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

    2018-10-19
    12:00pm
    78 Simcoe Street

    It is time for Friday Noontime Recitals

    Friday Noontime Recitals - Season Line-up

    Friday, Oct 19, 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. October 19 - Lisa Tahara, piano, and Brenna Hardy-Kavanagh, violin October 26 - Danielle Dudycha, soprano, John Holland, baritone, William Shookhoff, piano November 2 - Christopher Slade, piano November 9 -  Julia Kim, cello 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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    Friday Noontime Recitals - October 19th

    Friday, Oct 19, 2018 -

    Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    On October 19, Music at St. Andrew’s will feature Brenna Hardy-Kavanaugh, violin, and Lisa Tahara, piano, in a program of French romantic music. Come and hear some beautiful music on Friday at 12:10.  Admission is free, with opportunity for voluntary donations at the door. Here is the full program: Gabriel Fauré – Après un rêve Louis Vierne – Two Pieces for Viola & Piano Jules Massenet – Meditation from Thaïs Claude Debussy – First Arabesque Gabriel Fauré – Violin Sonata 
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    St. Andrew\\\'s Church
    78 Simcoe Street
    Toronto, ON M5J 1W9

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    2018 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

    Sunday, Oct 21, 2018 -

    Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm

    2018 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon – October 21As summer transitions into fall, we are gearing up for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Run/Walk on October 21.This year, we especially encourage newbies who haven’t participated on Team St. Andrew’s before to join the seasoned regulars. It’s a wonderful way to spend time with your fellow congregants and to raise much-needed funds for our outreach programs such as Out of the Cold, Better English Café, Boarding Homes Ministry and others!Volunteers will be available at Coffee Hour to help register people and take donations. Printed registration instructions will also be available. To encourage participation, we are offering Discount Codes to reduce the registration fee.For those unable to walk or run, you can help us by supporting a St. Andrew’s team member. You can also donate online on St. Andrew’s fundraising page at: https://bit.ly/2OAL0XEWe’re off to a “running” start with the following members signed up so far: Brenda Dudok Van Heel, Lois Hird, Reece Hodgson, Allan Lever, Toshio Ushiroguchi-Pigott and David Wishart. Let’s go, Team St. Andrew’s!!!
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    St. Andrew\'s Church
    73 Simcoe
    Toronto, ON M5J 1W9

    Event Fees:


    Friday Noontime Recitals - October 19th

    2018-10-19
    12:00pm
    78 Simcoe Street

    On October 19, Music at St. Andrew’s will featur...

    Friday Noontime Recitals - Season Line-up

    Friday, Oct 19, 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. October 19 - Lisa Tahara, piano, and Brenna Hardy-Kavanagh, violin October 26 - Danielle Dudycha, soprano, John Holland, baritone, William Shookhoff, piano November 2 - Christopher Slade, piano November 9 -  Julia Kim, cello 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:


    Friday Noontime Recitals - October 19th

    Friday, Oct 19, 2018 -

    Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    On October 19, Music at St. Andrew’s will feature Brenna Hardy-Kavanaugh, violin, and Lisa Tahara, piano, in a program of French romantic music. Come and hear some beautiful music on Friday at 12:10.  Admission is free, with opportunity for voluntary donations at the door. Here is the full program: Gabriel Fauré – Après un rêve Louis Vierne – Two Pieces for Viola & Piano Jules Massenet – Meditation from Thaïs Claude Debussy – First Arabesque Gabriel Fauré – Violin Sonata 
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    St. Andrew\\\'s Church
    78 Simcoe Street
    Toronto, ON M5J 1W9

    Event Fees:


    2018 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

    Sunday, Oct 21, 2018 -

    Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm

    2018 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon – October 21As summer transitions into fall, we are gearing up for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Run/Walk on October 21.This year, we especially encourage newbies who haven’t participated on Team St. Andrew’s before to join the seasoned regulars. It’s a wonderful way to spend time with your fellow congregants and to raise much-needed funds for our outreach programs such as Out of the Cold, Better English Café, Boarding Homes Ministry and others!Volunteers will be available at Coffee Hour to help register people and take donations. Printed registration instructions will also be available. To encourage participation, we are offering Discount Codes to reduce the registration fee.For those unable to walk or run, you can help us by supporting a St. Andrew’s team member. You can also donate online on St. Andrew’s fundraising page at: https://bit.ly/2OAL0XEWe’re off to a “running” start with the following members signed up so far: Brenda Dudok Van Heel, Lois Hird, Reece Hodgson, Allan Lever, Toshio Ushiroguchi-Pigott and David Wishart. Let’s go, Team St. Andrew’s!!!
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    St. Andrew\'s Church
    73 Simcoe
    Toronto, ON M5J 1W9

    Event Fees:


    Friday Noontime Recitals - Season Line-up

    Friday, Oct 19, 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.   October 19 - Lisa Tahara, piano, and Brenna Hardy-Kavanagh, violin   October 26 - Danielle Dudycha, soprano, John Holland, baritone, William Shookhoff, piano   November 2 - Christopher Slade, piano   November 9 -  Julia Kim, cello   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:


    Friday Noontime Recitals - October 19th

    Friday, Oct 19, 2018 -

    Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    On October 19, Music at St. Andrew’s will feature Brenna Hardy-Kavanaugh, violin, and Lisa Tahara, piano, in a program of French romantic music.   Come and hear some beautiful music on Friday at 12:10.  Admission is free, with opportunity for voluntary donations at the door.   Here is the full program:   Gabriel Fauré – Après un rêve   Louis Vierne – Two Pieces for Viola & Piano   Jules Massenet – Meditation from Thaïs   Claude Debussy – First Arabesque   Gabriel Fauré – Violin Sonata  
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    Location


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

    Event Fees:


    2018 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

    Sunday, Oct 21, 2018 -

    Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm

    2018 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon – October 21 As summer transitions into fall, we are gearing up for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Run/Walk on October 21. This year, we especially encourage newbies who haven’t participated on Team St. Andrew’s before to join the seasoned regulars. It’s a wonderful way to spend time with your fellow congregants and to raise much-needed funds for our outreach programs such as Out of the Cold, Better English Café, Boarding Homes Ministry and others! Volunteers will be available at Coffee Hour to help register people and take donations. Printed registration instructions will also be available. To encourage participation, we are offering Discount Codes to reduce the registration fee. For those unable to walk or run, you can help us by supporting a St. Andrew’s team member. You can also donate online on St. Andrew’s fundraising page at: https://bit.ly/2OAL0XE We’re off to a “running” start with the following members signed up so far: Brenda Dudok Van Heel, Lois Hird, Reece Hodgson, Allan Lever, Toshio Ushiroguchi-Pigott and David Wishart.  Let’s go, Team St. Andrew’s!!!
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    St. Andrew\'s Church
    73 Simcoe
    Toronto, ON M5J 1W9

    Event Fees: