And Jesus said, “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 28:19
We all have become Christians because somebody shared the good news of Jesus with us at some point in our lives, and church planting is one of the most effective forms of sharing the good news. Every church was planted by a particular group of Christians, and St. Paul’s was planted by St. John’s York Mills 180 years ago.
Around six years ago, our Area Bishop asked our former Rector, The Rev. Canon Dr. Barry Parker, if St. Paul’s would be willing to help revitalize a dying Anglican parish, St. George the Martyr. Immediately grasping the potential of this historic opportunity, Barry and our Board of Trustees agreed. While there have been many twists and turns since then (including Barry’s retirement and a global pandemic), Bishop Jenny, our Board and staff continue to feel excited about starting a new worshipping community in what is now called St. Georges by the Grange.
Our current hope is to start a 4th Sunday service (after 8:15, 9:30 and 11 am) of St. Paul’s at St. Georges in September 2024. We are planning that this will be an afternoon or early evening service with a particular focus on reaching students (since St. Georges is located right behind OCAD and some U of T dorms) as well as more young adults.
Please join us in prayer for this exciting new opportunity to share the life-changing message of Jesus Christ with more people in the heart of our city.
Heavenly Father, we hold up to you this opportunity to start a new worshipping community at St. George’s. We thank you for all the saints who have gone before us in that place and ask for wisdom as we discern how you are leading us forward. We pray against all attacks and schemes of the Evil One to frustrate these plans and ask that your Holy Spirit would guide and protect us. We pray this in the name of, and for the sake of, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.