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

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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Easter for Children

March 22, 2016 by Admin

Children and youth are invited to celebrate with their families and the St. Paul’s community in the services on Easter Sunday. We are offering services on Sunday, March 27 at 8:15, 9:30 and 11 a.m.

During the service children up to Grade 5 will be invited to come to the Children’s Ministry area to learn more about Easter.

Parents – if you are new or visiting, please come to sign-in your children. We will bring the children back to their parents in church just before communion time.

Children are also invited to a large indoor Ea…

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Give us This Day our Daily Bread

March 18, 2016 by David Kirk McCleary

For many of us, saying the Lord’s Prayer is a daily rite:

Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy Name,
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory,
For ever and ever. Amen.

But for some of our neighbours, it is more than a ritual, it is a literal cry to God for help.

This month,…

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Don't Forget To Spring Forward

March 11, 2016 by Admin

On Sunday, March 13 at 2 a.m. clocks across most of Canada will spring forward 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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Bless Us to Thy Service

March 9, 2016 by Sandra Seaborn

Heads bowed, looking at the steaming vegetables on the table, I would hear my grandfather speak the familiar refrain. “Lord bless this food to our use and us to Thy service”. I grew up thinking that saying grace was thanking God for the food. It wasn’t until I was older, that I even heard the second part of the prayer, the part about service.

Like most children, I had my share of chores around the house. I put out the garbage, helped bring in groceries and tidied my room. I saw these acts as my duty, sometimes even as necessary, for al…

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A Musical Gift

February 24, 2016 by Thomas Bell

What is over a hundred years old, is between one inch and 32 feet high, speaks with a voice both virtually inaudible and nearly deafening, and weighs approximately 30 tons? The answer is... the St. Paul’s pipe organ!

Behind the rows of massive grey organ pipes we see in the Sanctuary lies one of the most interesting and treasured musical instruments in Toronto.

We are delighted that a series of Sunday afternoon recitals will allow us to uncover some of the hidden artistry of the organ – sounds which are often left unheard. These free…

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Sponsored Family Update

February 10, 2016 by Sandra Seaborn

The St. Paul's sponsored family has arrived safely and is settling in! On Tuesday morning, members of our core group along with an interpreter drove to an airport hotel. The lobby was full of expectant faces and one harried looking immigration officer.

The family saw us before we knew where to look. Our welcome sign, with their last name in Arabic and English, had caught the mother's attention. Quickly her eldest was by her side, extending his hand eagerly. The daughter smiled shyly while the father signed the final form. The middle son sho…

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Sermon Series: The Cross of Christ

February 10, 2016 by Mark Regis

One of the great features of some GPS traffic technology is the “re-route” function. When unforeseen traffic backs up a few kilometers down the road, the device speaks up to provide a smoother way home. But obviously, in order to gain that benefit, you need to use the technology.

In the very first decades following Jesus’s death and resurrection, his followers wondered how to identify themselves as they practiced their faith in the risen Jesus. It wasn’t a series of religious precepts, it was a relationship with God through the Cros…

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A Cross of Ash

February 9, 2016 by Admin

Since the eleventh century, Ash Wednesday has marked the beginning of the Lenten season. It gives an opportunity to turn to God as we reflect on our fragility and the shortness of life. So we gather together and come forward to receive a cross of ash on our foreheads. And we hear the words sound out like a tolling bell, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

This has to be one of the most challenging days on the Christian calendar to appreciate. What are we to make of this funeral-like ceremony? It could seem a litt…

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Our Sponsored Refugee Family

February 4, 2016 by Sandra Seaborn

UPDATE: Our sponsored family will arrive in Canada on Monday, February 8. Please view our full list of items being collected and place your donations in the bin in the Atrium.

St. Paul's is pleased, once again to be sponsoring a refugee family. The church has entered into this type of relationship twice before. In fact, periodically, the brothers we sponsored from Vietnam more than twenty years ago still drop by to say hello.

This time, the family will be from Syria. The war there has been raging for years and the devastation is beyond…

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Let's Talk: Unlocking the Silence on Mental Health

January 27, 2016 by Nancy Truscott

In honour of Bell’s Let’s Talk Day today, I wish to encourage people to communicate well. When you think of all the ways we communicate these days, it is a surprise to be talking about our diminished capacity to communicate well in the area of mental health.

Our reluctance or inability to communicate well increases the suffering of those whose mental health is challenged. We only reinforce stigma, shame, secrecy and suffering. We are part of their problem.

But we can also be part of the solution. It takes courage to open a discussion…

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Breakfast For Dinner

January 27, 2016 by Sandra Seaborn

“Breakfast for Dinner?!” my children cried in delight. “Yes,” I replied. “And not because I forgot to go shopping, either.” “Awesome,” they both chimed together. Awesome indeed!

On Shrove Tuesday, February 9 at 6 p.m., you are invited to join us for breakfast for dinner - otherwise known as The Pancake Supper. Traditionally viewed as a day of repentance, Shrove Tuesday is the last day for celebration and feasting before the Lenten season. The name "Shrove Tuesday”, derived from the word "shrive", means to confess and receiv…

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Church + Fun

January 13, 2016 by Janet Earle

If I asked you to do one of those word association tests and I gave you the word ‘church’, I doubt you would come up with the word ‘fun’. Church + fun aren’t typically words that get to spend a lot of time together. Perhaps your answer would depend a little on your age. I suspect the under 20 crowd might find church to be fun at least some of the time!

Church is about worshipping and serving the living God, learning and growing together. What could that have to do with fun?

Having fun is an invitation to engage with life without…

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St. Paul’s Refugee Working Group

January 13, 2016 by Sandra Seaborn

While the pictures of refugees have vanished from the front pages, the need remains and St. Paul’s is committed to doing its part to help. St. Paul’s is preparing to support a refugee family of up to six people.

Behind the scenes we are getting ready. From a combination of sources, we have received the majority of the funds necessary to proceed. A core steering group has been formed and a budget drafted. Core group members have attended training and completed various paperwork including police checks. We are now in the queue to be assign…

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The Fine Print: Approved

January 13, 2016 by Mark Regis


So much of life is about approval. We seek approval at work, at school, at home, even from perfect strangers. Sometimes we experience the bliss of knowing we belong, that we’ve ‘made it’, but much of this world’s pain and disillusionment comes from the ways in which we fail to reach the level of approval we yearn for, or the ways we exclude others from experiencing acceptance.

There is something hardwired into our core that needs to know we are accepted, we’ve reached the goal, and we’ll work hard to get there.


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