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

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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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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