Here at St. Paul’s, we value questions and learning.
Hear from our community members…
“I felt I came away from the course with a much deeper understanding of Christianity and even made some new friends.”Frans R.
“By joining Alpha, I feel I got the courage to do things that are out of my comfort zone. Today I am baptized and feel that this experience was needed to look at my life differently as well as bring the calmness in my chaotic/busy lifestyle.”Aishani R.
“Once a week, after a harried day at work, Alpha was the pause I didn't even know I needed — plus, Alpha was a critical step in my journey towards being the Christian I am trying to be.”Jeremy P.
Alpha is a series of interactive sessions where you can discuss life’s big questions in a friendly, open, and informal environment. You can ask the hard questions of life and the Christian faith, and engage with others on a similar spiritual journey. Each weekly session begins with dinner together, and then the Alpha video, followed by a welcoming, no-judgment, small group discussion about the week’s topic. Everyone’s voice is welcome and there are no bad questions, but you won’t be asked to share if you don’t want to.
Feel free to try out the first session on April 19 to see if Alpha is right for you—sign up below. There will be no pressure to stay, and we won’t bug you if you decide not to continue. You can also read the Alpha FAQ or take an advanced look at the first video. And if you invite a friend to take Alpha with you, we’ll ensure you’re in the same group. Not sure how to invite a friend? Check out these helpful tips.
In person: Wednesdays starting April 19, 2023 from 6:30 – 8:15 pm
Turning to Christ
Considering faith? Perhaps you’re a newcomer to Christian faith looking to make a commitment to following Jesus, like baptism or confirmation. Or maybe you’re someone who wants to reclaim or reaffirm an active life of faith. Through an interactive blend of prayer, scripture study, and small-group discussion, TTC explores what it means to commit to a life of following Jesus. No prior Christian knowledge or experience is required, though spiritual seekers wishing for a more open-ended exploration of questions may prefer to take the Alpha course first.
TTC is offered in the winter, spring, and fall, through six, in-person sessions on Sunday mornings, 10:30am-12 pm, with coffee and light refreshments provided. Childcare is available via the nursery or Children’s Ministry.
Completion of TTC is required for those seeking baptism or confirmation for themselves or their children.
In person: Sundays starting April 23, 2023 from 10:30 am – 12 pm.
Rhythm of Life
At St. Paul’s we sustain the lifelong walk of Christian faith through a “rhythm of life” based on five ancient spiritual practices: worship together, personal prayer and study, everyday Christian living, personal service, and generosity. Our ROL sessions will help you develop these practices in your own life. It is offered regularly throughout the year both in person and online. We strongly recommend that everyone who wants to grow in their faith sign up for one of these sessions, whether you’re a newcomer or long-time member.
Wednesday, June 7 from 6:30 – 9 pm
Faith at Home:
Rhythm of Life for Families
Faith at Home is a course which guides parents through simple ways to encourage children to follow Jesus. This course, co-led by Bishop Jenny and Children’s Minister Janet Earle and it will run on four consecutive Thursday evenings online.
This course fits in beautifully with our Rhythm of Life practices. Join us to find easy ways to nurture faith in your family.
To be announced.
CAP Money Course
The CAP Money course is a no-judgment, skills-based course for anyone wanting to get a grip on their finances. Whether you want to get out of debt, rein in spending, or build up your savings, CAP Money will equip you to be smart and disciplined with your money.
The course is three online sessions and is especially good for anyone dealing with a life transition that involves new financial issues—students, newlyweds, new parents, retirees, divorcees, etc.—but all are welcome!
To be announced.
Pre-Marriage and Marriage Courses
If you’re engaged or considering marriage, the Pre-Marriage Course will help you build a solid foundation of communication and intimacy for your future relationship.
The course will begin on Tuesday, January 17, with an in-person kickoff at St. Paul’s Bloor Street, which includes dinner. After the opening session, the remaining four sessions will be self-scheduled by each couple. Your marriage does not have to be at St. Paul’s for you to take the course—all are welcome.
Marriage is wonderful—and also hard work! If you’re looking to strengthen, repair, or rebuild your marriage, the Marriage Course might be for you. This course is intended for couples who have been married or cohabiting for at least two years.
Each of the seven online sessions will be centred around watching a video on various topics related to marriage, with built-in pauses for one-on-one conversation. Each couple’s conversation will be completely private, and you will not be asked to share with the group. You do not need to be a Christian or a member of St. Paul’s to take the course—consider inviting some friends!
To be announced.