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

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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Funeral: Margaret (Peg) Howitt

October 26, 2015 by Admin

Margaret (Peg) Howitt passed away on October 22, 2015. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, October 29 in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd. 

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Operation Christmas Child

October 15, 2015 by Admin

Our shipment of Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes has arrived! Pick up your box (or boxes) in the Atrium this Sunday.Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan's Purse, brings hope and joy to children around the world through gift-filled shoeboxes and the message of God's unconditional love.This year, we are challenging everyone to take part in one of three ways. 1) Pack a shoebox and return it no later than Sunday, November 22. 2) Donate toys, school supplies and hygiene items we can use to fill shoeboxes at our pack…

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Let Us Remember Our Neighbours

October 7, 2015 by Sandra Seaborn

The happy noise of excited chatter filled the air as two dozen people gathered and greeted one another. The anticipation of our evening adventure ahead outweighed the slight gnawing of our stomachs. We had been asked to prepare by skipping dinner. Five hours later, having walked the downtown streets of Toronto in pairs, the room was quiet as we re-gathered. Tired, hungry and sobered, having spent two dollars or less each on food, we learned first-hand about hunger and homelessness our neighbours experience on a daily basis. Feeling just an edge…

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St. Paul's Has a Gym? Drop In Sports

October 5, 2015 by Admin

Mark your calendars. Every other Saturday morning beginning October 17 we will be hosting an adult (16+) drop-in sports program from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. for the St. Paul’s community.

“This place has a gym? That is incredible!”

When we first started coming to St. Paul’s last September, we were surprised to hear the church has a gymnasium. We could hardly believe it. Right in the heart of downtown Toronto, an area where gym space is notoriously scarce, St. Paul’s has a beautiful full-size gym (if you have not seen it yet you can…

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Sponsoring a Refugee Family

October 2, 2015 by Barry Parker

The Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that St. Paul’s is exploring the next steps to sponsor a Syrian Refugee family in partnership with the Anglican United Refugee Alliance (AURA). On Monday, October 26 at 7 p.m. in Cody Hall, we will gather with a representative of AURA to hear exactly what is required for Syrian Refugee Resettlement in Canada. At that meeting we will plan tangible stages to move forward.

AURA represents both the Anglican Diocese of Toronto and the Toronto Conference of the United Church of Canada. AURA exists to…

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St. Paul's Ministry Fair

September 23, 2015 by Alison Chapman

Time, treasure and talent. The managing and sharing of these assets, for the glory of God, is stewardship in a nutshell.

This Sunday September 27, at our annual Ministry Fair, we will be showcasing all the different ministries we have here at St. Paul’s. We hope those ministries will meet your needs and feed your soul, be it your need to serve, or your need to be served.

The Ministry Fair is primarily about time and talent. Though money/treasure can be a sensitive subject, in our very busy lives, it is the sharing of our talents and t…

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Thanksgiving Food Drive

September 20, 2015 by Admin

Did You Know? The average length of time using a food bank has doubled from one year to two years since 2008.  The average food bank client spends 71 per cent of their income on rent or mortgage. This leaves $6.67 per person per day to cover food and all their other expenses.The Best Foods To DonateThe Daily Bread Food Bank accepts a variety of non-perishable food items, but here are some specifics they are always on the lookout for: Vegetables and fruits: vegetable juice, canned vegetables, pasta sauce, canned fruit, d…

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The Fine Print: Getting Started

September 10, 2015 by Mark Regis

The Fine Print

The Bible is by all accounts the single most impactful book in history but to many of us these same words can seem like, well, fine print… inaccessible and daunting. In today’s world, how do we make the connection between our real lives and the majestic and searching words of Scripture?

Over the next few months we will engage the fine print of God together. We will explore an enduring story of God’s faithfulness and love beginning at creation and culminating in his triumphant victory over evil and death through the l…

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Welcome Sunday

September 8, 2015 by Admin

Welcome to another great year of ministry at St. Paul’s Bloor Street!

We’ll be kicking off this year with fun and celebrations on Sunday, September 13. We have services at 8:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. – with food and drinks after each service.

Children are invited to have fun with face painting, balloon animals, glitter tattoos and button making between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

It is also the perfect time to sign-up for one of our Fall courses. Check out the brand new Intro to Jesus course.

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September 6: Road Closures

September 3, 2015 by Admin

Due to Open Streets TO parts of Bloor Street and Yonge Street will be closed to vehicle traffic on Sunday, September 6 from 8 a.m. to 2 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 Spadina Avenue to Parliament Street. Yonge Street will be closed from Bloor Street to Queen Street. These streets will be "soft closed", meaning veh…

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No Parking: Sunday, August 30

August 28, 2015 by Admin

There will be no parking available at Manulife this Sunday, August 30 due to parking lot maintenance.  We apologize for this inconvenience and hope it will not deter you from joining us this Sunday. Instead please utilize street parking, the Grace Hospital parking lot (at the corner of Church Street and Bloor Street) or the Hudson’s Bay Centre underground parking (Bloor Street and Park Road). Also consider using the TTC – we are equidistant between Yonge/ Bloor Station and Sherbourne Station.  

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