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Welcome to St. Paul's
We're glad you're here! St. Paul's is an inclusive community of diverse individuals and families seeking to follow Jesus by practicing hospitality, working for justice, and seeking a closer relationship with God and neighbour. And we have fun, too! Music, special events, parties, study groups, walk-a-thons, and sometimes just clownin' around.
We Worship In-Person
St. Paul's United Church is open for in-person worship each Sunday from 10:00-11:00 am. The doors open at 9:30 am, and our seating capacity is 41 people.
If you plan on attending, you must pre-register and follow the health and safety guidelines.
To pre-register, please contact Sheila Blinoff via email.
With respect to the health and safety guidelines:
Everyone is to use the front entrance.
Hands are to be sanitized upon entry.
A mask must be worn indoors.
Physical distancing of 2m or 6 feet is required and pews will be marked for permissible seating.
We know you'll want to greet your fellow pew maters with gusto, but please refrain from hugs and handshakes. How about a smile, an elbow bump, a toe tap, or a dance move? Get creative.
An Update on our Search for a New Minister
As you know when Rev. Dan was called to East End United Church we embarked on a process to hire a minister. After two attempts at hiring a full-time minister, and knowing that we were happy with Karen Chandler who has provided us with pulpit supply in 2021, we approached the United Church of Canada to ascertain if an appointment for Karen would be a possibility.
We were led to believe this would be more than a possibility. We knew that she was a student, but was advised that students are able to accept appointments as approved by the United Church of Canada’s Candidacy Board. As a Candidate, Karen was eligible to apply.
Karen’s meeting with the United Church of Canada’s Candidacy Board was mid-September and unfortunately, they could not affirm that Karen was ready for a full-time appointment with St. Paul’s as they felt she had not completed enough courses and that this appointment would be unsupervised.
The Board has met and we agreed to apply to be a Supervised Ministry Education (SME) site so that as we move forward now with our search, we can keep our options open with respect to the type of minister or student minister we can interview and hire.
We know that this will come as sad news to many of you who have gotten to know Karen since February. Karen wishes to remain a friend of St. Paul’s and will visit us for worship and she may provide some occasional pulpit supply in 2022. She has also volunteered to participate on our Pastoral Care Team and with our communications and social media. We are grateful for her continued friendship.
The Board and Search Team will share more, as more information becomes available on next steps.
Welcome Wayne Strongman
After a summer of searching, we have found our new Music Director, Wayne Strongman.
Wayne is a very accomplished Music Director and he has held major church Music Director positions at Melrose United Church in Hamilton, Christ Church Deer Park Anglican, and Rosedale United Church. Always a collaborative leader, he welcomes the "call" to St. Paul's Scarborough as an opportunity to creatively and carefully work with Karen and the musicians in the congregation to return live music to worship services in the midst of COVID.
Click here to find out more about Wayne.
Wayne, we are excited to have you join the
St. Paul's family.
Pastoral Care Available
Karen Chandler continues with St. Paul's as a volunteer on the Pastoral Care Team.
If you, or a member of the congregation are in need of a phone call or email from the Pastoral Care Team, please contact the church office by phone at
Aowyn, our intrepid philosopher, teacher, and theologian-in-training, has put together a series of short videos for kids. Check them out here.