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

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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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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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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