Announcement


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

Church + Fun

January 13, 2016 by Janet Earle

If I asked you to do one of those word association tests and I gave you the word ‘church’, I doubt you would come up with the word ‘fun’. Church + fun aren’t typically words that get to spend a lot of time together. Perhaps your answer would depend a little on your age. I suspect the under 20 crowd might find church to be fun at least some of the time!

Church is about worshipping and serving the living God, learning and growing together. What could that have to do with fun?

Having fun is an invitation to engage with life without…

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St. Paul’s Refugee Working Group

January 13, 2016 by Sandra Seaborn

While the pictures of refugees have vanished from the front pages, the need remains and St. Paul’s is committed to doing its part to help. St. Paul’s is preparing to support a refugee family of up to six people.

Behind the scenes we are getting ready. From a combination of sources, we have received the majority of the funds necessary to proceed. A core steering group has been formed and a budget drafted. Core group members have attended training and completed various paperwork including police checks. We are now in the queue to be assign…

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The Fine Print: Approved

January 13, 2016 by Mark Regis

Approved

So much of life is about approval. We seek approval at work, at school, at home, even from perfect strangers. Sometimes we experience the bliss of knowing we belong, that we’ve ‘made it’, but much of this world’s pain and disillusionment comes from the ways in which we fail to reach the level of approval we yearn for, or the ways we exclude others from experiencing acceptance.

There is something hardwired into our core that needs to know we are accepted, we’ve reached the goal, and we’ll work hard to get there.

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Mobile Giving and the New St. Paul's App

January 7, 2016 by Admin

We are excited to announce an important update to giving at St. Paul’s Bloor Street.

Your generosity and financial partnership allows our ongoing ministry to support God’s mission here in the city and around the world. This exciting new giving platform allows for ease of giving through a variety of ways, including mobile and online.

1. Donate directly from your phone by texting to 77977, and then typing stpaulsbloor as your message.

OR

2. Download our free App on your smartphone or tablet. Go to the App store or the Google Play…

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Back-To-Work Attire Drive

January 4, 2016 by Admin

For the months of January and February, St. Paul’s will be collecting lightly used professional attire to help support the Yonge Street Mission. Yonge Street Mission works with many people who are trying to get back on their feet after going through difficult situations or circumstances. They have a clothing store and programs that help people get back to work after time away.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.Pl…

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Our Christmas Work

December 23, 2015 by Barry Parker

In this Christmas season, Canadians are gearing up to welcome the first wave of refugees from the war-torn lands of the Middle East. Migrant families with uncertain futures are once again on the move. This time they travel to a land they hope offers safety and a peace-filled life, particularly for their children. For both those fleeing and those receiving there is apprehension, uncertainty and the unknown.

Two thousand years ago, also in the Middle East, there was another refugee family. A young couple waiting for their first child was force…

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Ordinary People Taking Extraordinary Steps

December 16, 2015 by Sandra Seaborn

In our welcome of refugees, Canadians have shown themselves as a people of hospitality and generosity. Across the country groups are forming, raising funds, gathering goods and making signs; preparing for newcomers. Various political leaders have welcomed arrivals. Ordinary citizens are taking extraordinary steps. Here at St. Paul’s the Refugee Core Working Group is working behind the scenes to get ready too, training, exploring housing possibilities, planning budgets – all to make room. All in an effort to welcome our sponsored refugee fam…

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Common Grace: Original Christmas Album

December 4, 2015 by Admin

Click each title to download (mp3)

O Come, All Ye Faithful
Silent Night
Away In A Manger
Huron Carol
Joy To The World

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The Christmas Pageant - A New Host of Angels

December 2, 2015 by Janet Earle

The children sang in church last Sunday. We shared a little of the music we will sing in our Christmas Pageant taking place this coming Sunday. We had lots of young voices singing and I know our performance is a St. Paul’s tradition many people really enjoy.

This time of year, I expect you may be thinking of the Christmas traditions you hope to savour one more time – trimming the tree, a party with friends, opening gifts with your family, those yummy once-a-year cookies. I confess I have many things I enjoy each Christmas and I really do…

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Pikangikum: 25 in 25

December 2, 2015 by Tanya Baleta

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A Lifeline for Pikangikum

December 2, 2015 by Tanya Baleta

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Advent Sermon Series: Darkness into Light

November 27, 2015 by Mark Regis

The Christmas story has for many years and for many people been a cozy, feel good narrative of Mary and Joseph travelling to Bethlehem on a donkey where their son Jesus, was born at night in a humble stable surrounded by humble animals. Today, Christmas cards, nativity sets, wrapping paper… they all reinforce this heart-warming tale, but the reality of the first season of Jesus Christ’s life was far more dramatic and frightening than that.  Joseph along with his very-pregnant wife were compelled by an occupying government…

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The More Things Change the More They Stay the Same

November 18, 2015 by Barry Parker

It is an old cultural proverb but all I remember is my Mother constantly reminding me about change. “Yeah, yeah, Mom, I get it”, thinking all the while that it was irrelevant. Well, 50 years later here I am saying it to others and living it at St. Paul's. The more things change and the more they stay the same is both a challenge and good news for us at St. Paul's.The challenge comes to embody the Good News in the use of our physical space. Paraphrasing the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby:“Buildings in themselves…

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Shoeboxes of Love

November 18, 2015 by Janet Earle

I am sure you have seen the shoeboxes. Bright red and green, some being carried home to be filled, others arriving back to be sent out. What are they and what do they have to do with you?

They are small boxes waiting to be filled with Christmas gifts for boys and girls around the world. Well maybe not what you would think of as a Christmas gift – a bar of soap, a small toy, a pencil or a toothbrush. They are collected and distributed as part of Operation Christmas Child and given to millions of children in need around the world by a Christ…

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St. Paul's Remembers

November 4, 2015 by Mark Regis

On a May Sunday morning in Belgium, 100 years ago, a fierce battle was fought in Ypres during the Great War. Less than 48 hours after it began, over 6,000 Canadian soldiers suffered casualties. Of those, more than 2,000 died. We were a young and small nation then, and by the end of the War an entire generation had been impacted.

During that fight in Ypres, one of the casualties was Lieutenant Alexis Helmer, a popular 22 year-old officer. He left his dugout momentarily only to be killed instantly by a direct hit from a German shell. His frien…

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Don't Forget to Fall Back

October 29, 2015 by Admin

On Sunday, November 1 at 2 a.m. clocks across most of Canada will fall back an hour.Don't forget to change your clocks and join us on Sunday for services at 8:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 11 a.m.

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The Fine Print: Terms and Conditions

October 29, 2015 by Mark Regis

Terms and Conditions

Those two words are often the most uninspiring part of any process of receiving goods or services. Whether that is buying a home, or a gym membership, or subscribing to an email provider, there’s no getting around agreeing to a legally-bound set of Terms and Conditions. At the best of times, they are not designed to trap or deceive you into unforeseen commitments. Instead, they provide a framework to facilitate the most appropriate and fulsome way to utilize the goods or services they represent.

Ancient Israel was…

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Funeral: Bob McKegney

October 26, 2015 by Admin

Bob McKegney passed away on October 21, 2015. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28 in the Sanctuary. 

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