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

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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Thank You For Your Time And Donations!

July 4, 2014 by Admin

With your help we were able to collect over 3,000 toiletries to benefit two Toronto women’s shelters. Thank you for your contributions!Our 2013/2014 season of monthly outreach opportunities was a huge success. We are continuing to collect donations of non-perishable food items over the summer. We will begin the new season of monthly opportunities in September.In the last year St. Paul’s has taken on a number of local and global causes. With your help we have been able to:Collect school supplies for children in St. James TownPrepare…

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Summer Program For Children

June 26, 2014 by Admin

Summer brings changes for most of us and it is no different in Children’s Ministry. June 29th is the start of our Summer Program where we relax, get creative and enjoy some summer Bible fun.This year we are looking at some of the amazing things Jesus said about himself. We will explore the well-known ‘I am…’ statements from the Bible. Bread, light, living water - what do they mean? How can we embrace them in our lives?As always, we will have fun doing it! Art activities, games and lots more. Join us this summer on Sunda…

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4,000 Meals and Counting

June 25, 2014 by Jack Connolly

You may have heard about the Cornerstone Community Dinner, which St. Paul’s Youth Group has had the enormous privilege of hosting in association with Church In The City. These dinners have been held every Saturday night in Regent Park for the last 20 years. Saturday nights are one of the most difficult times to find a meal in Toronto if you are badly off.The dinner attracts a diverse crowd. We are taught to treat every diner with the respect and care we would imagine receiving at a sit-down restaurant, regardless of their background.Since…

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Baptism And Membership Coming This Sunday!

June 17, 2014 by Mark Regis

This Sunday we formally welcome 24 new people into our Community at St. Paul's.This is a big deal, and not just for the people coming forward, but also for friends, families, and for our entire St. Paul's community. Our Baptism and Membership Sundays are always a little noisier, a little more unpredictable, and definitely joyful.The sign of Baptism is the original and foundational act of committing to a life of following Jesus. Water is used as the symbol of Jesus both cleansing sin and  welcoming us into God's new life.Members…

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