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

Easter Preparations Begin with Pancakes

February 4, 2015 by Janet Earle

I confess it might be a bit difficult to make a case for the importance of the Pancake Supper in the life of the church. Christmas, Easter, Pentecost these are the special days that really matter. The times each year when we stop and say – yes, this is what we believe and yes it really matters. Pancakes? Syrup? Bacon? Can they really fit in to the life of our church community? Yes, they can!The Pancake Supper is a fun event that will take place on Tuesday, February 17. It is one of those St. Paul’s gatherings that includes the old a…

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Marriage: Preparing for a Gift

February 4, 2015 by Mark Regis

My wife, Ruthia, and I recently hosted an old friend and his partner for a dinner that unexpectedly went well into the night. The natural topic of “how did you come together as a couple?” came up and I let Ruthia take the reins in describing it, as our stories don’t exactly line up. What is consistent between our accounts is that nine years ago, on Valentine’s Day, I first brought up the idea of marriage to my future wife. Without doubt, it was the best thing I’ve ever done.Sounds romantic doesn’t it? Well, I…

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A New Year & New Beginnings

January 14, 2015 by Sean Davidson

It’s the beginning of January and we all know what that means: time for New Year’s resolutions. Or at least hearing lots about them. If you’re like me, the prospect of a fresh start can be a little intimidating.Let me encourage you in one resolution you won’t be sorry about: joining a Small Group at St. Paul’s. I know what you’re thinking – how can you cram another event into your already busy schedule?  It’s true, being part of a Small Group requires us to make adjustments to the agenda. How…

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What's Next...?

December 17, 2014 by Barry Parker

Christmas is a magical season. For some, it is the happy images, smells, memories and feelings this wonderful time of year brings to the fore. For others, it is a time to share with family and friends – travel, good food and gifts. Others yet, dread this time of year for with Santa comes family disputes, haunting memories and intense loneliness. Regardless, there is always a lingering question at Christmastide – “What’s next?”“What is coming next?” More terrorism? More Ebola? Troubling economic news? Ho…

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Don’t Take Care, Take Risks: The Vicar of Baghdad

December 12, 2014 by Tanya Baleta

I had the pleasure of meeting the Rev. Canon Dr. Andrew White on December 8. I was his third interview of the day.The Rev. Canon Dr. Andrew White phones many of his children every day. They number in the thousands – each one belonging to St. George’s Church in Baghdad, where he is the Vicar.Many are now refugees, forced to flee their homes by the violent advance of ISIS. Others have been killed.Canon White’s church in Baghdad was once 6,500 people strong. Four months ago 1,276 were killed. Increasing violence since then has ma…

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What About a Place...?

December 9, 2014 by Admin

St. Paul's Bloor Street is a dynamic and growing church, based in a historic building in the heart of downtown Toronto. We offer Sunday services at 8:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

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An Evening of Prayer in Solidarity for Christians in the Middle East

November 28, 2014 by Admin

On Tuesday, December 9 at 7 p.m., St. Paul's will host an Evening of Prayer in Solidarity for Christians in the Middle East. We will be joined by special guest the Rev. Canon Andrew White, Chaplain of St. George's Anglican Church in Baghdad, Iraq.All donations will benefit victims of ISIS through the St. Paul's Advent Ask. 1.8 million Iraqis have been displaced due to the infiltration of ISIS in Iraq since the crisis began in January 2014. Many of the displaced include those of Iraq’s religious minorities such as Christians, Y…

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Replacing Consumption with Compassion: Advent Ask at St. Paul’s

November 19, 2014 by Admin

Advent is the great four week season in the church calendar year that signals the impending arrival of Christmas. Our prayers, preaching and worship shift to clear expectancy and preparation. One way we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus is to participate in our Advent Ask.At St. Paul’s Bloor Street, we love our Advent Ask. It is an opportunity for us to concentrate on contributing to those outside our church community, and focus on the needs of others. It provides the chance to give, over and above our regular personal support to a…

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Community in Baptism

November 18, 2014 by Admin

On November 23 six individuals from our community will be baptized at the 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. services. At St. Paul’s we’re always excited about baptism because it demonstrates God’s incredible favour towards us, and at the same time, our deep desire to be united with Him and His people.Baptism is a milestone that marks the beginning of a person's Christian journey. It's an exciting moment in which they say yes to Jesus.Along with our Children’s Minister, Janet Earle, I had the amazing privilege of engaging wit…

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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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