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

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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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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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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June 28 Road Closures

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.

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Confirmation: The More Things Change...

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…

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The Ancient Sacrament of Baptism

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…

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Cleaning Supply Drive

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…

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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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