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

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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On Being: New

August 26, 2015 by Sandra Seaborn

By the time I got to church, it was just after 5 p.m. The moving company had come early and now I found myself late for an, albeit unscheduled, visit. I was ready to explore St. Paul’s informally and unofficially – only the doors were locked. That’s a danger of being new, you make assumptions about how things are and without knowing people to check in with – sometimes, those assumptions lead to locked doors. I have more practice than most at being new. I moved around growing up because of my dad’s job. Post un…

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30 Degrees? I hate to complain BUT...

July 29, 2015 by Nancy Truscott

I said I wouldn’t complain about the summer heat, but this is stressful! Today is expected to be the hottest day of the summer, with temperatures potentially soaring to 34 C.  How can I handle this heat and get the most out of summer? Certainly I want to avoid burns, dehydration and heat exhaustion. So what do the experts say? Am I doing everything I can to still enjoy summer and be safe? Let’s look at a list of safety measures to avoid heat-related emergencies.  •  Drink plenty of cool fluids…

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Sermon Series: Real Faith in the Real World

July 29, 2015 by Steve Shaw

Each one of us is searching for significance or meaning in life. We discuss these things but not all expect the answers to be rooted in God or church.

So how does the Christian faith engage the real world? Not only the world where these issues are discussed, but the realities of our own personal daily lives? What do we believe? How can this guide our decisions and choices? How does it help with our relationships? In the face of suffering and death does it make any difference?

In the real world of our daily lives does Christian faith work…

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Are There Any Questions?

July 15, 2015 by Janet Earle

Summer is a great time to shed the routines of the regular season. Between the months of September and June, whether you are a child in school or a very long way from that, routines seem to drive our lives. School, work, groups and activities all have their schedules and it’s not hard to feel like a little mouse on a big wheel going round and round.

Then summer comes! Ten glorious weeks and I don’t mean the weather. Weeks when the schedule is different, the days are longer and all things seem possible. We can read a book, go for a walk,…

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BBQ Lunch: Pan Am Special

July 3, 2015 by Admin

Join us on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from July 7 to 23 between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. for our Pan Am Lunch Special.

Chef Omari will prepare a $10 lunch special each day. A selection of the following specials will be available each day. Gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options available.

Daily Specials

Hickory Salmon

BBQ Chicken

Flank Steak
Topped with arugula, watercress, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, drizzled with zesty aioli, served on naan bread.

Grilled Falafel
Topped with arugula, tomatoes, cucumbe…

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Summer Sundae Sundays

June 30, 2015 by Admin

Join us this summer for Sundae Sundays on July 12, August 23 and September 13.

Pile your ice cream high with gooey sauce and colourful toppings for just $1. Sundaes will be served at 12:15 p.m., after the 11 a.m. service.

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Sermon Series: The Relay of Faith

June 24, 2015 by Steve Shaw

Who passed the good news of Jesus Christ onto you? Who was it that passed on the baton of faith?

In the coming weeks we will all be caught up in the excitement of the Pan Am Games. For me it is the relay races that truly capture the essence of team. It is not just the fastest runner who will win, but the team who successfully passes the baton.

It is also an image of the Christian faith, passed from one believer to another, from one generation to another. In the relay of faith we are all part of the team, and the leadership of the church…

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