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

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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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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The Rev. Dr. Judy PaulsenJoins St. Paul's

January 28, 2013 by Admin

St. Paul's is pleased to announce the addition of a new Associate to our Ministry Team.The Rev. Dr. Judy Paulsen will be joining St. Paul's on June 1st, 2013.Judy spent her childhood in northwest India, where her parents served for 15 years as Anglican Missionaries. Her family moved back to Ottawa in 1962, where her father served as a parish priest. She grew up with five brothers and sisters.When she was 15-years-old, Judy made a personal commitment to live her life as a follower of Jesus. Following High School, she studied Psychology a…

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Learning Alongside Our Youth

January 24, 2013 by Jack Connolly

It's hard to describe what it feels like when I see our kids truly engaging with the Word of God. Last week one of our kids prayed out loud for the first time and the unadorned honesty of his prayer challenged my own prayer life. I feel honoured and grateful to witness their journey and spirit in action.It's a huge responsibility to provide great Christian role models for our youth. And with our ten capable volunteer youth leaders, it's very exciting to see bonds of trust forming between the kids and their small group leaders.For ou…

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Back-to-Work Attire

January 9, 2013 by David Kirk McCleary

Supporting the good work being done in our city starts with simply taking a look through our closets. For the months of January and February, St. Paul’s will be collecting lightly used professional attire to help support the work of one of this city’s oldest Christian missions, Yonge Street Mission.We are collecting new or used suits, dresses, belts, shirts, blouses, jackets, pants, shoes and socks that would be appropriate for a job interview or working job.Yonge Street Mission is dedicated to helping those living in poverty in our…

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Returning In January 2013

December 21, 2012 by Admin

Children's Ministry will be returning on January 6th.Youth Group resumes on January 6th.ESL Cafe resumes on January 7th.GriefShare will be starting on January 7th. Register online.Winchester Group resumes on January 8th.Tuesday Communion resumes on January 8th.DivorceCare resumes on January 8th. Register online. Wednesday's With God resumes on January 9th.The Snack Program resumes on January 10th.Choir Rehearsal resumes on January 10th.The Service of Healing and Annointing resumes on January 11th.Christian Meditation resumes on January…

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New Honourary Assistant

December 20, 2012 by Admin

This week, the Diocese of Toronto appointed Steve Shaw as Honourary Assistant to St. Paul’s Bloor Street beginning January 1, 2013. Steve and his wife Christine (aka Chris) have many friends at St. Paul’s as he served as Associate Priest here from 1986 to 1989.Steve has had a parallel career as a priest and as a professional engineer. He retired from his professional work as a Senior Executive with the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) four years ago and since then has been Priest-in-Charge of St. George-on-Yonge, leading th…

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Ministry Staff Changes at St. Paul's Bloor Street

December 5, 2012 by Admin

A Message from The Most Rev. Colin R. Johnson, Archbishop of Toronto St. Paul's has always had an amazing leadership team. Young clergy have been nurtured at St. Paul's and have moved on to provide leadership as bishops, deans, archdeacons and rectors of some of the most influential churches in the country. You have today one of the most creative ministry teams anywhere, and it is not surprising that two of them have just been appointed as the senior pastors of very significant parishes in the city; St. Clement's, Eglinton and…

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Come… It's Pageant Time

December 5, 2012 by Janet Earle

This is a week of counting angel wings and halos and making sure we have the right costume for each of our little lambs. A new stable is under construction, ready we hope for the big day. It is Christmas Pageant time and we are busy preparing.We are blessed with a thriving Children's Ministry where more and more children and families are joining our community. On December 9th in the afternoon we will gather together with the 85 children participating in our Pageant to hear the story of Christ’s birth.Our pageant is a musical and our o…

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Christmas or Craziness?

November 20, 2012 by Jenny Andison

Advent and Christmas can get obscene. You know what I mean. People spending money they don’t have, on things they don’t need, to impress people they often don’t like. And while there can be moments of peace and holiness over the coming weeks, there is incredible pressure to have the “perfect Christmas” – perfectly decorated house, fabulous food, luxurious gifts. It all boils down to a message of “consume, consume, consume”.Here at St. Paul’s, we want to help you experience the kind of Advent…

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Advent Ask

November 13, 2012 by Admin

 This Christmas Season we are challenging every member of St. Paul's to participate in our Advent Ask in one of two ways.1) Volunteer your time on Christmas Day to serve lunch at St. Paul's to those who otherwise would be hungry or on their own. We will be serving lunch to over 150 people from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. To get involved please contact David Kirk McCleary.2) Donate the gift of money to Jacaranda Farm. Named for the flowering tree, Jacaranda Farm strives to build bridges of peace between Muslim and Christian youth. We are rais…

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Remembrance Day

November 7, 2012 by Barry Parker

The Courageous Ordinary By Barry Parker, RectorRemembrance Day brings up all sorts of memories, experiences, questions and thoughts. We acknowledge that as Canadians we are a blessed people living in a blessed land. An aspect of that blessing arises through Canadians, often very young with little life experience, who offer themselves in service to their country. They are from all parts of this great nation, with all manner of background and life stories.What strikes me are the images so prominent on Remembrance Sunday.The grainy, black and…

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Operation Christmas Child

October 11, 2012 by Joyce Badley

An Early Christmas TraditionBy Joyce Badley, Executive PastorOver the next couple of weeks everyone at St. Paul’s is invited to bring a smile to a child’s face this Christmas. It’s really easy. Simply pick up a shoe box from the Atrium and fill it with gifts for a child in need.Our goal this year is to have 500 shoe boxes by November 11th. If every individual from St. Paul’s took the time to make up one shoe box we would well exceed that target.  To participate:1.    Select a shoe box. Pick one up fro…

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