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.

Announcements

Worship Online with the St. Andrew’s Church Community 

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

October 18, 2020 – The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

IN-PERSON SUNDAY WORSHIP IS SUSPENDED

After reassessing the current situation as regards COVID-19, Session has decided to continue with the suspension of in-person Sunday Services through Sunday, November 15, 2020.

They will then meet to decide on to how to proceed as we move towards Advent.  Please check back here for further updates.

ON-LINE SUNDAY FORUM:  October 25, 2020 @ 11:30

“Theology and Ecology”

Plan to join us for an on-line Sunday Forum on October 25 at 11:30 when Hannah Scanlon will speak about the intersection of “Theology and Ecology” – the focus of her doctoral research at the Toronto School of Theology.  Hannah will speak and we will have time for questions and conversation after.  To join the zoom meeting please let Rev. Faris know by email that you would like to participate:  b.faris@standrewstoronto.org.

You can find out more about Hannah by listening to her “Faces of Faith” interview with Rev. Faris on the YouTube recording of the service for October 4, 2020  .  https://youtu.be/8zafFyFqOcs

BIBLE STUDY CLASSES FALL 2020

Registration for the new Monday and Thursday evening Bible Study Groups is now closed.  If you were unable to join us for this session, please check back in November for an update on when our next series of classes will be starting.

 

The Sunday morning Bible Study Group is continuing in their study of the Acts of the Apostles.  We meet from 9:00 to 10:00 am via a ZOOM platform and everyone is welcome.

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

A CHURCH SCHOOL UPDATE:

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.  This next session began on October 4th so if you have not as yet registered your child please do so as soon as possible.

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.

 

Thank you to all of those who participated in our Group Walk this Sunday, October 18th.  The rain held off and the weather was mild so everyone was able to enjoy their walk.

A further update as to funds raised and a special thank you to our team will follow shortly.

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.

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

The next meeting of SAGA (via ZOOM) will be Friday, October 23, 2020.  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.