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

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.

Worship Online with the St. Andrew’s Church Community 

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

August 1 2021 – The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

St. Andrew’s is participating in the 2021 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon!

Calling all walkers and runners! Once again this year, St. Andrew’s is pleased to be joining the STWM 2021 in support of St. Andrew’s Community Services. Due to everyone’s participation and energy last year, we raised over $15,000 which has been allocated to various initiatives such as the Out of the Cold program, the Better English Cafe, the Music Program and more.

This is an early bird reminder to ask that you begin to think about participating this year. The run/walk will be held on Sunday, October 17, 2021 and it can be done as either an actual or virtual run/walk. We hope to have a large and enthusiastic group leaving from the Church that morning and walking together along a downtown route.

Let’s make this the best run/walk ever! Mark your calendars for Sunday, October 17, 2021 and watch for further details soon!

Announcements

A Joint Statement from the Current and Former Moderator Regarding Residential Schools may be found here: https://presbyterian.ca/2021/06/15/moderator-joint-statement/

An Update from General Assembly Regarding Sexuality – The General Assembly of The Presbyterian Church in Canada took place on-line from June 6-9.  You can read the Report regarding PCC & Sexuality here: https://presbyterian.ca/sexuality/sexuality-inclusion-reports-and-decisions/

The Presbyterian Church in Canada, Archives and Records, is  currently looking to fill a 12 month contract position in their Archives and Records.  For more information please click here:  https://presbyterian.ca/job/assistant-archivist/

IN-PERSON SUNDAY WORSHIP – NEWAt a meeting of the Session of St. Andrew’s on June 29th a decision was made to open the building to limited capacity in-person services August 29th and September 5th – with the intent to begin full public services September 12th.  All of this subject to Public Health Guidelines.

SUNDAY COFFEE HOUR – NEW  We have decided to continue with a Summertime Sunday Zoom Coffee Hour at 11:30am throughout the month of August.  Those of you who have participated in the past will be sent the Zoom link each week.  If you would like to be added to this list (or if you only joined us occasionally) please register at:  maggiem@standrewstoronto.org   Simply provide your name and email address.

SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY – The Sunday morning Bible study group meets from 9:30 – 10:30 am on a ZOOM platform and everyone is welcome.  For more information or to join, please be in touch with Rev. Faris at:  b.faris@standrewstoronto.org

Please Note: NEW
Sunday Bible Study will not meet in August.  We will continue to meet through July 25th but then take a break and begin again in September.   Please check back here for further updates.

TUESDAY MORNINGS – a takeaway breakfast is available at the Simcoe Street doors beginning at 7:00am.   All guests are urged to practice social distancing while waiting to be served.

OUT OF THE COLD BOUTIQUE   NEW Please note that the Boutique will be closed during July.  When it reopens, Tuesday mornings in August, it will relocate to the West Tower Doors, adjacent to the Simcoe Street entrance.

“THE HEART OF THE CITY SPEAKERS SERIE”  Toronto After COVID – A Conversation with David Crombie can be found here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZNQ_uxrNc2A&t=3s.

A CHURCH SCHOOL UPDATE: An update concerning Church School and Youth Activities, plus resources for parents during the pandemic is now available on our Faith Formation page. Please click on this link:  https://standrewstoronto.org/connect/christian-education-events/

REFUGEE SPONSORSHIP COMMITTEE – read about how we are celebrating Pride Month and all about our latest initiatives here: https://standrewstoronto.org/volunteer/refugee-sponsorship/

THE BETTER ENGLISH CAFÉ – Zoom classes for Spring 2021 have now concluded.   We hope to once again meet in-person this Fall.  Please check back here and on our Meetup Page for updates as they become available. https://www.meetup.com/Better-English-Cafe/

SOMETHING OF INTEREST!

Faces of Faith segments may be found here: https://standrewstoronto.org/about-us/faces-of-faith/

St Andrew’s Remembers…Videos may be found here: https://standrewstoronto.org/about-us/history-of-st-andrew-2/

The Catalyst may be found here:  https://standrewstoronto.org/connect/the-catalyst/

Sunday Forums may be found here: https://standrewstoronto.org/connect/christian-education-events/

Heart of the City Speakers Series may be found here: https://standrewstoronto.org/events/heart-of-the-city-speakers-series/

Meet our Gallery Choir here:  https://standrewstoronto.org/worship/our-choirs/

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 Café is now on recess until Fall 2021 when we hope to resume in-person classes.  For updated information please check back here or at our   Meetup Page: https://www.meetup.com/Better-English-Cafe/

Volunteers & Donations are currently needed

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

For information concerning  future SAGA meetings, please click below.  Information will be updated as it becomes available.

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.