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

Doors Open 2017

May 8, 2017 by Admin

Once a year, the City of Toronto invites organizations with buildings of architectural interest to open their doors to the public. On the last weekend in May, people travel all over the city exploring places that are usually private or closed. While the St. Paul’s sanctuary, or “New Church” is open every Sunday, many people have never been inside. This year, we are participating in Doors Open Toronto with the hope that many will come who have never visited before.

Our theme for the weekend is, “From the Titanic to Vimy Ridge,…

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The Power of Generosity

May 4, 2017 by Sandra Seaborn

To be generous is to show a readiness to give more of something than is necessary. It’s seen in the person who gives time or money to someone in need, or simply stops to listen to a friend. The neighbour who puts out your recycling bin, or the stranger who pays for those standing in line behind her. Generosity involves showing kindness, looking after those less fortunate, putting others first and giving to God’s ministry.

As Christians, we find our inspiration in Jesus Christ, who showed ultimate generosity when He lived on earth an…

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175th Anniversary Testimonies

May 4, 2017 by Mark Regis

On Sunday, June 11 we are celebrating our 175th Anniversary. But before that we want to hear from you!

St. Paul's Bloor Street is much more than a sacred and historic landmark. We are fundamentally followers of Jesus who for 175 years have established a transformative legacy of coming to faith, growing in faith, and being sent out in faith locally and throughout the world. You are an important part of this story and we want to hear about it! Please take five minutes to answer the questions found in the link provided.

We are gathe…

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Holy Week & Easter 2017

April 9, 2017 by Barry Parker

Dear Friends;

The paradox of our time in history is that
we spend more, but have less;
we buy more, but enjoy it less.
We have bigger houses and smaller families;
more conveniences, but less time;
more medicine, but less wellness.
We read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom.
We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values.
These are the times of tall men, and short character;
steep profits and shallow relationships.
These are the days of two incomes, but more divorce;
of fancier houses, but broken…

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Journey to the Cross

April 6, 2017 by Janet Earle

What do a donkey, a bottle of wine, a few nails and a big rock have in common? If you have heard the story of Easter, you likely know the answer. They are all elements in the dramatic events that make up the last week of Jesus’ life on earth. I am guessing you have heard that before.

At St. Paul’s, we are the Christian community for over 225 children and their families. For some, the story of Easter is brand new. We are very excited to have the opportunity to share it with them.

They may not know about the donkey Jesus rode int…

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Funeral: Margaret Harnett

April 3, 2017 by Admin

Margaret Harnett passed away on Saturday, April 1.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, April 8 at 11 a.m. in the Sanctuary at St. Paul’s Bloor Street.

Please hold this family in your prayers.

Margaret Harnett's obituary can be read here.

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Exciting News!

March 22, 2017 by Barry Parker

Earlier this year we made our annual debt re-payment using the funds collected in our Above and Beyond capital campaign. We now have only $150,000 outstanding on our loan. By the grace of God we believe we will pay off our loan entirely by January 30, 2018.

This is a remarkable achievement. Our massive reconstruction started in 1991 with repairs to the north face (Bloor Street) of the church. Now, some 26 years later, the entire facility has been renovated, adding major new construction to a facility where Jesus’ redeeming love and gra…

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Our Discipleship Journey

March 5, 2017 by Barry Parker

Lent is an ancient and practical season of spiritual preparation, culminating in our observance of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection at Easter. Lent provides the opportunity to re-calibrate busy, noisy, and often fragmented lives.

What you often hear as we approach Lent is the mantra that you must give something up—chocolate, social media, dessert. A better way to engage Lent is to intentionally focus on an aspect of life that is often taken for granted. This Lent we are seeking to intentionally follow Jesus together in a more foc…

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Evening of Worship Through Music

February 23, 2017 by Ian Koiter

Join us on Sunday, March 12 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Great Hall for an evening devoted to worship through contemporary music. Come and lift your voice in a community seeking to “be filled with the Spirit, singing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs” (Eph 5:18–19). There will be fellowship and coffee, prayer, and, yes, lots of singing led by Joel Windle, Matthew Scott, Ian Koiter and other musicians from our St. Paul’s family.

“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent." Victor…

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Family Day – Play-Doh & Young Hearts

February 9, 2017 by Janet Earle

Family Day arrived a bit late for me. We had three teenagers in 2008 when Ontario’s first Family Day was observed. It didn’t have a chance to be woven into the fabric of our family traditions before my children left home for their own adventures.

Many people take the opportunity of this long weekend to travel or do something special. It might be a visit to grandparents, a trip to the ski hill, or going on that outing there never seems to be enough time to do. It’s a chance to be your family, in your way, together.

I realize i…

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Young Adult Ministry

January 26, 2017 by Admin

Are you between the ages of 18 and 35?

Do you wonder what St. Paul’s can offer as you explore the possibilities of faith in Toronto? Do you want to delve deeply into questions of belief, scripture, and discipleship? Do you want to connect with other young Christians at St. Paul’s?

As students and young professionals we lead busy and transient lives.

It is hard to slow down, breathe and take time to see Jesus. It is hard to ground our daily lives in prayer and scripture. It is hard to find time and energy to attend service…

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Organ Recitals 2017

January 25, 2017 by Admin

Join us for our 2017 series of organ recitals. These free one-hour concerts will provide an opportunity to listen to wonderful music and reflect on God. 

January 29 at 3 p.m. - Chris Dawes
March 26 at 3 p.m. - Thomas Bell
April 23 at 3 p.m. - Tom Fitches

Admission is free and everyone is welcome to attend. For more information contact Tom Bell, Music Director.

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Is Self-Care a Selfish Idea?

January 15, 2017 by Nancy Truscott

“He helps little that helps not himself”.

Now that the Christmas season is over, I have started to think about self-care. When looking at self-care, I am not just talking about diet and exercise, as important as those are to your physical health. Self-care is about being well yourself so you can serve others. It’s about acknowledging you have needs that need your attention.

Many of us tend to overextend ourselves daily. We often pack our days and find there is no time left for our basic needs. Others take us for granted. They…

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Moses: A Long and Winding Road

January 8, 2017 by Barry Parker

He was born at an inauspicious time. Boys of his ethnicity were being systematically eliminated. Yet somehow, his mother hid him for a few months. As his cries grew stronger, the deception could no longer continue, so she made a basket-boat for him – placing her beloved son into the river where the royalty bathed. Though separated from the workers by race and wealth, the daughter of the pharaoh had compassion. She knew he was Hebrew, but she saved him – protected by her words and status, he was nursed by his own mother; then raised…

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Christmas Message From the Rector

December 22, 2016 by Barry Parker

Whether you are here with us for the first time or have been coming to St. Paul’s for years, we are happy you have joined us this Christmas. Together we celebrate the birth of Jesus.

The King is Here!

In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him. The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, a…

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An Invitation to Pause at Christmas

December 15, 2016 by Mark Regis

Life is busy and the lead-up to Christmas is even busier. Deadlines for tasks and obligations rush in. Planning for holiday events requires exquisite time management. Businesses spin out seasonal lights, sounds, and advertisements to maximize their year-end profits, convincing us to take no note of the dreaded post-Christmas credit card statement. Christmas can be a stressful time.

Christmas can also be a lonely time. Cultural expectations of holiday cheer and togetherness go sadly unmet. We remember the painful loss of relationships in…

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Funeral: Reginald Stackhouse

December 15, 2016 by Admin

We are saddened to announce the Rev. Canon Dr. Reginald Stackhouse, Honorary Assistant at St. Paul's, died on Wednesday, December 14, 2016.

Visitation will be at Turner and Porter, at Bloor and Jane Street on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The funeral will take place on Monday, December 19 at 10 a.m. in Sheraton Hall at Wycliffe College.

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Pageant Costumes and New Neighbours

December 1, 2016 by Janet Earle

We have been working on a big puzzle this week. We are trying to make our many Christmas costumes fit the 75 children who will perform in our Christmas Pageant on December 11. There is often a bit of a last minute scramble to get the costumes ready because we are never sure exactly who might join us.

We have over 100 costumes – some a bit scruffy and tattered like our shepherds, some simple and durable, and some absolutely beautiful. A few date back almost 25 years, to the time when I first was involved with our Pageant. I give thanks…

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