Church School 

We are currently working with the Gospel Project curriculum for children ages 2 -5 (Preschool) and 6-10 (Elementary). We will be sending out our Winter Church School package with Advent and Christmas activities soon.   Please register before November 15th, 2020 to receive a package for your children.  Contact Shara Benavidez, Faith Formation Coordinator, at shara.b@standrewstoronto.org

Youth Gatherings 

Youth Zoom Gathering (teens ages 11-17) take place Fridays at 6: 00 PM (bi-weekly). We are following the NOOMA Series by Rob Bell. To register contact Shara at shara.b@standrewstoronto.org 

Volunteering Opportunities for Youth (Ages 14-17)

Due to Covid-19, our positions are limited to virtual gatherings and/or projects, please contact Shara Benvaidez at shara.b@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. One way we do this is through the provision of two gifted regional staff people who are here to assist, teach, and support the synod (www.cnob.org)Tori Smit serves as the Regional Minister for the Regional Minister for Faith Formation respectively. Visit Tori’s blog for latest resources and ideas How to make an Advent Wreath

Family Faith Formation Moments at Home 

Our Video Challenges are posted on Instagram at st.andrews_to. Click on the following link for the latest video challenge: Thankful Jar and World Communion Sunday – Baking Bread

FALL 2020/WINTER 2021 BIBLE STUDIES

ADULT STUDY GROUPS

The Monday and Thursday evening sessions have now concluded.  Please check back here in February when we will have information regarding new study sessions during Lent.

 

SUNDAY BIBLE STUDY

The Sunday morning Bible study group is continuing in their study of the Acts of the Apostles.  It meets from 9:00 – 10:00 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

To those of you who enjoyed Hannah Scanlon’s recent Sunday forum, we thought that the following might be of interest:

 

 

Ecology and Spirituality – A Conversation
On the evening of December 8, 2020, join us for a conversation with student leaders and  campus organizers on ecology and spirituality.
How does ecological awareness inform our spirituality? How can spiritual practices help ground us as we engage in environmental work? How do these intersections inform how we live, work, study and organize – and can these differ based on our personal faith – or unfaith?

The panel of student leaders and campus organizers includes: Fatima Mohammed, ecology and spirituality intern with the Multi-Faith Centre; Esther Townshend, coordinator of the Student Christian Movement in the GTA; and Tristan Laing, Director of Education and Community with Regenesis, an environmental organization.

The conversation will be held via Zoom on December 8, 2020, 7 pm – 8:30 pm. The Zoom link will be sent to participants after registering on the Evenbrite page.

To register, use Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/ecology-and-spirituality-a-conversation-tickets-130266270923

 

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.

 

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

 

 

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.

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.