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

Remembrance Day and the Love of the Living God

November 6, 2014 by Barry Parker

“At eleven o’clock this morning came to an end the cruellest and most terrible War that has ever scourged mankind. I hope we may say that thus, this fateful morning, came to an end all wars.” (British Prime Minister David Lloyd George, House of Commons, 11 November 1918).

You cannot help but have a deep and abiding sense of the impact of a “war to end all wars” when you enter the majestic sanctuary of St. Paul’s Bloor Street. From the Cross of Sacrifice stoically facing north on Bloor Street. To the numero…

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Remembrance Day

October 28, 2014 by Admin

On Sunday, November 9 the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada will be present as we observe Remembrance Sunday. Join us at 10:45 a.m. at the Cross of Sacrifice for the Laying Of The Wreaths. The regular 11 a.m. service will then continue in the Main Sanctuary.On Tuesday, November 11 the Queen's Own Rifles Of Canada will join us as we gather at the Cross Of Sacrifice at 10:55 a.m. for the Laying Of The Wreaths.

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God Is In The Business of Ministry

October 22, 2014 by Barry Parker

Last Sunday afternoon, members of St. Paul’s filled Cody Hall to participate in our Annual General Meeting – called a Vestry meeting. What transpired was more than mere business or a discussion of finances. The meeting wove five themes into a strong cord of life and ministry we share together at St. Paul’s Bloor Street.Legacy. We considered the health and vitality of the church from a resource perspective – space, time and money. We were reminded our meeting was the 172nd consecutive gathering that built upon those who h…

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Jack Connolly: Live In Concert at St. Paul's

October 21, 2014 by Admin

Jack Connolly and friends will be performing at St. Paul’s on Friday, November 21 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free but donations are encouraged to benefit victims of ISIS in Iraq.In addition to being our Youth Pastor, Jack is also an accomplished musician. Jack's latest album, Great Big Soul, was released earlier this year.

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Operation Christmas Child

October 15, 2014 by Admin

Our shipment of Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes has arrived! Pick up your box (or boxes) in the Atrium this Sunday. If everyone on Sunday packed just one shoebox, we would be sharing the joy of Christmas with over 700 children in need.Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan's Purse, brings hope and joy to children around the world through gift-filled shoeboxes and the message of God's unconditional love.Ready to get started? 1) Pick up your empty shoebox.2) Choose to pack your shoebox for a boy or girl, ages two to four, f…

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Funeral: Dorothy Alleyne

October 9, 2014 by Admin

Dorothy Alleyne passed away on Friday October 3, 2014. Visitation will take place prior to the service from 12:30pm to 1:00pm on in St. Paul’s Chapel. The funeral service will take place in the Main Sanctuary at St. Paul's on Friday, October 10th at 1 p.m.

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Ebola: What Is There To Learn?

October 1, 2014 by Nancy Truscott

There is no question the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has riveted us to the news of the illness outpacing the world’s response so far. We read of fear, panic, mistrust of the weak health care system and great loss to thousands of families affected.We have learned the virus is spread through sweat, blood, saliva and other bodily fluids with the patient being most infectious at the end of life and before burial. We are told someone infected might not show symptoms for twenty one days and yet be infectious already.We have learned the virus…

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It Starts With a Sandwich

October 1, 2014 by David Kirk McCleary

On the surface our After School Snack Program doesn't seem like much as far as ministries go at St. Paul’s. It isn't one of those super exciting ministries that gets a lot of press or recognition. What do we do? Well, we make sandwiches and offer children at a local school healthy snacks every Thursday, in partnership with Toronto City Mission.But don’t be fooled by this humble Outreach. The small things we do now, can have very big consequences indeed.As Christians we are called to do the unusual and the counter-intuitive.…

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Hospitality Requires Intention and Grace

September 15, 2014 by Barry Parker

Sunday, September 28th is Back to Church Sunday. It is our grace-full intention to welcome as many people to St. Paul’s through hospitality, worship, and ultimately an encounter with the living God.There have been a number of studies in the past few years that highlight a large percentage of people – over 80% – would consider connecting with a faith community, a church, if someone simply invited them. In our increasingly post-churched culture, a growing number of people do not even think to come to church. It is off the radar…

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The Five Marks of Mission

September 11, 2014 by Barry Parker

St. Paul’s is not a ‘stand-alone’ Church. We belong to the Anglican Communion throughout the world, which is in over 165 countries with well over 85 million Anglican Christians. We belong to a big family!The Five Marks of Mission are a Communion-wide framework used to describe and encourage ministry. These five areas are where we seek to participate in God’s mission for the world, allowing us to focus our resources to engage, learn, grow and express hope and reconciliation. The Five Marks of Mission are:To proclaim…

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The Power of Community

September 3, 2014 by Janet Earle

It's a bit hard for me to admit this but I have been around St. Paul's a very long time. It's coming up on 30 years since I first stepped through the huge oak doors to the main church. In those days we were known as a “congregation”. We were a large church doing many of the things we still do today, but it was very different. For one thing you mostly kept your thoughts about faith to yourself. We were a collection of individuals who met together in a splendid place on Sundays. These days at St. Paul’s we call ourse…

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Back to School Supply Drive

September 3, 2014 by Admin

We will be collecting supplies to benefit children in St. James Town, who range from Grades 1 through 6. Please donate any of the following items:PencilsErasersColoured pencils/Coloured MarkersPensHighlightersRulersGeometry setsNotebooksNotebook PaperPencil casesLunch boxBackpacksSafety scissorsCalculatorsAnd more We will be collecting Back to School Supplies from now until the end of September. TCM will distribute the supplies to the children in need, providing them with the supplies they need to succeed and get their school year off to a posi…

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The Garden Program

August 20, 2014 by David Kirk McCleary

This summer, St. Paul’s once again partnered with Toronto City Mission to run the annual summer day camp. For years we have been providing space in our facility for the camp.Last summer St. Paul’s further partnered with the day camp through the addition of the Garden Program. The green space at the front of the church, bordering the busy Bloor Street thoroughfare in the heart of the city, served as the perfect backdrop for our gardening efforts. I have been working with the children in the garden every Thursday this summer.So what d…

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My Job Title Makes Me a Dinner Party Pariah

August 5, 2014 by Alison Chapman

People's responses after learning what I do at St. Paul's varies. Earnest eye locks, knowing smiles, and uncomfortable shuffles (and that’s just from the clergy).I’m the Stewardship Coordinator. You can clear a room with that title.And so I have come up with quick and encouraging comebacks to the question of what I do – “no, it’s not fundraising”, “yes, it is fulfilling”, “no, I can’t remember the sum you give", and, most importantly, “yes, stewardship is about devel…

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Funeral: Naomi Hunt

July 31, 2014 by Admin

Naomi Hunt passed away on Thursday, July 31st. Naomi was the widow of Bishop Desmond Hunt.Visitation will take place from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, August 5th in the St. Paul's Chapel. The funeral service will follow at 10 a.m. in the Main Sanctuary.

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Tragedy and Loss

July 24, 2014 by Barry Parker

One week ago, tragedy struck a family, a community, a Church.On July 16th, young Georgia Walsh died suddenly throwing normal life into chaos for many people. Her family was devastated. Her local community of Leaside was shattered. Our community at St. Paul's was distraught, particularly those in Children's Ministry who knew Georgia well.The numbness of the past few days still exists and grief is still palpable and genuine. We know we cannot answer the burning question, "WHY?" Yet, the yearning to know constantly bubbles to the…

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Funeral: Georgia Walsh

July 21, 2014 by Admin

Georgia Walsh, daughter of John and Jillian, passed away on Wednesday, July 16th. She was six years old. Georgia and her family have been a part of our St. Paul's Bridge community since she was born.Visitation will take place on Sunday, July 20th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Humphrey’s Funeral Home at 1403 Bayview Avenue, Toronto.On Monday, July 21st at 2 p.m. the funeral service will be held in the Sanctuary at St. Paul’s Bloor Street.In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Sick Kids Hospital.Please h…

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Traveling? Don't Leave Home Without The Basics

July 19, 2014 by Nancy Truscott

Life is rich with unexpected events. Summer is a time for exploring new places and trying new experiences. Unfortunately sometimes there are unwanted interruptions in travel and health. Make sure you’ve packed the basics before you head out the door this summer. Be prepared! It sounds basic… because it is. Are you heading on a road trip this summer? Even if you’re just driving around town there are a number of essentials you should carry in your car.•    A pen and paper•    Flashlight&b…

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