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

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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Encountering Jesus on Easter Sunday

April 15, 2014 by Barry Parker

Easter is a time of ultimate celebration for us at St. Paul’s. We welcome you!This Sunday, Easter Sunday, we celebrate the resurrection of the living Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Jesus was not resuscitated, nor did he wake from a deep sleep. Without Jesus and the events of that first Easter Day of Resurrection, life would not make ultimate sense. God raised Jesus from the dead, conquering the last frontier – that of sin, evil and death. Why? Why did God raise Jesus from the dead? It was born out of God’s voracious love for h…

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Pulling Out All The Stops: Making Music in the Church Today

April 14, 2014 by Admin

Join us as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the St. Paul's organ through this unique and exciting event.

Friday, May 2nd
A free organ recital will be given by special guest organist Gerard Brooks at 7:30 p.m.

Gerard Brooks is a well-known international concert organist. He brings a wealth of experience in a variety of church contexts. Gerard was the organist at All Soul's Langham Place for 20 years.

Saturday, May 3rd
Join us for three music workshops with the St. Paul's Choir and other guests. We will be exploring new resource…

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April 13th: Road Closures

April 11, 2014 by Admin

The Toronto Yonge Street 10K will take place on Sunday, April 13th. St. Paul's is just outside of the race area, though you may be impacted by the route while on your way to our Sunday Services.Road ClosuresYonge St. (Lawrence Ave to Erskine Ave) - closed 6 a.m. to 11 a.m.Fort York Blvd (Bathurst St. to Fleet St.) - closed 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.The following road closures will be in effect from 8:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.:Yonge St. (Eskin Ave to Richmond St.)Richmind St. (Yonge St. to Peter St.)Peter St./Blue Jays Way (Richmond St. to Front St.)Front…

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Funeral: Duncan Barrow

April 1, 2014 by Admin

Duncan Barrow passed away on April 6th, 2014. He died nine days short of his 84th birthday.Visitation will take place on Sunday, April 13th from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at McDougall and Brown Funeral Home at 812 Eglinton Avenue West, Toronto and again on Monday April 14th at 10 a.m. at St. Paul's Bloor Street in St. Paul's Chapel.On Monday April 14th at 11am the funeral service will be held in the main church at St. Paul's Bloor Street. Duncan will be buried at York Cemetery, 160 Beecroft Road, Toronto, at 2 p.m. 

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Let the Children Come to Me!

March 31, 2014 by Admin

If you have been here at St. Paul's recently you likely know we have quite a few children and young people in our community. If you are the sort of person who finds children adorable you may feel sad that they are not part of our worship each week. If you have had trouble finding a seat at the Bridge and like to hear the sermon you may be quite pleased that they have disappeared!Well children and youth really are an important part of our community at St. Paul's but for a number of good reasons the young people do not worship with the re…

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Exploring Evangelical Faith

March 23, 2014 by Sean Davidson

What does it mean to be an 'Evangelical'?This is a difficult question to answer. We know the stereotype. Evangelicals are portrayed as uptight people with strong, often negative, Bible-based opinions on pretty much everything in modern life. In our culture, we've come to expect this kind of performance from those who define themselves as Evangelicals, but it only takes a moment’s reflection to see we’re dealing with slogans and stick-figures. The challenge is getting beyond the caricature to something historically real.T…

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Toronto Youth N.O.W. @ St. Paul's

March 19, 2014 by Admin

This Friday, March 21st at 7 p.m. youth groups from across Toronto will gather for a night of fellowship, music and inspiration at St. Paul's. We are very excited to have this opportunity to host the first "N.O.W." (Night Of Worship) which we hope will be held monthly at various churches in the city. Not only is this night a great opportunity for our young people to have fellowship and offer hospitality to other Christian youth, it will also be an exciting and fun expression of worship which we all should experience from time to t…

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Prayer For Life

March 5, 2014 by Steve Shaw

Prayer is a universal human experience, yet it remains mysterious. In all great world religions, prayer plays a central role. It can be personal, formulaic or ritualistic. At its most basic level, prayer petitions and makes supplications for ourselves and for others. We are familiar with our leaders speaking on our behalf, assuring victims of disaster or tragedy, that 'our thoughts and prayers are with them'. Who has not in a moment of stress, fear or need said a quick prayer for help, only to forget about it once the moment has pas…

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Lent: The Reset Button

March 4, 2014 by Barry Parker

RRSP season has finally come to a close. We have been inundated by images and slogans, all suggesting if you purchase a particular financial product, you will accumulate your wealth – safely, securely, and with promised reward. The message? Your future will be set.Planning is important in this fragmented world of ours, whether it be financial, relational, personal or spiritual. However, there is a problem. How do we plan our lives in a balanced and healthy way in such a transient and uncertain world? It often appears as if all of the cons…

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