St. Paul's Bloor Street announcements and important news.

Seeking a Director of Witness

February 28, 2018 by Admin

St. Paul’s Bloor Street (SPBS) is a vibrant Anglican church located in the heart of downtown Toronto. We are looking for a professional, outgoing, dependable and enthusiastic individual with a passion for people and a strong desire to serve, learn and grow. As part of the SPBS team, the Director of Witness will report to the Senior Minister (Rector) and be responsible to plan, coordinate, and lead the evangelistic and missional outreach ministries of SPBS. The Director of Witness will demonstrate their commitment to Je…

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Lent – The Practices that Transform Us

February 14, 2018 by Mark Regis

The word Lent comes from the word ‘spring’ or ‘slowly’ – it’s a gradual, reflective building to the highlight of the Church year: Easter, where we praise God for the incredible love of Jesus through his sacrificial death and celebrate his victory over all death in his resurrection to eternal life.For forty days, we prepare for Easter through inner reflection and spiritual practices that encourage humility, generosity, and community. These disciplines help us grow spiritually in our attitudes and actions, movi…

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St. George the Martyr

February 5, 2018 by Barry Parker

I wanted to give you an update on the evolution of ministry at St. George the Martyr.  To recap, St. George the Martyr (SGtM), located by the Grange, just south of the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD), was in crisis in early 2017 with a “perfect storm” of events. The sanctuary was deemed structurally unsound due to significant deferred maintenance, the Incumbent took a ministry position outside of the Diocese and the newly appointed Diocesan Administrator resigned after 48 hours…

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Taking stock of your mental health

February 4, 2018 by Nancy Truscott

Mental health is that invisible health we all appreciate but how often do we take stock? A friend of mine recently emailed and apologized for her short temper at our New Year’s Eve celebration.  “Huh?”  I replied. “I did not notice.” But she felt the evening was less enjoyable. She talked about how she was feeling a few weeks earlier. I can appreciate and understand now the stress she was under. It was good to know. I wish I had known then.   Let’s acknowledge that we do not feel…

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Structure Matters

January 23, 2018 by Barry Parker

On October 25, 2006, the Nehemiah Project was formally opened and blessed by the congregation of St. Paul’s Bloor Street. The Nehemiah Project was our multi million-dollar, massive renovation project that rebuilt an incredible ministry container that is an integrated blend of old and new. We named it Nehemiah, after an Old Testament book where what appears to be simply the re-building of the walls of Jerusalem, is in fact, the renovation and re-building of God’s people.  What intrigues me most is not only the function and…

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Ministry Fair

January 6, 2018 by Sandra Seaborn

The Bible often refers to the church as a body. A body made of many parts – all different, all with unique functions and significant roles. 1 Corinthians 12 says: “If the foot says, ‘I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,’ that does not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear says, ‘I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,’ would that make it any less a part of the body? If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smel…

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Rector's Christmas Message

December 25, 2017 by Barry Parker

Two thousand years ago, economic hardship for the vast majority, political unrest, and violence were seamlessly woven into the fabric of life.   Today, economic turmoil, political turbulence and violence—far away and all too close to home—appear to be woven into the fabric of our lives as well.   For over 175 years, St. Paul’s Bloor Street has testified there is more in life than economy, politics and violence. At Christmas, we gather to worship: to listen, to sing and to embrace the singular mess…

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Service of Light - A Reflective Encounter of Christmas

December 18, 2017 by Admin

Service of Light Bulletin: 7 p.m. EPUB | 7 p.m. PDF

The Christmas season can bring an extra dose of feeling our losses in life. Perhaps the many memories of family celebrations with happier times loom large and cast a shadow over this year’s celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Whatever your pain may be, this Service of Light offers you hope at this difficult time. Join us for this reflective service of Holy Communion where we recognize the hope we can have in Jesus Christ. We will light candles to bring the light o…

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Christmas Lunch: Thank You for 50 Years

December 8, 2017 by Sandra Seaborn

Back in 1967, the 20 and 30’s club of St. Paul’s decided to organize a special Christmas meal. In those days, the young men and women who came from England, Scotland, Ireland and the Caribbean often outnumbered the Canadian-born members of the group. They planned a Christmas potluck for the group and anyone they knew who might not have another place to go. In those early years the group shopped for all the food they served.  Other shoppers in the supermarket took notice as their carts were piled high with turkey and the trimmin…

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Don't Forget to Fall Back

November 1, 2017 by Admin

On Sunday, November 5 at 2 a.m. clocks across most of Canada will fall back an hour.Don't forget to change your clocks and join us on Sunday for services at 8:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 11 a.m.

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Rector’s Report to the 175th Annual General Meeting (Vestry) on October 22, 2017

November 1, 2017 by Admin

Dear Friends,We gather in humility, after our sermon from James a few minutes ago, to thank the Living God as we consider and receive an incredible legacy of St. Paul’s Bloor Street. I am convinced that one of the reasons we are who we are, is the constant focus and re-focusing on our identity—who God is calling us to be—even after 175 years.As I have mentioned in the Annual Report, one of the realities of getting older is the change in our eyesight. Very few of us will escape diminished sight as we age, even to the point wher…

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Remembrance Sunday

November 1, 2017 by Mark Regis

About twenty years ago I attended St. Paul’s for our annual Sunday service of Remembrance. I was struck by the memory of countless lives lost in both World Wars, and how that left an indelible and physical mark on the church. Stained glass, plaques, a chapel dedicated to those who fought and died, statues, and a monument are just part of the many ways our community strained to process their grief, and to honour those who had suffered at great cost on our behalf. All of these features highlighted the occasion, but none more for me than an…

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A Simple Faith for a Challenging Life

October 18, 2017 by Mark Regis

We live in disorienting times. Political tensions and rhetoric strain the limits of western democracy. Natural disasters as well as unprecedented and unpredictable human-made disasters create fear and uncertainty. In the mist of this, social media overhauls the way we communicate. The accelerating rate of change in culture continues and it seems anxiety is on the rise.
It can be very difficult to know how to process and address the swirling realities around us. Adaptive challenges are ones where the old methods of facing a new challenge have s…

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Back to the Future

October 18, 2017 by Barry Parker

Research on the link between gratitude and health has been growing in recent years. In publications like Harvard Medical School (“In Praise of Gratitude”) and Psychology Today (“7 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Gratitude”)—the healthful benefits of giving thanks and living a life of gratitude are real. Secular science is seeing thanksgiving as a critical health indicator.

Christians have known and understood this fundamental faith issue long before research began. The Bible is full of examples and exhortations that followers o…

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Making Your Way Around The 2017 Toronto Waterfront Marathon

October 13, 2017 by Admin

The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon will be taking place on Sunday, October 22nd. St. Paul’s is just outside of the marathon area but you may need extra time to get here.The marathon will start on Lakeshore Blvd., west of Ontario Dr. at 8:45 a.m.Click here for an interactive map of the route, or view the map below.

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Times Have Changed

October 4, 2017 by Barry Parker

"Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." (Dorothy, The Wizard of Oz, 1939)The Christian Church is shifting and changing throughout the world. One of the momentous changes we are experiencing is the shift out of Christendom. Since the fourth century, Christendom is simply Christianity as the established religion. It is used as synonymous with the Western world, the ‘official’ religion if you will. This had practical application. Christianity was the singular, dominant religion, meaning “everyone&rdq…

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Baby Steps in Serving Families

October 3, 2017 by Janet Earle

I recently had the opportunity to attend ‘KidMin 2017’, a large Children’s Ministry conference in the US. I have to admit it was pretty amazing to be with almost 2000 people who were passionate about supporting children and their families in growing in their Christian faith.

Canadians are often proud of the cultural differences between ourselves and our American neighbours. But at the conference, I sometimes felt like that awkward cousin who isn’t cool, and just doesn’t have things figured out. There was a passion and clarity about…

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Practise Makes Perfect at ESL Café

October 3, 2017 by Sandra Seaborn

Have you ever been in a place where the conversation that surrounds is incomprehensible to you? A situation where you can catch a phrase here or there, but can’t seem to make the sounds yourself? Learning another language is a difficult task, and understanding often comes before speaking.At St Paul’s we recognize this challenge and our capacity as a community to do something about it. While there are many excellent schools and classes available in Toronto to learn English, there are fewer places to practice speaking it. For ten year…

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