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

    Friday Noontime Recitals - Season Line-up

    2018-11-16
    12:00pm
    78 Simcoe Street

    It is time for Friday Noontime Recitals

    Friday Noontime Recitals - Season Line-up

    Friday, Nov 16, 2018 - Wednesday, Nov 30, 2050

    Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    It is time for Friday Noontime Recitals once again! Music at St. Andrew’s is delighted to announce our line-up of artists for the fall season. Come and bring friends to hear great performances each Friday at 12:10 pm. Admission is free, with voluntary donations at the door. November 16 - Warren Nicholson, guitar November 23 - Jean-Luc Therrien, piano, Jean-Samuel Bez, violin November 30 - Tristan Savella, piano
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    St. Andrew\'s Church
    78 Simcoe Street
    Toronto, ON M5J 1W9

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    A Christmas Carol

    Saturday, Dec 1, 2018 -

    Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

    Enjoy a FREE evening of joyous seasonal music and dramatic readings from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Historic St. Andrew’s Church, decked with garlands, lanterns and candles will provide an atmospheric setting for Dickens’ Victorian tale. Bringing Ebenezer Scrooge and other unforgettable characters to life will be a talented cast of readers. They are: Michael Enright, host of CBC Radio’s The Sunday Edition, classical music educator Rick Phillips, soprano Neema Bickersteth, tenor Joe Angelo and St. Andrew’s member Indra Narayansingh. The program will include musical interludes and audience singalongs. Free gingerbread cookies and hot apple cider will be available afterwards. Admission is free, but please heed Mr. Dicken’s seasonal message. Help others by donating to St. Andrew’s Out of the Cold program.

    Location


    St Andrew's Presbyterian Church
    187 King St West
    Toronto, Ontario M5J1W9

    Event Fees:


    St. Andrew's Heart of the City Speakers Series - Lights. Camera. Success!

    Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018 -

    Time: 7:00pm - 9:30pm

    St. Andrew's Heart of the City Speakers Series.Lights. Camera. Success!Join TV and film producer Miranda de Pencler (Anne with an E) in a panel discussion on the development of film and television in Canada. Award-winning journalist and TV series creator Amy Cameron (Mary Kills People) and Gemini-winning screenwriter Tassie Cameron (Rookie Blue) will join Miranda as they talk about their careers in the rapidly changing entertainment industry.Showtime: Wednesday, December 5 at 7pmTickets $20 online or at the door. Student price $10.Buy tickets online at:https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/st-andrews-heart-of-the-city-speakers-series-lights-camera-success-tickets-52365695204
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    St. Andrew\\\\\\\'s Church
    73 Simcoe St
    Toronto, ON M5J 1W9

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    A Christmas Carol

    2018-12-1
    7:00pm
    187 King St West

    Enjoy a FREE evening of joyous se...

    Friday Noontime Recitals - Season Line-up

    Friday, Nov 16, 2018 - Wednesday, Nov 30, 2050

    Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    It is time for Friday Noontime Recitals once again! Music at St. Andrew’s is delighted to announce our line-up of artists for the fall season. Come and bring friends to hear great performances each Friday at 12:10 pm. Admission is free, with voluntary donations at the door. November 16 - Warren Nicholson, guitar November 23 - Jean-Luc Therrien, piano, Jean-Samuel Bez, violin November 30 - Tristan Savella, piano
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    St. Andrew\'s Church
    78 Simcoe Street
    Toronto, ON M5J 1W9

    Event Fees:


    A Christmas Carol

    Saturday, Dec 1, 2018 -

    Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

    Enjoy a FREE evening of joyous seasonal music and dramatic readings from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Historic St. Andrew’s Church, decked with garlands, lanterns and candles will provide an atmospheric setting for Dickens’ Victorian tale. Bringing Ebenezer Scrooge and other unforgettable characters to life will be a talented cast of readers. They are: Michael Enright, host of CBC Radio’s The Sunday Edition, classical music educator Rick Phillips, soprano Neema Bickersteth, tenor Joe Angelo and St. Andrew’s member Indra Narayansingh. The program will include musical interludes and audience singalongs. Free gingerbread cookies and hot apple cider will be available afterwards. Admission is free, but please heed Mr. Dicken’s seasonal message. Help others by donating to St. Andrew’s Out of the Cold program.

    Location


    St Andrew's Presbyterian Church
    187 King St West
    Toronto, Ontario M5J1W9

    Event Fees:


    St. Andrew's Heart of the City Speakers Series - Lights. Camera. Success!

    Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018 -

    Time: 7:00pm - 9:30pm

    St. Andrew's Heart of the City Speakers Series.Lights. Camera. Success!Join TV and film producer Miranda de Pencler (Anne with an E) in a panel discussion on the development of film and television in Canada. Award-winning journalist and TV series creator Amy Cameron (Mary Kills People) and Gemini-winning screenwriter Tassie Cameron (Rookie Blue) will join Miranda as they talk about their careers in the rapidly changing entertainment industry.Showtime: Wednesday, December 5 at 7pmTickets $20 online or at the door. Student price $10.Buy tickets online at:https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/st-andrews-heart-of-the-city-speakers-series-lights-camera-success-tickets-52365695204
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    St. Andrew\\\\\\\'s Church
    73 Simcoe St
    Toronto, ON M5J 1W9

    Event Fees:


    St. Andrew's Heart of the City Speakers Series

    2018-12-5
    7:00pm
    73 Simcoe St

    St. Andrew's Heart of the City Speakers Series. ...

    Friday Noontime Recitals - Season Line-up

    Friday, Nov 16, 2018 - Wednesday, Nov 30, 2050

    Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    It is time for Friday Noontime Recitals once again! Music at St. Andrew’s is delighted to announce our line-up of artists for the fall season. Come and bring friends to hear great performances each Friday at 12:10 pm. Admission is free, with voluntary donations at the door.   November 16 - Warren Nicholson, guitar   November 23 - Jean-Luc Therrien, piano, Jean-Samuel Bez, violin   November 30 - Tristan Savella, piano
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    Location


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

    Event Fees:


    A Christmas Carol

    Saturday, Dec 1, 2018 -

    Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

    Enjoy a FREE evening of joyous seasonal music and dramatic readings from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Historic St. Andrew’s Church, decked with garlands, lanterns and candles will provide an atmospheric setting for Dickens’ Victorian tale. Bringing Ebenezer Scrooge and other unforgettable characters to life will be a talented cast of readers. They are: Michael Enright, host of CBC Radio’s The Sunday Edition, classical music educator Rick Phillips, soprano Neema Bickersteth, tenor Joe Angelo and St. Andrew’s member Indra Narayansingh. The program will include musical interludes and audience singalongs. Free gingerbread cookies and hot apple cider will be available afterwards. Admission is free, but please heed Mr. Dicken’s seasonal message. Help others by donating to St. Andrew’s Out of the Cold program.

    Location


    St Andrew's Presbyterian Church
    187 King St West
    Toronto, Ontario M5J1W9

    Event Fees:


    St. Andrew's Heart of the City Speakers Series - Lights. Camera. Success!

    Wednesday, Dec 5, 2018 -

    Time: 7:00pm - 9:30pm

    St. Andrew's Heart of the City Speakers Series. Lights. Camera. Success! Join TV and film producer Miranda de Pencler (Anne with an E) in a panel discussion on the development of film and television in Canada. Award-winning journalist and TV series creator Amy Cameron (Mary Kills People) and Gemini-winning screenwriter Tassie Cameron (Rookie Blue) will join Miranda as they talk about their careers in the rapidly changing entertainment industry. Showtime: Wednesday, December 5 at 7pm Tickets $20 online or at the door. Student price $10. Buy tickets online at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/st-andrews-heart-of-the-city-speakers-series-lights-camera-success-tickets-52365695204
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    St. Andrew\\\\\\\'s Church
    73 Simcoe St
    Toronto, ON M5J 1W9

    Event Fees: