Newcomers Evening


By Sandra Seaborn, Associate Priest

Posted on May 19, 2016

Do you remember the first time you walked into St. Paul’s? Did you notice the windows, the stones, the light, the quiet, the people? Quietly sitting at the back you might have wondered if you fit in or should be here at all. In a big church like ours, it would certainly be possible to slip in and out of the building without speaking to anyone. How unfortunate that would be, especially when church is meant to be a place of mutual encouragement as we seek to follow Jesus. 
 
As a vibrant, growing community, we constantly have visitors and newcomers arrive in our midst. Some people come for a season as they study or start new jobs. Others have moved into a local condo and pass by St. Paul’s as they walk through the neighbourhood. Still others drive from a distance, looking for a place for their whole family to grow in faith together. Some come having never been to church, while others arrive with heavy baggage from previous experiences. Some come by themselves, some with partners, others in groups. Some come with questions, some with doubts and some come in tears. All are welcome at St. Paul’s no matter where they are on the spiritual journey. A journey we know is best taken walking alongside others.  
 
While there is some time on Sundays to get to know others already in the community, a few times a year we have an informal “Newcomers Welcome Event” to provide an opportunity for deeper conversation. Hosted in the home of a parishioner, this fun and relaxed gathering gives space and time for lots of laughter and for friendships to begin forming.  
 
If you are “new-ish” to St. Paul’s, haven’t yet attended one of these evenings, or would like to make more connections in the congregation, please come and join us on Friday, May 27 from 6 - 9 p.m.  It is a wonderful, low key way to get to know others and the refreshments are always beyond fabulous! For more information or for directions, R.S.V.P. to Sandra Seaborn at ext. 226 or sseaborn@stpaulsbloor.org.
 
Hope to see you there!