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

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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Funeral: Anna Marie Ragsdale

June 16, 2014 by Admin

Anna Marie Ragsdale passed away on June 7th, 2014.A funeral service will be held on June 16th at 2 p.m in the main church at St. Paul's Bloor Street.

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Just Two Things

May 28, 2014 by Janet Earle

There is a great deal of distilling and simplifying in Children’s Ministry. We seek to hang on to the essentials while we communicate the vital truth that is at the centre of our teaching. In our noisy and information soaked world this seems to be a good practice for adults and children alike. The Gospel message is about forgiveness and grace through the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. Each one of us is called to respond to this gift from God. In Matthew 22, Jesus distills this response by saying we are first to ‘Love God’, a…

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My Changing Role at St. Paul's

May 14, 2014 by Admin

A couple of weeks ago it was announced that my role at St. Paul is changing. I’ll be transitioning from being an Associate Priest, who serves as part of the Ministry Team and is on site during the week, to being an Honorary Assistant. This new role will mean I’ll be here on Sundays about once a month, helping with preaching and leading the liturgy as needed. My last day on staff will be May 31st.While I’ll miss being with you all as often as I have been this past year, I am certain this changing role is God’s purpose for…

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Pulling Out All The Stops

May 1, 2014 by Thomas Bell

Everyone has an opinion about music, a subject we all love. Whether it’s pop, classical, jazz, rap, country or any of the myriad number of cross-over styles that have evolved: we all have our very definite likes and dislikes. We have our favourite artists, performances and cover versions of songs. I wager that music is a very powerful force in the lives of many people reading this.Why is it that music elicits such a strong response in us? It is certainly a gift from God. However, like all of God’s gifts, it has to be used wisely and…

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Sermon Series Hidden In Plain Sight: The Parables Of Jesus

April 24, 2014 by Jack Connolly

A couple of months ago our Rector, Barry Parker, asked me what Youth Group was planning on exploring this spring and summer. I told him we were thinking about walking through the parables because they illuminate the character of God. Amid all of the uncertainty of adolescence our young people need to know who God is. He looked out the window and then smiled and said, “We all need that. Why don’t you guys take us there?”.And that's how Youth Group began developing the concept for our new Sermon Series, Hidden In Plain S…

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