Welcome to St. Andrew’s Church
Join us every Sunday at 10:30am for Morning Worship

With thanks to all who participated in the “Trial Worship Services” over the past two weeks, we are pleased to announce that regular Sunday Worship in-person services will take place on September 13th and September 20th.

All of the necessary COVID-19 protocols will be in place, and there will be a 50 person capacity. 

 

Downtown Toronto is a busy and bustling place. Every day, thousands of people stream past the doors of St. Andrew’s on their way to work, to the theatre, to their homes, to sports games, and to the many tourist sites located in the church’s neighbourhood.

Behind the large doors which open onto King St. is a quiet and peaceful place of prayer and of worship. And, each and every day, many people find a moment to come into the sanctuary at St. Andrew’s to pray, to contemplate, to collect their thoughts and to seek peace.

The church doors are usually open from about 8:30 am until about 5:00 pm. If you are passing by, feel free to come in to offer a prayer and to sit quietly in a place of peace. One does not need to be a member of the St. Andrew’s community to come into the sanctuary.

God calls on St. Andrew’s to be an inclusive community and to welcome all with open arms and hearts of love.

St. Andrew’s Church is a place of prayer for all people.

Announcements

Worship Online with the St. Andrew’s Church Community 

To access the online services from previous weeks, please click here.

September 20, 2020 – The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

BIBLE STUDY CLASSES TO RETURN SEPTEMBER 10

The Thursday evening Bible Study Classes are now back in session at 6:30pm via ZOOM.  We will continue our study of the books of Amos and Daniel as representative of prophetic and apocalyptic literature.  We will complete this study on October 8.  An outline of each study and how to connect to the meeting will be sent out weekly.  New participants are welcome.

The Sunday morning Bible Study will began again on September 13 at 9:00am via ZOOM (please note the earlier start time).  We will continue our study of the Acts of the Apostles.  Information will be sent out weekly by email, including updates on when we will be able to include in-person in addition to online possibilities.  New participants are always welcome.

For more information or to join either of these studies, please contact Rev. Faris at b.faris@standrewstoronto.org

A CHURCH SCHOOL UPDATE:

Thank you to the members, families and friends of St. Andrew’s who sent in a picture for one of our Summer Challenges.  Thank you for taking the challenge to learn more about creation and about community!

Please note that there will be no in-class Church School or Nursery services available on a Sunday until further notice.  However, we will continue with our online services.  Please sign up children (ages 3-10) to receive our Church School Fall/Winter package.  Please register before September 25th as our Church School virtual lessons will start on October 4th

A bi-weekly Youth Zoom Gathering (ages 11-17) will begin on Friday, October 16th at 6:00pm.

For both of these programs please register with Shara Benavidez at: shara.b@standrewstoronto.org

 

SUNDAY COFFEE HOUR

Join us for a Zoom Coffee Hour at 11:30 on Sunday mornings.  It will be a time to meet and to chat with other members of the congregation.  We can set up different chat rooms for people to speak in if you wish.

Please contact Rev. Faris at:   b.faris@standrewstoronto.ca for more information.

ON TUESDAY & FRIDAY MORNINGS – a takeaway breakfast is now available at the Simcoe Street doors beginning at 7:00am.  These breakfasts will continue for the foreseeable future.  All guests are urged to practice social distancing while waiting to be served.

All of you Walkers and Runners out there will be pleased to hear that the annual Scotiabank Waterfront Marathon is still on for 2020 – but with a twist of course, due to the Pandemic.  This year there are actually even more options for you to be a part of the “St. Andrew’s Community Services” Team and all of you who have spent the past few months out walking with family and friends will be in great shape to participate!

For further information please go to our webpage at: https://standrewstoronto.org/volunteer/waterfront-marathon-team/

SAGA MEETING VIA ZOOM

Please join with SAGA on Friday, September 25th at 7pm via ZOOM as we host our first meeting of Fall/Winter 2020.  Author and Psychology Today blogger, Matthew Legge will be presenting key findings from his book, “Are We Done Fighting?  Building Understanding in a World of Hate and Division.”  

For more information please go to https://standrewstoronto.org/connect/saga/

To register, please contact Rev. Faris at: b.faris@standrewstoronto.org

COOKIES FOR SALE!

Please remember that members of our Refugee Support Team have been hard at work baking both their famous Molasses and Chocolate Chip Cookies.  They are available at a cost is $5 for a bag of 5 cookies.

Please email  info@standrewstoronto.org and put the word COOKIES in the subject line.  Place your order and someone will contact you to arrange delivery or pick up.  Thank you.

Upcoming Events

With deep regret — Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic & concerns for public safety, we have now decided to cancel the remaining Lenten Meditations for 2020.

With deep regret — Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic & concerns for public safety, we’re indefinitely postponing our April 4 presentation of Handel’s Messiah. Refunds will be provided via original point of ticket purchase. Thank you for your understanding.

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With deep regret – due to the current COVID-29 pandemic & concerns for public safety, all Holy Week services have been cancelled.  Please check the website for the link to our online service.

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Better English Cafe

The Better English Cafe is now cancelled until further notice due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.  We will update information regarding our Fall session as soon as it becomes available.

Please check the webpage for current updates

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic Church School has gone online!  Join us at the end of each Sunday’s Youtube Service as we offer information to parents and challenges for the children.

SAGA

SAGA will host it’s first Fall/Winter 2020 event on Friday, September 25th at 7:00PM.  Please click below for further information.

Life @ St. Andrew’s

Sermons

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This Week at St. Andrew’s

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Each Friday we publish a weekly newsletter for the week ahead. Keep up to date with what is happening at St. Andrew’s and for opportunities to join with us in worship and in fellowship.

Session & Ministries

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The elders of the congregation serve together on the Session. The Session is responsible for the oversight of all of the ministries of the congregation.
Each of these six ministry areas is coordinated by a convener and an associate convener, who work with committees, task forces, activity groups and individuals within the respective areas of concern.

Faces of Faith

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In “Faces of Faith” we will be featuring members of our community – old and new – and putting faces to names.  Check in during the upcoming weeks to learn a bit more about those who are the lifeblood of this church and about the varied ways that they contribute.