A Safe Place Woodbine Heights Baptist Church

A Safe Place
1171 Woodbine Avenue (map)
Toronto ON M4C 4E1
Pastor: 416-467-1462
General inquiries: 647-547-0936

Our Mission:

To celebrate, proclaim and reflect Christ's Love

To live in our community and welcome its diversity

To worship as a people set free by God's Grace
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Sunday service and children's church at 11:00 a.m. - Sundays July and August 10:00 a.m.

Weekly and Monthly
• Mid-week book groups, 2 times a year
• Joyful Heights rehearsal

• Playgroup Drop-in on Tuesday mornings
• Groups for children
• Educational forums

Throughout the Year
International Dinner
and Variety Show
• Christmas Concert
• Gardening Day
• Picnic for Children's Church
• Welcome Back Barbecue
• Fundraising Dinners
• Special events
Regular Gatherings

Sunday morning service and children's time at 11 a.m., a time of reflective worship.

First Sunday of the month a soup and bread lunch and a time of sharing will follow the morning service and communion.

Midweek study and reflection. We embark on topical studies once weekly for a few weeks at a time.  Check the
front page, email or telephone the church office for details.

Preschooler Drop-in Play Group provides a relaxing break for moms, dads and caregivers with preschool aged children to gather and chat on Friday mornings at 9:00 a.m. to 11 a.m. Childcare is available. Email or telephone the church office for details. 

Community Gatherings at WHBC

Brownies and Sparks meet here.  Membership information is available from the
guidesontario.org website or 416-486-8721.

Beaver Scouts meet on Monday evenings

Woodbine Heights Drama Club welcomes community members to participate in a variety of roles as original scripts are brought to life twice a year.  

Medahnialem Ethiopian Evangelical Church (Amharic language).
Wednesdays 6:30 p.m., Fridays 6:30 p.m. and Sunday 4 p.m. 

Coming Up ...

Hiring a Community Arts Outreach Co-ordinator – NEW ARTS POSITION
Position: Community (Arts) Outreach Co-ordinator
Type: Contract
Start Date: Aug. 1, 2018End Date: December 28, 2018 with the possibility of contract extension
Hours: Ave. 10 hrs/week - lead up to performance weeks being 10+
Pay Range: $18.00 – $20.00 per hour
Woodbine Heights Baptist Church is a progressive, welcoming and affirming congregation, with a 98 year history in the community. With a heart for justice, peace and hospitality, we seek to embrace and mirror the gracious heart of God and co-operate with God's creative Spirit. WHBC desires to bring arts events/activities to our facility, and encourage the flourishing of vibrant cultural expression and growth in this part of the city. All of this occurs in the context of faith in God, following in the Way of Jesus.
The Community Outreach Co-ordinator will be a part of our creative arts team to ensure the successful running of the Summer Drama Camp and the production of In Search of the Real Santa.
The successful candidate will be responsible for developing community outreach activities, developing and nurturing community relationships, engaging teams of community and youth volunteers, and leading our team at arts events in the neighbourhood.
The Community Outreach Coordinator will report to the pastor and/or board reps and work alongside the performance director, pastor and artists involved in events.
Community Outreach
  • Identify new and manage existing relationships/partnerships and outreach activities with stakeholders such as neighbours, neighbourhood groups, Scouts and guides, politicians, Sol Express (through L'Arche Toronto), local businesses etc.
  • Network with new and existing external community partners/contacts/links such as local media, arts collectives and groups, East End Arts, Toronto Arts Council, etc.
  • Distribute promotional and outreach materials
  • Maintain prominent social media presence promoting art events of WHBC
  • Distribute calls for congregation and community artist participation
  • Provide artists with rehearsal and production schedules for event
  • Document all work and keep up-to-date record of materials distributed and where
  • Track community attendance that comes as a direct result of outreach efforts
  • Act as liaison between the creative initiatives of WHBC and event artists, community partners, and congregation members
  • Act as an ambassador for arts initiatives with the general public and answer questions about events and performances to community organizations, local businesses, event audiences and congregation members.
  • Promote events to community groups, schools, local residents, local media, etc.
Event/On-site Support
  • Collaborate with director and pastor to provide, direction, support and leadership in organization and running of events and performances
  • Be responsible for all event promotion and ticket sales
  • Recruit, reference, and provide leadership to event volunteers
  • Design and distribute event programmes
  • Assist in keeping rehearsal space and storage organized and orderly
  • Stage management as required
  • Research and collaborate with pastor in establishment of future arts funding opportunities e.g., grant applications
  • Field external arts events requests and schedule/coordinate opportunities for using church space
  • Meet regularly with pastor to coordinate responsibilities and communication
  • Help create an atmosphere of inclusion and respect
  • relevant post-secondary education (performance/visual arts, marketing, management) an asset
  • The ideal candidate is an outgoing member of the community with a current awareness of the local arts scene and has the desire and skills to increase community engagement in and through the creative initiatives of WHBC
  • The candidate will have participated in community events, have community programming and/or volunteer and events management experience.
  • High level of initiative and ability to self-manage.
  • Respect for the diversity of individuals and communities.
  • Ability to establish effective and strong working relationships and trust with community partners, volunteers, neighbours, artists, and congregation
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Sound judgment, analytical and problem-solving abilities, and organizational skills
  • Flexibility regarding work hours is a requirement; some working hours will take place on evenings and weekends.
  • Successful candidates will be asked to supply WHBC with a Vulnerable Sector Screening Check prior to a contract being issued.
Please submit cover letter and resume by June 18, 2018 by email to woodbineheights@gmail.com. Applicants invited to an interview will be contacted by June 25.


CHRISTMAS CRAFT MARKET  Saturday November 17th from 10am until 2pm. Crafts; baking; tea room. Tables available for Artisans and Crafters to rent: $35 for 10sqft, $40 for 14 sqft. Festive Tea Room on site.  contact woodbineheights@gmail.com with queries and/or for further information.

Pre-Schoolers' Drop-in The Play Group drops in on Fridays now, still in the morning from 9 - 11. Caregivers and their pre-schoolers are welcome to come for a time of free play and interaction.  Riding toys abound, snacks and beverages find their way here most weeks, and there is always good company.  


SUMMER DRAMA DAY CAMP Our 5th Annual Dramatic Week, Monday to Friday, August 20 - 24, from 9-3 each day. Campers aged 8 - 13 will experience the rigours and delights of the Dramatic Arts with professional actor and director Dennis Hassell.  A Friday evening performance will showcase the week's learning and fun.  $165 for the week; 20% sibling discount; $150 if registered by July 7. Email woodbineheights@gmail.com for more information and/or a registration form.

Save the Date!  SAVE THE DATE:  Our Annual Auction takes place on Saturday October 20. 

Plant and Yard Sale MARK YOUR CALENDAR:  Saturday June 2nd from 9:00am - 1:00pm.  Beautify your home and garden with perfect purchases from this sale of local renown.