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.  Brett is a member of St. Andrew’s and a candidate for the Ministry of Word and Sacraments, studying at Knox College.  He has been a member of the Faith Formation Ministry and has also led adult study groups at St. Andrew’s and has done a placement with Rosedale Presbyterian Church.  Welcome Brett!

We are also welcoming 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 in the nursery again.

In-person programs for the Church School and the Nursery will begin on September 12 at 10:30 a.m.  The Church School will meet in Room 207 and the Nursery will occupy Room 206.  The Youth class will meet in the Board Room.  Parents are asked to bring their children to the room directly and to pick them up from there after worship.  No snacks or personal toys or games will be permitted but children are welcome to bring their own water bottles.  All Public Health and St. Andrew’s health and safety protocols will be followed.

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

Upcoming Church School events/activities:

This summer, we invite children, youth, and congregation to take the Church School Challenge, “Sketching Summer Meditations”. Based on the following verses, we are inviting all to meditate on all the good and wonderful things around us while sketching ideas, objects, sceneries, etc.


“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near. Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.” Apostle Paul

Philippians 4: 4-9 NRSV

You can get more information about our Church School program and activities by registering at: https://www.cognitoforms.com/StAndrewsChurch1/ChurchSchoolChildYouthInformation or contacting our Faith Formation Coordinator at churchschool@standrewstoronto.org We invite all to share our special prayer for graduates (posted on June 20th). Congrats to all graduates 2021! Youtube Channel: St. Andrew’s Church

Youth Gatherings (Ages 11 to 17)

To know more about our youth activities/events, please contact us at youth@standrewstoronto.org or churchschool@standrewstoronto.org

Youth ages 13-17 are welcome to volunteer supporting the children’s programs 2021-22, please contact Children &Youth Coordinator at churchschool@standrewstoronto.org or b.faris@standrewstoronto.com

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


Summer Grants-Children, Youth and Family Programs

Please visit ilovecamp.org/2021-summer-camp.cfm There are summer grants available for families who would like to participate in the Camp Cairn Programs 2021, please contact Rev. Bob Faris at b.faris@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 BIBLE STUDY – The Sunday morning Bible study group 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

Please Note: NEW
Sunday Bible Study will not meet in August.  We will continue to meet through July 25th but then take a break and begin again in September.   Please check back here for further updates.

2020 St. Andrew’s Church Study Award

Congratulations to our two recipients, Brett Main and Florence MacGregor.

Brett is a student at Knox College and has been certified as a candidate for Ministry of Word and Sacraments by the Presbytery of East Toronto.

Florence is a student in the Masters of Pastoral Studies program at Emmanuel College and will be graduating this year.

Both are active participants in the life of St. Andrew’s.  Congratulations to them both.

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.