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

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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A New Year & New Beginnings

January 14, 2015 by Sean Davidson

It’s the beginning of January and we all know what that means: time for New Year’s resolutions. Or at least hearing lots about them. If you’re like me, the prospect of a fresh start can be a little intimidating.Let me encourage you in one resolution you won’t be sorry about: joining a Small Group at St. Paul’s. I know what you’re thinking – how can you cram another event into your already busy schedule?  It’s true, being part of a Small Group requires us to make adjustments to the agenda. How…

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What's Next...?

December 17, 2014 by Barry Parker

Christmas is a magical season. For some, it is the happy images, smells, memories and feelings this wonderful time of year brings to the fore. For others, it is a time to share with family and friends – travel, good food and gifts. Others yet, dread this time of year for with Santa comes family disputes, haunting memories and intense loneliness. Regardless, there is always a lingering question at Christmastide – “What’s next?”“What is coming next?” More terrorism? More Ebola? Troubling economic news? Ho…

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Don’t Take Care, Take Risks: The Vicar of Baghdad

December 12, 2014 by Tanya Baleta

I had the pleasure of meeting the Rev. Canon Dr. Andrew White on December 8. I was his third interview of the day.The Rev. Canon Dr. Andrew White phones many of his children every day. They number in the thousands – each one belonging to St. George’s Church in Baghdad, where he is the Vicar.Many are now refugees, forced to flee their homes by the violent advance of ISIS. Others have been killed.Canon White’s church in Baghdad was once 6,500 people strong. Four months ago 1,276 were killed. Increasing violence since then has ma…

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What About a Place...?

December 9, 2014 by Admin

St. Paul's Bloor Street is a dynamic and growing church, based in a historic building in the heart of downtown Toronto. We offer Sunday services at 8:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

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An Evening of Prayer in Solidarity for Christians in the Middle East

November 28, 2014 by Admin

On Tuesday, December 9 at 7 p.m., St. Paul's will host an Evening of Prayer in Solidarity for Christians in the Middle East. We will be joined by special guest the Rev. Canon Andrew White, Chaplain of St. George's Anglican Church in Baghdad, Iraq.All donations will benefit victims of ISIS through the St. Paul's Advent Ask. 1.8 million Iraqis have been displaced due to the infiltration of ISIS in Iraq since the crisis began in January 2014. Many of the displaced include those of Iraq’s religious minorities such as Christians, Y…

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Replacing Consumption with Compassion: Advent Ask at St. Paul’s

November 19, 2014 by Admin

Advent is the great four week season in the church calendar year that signals the impending arrival of Christmas. Our prayers, preaching and worship shift to clear expectancy and preparation. One way we prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus is to participate in our Advent Ask.At St. Paul’s Bloor Street, we love our Advent Ask. It is an opportunity for us to concentrate on contributing to those outside our church community, and focus on the needs of others. It provides the chance to give, over and above our regular personal support to a…

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Community in Baptism

November 18, 2014 by Admin

On November 23 six individuals from our community will be baptized at the 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. services. At St. Paul’s we’re always excited about baptism because it demonstrates God’s incredible favour towards us, and at the same time, our deep desire to be united with Him and His people.Baptism is a milestone that marks the beginning of a person's Christian journey. It's an exciting moment in which they say yes to Jesus.Along with our Children’s Minister, Janet Earle, I had the amazing privilege of engaging wit…

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Remembrance Day and the Love of the Living God

November 6, 2014 by Barry Parker

“At eleven o’clock this morning came to an end the cruellest and most terrible War that has ever scourged mankind. I hope we may say that thus, this fateful morning, came to an end all wars.” (British Prime Minister David Lloyd George, House of Commons, 11 November 1918).

You cannot help but have a deep and abiding sense of the impact of a “war to end all wars” when you enter the majestic sanctuary of St. Paul’s Bloor Street. From the Cross of Sacrifice stoically facing north on Bloor Street. To the numero…

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Remembrance Day

October 28, 2014 by Admin

On Sunday, November 9 the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada will be present as we observe Remembrance Sunday. Join us at 10:45 a.m. at the Cross of Sacrifice for the Laying Of The Wreaths. The regular 11 a.m. service will then continue in the Main Sanctuary.On Tuesday, November 11 the Queen's Own Rifles Of Canada will join us as we gather at the Cross Of Sacrifice at 10:55 a.m. for the Laying Of The Wreaths.

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God Is In The Business of Ministry

October 22, 2014 by Barry Parker

Last Sunday afternoon, members of St. Paul’s filled Cody Hall to participate in our Annual General Meeting – called a Vestry meeting. What transpired was more than mere business or a discussion of finances. The meeting wove five themes into a strong cord of life and ministry we share together at St. Paul’s Bloor Street.Legacy. We considered the health and vitality of the church from a resource perspective – space, time and money. We were reminded our meeting was the 172nd consecutive gathering that built upon those who h…

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