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

Sabbath Leave

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…

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Road Closures: May 31, 2015

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.

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Mapping the Way Forward

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.

For gener…

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Women's Shelter Toiletry Drive

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.

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Bake Sales and Little Hands in Action

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…

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Sermon Series: Abundant Life

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…

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Making Your Way Around The Toronto Marathon 2015

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)

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An Information Session about Syrian Refugees

April 15, 2015 by David Kirk McCleary

St. Paul’s is prayerfully considering how to live out Jesus’ mandate to love our neighbours as ourselves by exploring the opportunity to sponsor a Syrian refugee family to come live in safety in Canada.We are holding an information meeting next Monday, April 20 at 7 p.m. A representative from the Anglican United Refugee Alliance (AURA) will be there to speak with us about the process of sponsoring a refugee family to come to Canada. All are welcome to attend and join the conversation. There seems to be nothing but bad news comi…

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Easter Service of Lessons and Carols

April 7, 2015 by Admin

On April 12 at 11 a.m. we continue with our Easter season, a fifty day celebration from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday on May 24.We will again track through the grand sweep of the Easter story with readings, favourite hymns, Easter carols and a sermon – all to continue our focus on the meaning of the Resurrection. The service will follow the popular format of the Christmas Service of Lessons and Carols.Invite your friends to join us for this exuberant and inspiring service marking the season which is central to our faith. 

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Journey to the Cross

April 1, 2015 by Jack Connolly

The Scene: Tuesday Morning, March 24. Final Holy Week preparation meeting.
Me: Holy Week? Already? Are you sure?
Everybody: Yes, Jack. We’re sure.
Me: Okay. So same routine this year with the Palm Sunday deal and then the Thursday thing and Good Friday?
Everybody: [Stares Blankly]
Me: Oh yeah and then Easter!
Everybody: *facepalm*

Okay, well I’m not that bad. But sometimes leading up to a week like Holy Week, (well, seriously, what other week is like Holy Week), I find myself feeling like it’s all a bit routine.

I mean, d…

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Let's Deal with Cancer Together

April 1, 2015 by Nancy Truscott

When my father was 71, my mother encouraged him to have a routine urinalysis. He learned he had kidney cancer and only three months to live. He had a kidney removed, but his lungs were already full of metastases. His mother died of the same disease at age 67. Cancer affects one in three people.Cancer used to be called the “C” word. Though some families still ask doctors not to mention cancer to a loved one, we have come a long way. I have met many people with cancer over the years as they head home from hospital with needed communit…

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Church is Boring and Other Myths

March 18, 2015 by Janet Earle

I had friend who often told me I was 'good' for going to church. I didn't think it would help to let her know how dead wrong she was. Church is for people who have at least some sense that they are not really 'good' at all. We come to St. Paul's to worship God.What exactly is worship? It is saying with our words or actions that something is of great value to us. Worship can be defined as 'extravagant respect’ or ‘devotion to an object of esteem'. Extravagant respect - does that sound like how you feel…

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Above and Beyond Launches

March 4, 2015 by Barry Parker

I want to invite you and all the people of St. Paul’s to join me in a very exciting chapter of our life together. Through our Above and Beyond campaign, which launched this past weekend, we are raising funds in recognition of how much God has blessed St. Paul’s Bloor Street and to facilitate His continued work here.

The campaign is in four parts. First, we have a hurdle of debt to overcome before we are able to embrace our future. Our successful Nehemiah project has provided us with our beautiful buildings, but the debt remaining from th…

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Pasta Challenge

February 27, 2015 by Admin

During the months of March and April we are collecting donations for the Pasta Challenge in support of the Daily Bread Food Bank. Please bring any type of pasta or sauce and place them in the bin in the Atrium.Did You Know?The average food bank client earns just $750 a month.Most are spending 71 per cent of their income on rent, leaving only $6.13 per person each day.

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New Sermon Series: Lent: A Season of Release

February 18, 2015 by Barry Parker

Today, Ash Wednesday, marks the beginning of Lent. Lent is an ancient and practical 40 day/five week period of spiritual preparation for the great celebration of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection at Eastertide. This season points us to the implications of these remarkable and history-altering events. Lent focuses us on the life of faith through almsgiving, prayer, Bible study and fasting – along with repentance of sin and wrongdoing.For Lent 2015, we are applying these ancient practices in a contemporary, relevant way. We seek to…

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The Flood

February 18, 2015 by Noel Kane

Sunday, February 15 was billed by weather experts to be the “coldest day” of the year and it did not disappoint. At 7:31 p.m. I received a phone call from our security company telling me one of the “fire zone” alarms at St. Paul’s Bloor Street had been activated. The fire department had been notified and was enroute to the church and they asked if I would meet them there. I was enjoying a romantic Family Day in Niagara Falls with my wife… and three children – so I contacted Joyce Badley, our Executive Pastor, and asked if she coul…

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Easter Preparations Begin with Pancakes

February 4, 2015 by Janet Earle

I confess it might be a bit difficult to make a case for the importance of the Pancake Supper in the life of the church. Christmas, Easter, Pentecost these are the special days that really matter. The times each year when we stop and say – yes, this is what we believe and yes it really matters. Pancakes? Syrup? Bacon? Can they really fit in to the life of our church community? Yes, they can!The Pancake Supper is a fun event that will take place on Tuesday, February 17. It is one of those St. Paul’s gatherings that includes the old a…

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Marriage: Preparing for a Gift

February 4, 2015 by Mark Regis

My wife, Ruthia, and I recently hosted an old friend and his partner for a dinner that unexpectedly went well into the night. The natural topic of “how did you come together as a couple?” came up and I let Ruthia take the reins in describing it, as our stories don’t exactly line up. What is consistent between our accounts is that nine years ago, on Valentine’s Day, I first brought up the idea of marriage to my future wife. Without doubt, it was the best thing I’ve ever done.Sounds romantic doesn’t it? Well, I…

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