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 - A

    2018-9-24
    7:00pm
    73 Simcoe St

    Mary's Meals provides a daily meal to school child...

    Heart of the City Speakers Series - A Simple Solution to World Hunger

    Monday, Sep 24, 2018 -

    Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

    Mary's Meals provides a daily meal to school children living in some of the world's poorest communities. Organized by local volunteer cooks, Mary's Meals attracts chronically hungry children into a classroom where they can receive an education and a nutritious meal. Mary's Meals began serving meals to 200 children in Malawi in 2002. Today, Mary's Meals feeds over 1.25 million children every day in 15 countries. Founder, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow will share his incredible story of generosity and discovery. He is the author of The Shed That Fed a Million Children. Signed copies of his book will be on sale following his presentation.
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    St Andrew\'s Presbyterian Church,
    73 Simcoe St
    Toronto, Ontario M5J1W9

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    Friday Noontime Recitals

    Friday, Oct 5, 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 5 - Norman Brown, baritone, Frederic Lacroix, piano October 12 - Cathy Yang, piano 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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    "Come Away" by The Christian Education Ministry at St. Andrew's Church

    Saturday, Oct 13, 2018 -

    Time: 9:30am - 4:00pm

    Sat, 13 October 20189:30 AM – 4:00 PM EDTCrieff Hills Community7098 Concession 1Puslinch, ON N0B 2J0The indefatigable God rested. The first humans rested before they even worked a day.God instituted and commanded rest for Israel. Jesus would often shield himself and his disciples from the terror of endless work, assumed indispensability and usher them into rest.But what does it mean to rest, and what are the uses of rest and perhaps even the misuses of rest?In coming away this weekend, we will explore various dimensions of what God hopes for us in rest as clergy and lay people and how we can follow God's own example in this much-needed work.So, come away.Join us for our 2018 Day Away at Crieff Hills Retreat Centre near Puslinch, Ontario. This will be a day of rest and renewal, facilitated by the Rev. Dr. Esther Acolatse, Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Intercultural Studies, Knox College, Toronto. Children, teens and youth are welcome!Ticket prices include lunch and snacks, and transportation by bus to Crieff Hills if required. No charge for children and youth (to age 18). Our chartered bus will leave St. Andrew's at 8:00 a.m. SHARP.Registration closes on October 4th.Please send the following information to Judy Neal at info@standrewstoronto.org:If you are buying more than 1 ticket, the names of all attendees including children and youth.Special needs: Any dietary allergies or accessibility requirements.To register, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/come-away-tickets-50004209938 
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    Crieff Hills Community
    7098 Concession 1
    Puslinch, ON N0B 2J0

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    Friday Noontime Recitals

    2018-10-5
    12:00pm
    78 Simcoe Street

    Heart of the City Speakers Series - A Simple Solution to World Hunger

    Monday, Sep 24, 2018 -

    Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

    Mary's Meals provides a daily meal to school children living in some of the world's poorest communities. Organized by local volunteer cooks, Mary's Meals attracts chronically hungry children into a classroom where they can receive an education and a nutritious meal. Mary's Meals began serving meals to 200 children in Malawi in 2002. Today, Mary's Meals feeds over 1.25 million children every day in 15 countries. Founder, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow will share his incredible story of generosity and discovery. He is the author of The Shed That Fed a Million Children. Signed copies of his book will be on sale following his presentation.
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    St Andrew\'s Presbyterian Church,
    73 Simcoe St
    Toronto, Ontario M5J1W9

    Event Fees:


    Friday Noontime Recitals

    Friday, Oct 5, 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 5 - Norman Brown, baritone, Frederic Lacroix, piano October 12 - Cathy Yang, piano 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:


    "Come Away" by The Christian Education Ministry at St. Andrew's Church

    Saturday, Oct 13, 2018 -

    Time: 9:30am - 4:00pm

    Sat, 13 October 20189:30 AM – 4:00 PM EDTCrieff Hills Community7098 Concession 1Puslinch, ON N0B 2J0The indefatigable God rested. The first humans rested before they even worked a day.God instituted and commanded rest for Israel. Jesus would often shield himself and his disciples from the terror of endless work, assumed indispensability and usher them into rest.But what does it mean to rest, and what are the uses of rest and perhaps even the misuses of rest?In coming away this weekend, we will explore various dimensions of what God hopes for us in rest as clergy and lay people and how we can follow God's own example in this much-needed work.So, come away.Join us for our 2018 Day Away at Crieff Hills Retreat Centre near Puslinch, Ontario. This will be a day of rest and renewal, facilitated by the Rev. Dr. Esther Acolatse, Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Intercultural Studies, Knox College, Toronto. Children, teens and youth are welcome!Ticket prices include lunch and snacks, and transportation by bus to Crieff Hills if required. No charge for children and youth (to age 18). Our chartered bus will leave St. Andrew's at 8:00 a.m. SHARP.Registration closes on October 4th.Please send the following information to Judy Neal at info@standrewstoronto.org:If you are buying more than 1 ticket, the names of all attendees including children and youth.Special needs: Any dietary allergies or accessibility requirements.To register, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/come-away-tickets-50004209938 
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    Crieff Hills Community
    7098 Concession 1
    Puslinch, ON N0B 2J0

    Event Fees:


    "Come Away" by The Christian Education Ministry at

    2018-10-13
    9:30am
    7098 Concession 1

    Heart of the City Speakers Series - A Simple Solution to World Hunger

    Monday, Sep 24, 2018 -

    Time: 7:00pm - 9:00pm

    Mary's Meals provides a daily meal to school children living in some of the world's poorest communities. Organized by local volunteer cooks, Mary's Meals attracts chronically hungry children into a classroom where they can receive an education and a nutritious meal. Mary's Meals began serving meals to 200 children in Malawi in 2002. Today, Mary's Meals feeds over 1.25 million children every day in 15 countries. Founder, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow will share his incredible story of generosity and discovery. He is the author of The Shed That Fed a Million Children. Signed copies of his book will be on sale following his presentation.
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    St Andrew\'s Presbyterian Church,
    73 Simcoe St
    Toronto, Ontario M5J1W9

    Event Fees:


    Friday Noontime Recitals

    Friday, Oct 5, 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 5 - Norman Brown, baritone, Frederic Lacroix, piano   October 12 - Cathy Yang, piano   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:


    "Come Away" by The Christian Education Ministry at St. Andrew's Church

    Saturday, Oct 13, 2018 -

    Time: 9:30am - 4:00pm

    Sat, 13 October 2018 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM EDT Crieff Hills Community 7098 Concession 1 Puslinch, ON N0B 2J0 The indefatigable God rested. The first humans rested before they even worked a day. God instituted and commanded rest for Israel. Jesus would often shield himself and his disciples from the terror of endless work, assumed indispensability and usher them into rest. But what does it mean to rest, and what are the uses of rest and perhaps even the misuses of rest? In coming away this weekend, we will explore various dimensions of what God hopes for us in rest as clergy and lay people and how we can follow God's own example in this much-needed work. So, come away. Join us for our 2018 Day Away at Crieff Hills Retreat Centre near Puslinch, Ontario. This will be a day of rest and renewal, facilitated by the Rev. Dr. Esther Acolatse, Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Intercultural Studies, Knox College, Toronto. Children, teens and youth are welcome! Ticket prices include lunch and snacks, and transportation by bus to Crieff Hills if required. No charge for children and youth (to age 18). Our chartered bus will leave St. Andrew's at 8:00 a.m. SHARP. Registration closes on October 4th. Please send the following information to Judy Neal at info@standrewstoronto.org: If you are buying more than 1 ticket, the names of all attendees including children and youth. Special needs: Any dietary allergies or accessibility requirements. To register, please visit: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/come-away-tickets-50004209938  
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    Crieff Hills Community
    7098 Concession 1
    Puslinch, ON N0B 2J0

    Event Fees: