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

An update on Small Groups

November 25, 2018 by Mark Regis

As our sermon series “Better Together: Big Faith in Small Groups” comes to an end, I’d like to share an update on small group ministry at St. Paul’s. Approximately 40 people expressed interest in small groups over the past several weeks. Some of this came through connection cards, some through direct invitation from small group leaders and members, and some through the Small Group Social on November 3. At that event, 80 people learned about the vision of small group ministry at St. Paul’s. But more importantly, eve…

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Our new Director of Witness

November 1, 2018 by Barry Parker

On November 1, we welcome the Rev. Rob Hurkmans as our new Director of Witness. We are thrilled to have Rob on board with his long history and passion for community growth and outreach. Working alongside our ministry staff and the people of St. Paul’s, Rob will bring a heightened focus to city engagement and evangelism.   Rob joins us after 12 impactful years as the senior pastor (rector) of St. James and St. Brendan Anglican Church in Port Colborne, Ontario. There he led positive change in new forms of church, lay-leadersh…

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Back-to-Work Attire Drive

October 1, 2018 by Admin

St. Paul’s will be collecting new or lightly used professional attire to help support Yonge Street Mission. Yonge Street Mission works with many people who are trying to get back on their feet after going through difficult situations or circumstances. They have a clothing store and programs that help people get back to work after time away. We are collecting new or used suits, dresses, belts, shirts, blouses, jackets, pants, shoes and socks that would be appropriate for a job interview or professional environment. Place your clothing…

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Annual General Meeting

September 16, 2018 by Admin

The 176th Annual General (Vestry) Meeting of St. Paul’s Bloor Street will be held on Sunday, October 21 at 12:15 p.m. The voters list is available at St. Paul’s Central or at the office during the week. Please check to ensure you are on the list. All members of the parish are encouraged to attend the AGM. If you would like to nominate someone, you can send your nomination to The Office. To submit a motion for consideration at the meeting, a written copy must be provided to the Trustees by noon on Tuesday, October 16. Motions ca…

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Newcomers Lunch

August 27, 2018 by Admin

If you are new or still finding your place in the parish, please come to the Newcomers Welcome Lunch! At this relaxed and informal event, you will be able to share a meal, find out more about the church, ask questions and get to know others in the community.Sunday, September 23 at 12:15 p.m. in Cody Hall. RSVP to Sandra Seaborn, Director of Worship.

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An update from Barry Parker

August 19, 2018 by Barry Parker

Dear Friends, As you know I have been visibly struggling with mobility issues. I am appreciative of your support and prayers as I have worked through this back issue using non-invasive therapies. The problem lies in my lower back and it has continued to worsen. Hence, surgery is the next course of treatment. As of August 20, I will be out of the parish on a few days of vacation which will be followed by surgery. I will be away from St. Paul’s for some time until I am medically cleared to return. In the meantime, we are blessed t…

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Welcome Sunday

August 8, 2018 by Admin

Kickoff a new year at Welcome Sunday on Sunday, September 9. There will be treats and refreshments, free children's activities, and an opportunity to learn about our upcoming events and programs, following our services at 8:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m.

Everyone is welcome to come to Welcome Sunday, so join us after the services to make new friends and connect with friends you haven't seen in a while.

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Organ Concerts 2018-2019

July 31, 2018 by Admin

Join us for our 2018-2019 series of organ concerts. These free one-hour concerts provide an opportunity to listen to wonderful music and reflect on God.   Sunday, December 9 at 3 p.m.Michael Bloss, Director of Music MinistriesChrist's Church Cathedral, Hamilton Sunday, January 13 at 3 p.m.Sebastian Moreno, Organist St. Batholomew's Church  Sunday, February 3 at 3 p.m.The Choir of St. Paul's Bloor Street, Toronto, with Gerald Loo, organ Sunday, March 3 at 3 p.m.John Paul FarahatDirector of…

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Summer Concerts

June 22, 2018 by Thomas Bell

FREE concerts this July at St. Paul's! All are welcome to come. July 15 at 3 p.m. - Organ Concert featuring Rashaan Allwood, prize-winning organist from McGill University  These free one-hour concerts provide an opportunity to listen to wonderfulmusic and reflect on God. Rashaan has represented Canada at various Europeancompetitions and enjoys demonstrating the versatility of the organ. Concert Programme: Sonata in G major, op. 28 – Edward ElgarCello Concerto in E minor,op. 85 – Edward Elgar, trans.…

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June 24 Road Closures

June 20, 2018 by Admin

The Parade will take place on Sunday, June 24 at 12 p.m. at Church and Bloor.Parade route: West on Bloor Street from Church Street, South on Yonge Street from Bloor Street to Dundas Street East, East on Dundas Street East from Yonge Street to Church Street.Road Closures A full list of street closures is available here.

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Thank You!

June 17, 2018 by Barry Parker

First of all — Thank you!  June 10 was a great day. To participate in the Baptism of 18 individuals and to see four new members affirm their discipleship was an exciting privilege. A heartfelt thank you to all who served on this special day.  Also, as we near the end of the academic year, we want to take a moment to thank God for all of you who have served in various capacities at the church and in our community. Thank you for serving with us to build His kingdom ministry. This extends from Music for Health that r…

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Meet the Nominees - Town Hall Gatherings

May 14, 2018 by Admin

In the Anglican Church, we elect Bishops as our senior Church leaders. In Toronto, there is one Diocesan Bishop—the lead Bishop—and four Assistant or Area Bishops. Our Bishops are also called “Episcopal” leaders which is derived from the Biblical Greek word meaning “overseer”. Archbishop Colin Johnson announced last September that he will be retiring as Bishop of Toronto at the end of December 2018. In preparation for our upcoming Episcopal Election to elect a new Diocesan Bishop, on June 9, 2018, a…

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Would you like to pay tribute to someone?

April 18, 2018 by Admin

Flowers in the church are part of the Anglican tradition. It is a way to honour those who we respect or want to remember, and offer our thanks to God. Flowers enhance the experience for all who worship in the church and help us appreciate the beauty God has given us.  Everyone is invited to join in this opportunity. Floral arrangements are placed at the High Table (the area at the top of the church) and in the Chapels (Chapel of the Good Shepherd and St. George’s Chapel). Flowers for these locations are a minimum of $50 per entr…

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Choir: Where Music Meets Community

April 4, 2018 by Thomas Bell

The choir is a group which (naturally!) loves to sing, and to use our talents as best we may, but there are numerous other benefits to making worship music together.  In singing together we offer our music to God, to each other, and have a lot of fun at the same time! Music also has many proven health benefits, both physical and intellectual. Among the many rewards of singing together is the benefit of belonging to a supportive and welcoming community. If you would like to try singing in the choir you are invited to come to a practice…

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Enter, Engage, Exit: The Easter Story

April 1, 2018 by Barry Parker

The Easter story could simply be thought of as a classic human tale. A mystery man, a teacher, in his thirties appears on the scene. Some say he’s a great prophet, others say he’s the next Messiah—the One who will fix everything! The religious leaders are threatened by his presence. This teacher gathers a diverse group of companions together to teach them—teach them about God, life, death and themselves. They hang around together for a few years. During that time others become jealous of him and plot to kill him.  A…

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Funeral: Austin Burke

March 19, 2018 by Admin

Austin Burke, a long time parishioner of the St. Paul's community, passed away on Friday, March 16, 2018.   Austin's funeral will be held on Saturday, March 24 at 11 a.m. at the Prayer Palace (1111 Arrow Rd, North York, ON M9M 3B3). Visitation will take place at 10 a.m. also at the Prayer Palace. We pray for God's sustaining comfort and peace for all those mourning his death. 

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Easter Service of Lessons and Carols

March 16, 2018 by Thomas Bell

On Sunday, April 8 at 9:30 and 11 a.m., we continue with our Easter season, a fifty day celebration from Easter Sunday to Pentecost Sunday on May 20.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 fai…

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Lent: Practice of Prayer

February 28, 2018 by Sandra Seaborn

Lent is about preparing to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus at Easter. Preparation can take many forms.  Traditionally, prayer, fasting and alms-giving were used together to help followers deliberately set aside time and resources, in hopes such practices of devotion would make us more aware of our own desires and deep need of divine grace.   This year, our Lenten focus is on small groups. Such groups provide places to study scriptures, share concerns and care for others. The first small group of Jesus followers is our ca…

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