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

    Heart of the City Speakers Series: Cyberwarfare

    2017-9-25
    7:00pm
    75 Simcoe St

    In this provocative presentation, Ben Mak...

    Heart of the City Speakers Series: Cyberwarfare

    Monday, Sep 25, 2017 -

    Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm

    In this provocative presentation, Ben Makuch will review the state of cyberwarfare among nation states in 2017. Using new techniques to attack each other and glean intelligence, states are upping the antie in the cybersecurity realm. What does this mean for the average person and how will ti afffect our day-to-day lives? Ben will also present a short clip from his show "Cyberwar", followed by a question and answer session.Ben Makuch is an award-winning national security reporter with VICE News in Canada. Previously a wire reporter covering parliamentary politics, Makuch was one of the first journalists to make contact with homegrown Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria. That reporting caught the attention of federal authorities who served Makuch with a production order to hand over all source materials connected to Farah Mohamed Shirdon, an alleged IS fighter originally from Calgary, Canada. Makuch refused and is now applying to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court of Canada. Ben is also known for Cyberwar (2016), Vice Essentials Canada (2016) and White Space: Inside the Michigan Militia (2016).
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    Great Hall
    75 Simcoe St
    Toronto, Ontario M5J 1W9

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    Friday Noontime Recital

    Friday, Oct 6, 2017 - Wednesday, Sep 14, 2050

    Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    “Music at St. Andrew’s”offers a series of Friday Noontime Recitals in the fall (Oct. – Nov.) and in the spring (Mar. – May).  These fifty-minute recitals present a variety of young artists and veteran professional musicians and most often feature our Bösendorfer Imperial grand piano.  Admission is free.The Fall series of Friday Noontime Recitals will begin on October 6th at 12: 10 pm. Admission is free and the music is outstanding!  Come and bring your friends.October 6                            Koichi Inoue, pianoOctober 13                          Aaron Chow, pianoOctober 20                          Tristan Savella, celloOctober 27                          Dongso Kim, celloNovember 3                       Jordan Klapman, jazz piano & John MacMurchy, reedsNovember 10                    Agnes Wan, pianoNovember 17                    Trio Dell’Aria: Michael Westwood, clarinet, Kripa Nageshwar, soprano,Ruta Valvade, pianoNovember 24                    Jean-Luc Therrien, piano, Mai Tategami, violin
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    Sanctuary
    187 King St West
    Toronto, Ontario M5J 1W9

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    St. Andrew's Retreat: Weaving God's Web

    Friday, Oct 13, 2017 - Sunday, Oct 15, 2017

    Time: 12:00am - 12:00am

    St. Andrew's Retreat: Weaving God's Web: October 13 - 15, 2017The St. Andrew's 2017 Retreat will take place over three days on October 13 to 15th, at the Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre in Bolton, Ontario. Only a 45 minute drive from downtown Toronto, the centre is nestled among 263 acres of the spectacular Oak Ridges Moraine, and provides an environment that strengthens the relationships among participants and helps groups discover their potential to come together and celebrate community.Featuring Keynote Speaker:Bishop Mark MacDonald, Anglican Church of Canada, will provide an inspirational talk on "Strengthening Community, Sharing Wisdom".The Retreat will feature many activities for all ages and fitness levels such as: campfire storytelling, teamwork and community building activities, gentle all-ages yoga sessions, rock-climbing wall, and nature hikes.Registration will be available online and in person in the coming weeks. Packages will be available for single adults, adults, families and youths. Lodge accommodation with modern amenities or shared space in traditional cabins. Transportation options will also be made available.About Bishop Mark MacDonald:In 2007 Bishop Mark MacDonald became the first National Indigenous Anglican Bishop in Canada. He has also been World Council of Churches (WCC) President for North America since 2013. In that year, he was also awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his "spiritual leadership" while serving Aboriginal communities and his contributions to environmental awareness of Canadians.
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    Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre
    13300 11th Concession
    Schomberg, Ontario L0G 1T0

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    Friday Noontime Recital

    2017-10-6
    12:00pm
    187 King St West

    “Music at St. Andrew’s”offers a series of F...

    Heart of the City Speakers Series: Cyberwarfare

    Monday, Sep 25, 2017 -

    Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm

    In this provocative presentation, Ben Makuch will review the state of cyberwarfare among nation states in 2017. Using new techniques to attack each other and glean intelligence, states are upping the antie in the cybersecurity realm. What does this mean for the average person and how will ti afffect our day-to-day lives? Ben will also present a short clip from his show "Cyberwar", followed by a question and answer session.Ben Makuch is an award-winning national security reporter with VICE News in Canada. Previously a wire reporter covering parliamentary politics, Makuch was one of the first journalists to make contact with homegrown Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria. That reporting caught the attention of federal authorities who served Makuch with a production order to hand over all source materials connected to Farah Mohamed Shirdon, an alleged IS fighter originally from Calgary, Canada. Makuch refused and is now applying to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court of Canada. Ben is also known for Cyberwar (2016), Vice Essentials Canada (2016) and White Space: Inside the Michigan Militia (2016).
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    Great Hall
    75 Simcoe St
    Toronto, Ontario M5J 1W9

    Event Fees:


    Friday Noontime Recital

    Friday, Oct 6, 2017 - Wednesday, Sep 14, 2050

    Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    “Music at St. Andrew’s”offers a series of Friday Noontime Recitals in the fall (Oct. – Nov.) and in the spring (Mar. – May).  These fifty-minute recitals present a variety of young artists and veteran professional musicians and most often feature our Bösendorfer Imperial grand piano.  Admission is free.The Fall series of Friday Noontime Recitals will begin on October 6th at 12: 10 pm. Admission is free and the music is outstanding!  Come and bring your friends.October 6                            Koichi Inoue, pianoOctober 13                          Aaron Chow, pianoOctober 20                          Tristan Savella, celloOctober 27                          Dongso Kim, celloNovember 3                       Jordan Klapman, jazz piano & John MacMurchy, reedsNovember 10                    Agnes Wan, pianoNovember 17                    Trio Dell’Aria: Michael Westwood, clarinet, Kripa Nageshwar, soprano,Ruta Valvade, pianoNovember 24                    Jean-Luc Therrien, piano, Mai Tategami, violin
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    Sanctuary
    187 King St West
    Toronto, Ontario M5J 1W9

    Event Fees:


    St. Andrew's Retreat: Weaving God's Web

    Friday, Oct 13, 2017 - Sunday, Oct 15, 2017

    Time: 12:00am - 12:00am

    St. Andrew's Retreat: Weaving God's Web: October 13 - 15, 2017The St. Andrew's 2017 Retreat will take place over three days on October 13 to 15th, at the Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre in Bolton, Ontario. Only a 45 minute drive from downtown Toronto, the centre is nestled among 263 acres of the spectacular Oak Ridges Moraine, and provides an environment that strengthens the relationships among participants and helps groups discover their potential to come together and celebrate community.Featuring Keynote Speaker:Bishop Mark MacDonald, Anglican Church of Canada, will provide an inspirational talk on "Strengthening Community, Sharing Wisdom".The Retreat will feature many activities for all ages and fitness levels such as: campfire storytelling, teamwork and community building activities, gentle all-ages yoga sessions, rock-climbing wall, and nature hikes.Registration will be available online and in person in the coming weeks. Packages will be available for single adults, adults, families and youths. Lodge accommodation with modern amenities or shared space in traditional cabins. Transportation options will also be made available.About Bishop Mark MacDonald:In 2007 Bishop Mark MacDonald became the first National Indigenous Anglican Bishop in Canada. He has also been World Council of Churches (WCC) President for North America since 2013. In that year, he was also awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his "spiritual leadership" while serving Aboriginal communities and his contributions to environmental awareness of Canadians.
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    Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre
    13300 11th Concession
    Schomberg, Ontario L0G 1T0

    Event Fees:


    St. Andrew's Retreat: Weaving God's Web

    2017-10-13
    12:00am
    13300 11th Concession

    St. Andrew's Retreat: Weaving God's Web: O...

    Heart of the City Speakers Series: Cyberwarfare

    Monday, Sep 25, 2017 -

    Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm

    In this provocative presentation, Ben Makuch will review the state of cyberwarfare among nation states in 2017. Using new techniques to attack each other and glean intelligence, states are upping the antie in the cybersecurity realm. What does this mean for the average person and how will ti afffect our day-to-day lives? Ben will also present a short clip from his show "Cyberwar", followed by a question and answer session. Ben Makuch is an award-winning national security reporter with VICE News in Canada. Previously a wire reporter covering parliamentary politics, Makuch was one of the first journalists to make contact with homegrown Islamic State militants fighting in Iraq and Syria. That reporting caught the attention of federal authorities who served Makuch with a production order to hand over all source materials connected to Farah Mohamed Shirdon, an alleged IS fighter originally from Calgary, Canada. Makuch refused and is now applying to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court of Canada. Ben is also known for Cyberwar (2016), Vice Essentials Canada (2016) and White Space: Inside the Michigan Militia (2016).
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    Great Hall
    75 Simcoe St
    Toronto, Ontario M5J 1W9

    Event Fees:


    Friday Noontime Recital

    Friday, Oct 6, 2017 - Wednesday, Sep 14, 2050

    Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    “Music at St. Andrew’s”offers a series of Friday Noontime Recitals in the fall (Oct. – Nov.) and in the spring (Mar. – May).  These fifty-minute recitals present a variety of young artists and veteran professional musicians and most often feature our Bösendorfer Imperial grand piano.  Admission is free. The Fall series of Friday Noontime Recitals will begin on October 6th at 12: 10 pm. Admission is free and the music is outstanding!  Come and bring your friends. October 6                            Koichi Inoue, piano October 13                          Aaron Chow, piano October 20                          Tristan Savella, cello October 27                          Dongso Kim, cello November 3                       Jordan Klapman, jazz piano & John MacMurchy, reeds November 10                    Agnes Wan, piano November 17                    Trio Dell’Aria: Michael Westwood, clarinet, Kripa Nageshwar, soprano, Ruta Valvade, piano November 24                    Jean-Luc Therrien, piano, Mai Tategami, violin
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    Location


    Sanctuary
    187 King St West
    Toronto, Ontario M5J 1W9

    Event Fees:


    St. Andrew's Retreat: Weaving God's Web

    Friday, Oct 13, 2017 - Sunday, Oct 15, 2017

    Time: 12:00am - 12:00am

    St. Andrew's Retreat: Weaving God's Web: October 13 - 15, 2017 The St. Andrew's 2017 Retreat will take place over three days on October 13 to 15th, at the Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre in Bolton, Ontario. Only a 45 minute drive from downtown Toronto, the centre is nestled among 263 acres of the spectacular Oak Ridges Moraine, and provides an environment that strengthens the relationships among participants and helps groups discover their potential to come together and celebrate community. Featuring Keynote Speaker: Bishop Mark MacDonald, Anglican Church of Canada, will provide an inspirational talk on "Strengthening Community, Sharing Wisdom". The Retreat will feature many activities for all ages and fitness levels such as: campfire storytelling, teamwork and community building activities, gentle all-ages yoga sessions, rock-climbing wall, and nature hikes. Registration will be available online and in person in the coming weeks. Packages will be available for single adults, adults, families and youths. Lodge accommodation with modern amenities or shared space in traditional cabins. Transportation options will also be made available. About Bishop Mark MacDonald: In 2007 Bishop Mark MacDonald became the first National Indigenous Anglican Bishop in Canada. He has also been World Council of Churches (WCC) President for North America since 2013. In that year, he was also awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his "spiritual leadership" while serving Aboriginal communities and his contributions to environmental awareness of Canadians.
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    Cedar Glen Outdoor Centre
    13300 11th Concession
    Schomberg, Ontario L0G 1T0

    Event Fees: