Job Opportunity with TSP Tweens

Job Opportunity with TSP Tweens

TSP Tweens

TSP Tweens is a church school program aimed at youth aged nine to 12 years run out of Trinity St. Paul’s United Church (TSP) in Toronto.


The goal of the program is to deepen and explore Christian discipleship in everyday life with a group of kids who are a little too old for the regular church school programming, yet are not quite there yet to meet the challenges of Youth on Bloor, a collaborative program for United Church teens.


From games to making movies to baking and our annual camping trip in June, this new group is led as much by the participants as it is by its leaders. Some of what we do might not seem like “normal” church school. It’s a safe space to explore ideas and questions about God, faith, and community, considering what it means to be part of a congregation in the 21st century.


Job Opportunity:

We are currently seeking a new person to work with the current Tweens leader and our Church School Coordinator, Paige Fraser, immediately until June 2015. The fall is an opportunity to work with the current leader in order to move into overall leadership in the New Year. For a detailed job description and to apply, contact This work comes with a weekly honorarium of $50.


Fee Schedule


(Non- Profit Rates)                             

Effective August 7, 2014 and subject to change without notice


Hourly Rates:a


Room Rate 1b Rate 2 Rate 3 Rate 4
Studio 33.00 28.50 19.00h 21.00
Gym 55.00 32.50 27.00c 21.00c
Chapel 33.00 32.00 26.00 19.00
Sanctuary 215.00d,e,f 93.00g 86.00 55.00c
Memorial 45.00 28.00  25.00 19.00h
C.E. 24.00  22.00 19.00 17.00
Fireside 33.00 28.00 22.00 20.00
Garden Room 24.00 22.00 19.00 18.00
Rainbow Room 36.00 29.00 26.00 21.00
Gym Kitchen 24.00 18.00  17.00 15.00

a Last booked hour is 55 minutes/last half hour is 25 minutes.

b Prices discounted 50% from corporate rates.

c Pertains to no charge/no collection/no donation request events.

d Basic concert rate (5pm-11pm) with two additional rooms $1150

Stage and light rental extra $130.00 each (labour not included)

e Main floor use only $130.00/hr

f 3 hour minimum booking.

g Auditions, recordings, small recitals $66.00 hr.

h Piano/vocal rehearsal only.




Rate #1    SPECIAL EVENTS: Performances, entertainment, meetings, sales, socials, craft shows, weddings, funerals, worship services, etc.

Rate #2    NEIGHBOURHOOD PROGRAMS: Classes, instruction, seminars, workshops, recordings, etc.

Rate #3    PEACE/SOCIAL JUSTICE: Issues/education for public, solidarity meetings, etc.

SUPPORT SERVICES: Psycho/Social Assistance, Self-Help, Twelve Step Groups, etc.

Rate #4    ARTS REHEARSALS: Performing arts preparation (no compensation, coaching, teaching, etc.)(Otherwise see rate #2). Also set-up and strike time; auditions outside of Sanctuary charged at this rate as well.


The following discounts are available:

No Charge:                 Residents Groups & Congregation only. If booked within 24 hrs

10%:                Resident Groups.

Regular Use (contracts for booking 13 of 26 wks.)

15%:                Congregation members – non-sponsored activities


Negotiable:                30 hrs./per month or more on a single contract.


Max Charge:              Daily max. = 10 hrs/room at highest booking rate.


2014 Summer Service Schedule

Summer Sunday Service Schedule (July and August):

Due to Phase II of the TSP Sanctuary renovations, the following summer service schedule will be in effect beginning on July 6, 2014 and ending on August 31, 2014:

July:  Joint services with the Bloor Street United congregation will be held at Bloor Street United Church. Leadership will be provided by the Trinity-St. Paul’s ministerial team for the month of July.

August:  Joint services with the Bloor Street United congregation will be held at Bloor Street United Church. Leadership will be provided by the Bloor Street ministerial team for the month of August. A Joint-Communion Service will be held on August 3, 2014.

Bloor Street United Church:

300 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1W3; 


All services are at 10:30 a.m. Please note that the TSP building will be closed on Sundays until 1:00pm for the entire month in July and August.

Divestment Diary – Part 1

Divestment Diary – Part 1

May 21.2014

  1. Trinity St Pauls’ (TSP) primer, pamphlet, and cross references are all available online:
  1. Other groups on divestment:

a)    “Fossil Free Faith: Canadian Interfaith Divestment Network”

This Canadian network is forming, under support of `Greening Sacred Spaces.

Jeanne, Greg and Jim were on the opening Canada wide conference call.

Stay tuned. It may launch in July.

If you have friends in other denominations and faiths, talk up the divestment campaign…

The “3F’s” themselves may be making information and resources available to us when they get established.

b). Toronto

is incorporating themselves for stability for their campaign to have the UJ of T Senate divest the university funds from the 200 biggest fossil fuel companies. TSP borrowed ideas and energy from this group, whose President Stuart Basden spoke in our church.,. Ann Russell attended that meeting for us.

From her report: “ Most of the meeting was dedicated to elections of executive positions, which people hold for a three month term. They have found meeting space at the Steelworkers Hall beginning in June and will only on occasion need to schedule elsewhere if the hall is booked. The group is primarily focused now on coordinating buses and accommodation for people going from Toronto to New York for the Climate Summit the weekend of September 23rd”.            Work on the UofT divestment is at a bit of a standstill as the President has not been able to get enough people on the committee to review. Probably difficult over the summer. They are looking at ways to spread knowledge of the campaign and make it interesting and cool on campus this fall, possibly producing a video. They will be marching in the Pride parade which is great exposure.”

Churches also need to be represented there!

Look for extensive info distribution on Face book, and on their web site; also on – a record of those who have taken or are working on divestment action… 

  1. Resources:

c). Roger Townshend, a lawyer in the TSP group passes on this book review on `Oil, Law and Lawlessness” (apologies to the group for duplication)

Interesting book review:

d) “The moral and financial case for divesting from Fossil fuel companies”. by John Dillon of KAIROS: who have posted our primer on Divestment on their site-

e). Climate treaties, Climate defenders: May 2nd.

Certainly an issue of Climate Justice and something that we should build into the network of actions.
It may not be an easy to link to divestment – but I am sure it is connected to through the actions of companies working with governments in various countries. Consider the proposed law to make it illegal to call for divestment (in Australia)
Divestment is a lightning rod- a tactic – in terms of the long-term goals. It is also a lightning rod in terms of sparking education and conversations. Did people see the article in the UC Observer this week (complete with a quote from Jeanne)?
Walter Whiteley


Justice Note is a bi-weekly summary of information from The Social Justice Project of Toronto Southeast Presbytery… This information can be found at

This wide ranging newsletter comes from Beth Baskin, listing a large group of projects/causes/actions here in Toronto region. The newsletter mentions the TSP resolution on divestment, which was picked up in the UK Guardian Weekly

Beth is working with us on getting our divestment resolution on to presbytery and hopefully on its way to General Council.


Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church Votes to Divest from Fossil Fuel Companies

TORONTO, ON, 24 February 2014 – The congregation of Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church voted unanimously Sunday at its Annual General Meeting to lend its voice to the fast-growing divestment movement, and to ensure that its own funds are not invested in any of the world’s 200 largest fossil fuel companies. The vote confirms a long-standing commitment to climate justice, which has been a key priority of the congregation for the past decade. Jeanne Moffat, a member and representative of the Climate Justice Group of Trinity St. Paul’s, sees the decision as deliberately aligning with Christianity’s core teachings of justice. “For too many years governments have not dealt decisively with the impending climate chaos, largely to the peril of low-income countries and low-lying regions of the world. Low-income countries are neither responsible for the heat-trapping gases that will cause more droughts and floods, nor do they have the resources to adapt. Not to act in the face of the realities of climate change is to violate our call to justice. We call upon all people of faith to join us in this movement.” The timing of the decision coincides with other churches’ and institutions’ decisions to stop profiting from the companies whose business model includes plundering the planet. The decision represents clear dissatisfaction with the inadequate climate policies of the world’s wealthiest countries. “We have been working on climate justice for well over a decade as individuals and as a congregation,” says Moffat, who proposed the motion on behalf of the Climate Justice Group. “We have been part of a range of campaigns to call for climate action at the scale and pace needed to avert climate catastrophe. We see this as a necessary, logical step in the mass movement away from fossil fuels and toward renewable energy and energy efficiency. This movement is growing and growing fast. We invite our sibling congregations across Canada to support this movement away from the fossil fuels that threaten all of Creation.” Trinity-St. Paul’s United Church is a congregation of the United Church of Canada. Trinity-St. Paul’s seeks to live the love, justice and freedom of Jesus Christ. Worship of God, nurture of one another, and the struggle to be faithful to God’s call lie at the centre of its community and its outreach. The United Church of Canada is the largest Protestant denomination in Canada with over 3,000 congregations and other ministries across the country.