Jared Scratch

About Jared Scratch

Jared Scratch is the Church Administrator for the congregation of Trinity-St. Paul's United Church and updates this website on a regular basis.

Na-Me-Res Christmas Collection

Na-Me-Res Christmas Collection

Back in March, John Olthuis suggested that one way that we could respond to ‘the original nations of this land that continue to cry out for justice‘ would be by ‘paying the rent’; an act of respect, a way of making contact through a concrete act of repentance.
The Indigenous Rights Solidarity Group has been putting this idea into practice by forging a relationship with Na-Me-Res. This First Nations Agency has a men’s residence as well as programmes for individuals suffering from mental health and addiction issues.
We donated our ‘rent money,’ are working together on the Heart Garden, volunteered at their powwow and now collecting items for the men at Christmas.
After a wonderful pageant performed by the children, the gifts for the men were brought up to the alter.
As you can see from the photo, the response was overwhelming, such a sign of hope and generosity in a weary world.
na me res offering
Season for Commitment Senior’s Lunch

Season for Commitment Senior’s Lunch

– As reported in the TSP Times Advent 2016 issue –

Almost 50 Seniors and friends gathered for lunch in the Studio on November 6th as part of the Season for Commitment events. A delicious meal of corn chowder, apple cider, cheese, crudité, hummus and nuts along with Cobs-donated buns was enjoyed by all. Conversations flourished as the sun poured in. Between the main course and dessert, people were asked to share some “stewardship lessons” from their lives.


Tithing was a common lesson from our childhoods, giving 10 percent of our earnings. Discussion of whether this should include other charities we support and whether it was based on our earnings or our net worth, pushed the envelope for some. Many remembered the importance of putting an equal amount in both sides of the envelope, for local and mission givings. One lovely story shared was of a grandmother who as a minister’s wife in the prairies in the 1930s would collect used clothing, launder and mend, then invite folks for tea and send them off to “shop” in her front parlour – sharing with dignity.


Some remembered giving produce instead of money, helping to feed the minister’s family. Others, who had little money to spare, shared their hospitality by inviting those who were sometimes seen as “misfits” or “socially unpopular people” to their home.


Some remembered the tradition of giving a toy each year, others remembered the “loose change bottle” which was taken to church when full. Inviting foreign students to join them for Christmas was one family’s tradition, others remembered the expectation that their allowance would include giving an offering each Sunday in Sunday School. For some, volunteering was part of family life and they noticed that many women in their families took care of their neighbours who were sick or shut-in.
Some remembered the priest setting up a contest from Sunday to Sunday regarding which Mass had given the most. Some shared they were looking for guidance in what their financial and other commitments should be.


As stories from each table were shared, we also dug into apple crisp and tea as we wound up our time together in time to clean up and make room for the Sunday afternoon Salsa!! Judith led us in prayer and blessing before we departed. Thanks to all who pitched in to make this Senior’s lunch possible and delicious!

Nominating Team

Nominating Team

Did you know that TSP has a Nominating Team?  Our purpose is to match people to the different committees, circles and boards of the church.  Our next major task is to find people who would like to be part of the Search Committee for the new minister. At our congregational meeting on December 11, we will hear about this important journey of calling our new minister.

Here is some background information on the Interview/Search committee:

It is expected that people on this committee will work for up to a year or more, beginning in late February 2017.  It is hoped that the minister will begin by January 2018.   The frequency of meetings will vary through the various stages of the committee’s work, but one can expect weekly meetings  at some points.  Some full day meetings may be required for interviews. It is important that all members attend each meeting whenever possible and always during interviews. A full job description for the committee is available on the TSP Website or at the back of the church.

Does this sound like a role you could play?  Do you know someone who you think would be great for this committee?  If you are interested yourself, or if you know of someone who you would like to be considered for this committee, please check with them to ensure they are willing to serve and then speak to one of us or send along an email with your suggestion(s) by Sunday, Dec. 18th.

We will add all of the names we receive into our pool of possible candidates and consider the best fit based on a number of factors (i.e. diversity with respect to gender identity, racial identity, age, length of time with congregation, skills, teaming, etc.) The proposed slate will come to our Congregational Meeting in January for approval.

We look forward to hearing from you by Dec. 18th for this important task. We will be working on the larger Lay Ministry Nominating opportunities in the New Year.  Thank you.

In faith,

The Nominating Team

Betsy Anderson <andersonbetsy528@gmail.com>

Bill Fallis <billfallis@gmail.com>

Jeanne Moffat <jeannemoffat@rogers.com>

Christmas Celebrations and Services 2016

Christmas Celebrations and Services 2016

Monday, December 5 ~ 7:00pm

Quiet Christmas


Sunday, December 18 ~ 10:30am

 Children’s Church present a Pageant


Sunday, December 18 ~ 7:00pm

 Carols and Readings

Featuring the Choir of Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church, and The Every One Can Sing Choir (VIVA! Youth Singers of Toronto)

Free will offering in support of Music Ministry at Trinity-St. Paul’s


Saturday, December 24 Christmas Eve

 7pm: Family Service

(joint service with Bloor St. United Church)

 10pm: Candlelight and Communion

(joint service with Bathurst St. United Church)


Sunday, December 25 ~ 10:30am

 “Mystery, Myth and Meaning – Celebrating Jesus’ Birth”.


Sunday, January 1 ~ 10:30am

New Year’s Service

(joint service  with Bathurst St. United Church in the Chapel)

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Jared Scratch

Church Administrator