Adult Study for Spring 2022

 Looking at the Cross

For many the violence of the crucifixion is the scandal of Christianity, yet it is at the very heart of the faith we celebrate.  But was it necessary?  How do we understand the Biblical witness in relation to the cross?  How have Christians throughout history understood it?  And how should we respond to the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus?

Join us Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM from May 25 to June 15 as we take a brief glimpse at these questions that lie at the heart of our Christina faith.  The study will be led by Brett Main.  You can attend in person in the Board Room of join by Zoom.  Please register at: :  http://tiny.cc/looking-2022

 

 

 

 

2021 St. Andrew’s Church Study Award

Congratulations to our latest two recipients, Frances Booth and Claire Lemiski.

Frances may not be well known to many of you but she has been instrumental in St. Andrew’s being able to post Online Worship videos each week, along with her work on many of the other online offerings that have been available during the pandemic.  Appropriately, she is currently working on her  BA in media studies at Ryerson University.

Claire, along with her full-time job as an airline pilot, volunteers with the Gen/X group and The Choristers here at St. Andrew’s, and is also active in leading Bible study, Claire is doing a Masters of Theology part-time at Knox College.

 Congratulations to both of these very busy women.

CHURCH SCHOOL

We are very happy to announce that Brett Main has agreed to take on the role of Interim Faith Formation Coordinator for Children and Youth while Shara Benavidez is on maternity leave.

We have also welcomed back Elizabeth Ferrer as the Nursery Coordinator.  Elizabeth has worked with us for several years and brings a background in Early Childhood Education and teaching.  We are delighted to have her back in the nursery once again.

 

Church School will be meeting in room 207, and the nursery will be provided in room 206 at 10:30.
We will be following the same protocols as before: wearing masks, no snacks but bottled water is ok, physical distancing, and sanitizing of hands when arriving at church school. In addition each child will have their own packages with materials for activities to minimize contact with others’ materials. If you plan on attending and have received a package with materials, consider bringing it to cut down on waste.

If you have any questions or would like to help out with the program, you can contact Brett at churchschool@standrewstoronto.org.

Please Note:  For any parents or guardians arriving after 10:30am, when the Simcoe Street doors will be locked, please call Brett Main’s cell phone and he will let you in.  If you do not already have Brett’s number, please contact him at:  churchschool@standrewstoronto.org

Church School Online:

Some of the children have been enjoying Church School at home.  Here is a selection of some their lessons….

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1xkke2njGqS-8CXvEXRUvLroPR97ETevD

 

 

Youth Gatherings (Ages 11 to 17)

This Fall, Youth will study the Nooma program and will meet in the boardroom at 10:30am on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays of the Month.  On the 1st Sunday of the month they will join in worship in the sanctuary and on the 3rd Sunday of the month they will assist in the Nursery and Church School.  We will continue to monitor and adapt all our programs and protocols as necessary.

 

For Parents or Caregivers:

If you have any comments or questions about these in person programs or other programs for children and youth, please contact Brett Main, the Faith Formation Coordinator for Children and Youth at  churchschool@standrewstoronto.org

 

Volunteering Opportunities (18 up)

We are looking for volunteers interested in becoming part of our team for 2021-22 (Sept-June), here some of our positions:

  1. Nursery Assistants: Assistant to Nursery coordinator on Sunday mornings for ages 0 to 3
  2. Church School Leaders:Leading Children’s gatherings via zoom and/or support weekly lessons for ages 4 to 12
  3. Youth Leaders:Leading youth group (ages 11 to 17) via zoom/virtual gatherings or in-person, small group activities and/or events
  4. Intergenerational Annual Event Volunteer-Advent&Christmas Season- members interested in helping with the preparations for the Christmas Pageant and/or during the Christmas Play (November-December 2021).

For all volunteers interested in working with children and youth ministries, we require a minimum of one time a month commitment and you must successfully pass the application process to work with vulnerable populations. Volunteers interested in the annual event must submit an application to work with vulnerable populations. Please contact Judy Neal at jneal@standrewstoronto.org or Rev. Bob Faris at b.faris@standrewstoronto.org

Parents Resources

The Synod of Central, Northeastern Ontario and Bermuda is committed to supporting and resourcing congregations and presbyteries so that all of our churches might thrive. Tori Smit serves as the Regional Minister for Faith Formation. Visit Tori’s blog for the latest resources and ideas  www.cnob.org

SUNDAY MORNING BIBLE STUDY 

Please join us on Sunday mornings at 9 am, either by videoconference or in person, for a study on the Psalms using the resource book entitled Discovering the Psalms: Passion, Promise & Praise.  Study books are available.  If the cost is a problem, we can cover this.  Please contact Rev. Faris at b.faris@standrewstoronto.org for more information or to register.

Sunday Forums

Sunday Forums are held at noon following worship and continue throughout the year. We offer speakers who bring us information, insight and their expertise on a variety of topics that, we hope, you will find both interesting and useful.

2020 Forums offered the following:

Mental Health in the Time of COVID

Thank you to all who joined us for an on-line Sunday Forum on November 29 at 11:30am with Kate McGee, the Executive Director and Chaplain of Boarding Homes Ministry.  In these extraordinary times, we all face stresses and challenges which we have not had to confront before.  Kate spoke about taking care of our own mental health and recognizing challenges that others face as well.

If you did not have the chance to join us on the 29th you may watch Kate’s forum at: https://youtu.be/xE5MqYxgU2E 

 

Theology and Ecology

Thank you to all who joined us for an on-line Sunday Forum on October 25,2020 at 11:30 when Hannah Scanlon spoke about the intersection of “Theology and Ecology” – the focus of her doctoral research at the Toronto School of Theology.

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

 

2019 Forums offered the following:

  • The Rev. Dr. Kristine O’Brien joined us on our 189th anniversary Sunday and brought us up to date on what is happening at Crieff Hills Retreat Centre.
  • The Presbyterian World Service and Development (PWS&D) was represented by both Susan Viegas and Kristen Winters, who spoke about the life-enhancing work of PWS&D and specifically about their recent Monitoring and Evaluation mission to Ghana.

2018 Forums covered such topics as:

  • “Evolution in the Works” whereby Toshio Ushiroguchi-Pigott presented a tour of the Don Valley Brick Works as an eco-tourist destination
  • A presentation by the members of the group who participated in the congregational exchange visit to Trinidad and the celebration of the 150th Anniversary of the Presbyterian Church of Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Kate McGee, Executive Director and Chaplain of Boarding Homes Ministry, spoke about the legacy of the late Rev. Rodger Hunter and all the new things happening under her leadership.
  • Maria Hadzis, the National Volunteer Coordinator of Prison Fellowship Canada (PFC) spoke about PFC’s vision and mission in light of Jesus’ words in Matthew 25.  She also discussed the church’s role in restorative justice and challenged us to examine how we are fulfilling Jesus’ mandate to love “the least of these”.
  • Vivian Kwok from the “Our Doors are Open” project at the Ontario College of Art and Design University spoke about what it means to be part of a sacred space that is accessible to all.

Sunday Bible Study

Please join us on Sunday mornings at 9 am, either by videoconference or in person, for a study on the Psalms using the resource book entitled Discovering the Psalms: Passion, Promise & Praise.  Study books are available.  If the cost is a problem, we can cover this.  Please contact Rev. Faris at b.faris@standrewstoronto.org for more information or to register.

2021 St. Andrew’s Church Study Award

Congratulations to our latest two recipients, Frances Booth and Claire Lemiski.

Frances may not be well known to many of you but she has been instrumental in St. Andrew’s being able to post Online Worship videos each week, along with her work on many of the other online offerings that have been available during the pandemic.  Appropriately, she is currently working on her  BA in media studies at Ryerson University.

Claire, along with her full-time job as an airline pilot, volunteers with the Gen/X group and The Choristers here at St. Andrew’s, and is also active in leading Bible study, Claire is doing a Masters of Theology part-time at Knox College.

 Congratulations to both of these very busy women.