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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…
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…
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…
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,…
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.
Topped with arugula, watercress, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, drizzled with zesty aioli, served on naan bread.
Topped with arugula, tomatoes, cucumbe…
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.
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…
June 18, 2015 by Admin
Several of Toronto's major streets will be closed for the Annual Pride Parade. The Parade will take place on Sunday, June 28 at 2 p.m. beginning at Church and Bloor.
Parade route: West on Bloor Street from Church Street, South on Yonge Street from Bloor Street to Dundas Street East.
Read more about road closures.
June 10, 2015 by Jack Connolly
I’m sure you’ve heard the expression “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” Well, it popped into my head while I was thinking about Confirmation today. But I don’t actually think it applies. I think it would have to be something like this: “The more things change, the greater opportunity there is to go back to the basics.”
2015 is an interesting time to consider the idea of Confirmation. As I look around the fishbowl (our affectionate nickname for the Leadership Lounge on the lower level where we hold confirmat…
June 10, 2015 by Mark Regis
We are thrilled that next Sunday on June 21 our community will once again celebrate the ancient sacrament of baptism as we welcome 11 individuals into God’s Church.
I had the honour of walking with families in preparation for their baptisms through our course, Turning to Jesus. We encountered and discussed the incredible baptismal promises that we will make – promises to turn to Jesus with our lives, or if a baby or young child is being baptized, promises to raise our children to follow Jesus with the grace of God. How do we do this? Th…
June 5, 2015 by Admin
Last month we asked you to help support two local women’s shelters through our toiletry drive. We have collected a large number of toiletries to help women in need. Women often arrive at shelters in a moment of crisis with nothing more than the clothes on their backs. Shelters provide for all their needs, and offer programs to empower survivors and ensure their success.The North York Women’s Shelter has now contacted us with an equally great need. They are requesting donations of household cleaning supplies, which are vital to…
May 27, 2015 by Barry Parker
I will begin a Sabbath Leave on June 8. Different from an academic sabbatical, a clergy Sabbath Leave is modeled on the biblical understanding of Sabbath. During Sabbath Leave one steps away from the patterns and routines of normal work and activity, to practice different rhythms for a season. This allows for restoration of mind, body and spirit.
I am grateful to the Board of Trustees for granting me this Leave, which begins June 8 and ends July 18. I will be returning to St. Paul’s in between for Confirmation and Baptism Sunday and Bishop…
May 26, 2015 by Admin
Road closures due to the Heart & Stroke Ride for Heart may impact your trip to St. Paul's on Sunday, May 31.
Participants will be riding along the Don Valley Parkway (DVP) and Gardiner Expressway, and portions of these roads will be closed to vehicles. You can see them on the map below, and plan your driving route accordingly.
Gardiner Expressway: Closed from the Humber River east to the Don Valley Parkway from 2 a.m.
Don Valley Parkway: Closed from Lake Shore Blvd north to Highway 401 from 2 a.m.
May 13, 2015 by Barry Parker
Even in this age of GPS way-finding with our smartphones and now even through our watches – a map is still at the center of it all.
So too for the Church. In this new, challenging, and variable spiritual landscape, it is even more crucial to ensure we have our bearings to head in the right direction. Hence, leadership discernment and formation requires mapping. For St. Paul’s to plan our way in our ongoing ministry of raising, training and sending leaders for this and the future of the Church and our Country requires a MAP.
May 12, 2015 by Admin
During May and June we will be accepting donations of women’s shelter care packages to benefit two local shelters.Place your donations of new and unopened moisturizers, shampoos, conditioners, shower gels, body lotions, body powder, cleansers and more in the outreach box in the Atrium.
April 29, 2015 by Janet Earle
Groan! I can hear the collective groan when I mention we are having a Bake Sale and Silent Auction on Sunday, May 10. Are there too many bake sales in your life? I’m sure you like to eat cookies, so that can’t be the problem. Oh, I understand, you’re too busy to bake something and not sure how you will ever remember to bring it in with everything else you have to do.For a couple of weeks I have been talking with our St. Paul’s children about money. Firstly, I asked them if they thought the Bible had anything to say about…
April 29, 2015 by Mark Regis
While being confronted by the religious legalists of his day, Jesus boldly proclaimed he was not here to teach about life. Rather, Jesus came to give life – an abundant life filled by the Spirit of God. How would you define the character of your life? Can you say you live in the abundance God freely offers to everyone through Jesus? Most of the time it seems as though we live in a world that is more about survival than abundance. We only need to take a quick glance at the news to see it. The horrible earthquake in Nepal that has…
April 25, 2015 by Admin
Road closures due to the Toronto Marathon may impact your trip to St. Paul's on Sunday, May 3. Please view the map and road closure information and plan an alternate route.Road Closure Information (PDF)