to serve the community through
participating in regular home visitations; driving to medical appointments; answering
the telephones and responding to requests; and assisting in the office. Because
of the support from NeighbourLink, many people in this community are able to remain
in their homes.
Newsletter - The
Synergist is published two to four times a year, depending on contributions, and
a copy is now available on our website.
Our Outreach program generally
includes the following projects:
- Visits to the sick and hospitalized
services at Gibson House senior residence and to the long term care facility
– manning the office, telephones, visiting and driving
- Mission to
Seafarers – donations of money and supplies; annual visit
Park donations of money and supplies
- Tri-Church benevolent fund and food
bank donations, as well as vegetables from our community garden to a food bank
and other nearby organizations who assist others
- Participant in Operation
Shoebox – packing shoeboxes at Christmas to be sent to children around the
- Tri-Church Christmas Hamper program – providing food and children's
gifts to families in our community
- Hand-delivered invitations to our services
throughout the community
- Christmas remembrances to Gibson House residents,
long-term care patients and shut-ins
- Annual Garage sale
The mission of the pastoral
care ministry is to connect and keep in touch with all members of St. Cyprian's
in a caring way. Each of the eight team members oversees a number of parishioners.
The Prayer Chain team has
three chains with 14 prayer partners, who pray for members of the parish as well
as others for whom prayers are requested.
Readers and Servers
team works very hard assisting the rector during the services, thereby making
the services more enjoyable for everyone in the congregation.
Ravel Church Properties
This non-profit organization
oversees the building and property maintenance and upkeep on behalf of the three
congregations of St. Cyprian's Anglican, Iona Presbyterian and St. Christopher's
Chinese Anglican. The board is comprised of four representatives from each church
and the three clergy.
In accordance with the
policies of the Anglican Church, persons who are in positions or ministries identified
as at-risk relative to church assets, confidentiality and sexual misconduct are
guided through the program of responsible ministry. The positions identified for
St. Cyprian's are: the rector, responsible ministry coordinator, chair and secretary
of advisory board, musical director, wardens and deputy wardens, healing ministry
members, envelope secretary, Sunday school teachers, nursery helpers, parish nurse,
youth leader, pastoral care team members, counters and treasurer.
Six teams serve this ministry
throughout the year: welcoming everyone; distributing hymn and prayer books along
with the order of service; inserting the Hymn numbers on the board; providing
appropriate seating for the congregation; directing the congregation as appropriate;
collecting and counting the offering. After the service they ensure the books,
the nametags and audio equipment are properly stored.
the 11:00 am Sunday service, there is a hospitality time hosted by members of
the congregation. Forty members participate in the schedule from September to
June making possible this time for fellowship.
From September to June,
the Tri-Congregational Seniors group meets each Wednesday from 12:30pm –
2:30 pm for fellowship and various games. Everyone – young and old, men
and women – is invited to spend a fun afternoon
school is available during the 11:00 a.m. Sunday service for children ages two
members of the Tri-Congregational churches, which include St. Cyprian's, are fortunate
to have a Parish Nursing ministry right at their doorstep. Staffed by a registered
nurse, everyone is aware that tender loving care is just a phone call away. Whatever
your need/concern, they are dedicated to be of service. Often, all that is needed
is a compassionate ear or a contact number to connect with a service or source
volunteers meet every Thursday morning to assist the secretary and the rector
in reviewing, finalizing and folding the weekly bulletins.