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

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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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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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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