A Time for Waiting

Advent wreath with candles

Advent is traditionally a time for waiting—for Christmas celebrations for the children, for the celebration of the miracle of birth and of Jesus’s birth in particular, and for many Christians, a reminder of the waiting for Jesus’s coming again—for the fulfillment of the hope and promise he brought.

This is also a season of waiting for the Bathurst community; waiting for a new minister to join us, and waiting to see the outcome of our deliberations about our call and future mission. Our services in Advent reflect our different forms of waiting, and the joy and celebration we will share with the arrival of Christmas.

Unless otherwise noted below, services are held Sunday mornings at 10:30, in the chapel at Trinity St. Paul's Centre, 427 Bloor St. W.


Advent and Christmas services this year include:

  • Sunday, December 16
    Advent 3: Christmas Choral Service

  • Tuesday, December 18, 7:00 p.m.
    Carols in a minor key
    Bloor St. United Church, 300 Bloor St. W.

  • Sunday, December 23
    Christmas Breakfast:Christmas stories and carols
    10:00 am

  • Monday, December 24
    Christmas Eve with Bloor St. U.C., 300 Bloor St. W.
    • 7:00 p.m. - All ages candlelight service
    • 10:00 p.m. - Candlelight communion

  • Sunday, December 30
    Bathurst will be joining worship with College St. U.C. [no service in the TSP chapel]
    College St. U.C., 454 College St.
    10:30 am

  • Sunday, January 6, 2019
    Epiphany and Communion

Previous services in this series included:

  • Sunday, December 9
    Advent 2: Waiting in Darkness, liturgy from the Iona Community
    Congregational Meeting

  • Sunday, December 2
    Advent 1: Messy Church on the Angel Gabriel visiting Mary

What Faith Means for Me ...

This fall, the Bathurst community continues its search for a new minister. At the same time, through the '2020 Project', we are seeking to understand the changing nature of church in the 21st century, and how we are called to serve our broader community.

In the light of the changes underway, our fall series will focus on what faith means to us as members of a spiritual community, with reflections from members and also from outside voices involved in our changing neighbourhood.

Services are held Sunday mornings at 10:30, in the chapel at Trinity St. Paul's Centre, 427 Bloor St. W.


The next service in this series is:

  • Sunday, November 25
    On the Ground in Palestine
    Judi McCallum"

Previous services in this series included:

  • Sunday, November 17
    What Faith Means to Me
    Sharon Goodier

  • Sunday, November 11, Remembrance Day
    War and Peace
    Reg McQuaid offers a reflection titled ""The Red Poppy and the White Poppy"

  • Sunday, November 4
    "Being a Community of Faith"
    A Reflection by our Volunteer Pastoral Associate, Frances Combs

  • Sunday, October 14
    What Faith Means to Me ...
    Members of the Bathurst community

  • Sunday, October 21
    Faith in the life of the Pontes de Graça Community
    Ricardo Silva

Celebrating Creation's Multifaith Spirit

This September, we decided to join many Christian communities around the world in celebrating the Season of Creation, a time to remember the gift of the Earth and our place in Creation. The biblical story of the six days of Creation wove through our services this fall, while we lifted up various perspectives on the story of the creation of the world, and ended with remembrance of the gifts of gratitude and sabbath.

Services were held Sunday mornings at 10:30, in the chapel at Trinity St. Paul's Centre, 427 Bloor St. W.

Services in this series included:

  • Sunday, October 7
    Thanksgiving, Sabbath and Gratitude

  • Sunday, September 30
    Christian mystics and the sanctity of being birthed
    Diane Meredith and Lindsay Tyler

  • Sunday, September 23
    Modern Physics and Creation; Who is Pulling the Strings?
    (What creation story most closely resembles what science teaches? Hint: It's neither of the two in Genesis)
    Ken McEvoy

  • Sunday, September 16
    Shamanic perspectives on creation
    Jasper Miller

  • Sunday, September 9
    Two stories of Creation in Genesis
    Frances Combs


Summer Series 2018

 

Quetico Reflection by Vivian East

A Summer of Reflection

Many of the services this summer will be bible study, using the Student Christian Movement method. Underlying all of the services, however, will be the awareness that we are in the process of

  • Searching for a minister to replace Ralph Carl Wushke, who will retire at the end of August; and
  • Discerning our future role in the Bathurst and Bloor area.

The summer services are held at College Street United Church, at the north-west corner of College and Bathurst, and start with a pot luck supper sharp at 6:00 pm, followed by an informal service at 7:00 pm.

The first service in the next series, Bibilical Stories of Creation, will be on Sunday, September 9, at 10:30 a.m. in the TSP Chapel, 427 Bloor St. West

The services in the summer series included:

  • Wednesday, August 29
    Lindsay Tyler

  • Wednesday, August 22
    Conversation around transition
    Pastoral Care Committee

  • Wednesday, August 15
    Judi McCallum

  • Wednesday, August 8
    Ralph Carl Wushke

  • Wednesday, August 1
    Bathurst 2020: Making the vision a reality
    Jasper Miller, Ronald Macfarlane

  • Wednesday, July 25
    Reg McQuaid

  • Wednesday, July 18
    Marie Simon

  • Wednesday, July 11
    Ken McEvoy

  • Wednesday, July 4
    Ralph Carl Wushke