The season of Advent encompasses the four weeks leading up to Christmas. Advent means “arrival”, and during this season we look for for the arrival of God on earth, God-with-us, in the birth of Jesus Christ.

See what we have to offer this Advent season at St. Paul’s!

Worship Services and Events

Advent 1: Sunday, November 27
Advent Day for Children: Sunday, November 27 at 9:30 and 11 am (Click here for more info)
Advent Lessons & Carols: November 27 at 4 pm (Free parking at Manulife Headquarters)
Advent 2: Sunday, December 4
Advent 3: Sunday, December 11
Children’s Christmas Pageant: Sunday, December 11 at 4 pm (Register Here)
Advent 4: Sunday, December 18
Christmas Lessons & Carols: Sunday December 18, 9:30 and 11 am
Service of Light (for those who find the season a difficult time): Wednesday, December 21 at 7 pm

Christmas Eve
Quiet and Reflective Service at 12 pm
Family Service at 4 pm
Classic Services at 7:30 and 10:30 pm
Christmas Day
Classic Service at 11 am

New Years Day
Contemporary (9:30 am) and Classic (11 am) services only.

Advent Devotional

Whether you are brand new to prayer or have been on this journey for years, we are excited to join together as a St.Paul’s community in prayer during the season of Advent. Even if you are nervous about whether you can do this for the whole season, give it a shot!

This published devotional can guide you through daily prayers and scripture readings through this season. Download this resource below, or pick up a printed copy starting November 20!

Included in this guide are devotionals for families. Sit down with the kids and spend some time in weekly prayer and scripture. You can also pick-up printed resources for kids starting November 20.

Serving

Serve as a volunteer in one of our many worship services during the Christmas season. To learn more and sign up contact Daphne.

Commit to serving the needy through your Connect Group or one of our ministry partners. Visit our Serve Page below to get started.

Giving

Advent Ask
Each year during Advent, we ask the St.Paul’s community to embrace compassion over consumption and to give generously to support a particular cause either locally or globally. This year, our Advent Ask is in support of PWRDF’s Indigenous Program Grant Fund. This program provides funds to various initiatives, giving Indigenous groups more agency and autonomy in how they spend the grant. Donations will be matched by FaithWorks up to $100,000.

Learn more on our Advent Ask page.

Reverse Advent Bags
This year, St. Paul’s is happy to partner with the Toronto Urban Native Ministry (TUNM) for our Reverse Advent Bags. We will be collecting supplies for their outreach program which supports Native communities around Toronto. Pick up your bag and list starting November 20.

You can read more about TUNM’s work here, and see the list of items we are collecting this year.

  • Wool or thermal socks
  • Warm gloves
  • Warm scarf
  • Winter hat
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet wipes
  • Notebook and pen
  • Tim Horton’s gift card

Tribute Flowers
A great way to honour a loved one is with a gift of Tribute Flowers which will be used to decorate our church for the Christmas season.

Donations of $20 per name are being collected until December 18, and can be made in person by Tribute Flower donation envelopes or through our online giving page. Please select “Tribute Flowers” under funds if donating online.
Names of the tributes will be displayed on slides before and after services on December 24, 25, and January 1. These slides will be shown during in-person and livestreamed services. Names will also be available on our website after the cut off on December 18.