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

Safe and healthy COVID-19 protocols, including contact tracing, masking, and proof of vaccination are in place so that we can all enjoy a relaxing and peaceful worship experience together.

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. In normal times, 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.  Unfortunately, due to COVID-19 our doors are currently closed to the public, aside from specific events and Sunday worship.  We hope that it won’t be too much longer before we can once again welcome back everyone who would like to visit us here at St. Andrew’s Church.

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.

November 28, 2021 – First Sunday of Advent

 

For more information please click HERE

To register for this FREE event please click HERE

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ADVENT MEDITATIONS 

“PRACTICING HOPE AS WE WAIT”

This year’s speaker will be Rev. Linda Ashfield, recently retired as minister at Knox Church, Waterloo. Linda grew up in Ottawa and attended Carleton University. Graduating from Knox College in 1979 she served in congregational ministry in rural Ontario, inner city Toronto and Waterloo. Married to Brooke (also a minister) they recently retired after 31 years of working together at Knox Waterloo. She brings a rich experience of ministry in the Presbyterian Church and an important perspective on “hope” in these challenging times.

Linda will be joined by musician Mary-Catherine Pazzano.  In addition to being the Music Director at Knox, Waterloo, Mary-Catherine is a performer, freelance vocalist and recording artist and music educator.  She is a well known jazz musician who has performed in Toronto and New York City and has been a featured soloist with the Kitchener-Waterloo symphony.

December 1 – Defining Hope

December 8 – Creating Hope

December 15 – Practising Hope

On the first Sunday of Advent, we light the candle of HOPE. Then four weeks later at Christmas we sing “O Little Town of Bethlehem” with its line “the hopes and fears of all the years are met in thee tonight.” Advent begins and ends with hope. How can we practice hope this Advent?  What does it mean to be bearers of hope in a troubled world? Are we hopeful about the future? What is the relationship between hopelessness and hopefulness?

There will be a time for discussion with Linda, via ZOOM, on each of the following Thursdays at 7PM. To register for any session please go to this link:  http://tiny.cc/Advent-Conversations again this year the meditations will be recorded and available as of Noon each Wednesday on the website.

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On October 27, 2021, our first in-person Heart of the City Speakers Series event since 2019 took place here at St. Andrew’s.  Helena Moncrieff spoke with us about her book “The Fruitful City – Building Community in the Urban Food Forest” 

For those who were unable to join us in person, the video is now available HERE

Announcements

PLEASE NOTE!!

Our in person worship services have now resumed and we hope that you will join us this Sunday at 10:30am.

At a meeting of Session on October 25th it was decided that, in addition to masking and social distancing, as of Sunday, November 21st all those attending in-person worship will be asked to show proof of full vaccination.  This decision was not taken lightly but we hope that it will ensure that those who choose to attend our in-person worship services will be as safe as possible in these challenging times.  We thank you for your cooperation, and look forward to the end of these restrictions.

The Nursery and Church School are now back in-person.  The Nursery (0-2) will meet in Room 206 and Church School (3-10) will meet in Room 207.  Children should be brought directly to their room and registered with contact information before 10:30am.  Parents and caregivers should pick up children from their room following the service.  Children can bring their own water bottles but should not bring their own toys or snacks.  All children JK and older and all adults will be required to wear masks and social distance.  Everyone entering the Church premises will be required to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer.

SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY –  Sunday Bible Study is now in-person at 9:00am in the boardroom.  We will be joined by others who will participate via Zoom.  Please note the earlier start time. 

For more information on the subject matter, and to register please contact Rev. Faris at b.faris@standrewstoronto.org

THE OUT OF THE COLD SUPPER RETURNS! – NEW

MONDAY EVENINGS FROM 5pm to 7pm  BEGINNING NOV. 1st– a takeaway supper will be available at the Simcoe Street doors beginning at 5:00pm.   All guests are urged to practice social distancing while waiting to be served.

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 has reopened but that it has relocated to the West Tower Doors, adjacent to the Simcoe Street entrance.  Tuesdays it will open during the morning breakfast hours.  Mondays, the boutique will now open at 4pm

As we move into Fall & Winter, the needs of our clients do change.  If you are able to donate, please visit: https://standrewstoronto.org/volunteer/out-of-the-cold/  for a list of our most urgent needs.  Thank you.

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT OUT OF THE COLD – A SHORT VIDEO IS NOW AVAILABLE HERE:

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While our Fall Recitals have now finished – recordings of the Friday Noontime Recitals are available online.  For more details and links to the videos, please click HERE

Arrangements for our Winter/Spring recitals are now underway so please check back here for updates as they become available.

 

THE BETTER ENGLISH CAFE IS NOW BACK IN SESSION AND IN PERSON! – Join us in the Great Hall each Tuesday evening at 7pm with all COVID-19 Provincial Guidelines in place.  

For more information click HERE

With more and more people attending each week, we are now in need of more volunteers.  If you would like to speak with someone about being a volunteer please email: bec@standrewstoronto.org

Please note:  Our last session for 2021 will be Tuesday, December 14th.  We will gather together again in the Great Hall on Tuesday, January 11 at 7pm

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 back in session Tuesday evenings from 7 to 8:30 pm in the Great Hall, 73 Simcoe St.

Please checkout our Meetup Page at:

https://www.meetup.com/Better-English-Cafe/

Volunteers & Donations are currently needed

St. Andrew’s Church is now welcoming back children & youth into our Faith Formation programs at in-person classes each Sunday at 10:30am.   The Nursery, Church School and Youth Group activities will all be available – following all COVID-19 protocols.

For more detailed information, please click below.

SAGA

Information regarding the December Meeting is now available.  Please click below for the update.

 

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.