COVID-19: Rector’s Update

March 20, 2020

Dear Friends,

As you know things are changing rapidly with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe and now unfolding in our City. Who could have realized a week ago, the changes that have been occurring so rapidly, almost hourly? Hence, a brief update from me with respect to St. Paul’s Bloor Street.

We have received direction from the Diocese of Toronto that all Church facilities are to be closed immediately. Hence, the physical space of St. Paul’s Bloor Street is closed and not accessible. This is in effect seven days a week for the foreseeable future. Hence, there is no Sunday opening for private prayer. We, as a community, will continue to pray and worship, albeit in different ways.

The Church Office is closed so that our staff, working remotely, can practice an ‘abundance of caution’ through social distancing. I am indebted to our staff who have been working hard on cleaning, communication and continuing our ministry.

We are now posting our video sermons online in addition to the podcast option.

As I mentioned before, I encourage you to consider online giving which is easy and vital in supporting the ongoing ministry of St. Paul’s. As well, another option to support St. Paul’s is through Pre-Authorized Giving that gives you peace of mind that you are supporting St. Paul’s on a regular basis. All methods are safe, secure and confidential.

I appreciate your prayers and support for St. Paul’s. We are traversing uncharted territory. The good news is that as we follow Jesus, He knows exactly where we are going and to that we remain faithful and grateful.

Every blessing to you in these anxious times. May the God of peace grant you a still heart and a quiet mind.

Stay tuned to our website which we will update with any new developments.
Sincerely,

Barry Parker
Rector

March 14, 2020

Dear Friends. As you know things are changing rapidly with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe.

As of late Friday evening, the Bishop of Toronto has suspended all public worship services until further notice. So, tomorrow and for a few Sundays thereafter, there will not be formal, gathered worship at St. Paul’s. As well, we will suspend the Tuesday 12:10 pm Holy Communion worship. It is our intention to have the Sanctuary open on Sundays from 8 am – 12 noon for those who choose to come in and pray. We, as a community, continue to pray and worship, albeit in different ways.

We are investigating alternative worship through our online presence on our website and posting video sermons.

St. Paul’s will remain open for ministry and business as per usual. As always, we are here to care for our community and neighbours. Should you have a concern or question, our staff is available for you. Our office remains open to enable you to drop off your offering during the week. I also want to encourage you to consider online giving which is easy and so very helpful in supporting the ongoing ministry of St. Paul’s.

I appreciate your prayers and commitment to St. Paul’s. We are moving through uncharted waters as I cannot think of a time in our 178-year history where Sunday worship was suspended. The good news is that as we follow Jesus, He knows exactly where we are going and to that we remain faithful and grateful.

I am indebted to our staff who are working overtime on cleaning, communication and continuing our ministry. Every blessing to you in these anxious times. May the God of peace grant you a still heart and a quiet mind.

Stay tuned to our website which we will update with any new developments.
Sincerely,

Barry Parker
Rector


Helpful Links

Government of Ontario Official COVID-19 website

Government of Canada Official COVID-19 website

World Health Organization

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St. Paul's Bloor Street
227 Bloor Street East
Toronto, ON M4W 1C8

Office Hours

Monday to Friday
8:30 am to 5 pm

Sanctuary Hours

Sundays: 8 am to 12:30 pm

Sunday Service Times

8:15 am - Quiet Service

9:30 am - Casual Service

11 am - Classic Service

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