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

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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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Newcomers Lunch

March 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, April 22 at 12:15 p.m. in Cody Hall. RSVP to Sandra Seaborn, Director of Worship.

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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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Seeking a Director of Witness

February 28, 2018 by Admin

St. Paul’s Bloor Street (SPBS) is a vibrant Anglican church located in the heart of downtown Toronto. We are looking for a professional, outgoing, dependable and enthusiastic individual with a passion for people and a strong desire to serve, learn and grow. As part of the SPBS team, the Director of Witness will report to the Senior Minister (Rector) and be responsible to plan, coordinate, and lead the evangelistic and missional outreach ministries of SPBS. The Director of Witness will demonstrate their commitment to Je…

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Lent – The Practices that Transform Us

February 14, 2018 by Mark Regis

The word Lent comes from the word ‘spring’ or ‘slowly’ – it’s a gradual, reflective building to the highlight of the Church year: Easter, where we praise God for the incredible love of Jesus through his sacrificial death and celebrate his victory over all death in his resurrection to eternal life.For forty days, we prepare for Easter through inner reflection and spiritual practices that encourage humility, generosity, and community. These disciplines help us grow spiritually in our attitudes and actions, movi…

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St. George the Martyr

February 5, 2018 by Barry Parker

I wanted to give you an update on the evolution of ministry at St. George the Martyr.  To recap, St. George the Martyr (SGtM), located by the Grange, just south of the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) and the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD), was in crisis in early 2017 with a “perfect storm” of events. The sanctuary was deemed structurally unsound due to significant deferred maintenance, the Incumbent took a ministry position outside of the Diocese and the newly appointed Diocesan Administrator resigned after 48 hours…

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Taking stock of your mental health

February 4, 2018 by Nancy Truscott

Mental health is that invisible health we all appreciate but how often do we take stock? A friend of mine recently emailed and apologized for her short temper at our New Year’s Eve celebration.  “Huh?”  I replied. “I did not notice.” But she felt the evening was less enjoyable. She talked about how she was feeling a few weeks earlier. I can appreciate and understand now the stress she was under. It was good to know. I wish I had known then.   Let’s acknowledge that we do not feel…

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Structure Matters

January 23, 2018 by Barry Parker

On October 25, 2006, the Nehemiah Project was formally opened and blessed by the congregation of St. Paul’s Bloor Street. The Nehemiah Project was our multi million-dollar, massive renovation project that rebuilt an incredible ministry container that is an integrated blend of old and new. We named it Nehemiah, after an Old Testament book where what appears to be simply the re-building of the walls of Jerusalem, is in fact, the renovation and re-building of God’s people.  What intrigues me most is not only the function and…

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Ministry Fair

January 6, 2018 by Sandra Seaborn

The Bible often refers to the church as a body. A body made of many parts – all different, all with unique functions and significant roles. 1 Corinthians 12 says: “If the foot says, ‘I am not a part of the body because I am not a hand,’ that does not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear says, ‘I am not part of the body because I am not an eye,’ would that make it any less a part of the body? If the whole body were an eye, how would you hear? Or if your whole body were an ear, how would you smel…

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Rector's Christmas Message

December 25, 2017 by Barry Parker

Two thousand years ago, economic hardship for the vast majority, political unrest, and violence were seamlessly woven into the fabric of life.   Today, economic turmoil, political turbulence and violence—far away and all too close to home—appear to be woven into the fabric of our lives as well.   For over 175 years, St. Paul’s Bloor Street has testified there is more in life than economy, politics and violence. At Christmas, we gather to worship: to listen, to sing and to embrace the singular mess…

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Service of Light - A Reflective Encounter of Christmas

December 18, 2017 by Admin

Service of Light Bulletin: 7 p.m. EPUB | 7 p.m. PDF

The Christmas season can bring an extra dose of feeling our losses in life. Perhaps the many memories of family celebrations with happier times loom large and cast a shadow over this year’s celebration of the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ. Whatever your pain may be, this Service of Light offers you hope at this difficult time. Join us for this reflective service of Holy Communion where we recognize the hope we can have in Jesus Christ. We will light candles to bring the light o…

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Christmas Lunch: Thank You for 50 Years

December 8, 2017 by Sandra Seaborn

Back in 1967, the 20 and 30’s club of St. Paul’s decided to organize a special Christmas meal. In those days, the young men and women who came from England, Scotland, Ireland and the Caribbean often outnumbered the Canadian-born members of the group. They planned a Christmas potluck for the group and anyone they knew who might not have another place to go. In those early years the group shopped for all the food they served.  Other shoppers in the supermarket took notice as their carts were piled high with turkey and the trimmin…

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Don't Forget to Fall Back

November 1, 2017 by Admin

On Sunday, November 5 at 2 a.m. clocks across most of Canada will fall back an hour.Don't forget to change your clocks and join us on Sunday for services at 8:15 a.m., 9:30 a.m., and 11 a.m.

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Rector’s Report to the 175th Annual General Meeting (Vestry) on October 22, 2017

November 1, 2017 by Admin

Dear Friends,We gather in humility, after our sermon from James a few minutes ago, to thank the Living God as we consider and receive an incredible legacy of St. Paul’s Bloor Street. I am convinced that one of the reasons we are who we are, is the constant focus and re-focusing on our identity—who God is calling us to be—even after 175 years.As I have mentioned in the Annual Report, one of the realities of getting older is the change in our eyesight. Very few of us will escape diminished sight as we age, even to the point wher…

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