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

Come Check Out The Family Portrait

November 26, 2013 by Janet Earle

Have you ever been in one of those family portraits? When everyone has to arrive on a certain day, be in a certain place, wearing a certain outfit. Some people in the family are glowing and enjoying the moment, while others can barely contain their scowls. Behind the scenes there is someone trying to gather the clan together to celebrate being part of this family.Our annual Christmas Pageant is like our 'family portrait'. Children and families of St. Paul’s Bloor Street gather one afternoon in December, to get dressed up, to put o…

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May We Pray For You?

November 26, 2013 by Steve Shaw

As we join in worship together at St. Paul's each Sunday there may be times when as individuals we are in special need of prayer.

All of us experience times in our lives when we face difficulties, when we may feel burdened, anxious, confused or distressed. It may be illness, grief, the pain of broken relationships or a heavy burden of responsibility. We may be struggling with our faith. Or someone dear to us may be suffering.

For times like this God has given us the gift of prayer. But sometimes, when the need and desire to pray is greate…

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Make a Loud Noise and Rejoice

November 13, 2013 by Jack Connolly

Taking a cue from the excellent music teams serving the 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. communities, this year the St. Paul's youth group started a worship band!

In youth ministry we try to address all of the key aspects of Christian life, some of which may not be familiar to kids coming from a secular context. Worship, for example, is integral to our relationship with God but increasingly foreign to popular culture. Being a professional musician myself, I had always assumed that music would be an important part of my work in ministry but what I didn…

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Christmas in Children's Ministry

November 13, 2013 by Janet Earle

Christmas can be a busy time and it is easy to get overloaded! We hope your connection with our St. Paul's family community is positive and life-giving. Jesus came, 'that we may have life and have it to the full' (John 10:10). I hope your family is able to be a part of the Christmas season at St. Paul's. Here are some of the ways to connect... Christmas Pageant & Family Supper – December 8th – 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.All children are invited to participate in our upcoming Christmas Pageant. It is a joyful musi…

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...Time Like An Ever-Rolling Stream

October 30, 2013 by Barry Parker

As we move into a new month with a time change this weekend (services still at 8:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.), there are a few things I want to share and highlight.•    On Sunday, October 20th, 115 members of St. Paul’s gathered for our 171st Annual General Meeting. It was a very positive and energized meeting, all grounded in thankfulness to God. Our keynote speaker was Dr David Haskell, the lead researcher of a study on the “Growth & Decline of Mainline Church”.o    Highlight…

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Christmas Art Contest

October 30, 2013 by Admin

St. Paul's is holding a Christmas art contest for children and youth. Winners will have their art featured in the Christmas edition of the What's Happening. Pick up an entry envelope from the box in the Atrium. All submissions are due on Sunday, November 24th.Rules1) Artists must be age 16 or younger.2) Submit your art on an 8½" by 11" sheet of paper.3) Artwork should include some part of the story of the first Christmas or a Christmas scene (e.g. Christmas tree, wreath).4) Make sure your entry is colourful and uses the…

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Support St. Paul's With Your United Way Donation

October 30, 2013 by Admin

Many workplaces are now underway with their annual fall United Way drive. While doing your part to support your employer's United Way fundraising drive, you can also support the ministry of St. Paul’s.  Doing so is easy: 1. Name St. Paul’s Church in  the gift designation / "to another charity" area on the bottom of your United Way donation form (supplied by your employer) and give our address:227 Bloor Street East, Toronto, ON M4W 1C8.We are listed as 'Saint Pauls Church' in the United Way databa…

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Both New and Ancient

October 25, 2013 by Judy Paulsen

When is something both very new and also very old? When it’s a brand new ministry involved in the ancient practice of baptism. This fall a new team of Baptism Mentors has been developing at St. Paul's. This team will help better prepare people for baptism, while at the same time help build strong ties through mentoring. This team of people is being gathered and trained to walk alongside parents bringing children for baptism, or adults who will themselves be baptized. Initially the team will be made up of six couples; with three f…

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The Already And Not Yet

October 16, 2013 by Barry Parker

This coming Sunday, October 20th, at approximately 12:15 p.m., the people of St. Paul's Bloor Street will formally gather for the 171st consecutive time (yes, 171 years in a row!). We will consider the business of our Church, as well as hear of the major trends in spirituality, religious adherence in our society and the trajectory of the Christian Church. This year we will welcome Dr. David Haskell as our keynote speaker.In February 2013, St. Paul’s participated in a research study conducted by researchers from Wilfred Laurier Univers…

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Making Your Way Around The Marathon

October 3, 2013 by Admin

The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon will be taking place on Sunday, October 20th. St. Paul’s is just outside of the marathon area, though you may be impacted by the route while on your way to our Sunday Services.The marathon will start on University Avenue at Armoury Street at 8:45 a.m. 

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reconnect in the Muskokas

October 2, 2013 by Mark Regis

Reconnect is a community of young (and youngish) adults with little or no church experience who discover and rediscover God in life together. We meet to learn and practice what it means to follow Jesus through teaching, discussion, and building relationships with ourselves and our City. We gather primarily on Sundays at 7 p.m. in the Atrium and have an active small group ministry.Many of us in reconnect have incredible work obligations and it became clear that we needed to get out of town and breath a little in a quiet space surrounded by natur…

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2013 Annual General Meeting

October 2, 2013 by Admin

The 171st Annual General (Vestry) Meeting of St. Paul's Bloor Street will be held on Sunday, October 20th at 12:15 p.m. All members of the parish are encouraged to attend.To submit a motion for consideration at the Vestry meeting, a written copy must be provided to the Wardens no later than noon on Tuesday, October 15th. Motions can be emailed here, or dropped off at the office.This year we welcome Dr. David Haskell as our keynote speaker. This past February St. Paul’s participated in a research study conducted by researchers from Wil…

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Guest Preacher on September 29th

September 19, 2013 by Admin

On September 29th we will welcome the Rt. Rev. Josiah Idowu-Fearon, Bishop of the Diocese of Kaduna in Nigeria, as our guest preacher. He has a doctorate degree in Islamic Studies, and is a well known and respected leader in the reconciliation efforts between Christians and Muslims. When the Diocese of Kaduna obtained Jacaranda Farm in 2000, Bishop Idowu-Fearon turned it into a place where Muslim and Christian youth could come together. There youth are exposed to the religion of their neighbour and learn respect and tolerance, as well as skills…

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Back to Church Sunday - September 29th

September 11, 2013 by Admin

 Back to Church Sunday is a day to try church for the first time or after sometime away. Come wearing whatever, thinking whatever, and asking whatever questions you have. Join us at one of our four Sunday services: 8:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. or 7 p.m. Who are you inviting?

St. Paul's Ministry Fair

Do you know all of the great things that happen at St. Paul's? The Ministry Fair is your chance to see the whole range of great ministries we provide and meet the people involved. The Ministry Fair will take place…

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RE: Welcome Sunday

August 23, 2013 by Admin

Sean Davidson and Janet Earle recently chatted about our upcoming Welcome Sunday celebration.
You're invited to join us for celebration, food and events on September 8th for Welcome Sunday!

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Janet Says:Hey Sean! Just wanted to say, it's great to ha…

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Back To School Supply Drive

August 21, 2013 by David Kirk McCleary

To many of us the start of the CNE is just another fun event in the vibrant life of our city; but school-aged children, they know it for what it really is. The Ex is the harbinger of the end of summer – and children know that school is just around the corner!For many of us, getting the things we need to return to school is no big deal. But for many of the families with whom we partner through our work with Toronto City Mission, getting the back to school supplies their children need is a big challenge.That is why starting this week, we ar…

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Those Sweet Summer Sundays...

August 7, 2013 by Janet Earle

What's your favourite time of year at church? Is it Christmas when the church looks beautiful and people are sporting warm smiles and joy really does seem to be in the air? Or is it Easter when we sing those magnificent hymns together and celebrate that Jesus is alive! Perhaps it's Welcome Sunday in September, when we meet up with friends and move once again into our fall rhythm of gathering together.I certainly appreciate each of those times in our church year, but what I really savour are the quiet Sundays in July and August. The slow…

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The Gardening Project: Sowing The Seeds Of Love

July 24, 2013 by David Kirk McCleary

What do you get when you combine 50 excitable children ages seven to 12, dirt, greenery, crazy hot days, and an equally crazy outreach pastor, in a confined space in the heart of the city? Here at St. Paul's you get a lovely mixed use urban garden. St. Paul's has partnered with Toronto City Mission's summer day camp to start an urban garden in the space to the west of the cenotaph which was lying largely unused.The project was initially suggested by a St. Paul's parishioner who was having a chat with their grandmother one weeken…

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