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

Jesus Questions

June 23, 2016 by Sandra Seaborn

As a teenager, I found Jesus “cool”. I was told to read the book of Luke for Confirmation homework and discovered Jesus, a different Jesus than I remembered from my sporadic sojourns in Sunday School. The Jesus I found in the Bible was radical. He spoke truth to power. He fought against unjust societal systems. He hung out with and really listened to people.  He helped those on the outside find their true worth and identity. He was powerful. He was authentic. He caught my attention. This Jesus was a teacher I could re…

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July 3 Road Closures

June 22, 2016 by Admin

The Parade will take place on Sunday, July 3 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. A full list of street closures is available here. Road Closures   

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Community Tree

June 16, 2016 by Janet Earle

It seems nearly impossible to me, to get a good handle on the community at St. Paul’s. New people are coming in and others are moving away. Some are taking steps of faith and involvement, while others seem to be slowly slipping away. At times, as leaders, we are very aware of these changes and can even influence them, but often we do not even know they are happening. It is hard to get to know everyone in a big community. Children’s Ministry is its own ‘big community’. Although our people tend to be small, okay very…

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Lunchtime Choral Concert

June 16, 2016 by Admin

On Thursday, July 14 at 12:30 p.m. Downing College Chapel Choir from Cambridge, England will give a concert at St. Paul’s. Downing College Chapel Choir is a mixed-voice choir made up of scholars and volunteers. They are a diverse group of singers including undergraduates and graduates from Downing and other colleges, and also some local residents from around the city of Cambridge. This 45 minute concert is free and all are welcome to attend.  The choir will also sing on Sunday, July 17 at our 11 a.m. service. For…

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June 12 Parking Restrictions

June 9, 2016 by Admin

We have been advised by the TTC that parking restrictions will be in place between Church Street and Ted Rogers Way on Sunday, June 12. Please plan to park at the Manulife building that day. Instructions can be found on our website here.

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Re-Choired! Singing in the Summer Choir

June 2, 2016 by Thomas Bell

The summer choir starts on Sunday, June 26 and continues throughout the months of July and August. If you enjoy singing, and a great many of us do, this may be a great opportunity to join your voice with others. The summer choir meets for an hour at 10 a.m. before the 11 a.m. service. The music is easy to learn, the company is simply delightful, and it is a lovely and very intentional way to worship. But the invitation goes a little deeper.  Worship is about expression and listening. We express our thoughts, needs, and thankfulne…

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Joy - A Study Through Philippians

May 26, 2016 by Mark Regis

The short biblical letter of Philippians, written by the Apostle Paul around the year 60 CE was set in what most people agree was a horrific circumstance. Writing from prison, Paul had been unjustly arrested and convicted, chained into the inner darkness of a disease-ridden dungeon, under persecution we would not want to begin to imagine. You might think a reasonable tone of someone writing from a place like this could range from woeful lament, or despair, or maybe on a good day a stoic manifesto of how to keep your chin up and press on despite…

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Newcomers Evening

May 19, 2016 by Sandra Seaborn

Do you remember the first time you walked into St. Paul’s? Did you notice the windows, the stones, the light, the quiet, the people? Quietly sitting at the back you might have wondered if you fit in or should be here at all. In a big church like ours, it would certainly be possible to slip in and out of the building without speaking to anyone. How unfortunate that would be, especially when church is meant to be a place of mutual encouragement as we seek to follow Jesus.  As a vibrant, growing community, we constantly have visito…

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Pentecost and Trinity Sunday

May 10, 2016 by Barry Parker

Most of us count on our daily calendars to remind us of important dates, appointments and events. The Christian Church, likewise, has for centuries had a particular calendar that highlights important dates, appointments and events. For example, our current church year began four weeks before Christmas with Advent Sunday on November 29, 2015 and will conclude 52 weeks later on Sunday, November 20, 2016.  Two major events in our church calendar are coming up: The Day of Pentecost on May 15, and Trinity Sunday on May 22. The Day of…

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Updates from the Rector

May 8, 2016 by Barry Parker

We have come out of a wonderful year of ministry at St. Paul’s and now as the days transition towards summer there are a number of developments in the coming weeks and months I would like to update you on.  Ceiling Fans for the Worship SpaceFor a number of years, we have studied how to make the large worship space more comfortable, especially in the summer months. The most advantageous and cost-effective way we can do this is to install two large engineered fans on the ceiling rafters in strategic locations for optimum air movem…

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Unreasonable Expectations and Mothers

May 4, 2016 by Janet Earle

I have always been a fan of Mother’s Day. It was well celebrated in my home growing up. I spent my first Mother’s Day at St. Paul’s with our extended family welcoming our new daughter into God’s family through baptism. It was a special day! It was repeated two years later when our first son arrived. Mother’s Day baptisms were a tradition at St. Paul’s back then. Motherhood is a privilege not everyone has the opportunity to enjoy. It is a high call mothers through the centuries have fulfilled with varying…

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Ascension Day Service

May 2, 2016 by Admin

At the end of his time on earth, Jesus led his disciples to Bethany, just outside of Jerusalem. As he was blessing his gathered followers, he was taken up into heaven. We recognize this day with a special communion service.  Join us this Thursday, May 5 at 7 p.m. 

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Making Your Way Around the Sporting Life 10K

May 2, 2016 by Admin

Road closures due to the Sporting Life 10K may impact your trip to St. Paul's on Sunday, May 8. Please view the map and road closure information and plan an alternate route.Road Closures on Yonge Street Information (PDF) Road Closures at Finish Line Information (PDF)  

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What's in a Church Choir?

April 20, 2016 by Thomas Bell

The question sounds a bit like a recipe!

For a delicious, healthy church choir you will need the following ingredients: God, prayer, and patience. Then combine with the singing. Let them stand overnight (or for a few years). When ready to enjoy, you will be blessed by gifts beyond your imagination, both musical and spiritual.

It is a simple recipe but, as with simple dishes, the choir recipe contains many subtle flavours and variations.

Of course, singing is what a choir does.

It is the common interest that draws us together. It…

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Change and Happy Surprises

April 6, 2016 by Janet Earle

I have been at St. Paul's for a long time. I am not saying that I have seen dinosaurs roaming the aisles, but you get the idea. Church people are notorious for resisting change. So much so that we often don't even recognize it in ourselves. When we do finally change, the results can surprise us!

For a number of years our children have been mostly separate from our adult worshippers. We meet up in Cody Hall to have fun and learn at our own pace and with our own friends. Taking this approach has some advantages. The children build their own co…

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Truth and Reconciliation Educational Program

April 1, 2016 by Admin

Join us for a series of five educational sessions throughout April and May at 12:30 p.m. in Cody Hall. Lunch will be provided for $5. All are welcome.

April 3: Archdeacon Jim Boyles
The Truth and Reconciliation Story; the origins of the Commission, the procedures involved, and the outcomes.

April 17: Esther & Rev. Andrew Wesley
The Blanket Exercise; an interactive history lesson.

May 1: Nancy Hurn
The role of the Anglican Church’s Archives in providing relevant records for submission to the Truth and Reconciliation hearings.


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The Fine Print: Unlimited Access

March 31, 2016 by Mark Regis

Unlimited Access

We live in a consumerist society, and when shopping for a product or service we are drawn by the concept of the ‘unlimited’. Unlimited warranties, unlimited refills, unlimited data/minutes – unlimited access. It is true we as a culture have run rampant with our seemingly insatiable desire for more. But could it be what we truly yearn for can only be satisfied in an Unlimited God?

After Jesus’s death and resurrection, he promised the Holy Spirit, the endless, life-giving Spirit of God would abundantly pour down upo…

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An Easter Message From the Rector

March 23, 2016 by Barry Parker

I am blessed to have a wonderful grandson, just over a year old. A few days ago I spent some time with him. It fascinates me to watch what captivates him. It is often simple – playing peek-a-boo accompanied with gales of giggles. Then the inevitable grumpy response when he cannot have all of the technology in his purview – phones, tablets, laptops – to play with. What characterizes all of his encounters with his unfolding world is wide-eyed, open-mouth, childhood WONDER.

Later that same day I spent some time watching the news. There I…

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