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

Farewell to Mark Regis

November 6, 2019 by Barry Parker

The Rev. Mark Regis, who has been an integral part of our Ministry leadership for many years, is leaving St. Paul’s at the end of the year. Mark has been appointed Priest in Charge of St. Mary and St. Martha Church in the west end of Toronto. This is a vital and strategic church, in a rapidly growing and revitalizing part of our city. It is a loss for St. Paul’s as Mark is such a part of our ministry, but it is a big gain for the Kingdom of God. I have no doubt Mark will lead this new community with great skill and faithfulness…

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November 17 - Join us at 9:30 am

October 25, 2019 by Admin

Children and Youth are a critical part of the St. Paul’s community. Join us on Sunday November 17 at 9:30 am, The Bridge service, where the youth will be using their musical gifts to lead us in worship. We encourage everyone to come and worship together with our younger community. Update as of November 13: There will be no parking available at the Manulife Building or on Bloor Street on November 17. We encourage you to plan your route using the TTC or a ride share service.  Due to the Toronto Santa Claus Parade, the No…

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Annual General Meeting

October 1, 2019 by Admin

The 177th Annual General (Vestry) Meeting of St. Paul’s Bloor Street will be held on Sunday, November 3 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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Would you like to pay tribute to someone?

September 29, 2019 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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Our New Associate Priest

July 12, 2019 by Admin

 On September 1, we welcome The Rev. Karen Isaacs as our new Associate Priest. The Rev. Karen Isaacs is a graduate of Wycliffe College at the Toronto School of Theology (M.T.S., C.A.S.). She was ordained a priest in 2018, most recently serving in the amalgamated parish of St. Mary and St. Martha.  Karen hails from beautiful rural Manitoba originally. After obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics from the University of Manitoba, she spent some time serving in overseas missions in various parts of Africa and Europe before final…

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Thank You!

June 12, 2019 by Barry Parker

A mid-year thank you! First of all—I thank God for the privilege of the ministry that we share at St. Paul’s. 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 past week we celebrated a great “Thank You Leaders” evening where we thanked the large number of volunteer leaders in our midst. What a great evening!  This comin…

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The Bridge Service: Pilot Project

April 30, 2019 by Admin

This past February, the congregation and leadership of the 9:30 am Bridge service spent a month praying and listening to God, seeking where the Spirit is leading us next.  There were many good outcomes from that month.  For example, we felt that God was calling us to find ways to energize and innovate with our Sunday morning worship, while staying true to the core of our Anglican identity.   As a way of responding to this feeling, we are undertaking a pilot project during the month of June at the 9:30 am service. …

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Memorial for Leonard Griffith

April 22, 2019 by Admin

Leonard Griffith has passed away and a memorial service  will be held at St. Paul's Bloor Street on Friday, May 10 at 11 am. We pray for God's sustaining comfort and peace for all those mourning his death.

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April 14, 2019 by Barry Parker

We are inundated with bad news—mass shootings, plane crashes, divisive narratives and fake news stories. This constant barrage can be overwhelming and mind-numbing. Social commentators have coined the term cultural anxiety when we personally feel this bad news. Yet, despite that, at St. Paul’s we will not be defined by cultural anxiety. Every year we gather to observe the powerful last few days before the death and resurrection of Jesus. Engaging and entering these events personally is the antidote to these anxiety-producing, d…

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New Opportunities at St. Paul's

March 20, 2019 by Admin

We currently have two open positions available for application; Executive DirectorNursery StaffClick on the position for more information on it. No telephone inquiries, please. Applications will be reviewed as received. We thank all applicants, however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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An update from the Carlén Family

January 27, 2019 by Admin

Today’s message is about answering God’s call to go. It’s a subject we love - it’s what we work with every day! We're the Carlen Family and we’re based in Sweden, where we work the international missions organization Operation Mobilization. Our job is to encourage and send young people into missions. Just this past week Susan got to send two more young people who have answered the call to go overseas - one to South Africa, and one to serve on OM’s ministry ship the Logos Hope. Seeing people…

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Month of Prayer for 9:30 am Bridge Service

January 20, 2019 by Admin

“You must go forward on your knees.” - Hudson Taylor Years ago, God called St. Paul’s Bloor Street to launch the bridge, an alternative worship service with an emphasis on warm hospitality, contemporary music, and spiritual growth. Over the years the service has grown, evolved and even moved locations. Now we sense God calling the bridge to take the next step in its continued growth. What does that mean? Where is God calling us? What does the future hold? These are exciting questions. As we contemplate the…

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Christmas Greetings

December 26, 2018 by Barry Parker

Dear Friends, Merry Christmas!On behalf of the Staff and Trustees of St. Paul's Bloor Street, I wish all of you a blessed, safe and joyous Christmas season, as well as a wonderful New Year. If you are going to be in Toronto in the coming weeks, invite a friend or family member to participate in what promises to be a great Celebration of the birth of Jesus in worship, prayer, service and generosity. If you are travelling, I pray you Godspeed. I am so looking forward to returning to active ministry at St. Paul's in early Ja…

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Christmas Message

December 24, 2018 by Admin

“…the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.” (Luke 2:6-7) Mandated by an occupying government to pay a foreign tax, travelling on foot for days across a dangerous country, with little hope or money, a Palestinian-Jewish couple entered into an ancestral town without enough hospitality to embrace even a woman in labour. In these exact conditions, God entered quietly, vulnerably…

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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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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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