Church School Activities for Lent:

The Lent Gardens… for families and interactive activities for all ages!
Each Lent Garden looks very similar, but not identical; watch the White Board each week to note the change of week. The white board invites participants to click on the book on the park bench first to open up the daily readings and devotions for that week. After that people are invited to click on the other objects in the garden to discover a wealth of opportunities for the week to experience and enjoy. Let’s travel together to Jerusalem and experience the love and grace Jesus for us all! (Tori Smit, Regional Minister for Faith Formation, Synod)
Click on the links below:
 
February 17, 2021  Ash Wednesday
February 21, 2021  Lent 1
February 28, 2021  Lent 2
March 7, 2021  Lent 3
March 14, 2021  Lent 4
March 21, 2021  Lent 5

Church School 

We invite children ages 2 to 12 to connect to our Church School Virtual Interactive Classroom. Please sign up your children with Shara Benavidez, our Faith Formation Coordinator, at shara.b@standrewstoronto.org
To receive our Church School Easter-Spring package, contact us before March 7th, 2021.
Our Children’s Church School Zoom gatherings are on:
March 7th, 2021 at 11:00 AM – What is L.E.N.T. ?
March 28th, 2021 at 11:00 AM – Hosanna, Jesus is Here!
April 4th, 2021 at 11: 00 AM – Sunshine Sunday
May 2nd, 2021 at 11:00 AM – Church’s B-day (a.k.a. Pentecost)
June 6th, 2021 at 11:00 AM – Count your Blessings
To receive the link and details, please RSVP shara.b@standrewstoronto.org
We are inviting families to follow the Lent Garden series by the Synod. Starting Feb. 17th, Ash Wednesday, you can visit www.cnob.org
For Children’s summer programs at Cairn Family of Camps, visit ilovecamp.org/2021-summer-camp.cfm
Summer grants available, please contact Rev. Bob Faris at b.faris@standrewstoronto.org

Youth Gatherings (Ages 11 to 17)

Youth Zoom Gatherings and other activities , please contact us at youth@standrewstoronto.org or shara.b@standrewstoronto.org

For Teens Camp (13-16), Pre-Leaders-in-Training (15), and Leaders-in-Training (16-17) programs, visit ilovecamp.org/2021-summer-camp.cfm

There are summer grants available for youth who would like to participate, please contact Rev. Bob Faris at b.faris@standrewstoronto.org

Volunteering Opportunities for Youth (Ages 14-17)
Due to Covid-19, our positions are limited to lead virtual gatherings and/or projects, please contact shara.b@standrewstoronto.org

However, youth accompanied by parents are welcome to volunteer with meal preparations for the Out of the Cold Program, please contact 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 the Regional Minister for Faith Formation. Visit Tori’s blog for the latest resources and ideas  www.cnob.org

Family Faith Formation Moments at Home
Visit our Instagram account for Seasonal Family challenges: st.andrews_to

2020 St. Andrew’s Church Study Award
The Study Award Committee is now processing applications.   This year’s recipient(s) will be announced shortly.  Thank you to all those who applied.

2021 ADULT BIBLE STUDIES

SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY

The Sunday morning Bible study group is continuing in their study of the Acts of the Apostles.  It 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

 

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.