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

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 2019-2020

July 31, 2018 by Admin

Join us for our 2019-2020 series of organ concerts. These free one-hour concerts provide an opportunity to listen to wonderful music and reflect on God.   October 6 at 3 pmGordon Mansell and Tamara Hrycek, (violin), Director of Music, Our Lady of Sorrows, Toronto November 3 at 3 pmThe Choir of St. Paul’s Bloor Street with Gerald Loo, organ December 1 at 3 pmJohn Paul Farahat, Director of Music, St. Basil’s Catholic Parish  January 12 at 3 pmMatthew Larkin, Organist, Ottawa February 9 at 2…

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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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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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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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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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