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


October 5, 2016 by Admin

Join us as we unveil and dedicate When I Was a Stranger, the latest art exhibit on Bloor Street East, on Thursday, October 13 at 11:00 a.m.

Created by world renowned Canadian artist, Timothy P. Schmalz, the sculpture invites pedestrians to sit on bronze stools, joining the cloaked figure of Jesus.

Also on display will be paintings by artists Matt Wood and Ruthia Pak Regis.

Following the unveiling we encourage you to take a picture of yourself, family, friends, work colleagues or even strangers sitting with Jesus. Post it to Twitter or…

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Rector's Update

September 22, 2016 by Barry Parker

 We are off to an exciting start to this new ministry season. Here are a few updates on what is unfolding this Fall at St. Paul’s Bloor Street… • We had over 800 people for our Welcome Sunday on September 11. • On Saturday, September 17, St. Paul’s hosted a large gathering of delegates from the Diocese of Toronto for the election of three new assistant Bishops. The Rev. Jenny Andison, formerly an Associate Priest here at St. Paul’s, was elected as one of those Bishops. We accommodated almost 700…

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Organ Recitals

September 22, 2016 by Admin

Join us for our fall 2016 series of organ recitals. These free one-hour concerts will provide an opportunity to listen to wonderful music and reflect on God. 

September 25 at 3 p.m. - Ian Sadler
October 30 at 3 p.m. - Gerald Loo
November 27 at 3 p.m. - Thomas Gonder

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

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September 11, 2016 by Barry Parker

One of the most intriguing books I read years ago is Robert Fulghum’s, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten: Uncommon Thoughts on Common Things. His theme is that the seemingly simplistic things we learned in kindergarten are necessary and vital if extrapolated into adulthood. He lists such mundane and “childish” things as: • share everything• play fair• don’t hit people • put things back where you found them• clean up your own mess• don’t take things that aren…

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September 18 Road Closures

September 10, 2016 by Admin

Due to Open Streets TO parts of Bloor Street and Yonge Street will be closed to vehicle traffic on Sunday, September 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 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 Dufferin Street to Hampton Avenue. Yonge Street will be closed from Bloor Street to Queen Street. These streets will be "soft closed", meaning vehicles…

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Updates from the Rector

August 21, 2016 by Barry Parker

As the summer days are rapidly coming to a close and the heat wave continues unabated, it is time for a brief update. This fall promises to be an exciting season of ministry for us all at St. Paul’s. Regardless that the thick stone walls of the large Church have retained so much heat over the course of weeks, the internal comfort of the worship space is now moderated by the massive 20-foot ceiling fans recently installed. The scaffolding is now removed and the immense cleanup continues. We are launching two major formation initi…

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August 21 Road Closures

August 8, 2016 by Admin

Due to Open Streets TO parts of Bloor Street and Yonge Street will be closed to vehicle traffic on Sunday, August 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 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 Dufferin Street to Parliament Street. Yonge Street will be closed from Bloor Street to Queen Street. These streets will be "soft closed", meaning v…

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Learning to Pray From Scriptures

August 7, 2016 by Sandra Seaborn

Hungry? Wet? Burp? Sleep? Cold? Hot? Help! The cries of infants are fierce, but often their intent is unclear. Without words, the cry’s volume often increases until the caring adult responds to the precipitating problem. As the baby grows, so does the variety of noises and sounds the child can make. In time, the little mouths start repeating what they hear and forming their own combinations. In time words come out – to the great delight of the parents. I remember keeping a list of the words my kids knew at 12 and 18 months, amazed b…

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Youth and Young Adults Pastor

August 2, 2016 by Admin

Youth & Young Adult PastorSt. Paul’s Bloor Street (SPBS) is a vibrant Anglican church located in the heart of downtown Toronto. We are lookingfor a professional, outgoing, dependable and enthusiastic individual with a passion for people and a strong desire toserve, learn and grow. As a member of our ministry team, the Youth & Young Adult Pastor will report to the SeniorMinister (Rector) and be responsible to plan, coordinate, and lead the youth & young adult ministry program,including ages 12 through 30 inclusive, both on Sund…

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Summer BBQ 2016

July 27, 2016 by Admin

For the past two weeks we have been hosting our Summer BBQ. It started last year in celebration of the Pan American Games and proved to be a great way to connect with the surrounding community. We decided to try it again this year. The Summer BBQ provides an opportunity to reach out to those who work and live in our neighbourhood. We share information about our upcoming courses and programs and invite visitors to become more familiar with our facilities.  As always our menu, prepared by Chef Omari, has been delicious! Omari went…

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Summer BBQ

July 17, 2016 by Admin

Join us and bring a friend on July 19-21 and 26-28, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., for the Summer BBQ. Chef Omari will be preparing mouth-watering BBQ specials including pulled pork sandwiches, BBQ chicken, flank steak, grilled portobello mushroom steak, ribs and more. A vegetarian option will also be available. Each lunch is only $10.

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More than Sundays...

July 13, 2016 by Barry Parker

Many of us look for ways to introduce our family and friends to life at St. Paul’s. Over the coming weeks and months we are making it easy for you. Summer is a  wonderful time to invite friends and colleagues to experience various aspects of St. Paul’s beyond just Sunday mornings. Here are a few things upcoming at St. Paul’s Bloor Street. If you are downtown during the week, swing by. We would love to see you and welcome your friends. • Tomorrow, July 14 at 12:30 p.m. Downing College Chapel Choir from Cambr…

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Summer BBQ

June 29, 2016 by Admin

We will be hosting our Summer BBQ this July 19 - 21 & 26 - 28. Join us from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for our $10 lunch specials prepared by Chef Omari. Vegetarian options will be available.

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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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