Home to one of the oldest Presbyterian congregations in Canada, St. Andrew’s was founded in 1830 in connection with the “Mother Church of Scotland”. It was first located at the southwest corner of Church and Adelaide Streets but this building was abandoned when it became too small for the expanding congregation.

 

The present building was opened for worship in 1876. At that time the King and Simcoe Streets location was a busy place and most of the congregation lived within easy walking distance of the church. Across the street stood Government House, the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. Upper Canada College stood on a second corner and on a third was a popular tavern. With St. Andrew’s, the four corners were known locally as Legislation, Education, Damnation and Salvation!!

 

Over the years St. Andrew’s initiated features of Presbyterian Church life that are now regarded as commonplace. It pioneered in restoring liturgical form to the increasingly impromptu Presbyterian worship service of the 19th century. The introduction of instrumental music into worship, robing of the choir, and innovations in the service of Holy Communion marked St. Andrew’s as a leader in Presbyterian worship.

 

By the end of the 19th century St. Andrew’s had achieved national prominence in the Presbyterian Church in Canada. During the church union debates a generation later, St. Andrew’s again took the lead in maintaining a continuing Presbyterian witness.

 

In the area of social action, the period up to the First World War was a time of energetic community pioneering by St. Andrew’s. At its Nelson Street Institute—the first of its kind in Canada—it conducted educational work among the waves of new immigrants and the urban poor. Its Holiday House on Lake Simcoe gave needy children a chance to escape the summer city heat and its Penny Bank—later a government institution—gave families their first chance to save their earnings.

 

By the middle of the 20th century, life had become hard for St. Andrew’s. Increasing numbers of people were moving to the suburbs and the downtown core of Toronto was giving way to offices and warehouses. Many times the congregation considered leaving its downtown location for more promising parts of the city, but each time the congregation decided that St. Andrew’s witness belonged at King and Simcoe Streets.

 

The rebirth of downtown Toronto as a place to live in the 1970’s confirmed that St. Andrew’s decision to stay was right. While it is surrounded by the towers of financial institutions, hotels, theatres, concert halls, the Rogers Centre and the Convention Centre, there are also many people in new apartments and condos—and many homeless needing food and shelter. Once again St. Andrew’s is taking its place in ministry to a growing city.

 

St. Andrew’s to-day is a living church. Its congregation, drawn from across the city, represents the diversity of Toronto. Presbyterianism at St. Andrew’s crosses cultural, educational and social boundaries. The congregation is united by a common commitment to worship and to community service. This commitment is reflected in St. Andrew’s mission statement—”The people of St. Andrew’s are called by God to serve in faith, hope and love in the core of Toronto”—a commitment to minister to the needs of the wide variety of people who live and work in the downtown area.

Upcoming Events

    Book Sale and Open House

    2018-5-24
    12:00pm
    73 Simcoe Street

    Book Sale and Open HouseOur a...

    Book Sale and Open House

    Thursday, May 24, 2018 - Saturday, May 26, 2018

    Time: 12:00pm - 6:00pm

    Book Sale and Open HouseOur annual Spring Book Sale is fast approaching.  It will take place from May 24 - 26, 2018.  We will also hold an Open House on Saturday, May 26th.The Book Sale and Open House attract many people to St. Andrew's each year, and it is a great opportunity to represent our Church, raise funds, and do outreach in the community.  We hope you can join us in making these events a success this year! As we get closer to the event further details will be made available.
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    St. Andrew\'s Church
    73 Simcoe Street
    Toronto, ON M5J 1W9

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    For more information or questions, please email:
    info@standrewstoronto.org

    FREE Noontime Classical Recitals Are Back!

    Friday, May 25, 2018 - Wednesday, May 25, 2050

    Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    There’s lots more great classical music coming up! Performers will include talented students and professional artists performing solo and chamber repertoire. Here’s our Winter-Spring lineup:May 25 - Leonard Gilbert, piano                                                                                                                                    
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    Sactuary
    187 king st west
    Toronto, ON M5J1W9

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    Registration is closed for this event.
    For more information or questions, please email:
    info@standrewstoronto.org

    Experiencing Sacred Space: An Evening with David Pereyra

    Wednesday, May 30, 2018 -

    Time: 7:00pm - 9:30pm

    Join us on May 30 for a fascinating evening with David Pereyra.  David holds degrees in architecture and visual arts from the University of Buenos Aires, and in theology from the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto.  He writes, “My area of expertise is the trans-disciplinary study and comparison of architecture, ritual, phenomenological, and theological aspects in sacred space. Since 1985, my academic focus has been the interaction of worship with sacred space, in order to strengthen the dialogue between contemporary life, culture, rites, and Christian worship.”  David is also part of the team at the Inclusive Design Research Centre at OCAD University with a focus on making sacred spaces accessible.David chose St. Andrew’s to be the focus of a program he did on CBC’s Tapestry entitled, “Sacred by design: experience a church through the eyes of a priest-turned-architect” . http://www.cbc.ca/radio/tapestry/sacred-space-1-architecture-and-region-1.4474834/sacred-by-design-experience-a-church-through-the-eyes-of-a-priest-turned-architect-1.4474841Coffee and dessert will be available in the Great Hall at 6 pm and David’s presentation will begin in the sanctuary at 7 pm.  All are welcome. Register for tickets at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/experiencing-sacred-space-an-evening-with-david-pereyra-tickets-46370553574 

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    FREE Noontime Classical Recitals Are Back!

    2018-5-25
    12:00pm
    187 king st west

    There’s lots more great classical music coming u...

    Book Sale and Open House

    Thursday, May 24, 2018 - Saturday, May 26, 2018

    Time: 12:00pm - 6:00pm

    Book Sale and Open HouseOur annual Spring Book Sale is fast approaching.  It will take place from May 24 - 26, 2018.  We will also hold an Open House on Saturday, May 26th.The Book Sale and Open House attract many people to St. Andrew's each year, and it is a great opportunity to represent our Church, raise funds, and do outreach in the community.  We hope you can join us in making these events a success this year! As we get closer to the event further details will be made available.
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    St. Andrew\'s Church
    73 Simcoe Street
    Toronto, ON M5J 1W9

    Event Fees:



    Registration is closed for this event.
    For more information or questions, please email:
    info@standrewstoronto.org

    FREE Noontime Classical Recitals Are Back!

    Friday, May 25, 2018 - Wednesday, May 25, 2050

    Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    There’s lots more great classical music coming up! Performers will include talented students and professional artists performing solo and chamber repertoire. Here’s our Winter-Spring lineup:May 25 - Leonard Gilbert, piano                                                                                                                                    
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    Sactuary
    187 king st west
    Toronto, ON M5J1W9

    Event Fees:



    Registration is closed for this event.
    For more information or questions, please email:
    info@standrewstoronto.org

    Experiencing Sacred Space: An Evening with David Pereyra

    Wednesday, May 30, 2018 -

    Time: 7:00pm - 9:30pm

    Join us on May 30 for a fascinating evening with David Pereyra.  David holds degrees in architecture and visual arts from the University of Buenos Aires, and in theology from the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto.  He writes, “My area of expertise is the trans-disciplinary study and comparison of architecture, ritual, phenomenological, and theological aspects in sacred space. Since 1985, my academic focus has been the interaction of worship with sacred space, in order to strengthen the dialogue between contemporary life, culture, rites, and Christian worship.”  David is also part of the team at the Inclusive Design Research Centre at OCAD University with a focus on making sacred spaces accessible.David chose St. Andrew’s to be the focus of a program he did on CBC’s Tapestry entitled, “Sacred by design: experience a church through the eyes of a priest-turned-architect” . http://www.cbc.ca/radio/tapestry/sacred-space-1-architecture-and-region-1.4474834/sacred-by-design-experience-a-church-through-the-eyes-of-a-priest-turned-architect-1.4474841Coffee and dessert will be available in the Great Hall at 6 pm and David’s presentation will begin in the sanctuary at 7 pm.  All are welcome. Register for tickets at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/experiencing-sacred-space-an-evening-with-david-pereyra-tickets-46370553574 

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    Experiencing Sacred Space: An Evening with David Pereyra

    2018-5-30
    7:00pm

    Join us on May 30 for a fascinati...

    Book Sale and Open House

    Thursday, May 24, 2018 - Saturday, May 26, 2018

    Time: 12:00pm - 6:00pm

    Book Sale and Open House Our annual Spring Book Sale is fast approaching.  It will take place from May 24 - 26, 2018.  We will also hold an Open House on Saturday, May 26th. The Book Sale and Open House attract many people to St. Andrew's each year, and it is a great opportunity to represent our Church, raise funds, and do outreach in the community.  We hope you can join us in making these events a success this year! As we get closer to the event further details will be made available.
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    Location


    St. Andrew\'s Church
    73 Simcoe Street
    Toronto, ON M5J 1W9

    Event Fees:



    Registration is closed for this event.
    For more information or questions, please email:
    info@standrewstoronto.org

    FREE Noontime Classical Recitals Are Back!

    Friday, May 25, 2018 - Wednesday, May 25, 2050

    Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    There’s lots more great classical music coming up! Performers will include talented students and professional artists performing solo and chamber repertoire. Here’s our Winter-Spring lineup: May 25 - Leonard Gilbert, piano                                                                                                                                     
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    Location


    Sactuary
    187 king st west
    Toronto, ON M5J1W9

    Event Fees:



    Registration is closed for this event.
    For more information or questions, please email:
    info@standrewstoronto.org

    Experiencing Sacred Space: An Evening with David Pereyra

    Wednesday, May 30, 2018 -

    Time: 7:00pm - 9:30pm

    Join us on May 30 for a fascinating evening with David Pereyra.  David holds degrees in architecture and visual arts from the University of Buenos Aires, and in theology from the University of St. Michael’s College in Toronto.  He writes, “My area of expertise is the trans-disciplinary study and comparison of architecture, ritual, phenomenological, and theological aspects in sacred space. Since 1985, my academic focus has been the interaction of worship with sacred space, in order to strengthen the dialogue between contemporary life, culture, rites, and Christian worship.”  David is also part of the team at the Inclusive Design Research Centre at OCAD University with a focus on making sacred spaces accessible. David chose St. Andrew’s to be the focus of a program he did on CBC’s Tapestry entitled, “Sacred by design: experience a church through the eyes of a priest-turned-architect” .   http://www.cbc.ca/radio/tapestry/sacred-space-1-architecture-and-region-1.4474834/sacred-by-design-experience-a-church-through-the-eyes-of-a-priest-turned-architect-1.4474841 Coffee and dessert will be available in the Great Hall at 6 pm and David’s presentation will begin in the sanctuary at 7 pm.  All are welcome. Register for tickets at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/experiencing-sacred-space-an-evening-with-david-pereyra-tickets-46370553574  

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