*As of next week, the ‘Calls to Prayer’ will be on a break until Sunday, August 21.
*Summer Sunday Hours for Church Services -June 26 through September 4:
8.00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist
10.00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist
1.00 p.m. - Chinese service
3.00 p.m. - Tamil service
6.00 p.m. - Evening Prayer (in person and online)
*Fr. Dean - Vacation Dates
Fr. Dean will be on vacation, beginning Monday, July 18, returning on Friday, August 19. During that time, Matthew is in the office, Wednesday to Friday. Fr. Ajit will lead Sunday services and Fr. Milton will be available for pastoral emergencies.
*Summer Office Hours - as of the week of July 3 - Wednesday to Friday, 8.30 am - 12.30 noon.
*A Single "Church Service" Zoom link for all church services
This new link applies to all English church services which are streamed on Zoom, for the replay of the Sunday recording, and including Evening Prayer on Sundays at 6.00 p.m. and Morning Prayer, Monday through Saturday:
Meeting ID: 865 6634 7435
Please note the exceptions below during the summer.
*Morning Prayer - Summer Hours
From Monday, July 18, through Thursday, August 18, use the following link for Morning Prayer:
Meeting ID: 822 4115 6448
*Sunday Service Recording - New Time for Zoom Replay at 11.00 a.m..
NOTE: From Sunday, July 24, through Sunday, August 14, the Sunday recording and playback will not be available, resuming Sunday, August 21.
As all three services have resumed, the Sunday recording has been scaled back as the time devoted to it has now been shifted back to the three services. (The recordings with music could take 8-12 hours of preparation and involved a team of over 35 people.) That said, after a little experimentation, we can provide a simple but high-quality Youtube recording from the 8 a.m. service and, in most cases, have it ready for viewing and playback on Zoom by 11.00 a.m.. The playback on Zoom is offered especially for those whose contact is by telephone. Kindly note the new time for the replay. Each Youtube recording will be available on the website for several weeks.
A word - at St. Paul’s we continue to uphold and support the Christian standard of gathering together on the Lord’s Day. The Youtube recordings are not an attempt to provide an electronic alternative but rather a meaningful representation of the Sunday lessons, prayers and sermon for those unable to attend. Since the invention of television, the electronic church has been with us, but it involves a significant investment of money and people and it cannot answer the duty or replace the joy of gathering and praying together.
*Grad Sunday. A special Sunday on June 26 at St. Paul’s - and quick look here:
*Thank you to the St. Paul’s Steel Band and Gemini Pan Groove for a great night on June 25 with the Spring into Summer Steel Concert.
*Bursaries: The Berthebell Moo & St. Paul’s Academic Bursaries and the St. Paul’s Music Bursary
Each year bursaries of $600.00 each are awarded to St.Paul’s youths who are High School graduates who are beginning or continuing post-secondary education at a university , a community college or in an apprenticeship program. Also, bursaries of $600.00 each are awarded to youths who are members of St.Paul’s and/or involved in the St. Paul’s youth music program, who show promise in music and are pursuing musical studies. August 31, 2022 is the deadline for all bursaries which will be awarded on Thanksgiving Sunday, October 9, 2022. Forms are available at:
https://stpl.ca/applications-forms--reports.html (under the "About" menu on the church website).
*Furniture and accessories for Sanaz and Alireza
We are delighted to learn that the refugee couple St. Paul’s is co-sponsoring have had their application and relevant documents approved. Their arrival may be still be a while, but we thank God for this wonderful development. Sincere thanks to generous members who have stepped forward and provided a new bed, bedroom furniture and household supplies.
*War in Ukraine
For those wishing to contribute to refugee relief, The Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund is now accepting donations to support those displaced by the war in Ukraine, here:
www.toronto.anglican.ca/news/pwrdf-accepts-donations-for-ukrainian-refugees/. Our Outreach Committee donated $2000 to refugee relief program.
*Indigenous Spiritual Centre at St. Paul’s
On Saturday, March 12, a public meeting was held to consider the development of a spiritual centre at St. Paul’s for the indigenous community in Scarborough, serving as a bridge to youth and senior programs. The original impetus was a report to the SPLC Board (Senior Persons Living Connected) identifying a significant community of indigenous seniors in Scarborough.
This possibility remains an active pursuit. A planning committee has been formed and begun. If interested, and for more information, contact Fr. Dean.
*Community Youth Basketball Program has finished for the year, to resume in September. It has been a great and enthusiastic re-opening. For more information, contact Sarah Mair - email@example.com. NOTE: Hope is in the air for the addition of a children’s basketball program, too.
*The 2021-2022 St. Paul’s Youth Music Program Season Concluded
Our parish and community youth music program has finished their season. It was our largest string group ever. They will return in September.
*Steel Pans Had another Great Season
Gemini Groove (Tuesday evenings) and The St. Paul’s Steel Pan band (Saturdays, 12.30 noon) have restarted. Hope is in the air. See you in September.
The full schedule of in-person and online services and programs can be found on the online church calendar - www.stpl.ca/calendar.html - or here: www.stpl.ca/services.html.
*Mission Trip to Tanzania Rescheduled: July 2023.
Fr. Kim Beard will be leading a work mission trip to Tanzania, now re-scheduled for July 4 - 22, 2023. The next information meeting at St. Paul’s - Thursday September 15th - 7:30 p.m. - to introduce interested people to the Tanzania mission.
*S.P.Y. - St. Paul’s Youth - Friday nights at 7 pm.
Contact Sarah for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Friday Night Bible Study - on summer break until September 9
Join us at the church or online for study, following the Bible study guides of Bishop Tom Wright which are available online (www.amazon.ca or www.parasource.com or www.christianbook.com) or may be ordered through Fr. Dean for $13. We are studying the Gospel of Luke.
Next study, Friday, September 9 at 7.00 pm: Luke 8.26-9.17 - Lesson 10.
Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/830877703
Telephone: 647-374 4685, or 647-558 0588; Meeting ID: 830 877 703
Annual Walk-a-thon - Saturday, September 24
Anniversary Sunday - Sunday, November 20, 10.00 a.m. (combined service)
*Thank you for your Faithful Gifts and Offerings - St. Paul’s is a strong parish and remains strong due to everyone’s faithful support at a time when never has it been more important. Gifts can be dropped off at the church or sent by mail. Kindly ensure that your name and envelope number is included. Or, members may wish to sign up for the Pre-Authorized Giving Program (contact the office). Members who use online banking can now make E-transfers (instructions here: www.stpl.ca/give.html). Gifts can also be made at our website through CanadaHelps: www.stpl.ca/give.html. NOTE: Of the various means for online giving, we recommend The Pre-Authorized Giving Program. It is regular, matching the regular responsibilities of the parish, and once initiated all it takes is a phone call or quick e-mail note to increase, decrease, or cancel the donation. The monthly amount is withdrawn on the 20th of each month, and the cost to the church is 50 cents per transaction, irrespective of the amount of the gift. This makes the PAG the most economical of all methods of giving.
Contact - The clergy of St. Paul’s are permitted once again to visit in homes. Don’t hesitate to call or write.
Website: www.stpl.ca; Church phone: 416-499-1545; Email: email@example.com;
Fr. Dean Mercer: firstname.lastname@example.org;
Rectory phone: 416-497-6352.
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