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

Making Your Way Around The 2017 Toronto Waterfront Marathon

October 13, 2017 by Admin

The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon will be taking place on Sunday, October 22nd. St. Paul’s is just outside of the marathon area but you may need extra time to get here.The marathon will start on Lakeshore Blvd., west of Ontario Dr. at 8:45 a.m.Click here for an interactive map of the route, or view the map below.

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Times Have Changed

October 4, 2017 by Barry Parker

"Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." (Dorothy, The Wizard of Oz, 1939)The Christian Church is shifting and changing throughout the world. One of the momentous changes we are experiencing is the shift out of Christendom. Since the fourth century, Christendom is simply Christianity as the established religion. It is used as synonymous with the Western world, the ‘official’ religion if you will. This had practical application. Christianity was the singular, dominant religion, meaning “everyone&rdq…

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Baby Steps in Serving Families

October 3, 2017 by Janet Earle

I recently had the opportunity to attend ‘KidMin 2017’, a large Children’s Ministry conference in the US. I have to admit it was pretty amazing to be with almost 2000 people who were passionate about supporting children and their families in growing in their Christian faith.

Canadians are often proud of the cultural differences between ourselves and our American neighbours. But at the conference, I sometimes felt like that awkward cousin who isn’t cool, and just doesn’t have things figured out. There was a passion and clarity about…

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Practise Makes Perfect at ESL Café

October 3, 2017 by Sandra Seaborn

Have you ever been in a place where the conversation that surrounds is incomprehensible to you? A situation where you can catch a phrase here or there, but can’t seem to make the sounds yourself? Learning another language is a difficult task, and understanding often comes before speaking.At St Paul’s we recognize this challenge and our capacity as a community to do something about it. While there are many excellent schools and classes available in Toronto to learn English, there are fewer places to practice speaking it. For ten year…

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Expanding Ministry

October 3, 2017 by Barry Parker

St. Paul’s Bloor Street (SPBS) has a long history of seeing needs and striving to meet those ministry needs. When the Diocese of Toronto recently asked us to collaborate with them in rebuilding a strategic congregation located reasonably close to SPBS, we saw this as an opportunity to re-energize another historic, faithful church in the heart of the City.St. George the Martyr (SGTM) located at 197 John Street, is nestled on the south end of Grange Park between the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCA…

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Funeral: Nancy Partridge

September 25, 2017 by Admin

Nancy Partridge died peacefully at home early in the morning on Saturday September 23rd. Her funeral service will take place Friday September 29th at 1 p.m. in the sanctuary at St. Paul's Bloor Street. 

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September 17 Road Closures

September 12, 2017 by Admin

Due to Open Streets TO parts of Bloor Street and Yonge Street will be closed to vehicle traffic on Sunday, September from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. St. Paul's is within the affected area. This is an opportunity to welcome those attending Open Streets TO into our community at St. Paul's. We encourage you to attend and welcome someone new. Bloor Street will be closed from Christie Street to Sherbourne Street. Yonge Street will be closed from Bloor Street to Queen Street. These streets will be "soft closed", meaning vehicles…

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The Book of James

September 10, 2017 by Sandra Seaborn

We find in Jesus beauty. We find in Jesus goodness. We find in Jesus truth. Do we find the same in our own lives? As a gathered community following Jesus we seek to be transformed by Jesus, into the likeness of Jesus. Yet, translating what we see in Jesus into action and word sometimes goes awry.

Having spent the summer looking at the life of Jesus as depicted in our stained-glass windows, we turn our attention this fall to the practicalities of living out our faith in Jesus, in ordinary and everyday circumstances.

The Book of James is…

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Music for Health

August 24, 2017 by Nancy Truscott

There are a variety of Toronto clinics dedicated to reducing falls. Falls are a major cause of pain, injury, loss of mobility and even shortened lifespan. This fall St. Paul’s will offer a neurologic music therapy program called Music for Health.

Neurologic Music Therapy is a researched-based system of music interventions. It uses scientific knowledge about music and the brain to help improve cognitive, physical and language abilities. Numerous research studies have shown these interventions improve walking and movement patterns in neurolo…

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Open Streets TO

August 10, 2017 by Ian Koiter

One of our goals at St. Paul’s is to offer a welcoming experience to all who come through our doors. We are blessed with a bright and beautiful space and, even more so, with a warm and friendly congregation. Time after time, newcomers relate how pleasantly surprised they’ve been at the vibrancy and accessibility of our community and worship.

For many, however, it can be a challenge just to enter through those doors. It’s true, our huge, stone building can seem imposing. No less an obstacle can be widespread perceptions of Christianity…

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Rector's Update

July 27, 2017 by Barry Parker

We are in the dog days of summer. Many members of the St. Paul’s community are having a chance to take some vacation time. Some are travelling and younger members are at summer camps of various kinds.

Through these summer months, St. Paul’s is not on vacation. We are welcoming visitors from around the world, as well as new folks who are in search of a spiritual home. The summer sermon series, based on the biblical stories embedded in our beautiful stained-glass windows, has resonated deeply with many. It is a full summer for all of us an…

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You've Got a Friend

July 13, 2017 by Janet Earle

Carole King’s album Tapestry came out just before I got to High School. One of the best-selling records of all time, it was one of my very first albums. I listened to it over and over. I can still sing the words to every song. It’s funny how the things that get into your head when you are young seem to stay there forever.

You’ve Got A Friend, was one of the many hit songs on that album. Its lyrics speak of a friend who is present and ready to help in the most difficult times, and faithful through all seasons. Don’t we all long for th…

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The Stories Our Windows Tell

June 25, 2017 by Sandra Seaborn

Walking into St. Paul’s for the first time visitors look up and voices hush. A sense of awe pauses people as they take in the beauty and spaciousness. The light filters in through stained glass, flickering abstract coloured patterns on the floors. With a closer look, images reveal themselves in those windows. Figures emerge. Perhaps you have been here fifty times, or five hundred times, and seen the stained glass wondering what stories they tell and who the people are. This summer you can find out. From now until Labour Day we will be preachi…

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Prayer Walks

June 21, 2017 by Admin

Get to know the people and places around St. Paul’s by taking a prayer walk. We have six prayer walking tours available below. This series of walks introduces us to our neighbours in prayer; celebrating Toronto’s vitality, changing faces, and hope for the future.

Each walk takes approximately 30 minutes and can be done anytime.

Prayer Walks


Nearby Condos and Apartments

People on the Margins


St. James Town


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Rector's Thank You

June 15, 2017 by Barry Parker

What a Sunday we had last week! To celebrate our 175th anniversary, we had an amazing worship service (the first time in memory combining all three Sunday services), a great group photo, a photo booth, testimonials, brisk hospitality CLXXV lager sales, tours and more.

As you can imagine, it takes many people to ensure a day like Anniversary Sunday was such an incredible success. My heartfelt thanks to the dozens of volunteers, leaders and staff who poured themselves into making it happen.

It was also a great privilege to announce our …

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Baptism and Membership Sunday

June 15, 2017 by Admin

This Sunday, June 18 we are celebrating Baptism and Membership Sunday at St. Paul’s. During the 9:30 a.m. service we will welcome Dhoui Chang and his wife, Sophia, into membership. Dhoui and his family have been attending St. Paul’s since January 2015. Dhoui has been serving as a photographer for many of our special occasions and services. His beautiful photos can be seen on our facebook page and website.

Dhoui and Sophia came to St. Paul’s in search of a children’s ministry for their children. “Sophia and I realized a change…

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June 25 Road Closures

June 15, 2017 by Admin

The Parade will take place on Sunday, June 25 at 2 p.m. at Church and Bloor, with several road closures taking place in advance of this.

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.

Starting at 8 a.m., Rosedale Valley Road, from Park Road to Bayview Avenue, will be closed.

At 12 p.m., Park Road, from Rosedale Valley Road to Bloor Street East, will be closed along with Church Street, from Park Road to…

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175th Anniversary Message From the Archbishop

June 7, 2017 by Archbishop Colin Johnson

A Message from The Most Rev. Colin R. Johnson, Archbishop of Toronto

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

John Macquarrie, a 20th C. Scottish theologian who taught at Oxford, wrote that God is everywhere, not confined to church building. But, he added, without having certain places set apart to acknowledge God’s presence in the midst of the community, then in the popular mind, God ceases to be recognised anywhere.

The celebration of the 175th anniversary of St. Paul’s is a remarkable milestone. The buildings are magnificent bu…

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