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

St. Paul's Featured in 'Faith Today'

July 15, 2013 by Admin

Earlier this year, Barry Parker, Rector, and David Kirk McCleary, Outreach Pastor, sat down for an interview with Charlene De Haan of Faith Today.The resulting article highlights the Ministry at St. Paul's and the impact we have on our community. The article appears in the July/August 2013 issue of Faith Today and is availble online.

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Summer Pastoral Care

July 10, 2013 by Shelley Tidy

This note brings with it greetings to all of you. It brings the hope that you are able to enjoy the spirit of relaxation that comes with sunshine and warm weather. On the other hand, it also brings with it the hope that you have not been too affected by the recent torrential rain. Sunglasses and umbrellas – don’t leave home without either of them! After a while, we become accustomed to changeable weather.Some things, though, don’t change. Home visits, hospital visits and phone calls continue. As part of Pastoral Care at St. Pa…

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Summer Program For Children

July 5, 2013 by Admin

Join us in Children's Ministry this summer as we explore the top ten truths about God and build strong faith foundations. We will enjoy games, art activities and fun, as we discover what the Bible teaches us about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.Come every Sunday or be with us when you can. We seek to learn and grow together and to have fun as each week we build our faith foundations. Visitors and new friends are always welcome.For more information contact our Children's Minister Janet Earle. 

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June 30th Road Closures

June 25, 2013 by Admin

The Parade will take place on Sunday, June 30th at 2 p.m.  at Church and Bloor.Parade route: West on Bloor Street from Church Street, South on Yonge Street from Bloor Street to Dundas Street East, East on Dundas Street East from Yonge Street to Church Street.Road ClosuresA full list of street closures is available here.

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Time To Organize Your Medicine Cabinet

June 21, 2013 by Nancy Truscott

Our medicine cabinets say a lot about us. We are loathe to part with creams, lotions, potions, ointments, and a variety of medications. We paid good money for them over the years and we think someone might need them again. If that's the case then it is time to review the contents and get organized.Consider this:•    Heat and humidity in the bathroom tend to hasten the deterioration of medications that are not in foil packaging.•    Keep these items out of reach of children.•    Mak…

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After Baptism: What Comes Next?

June 12, 2013 by Janet Earle

As Christians, baptism is an important first public step of faith. But after the baptismal water has dried and the candle is blown out, what comes next? For parents this can be quite a challenge. When and how do we bring faith into the lives of our children?First time parents can be a bit naive but they all know that parenting doesn't end when the baby arrives. They may not know what they are in for, but they do know there is much more to come. It's just the same as we guide our children on their spiritual journeys. Moms and dads don…

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Guest Preacher on June 16th

June 12, 2013 by Admin

This Sunday, June 16th we welcome Guest Preacher, Mr. Michael Harvey.Michael Harvey is an author, motivational speaker and founder of the Back to Church Sunday movement.Back to Church Sunday began in 2004 and Michael started to work with churches throughout the UK and eventually throughout the english speaking world. He has spoken to thousands of church leaders in his Unlocking the Growth Seminars and has to date seen thousands of Christians mobilised to invite, resulting in hundreds of thousands of accepted invitations.Back to Church Sunday is…

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Shangalia! Tanzania: The Concert

May 29, 2013 by Admin

This Sunday, June 2nd, the youth group will be hosting a concert fundraiser called Shangalia! Tanzania (Shout! Tanzania) in Cody Hall at 1 p.m. All proceeds will go to purchasing keyboards, speakers, and amplifiers for youth church choirs in the diocese of Tarime, Tanzania. All members of the St. Paul’s community and any family or friends are welcome.The origin of this fundraiser traces back to the summer of 2010. I travelled with my parents to Tarime for the ordination of their friend, Mwita Akiri. Over the course of the trip, I was able…

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Top Fives From Pioneer Camp

May 14, 2013 by Admin

St. Paul's moms were given a rare Mother's Day gift last weekend - a break from their teenagers, who we took on retreat to Pioneer Camp. It was an incredibly intense few days and some of us are still catching up on our sleep. Harrison and Jillian, two of our talented and dedicated youth leaders, as well as my wife Robyn and I accompanied 14 of our youth to Pioneer Camp. We spent time in team building exercises, worship, prayer, hiking and other activities that were just plain fun. Top 5 Most Important Lessons Learned At Pionee…

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Connection Groups

May 14, 2013 by Admin

Meet old friends and make new ones at a St. Paul's Connection Group. The entire congregation is invited to join us at one of three locations across the city, on June 13th from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Email the hosts to RSVP.1) The Wadden residence at 565 Carlaw Avenue.2) The Belknap residence at 84 Pricefield Road. 3) The Gan residence at 180 Bowood Ave.

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How To Change A Life

May 1, 2013 by David Kirk McCleary

No one plans to end up in a shelter. Woman don't enter into relationships thinking they will end in heartache, emotional abuse or physical violence. In their flight for safety, many women leave behind every personal possession, their homes, their friends, their extended families, their jobs and almost everything else that once defined them. In order to spare themselves further harm, abuse, and, in extreme cases, fear for their very lives, many leave with only the shirts on their backs.On any given day in Canada, more than 3,000 women (along…

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St. Paul's, Interrupted

April 17, 2013 by Admin

We often laugh when people tell us how nice and quiet it must be to work at a church. We wish it were so!Before coming to work at St. Paul's, various members the office staff held their share of busy, high-stress jobs with banks, lawyers, merchandisers, and even as a store owner. But the general consensus is that St. Paul's is one of the more challenging (though rewarding) jobs they have ever held.In the office kitchen, we keep our coffee in the first aid cupboard (seriously!). But even before we have a chance to fire up the Keurig and…

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Why Church?

April 3, 2013 by Barry Parker

Some say the Church isn't necessary to follow Jesus. There is even debate about what the church is for or what it is supposed to be – and everyone has a personal opinion. In this busy and less religious age, why church?In the coming weeks we are going to explore this important question through our sermon series Why Church?. St. Paul's is a growing faith community. Yet, it is vital that we know why we are here, what we are here for, and who we are called to be.I can answer these questions in numerous ways. Here is but a glimpse of…

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Easter Show And Tell

March 20, 2013 by Janet Earle

A parade with a thousand screaming fans. A quiet dinner with friends behind closed doors. A brutal, unexpected death on a cross. A massive stone rolled back to reveal an empty tomb. A dead man alive and reassuring his friends. Powerful images from the time we now call ‘Easter’ – the last week in the life of Jesus. These events form the foundation of the Christian faith but seeking to grapple with their meaning remains a challenge. How do we make sense of Easter?  How do we share it with our children?Parents like to tell c…

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Memorial Service: Archdeacon Robert Philip Dann, Former Rector of St. Paul's

March 18, 2013 by Admin

 Archdeacon Robert Philip Dann MA, BD, DD passed away on March 15, 2013. Born on July 7, 1917, Dann served as Rector of St. Paul's from 1960 to 1985.On Sunday, March 24th at 2:30 p.m., St. Paul's Bloor Street will be holding a memorial service in the Main Sanctuary.There will also be a memorial service conducted at St. Aidan's Anglican Church, 1246 Oxford St. West, London, Ontario on Saturday, March 23rd at 2:00 p.m. 

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Which Would You Choose?

March 6, 2013 by David Kirk McCleary

What if at the end of the month you had to make the choice between food for you and your family, or a place to live? These are the hard choices many people in Toronto are finding themselves forced to make.The majority of people using food banks in Toronto can't afford to pay for both food and rent. The average food bank client spends 72 per cent of their income on rent, leaving just over $5.50 to spend on food each day.Last year:There were over 1 million individual visits to the many food banks scattered around Toronto (up 18 percent from 2…

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“Plus Ça Change, Plus C'est La Même Chose."

February 20, 2013 by Barry Parker

My French is very rusty but I do remember this old French proverb. “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” It applies to us at St. Paul’s Bloor Street.In that light, we know the change brought about with Tim Haughton and Jenny Andison leaving the Ministry Team at St. Paul’s will impact us greatly. However, they are moving to lead strategic ministries and their moving on provides the space for St. Paul’s to do what it does exceptionally well – raise up new, effective and dynamic leaders. Hence,…

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Lent: Trapped or Transformed

February 7, 2013 by Jenny Andison

"What are you giving up for Lent?" - this question strikes fear into my heart because I always seem to have a lame answer.  I am not sure any of you really want me to give up caffeine or chocolate for Lent. I am not convinced that being crabby and irritable for 40 days is going to make me a better follower of Jesus. I am not convinced that Lent needs to always be about giving things up - which I freely admit may sound like I am simply trying to get out of a very small sacrifice, but hear me out.Lent is an ancient tradition of the…

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