A Community in the Heart of the City
Trinity St. Paul’s is a community of faith seeking to serve the love, justice and freedom of Jesus Christ.
We seek to be a community of faith that:
- grounds itself in Christian faith through spiritual practices and theological reflection
- witnesses publicly as a Christian community, takes a stand on issues of social justice, locally and globally and deepens our relationship with the arts community, with other faith communities and with our neighbours
- gathers in worship that nourishes, challenges and embraces diversity
- nurtures individuals and families for discipleship
Nurturing Community and Discipleship
Life at Trinity-St. Paul’s is like an ever-changing garden. Many contribute to supporting and nurturing each other in community and discipleship. Canoe trips, lunches after church, phone calls, notes of caring and support and many other gestures of friendship and prayer are some of the flowers in our garden. Within our formal organization as a congregation, this is gathered together in the Nurturing Community & Discipleship Circle, which meets in the evening on the fourth Tuesday of every other month.
We are responsible for:
- Welcome and hospitality – the Welcome Table, Coffee after church, Welcome Back Lunch, Harvestfest and many other social events in the life of the congregation;
- Pastoral care – largely through the Pastoral Care Team, visiting members, organizing the flowers for Christmas and Easter, helping with services at neighbouring Seniors Homes, assisting with the Season for Fellowship and many other initiatives;
- Developing a process for discerning, honouring gifts and empowering people to use them -occurs through a variety of initiatives, most recently last Spring a Discerning Spiritual Gifts Workshop;
- Building inclusive community honouring our commitments as an affirming congregation – Trinity-St. Paul’s continues its membership in the national church’s Affirming congregations network and support the preparation of a United Church float for the Gay Pride Parade in Toronto, as well as encouraging lots of folks to attend.
- Monitoring the implementation of the anti-racism policy – The Embracing Diversity committee continues its work in calling us to pay attention to the commitments we made in our anti-racism policy and opportunities to live out our vision of love and justice for all.
The Circle’s role is visioning, planning, facilitating, coordinating and accountability. There is lots of room for initiating and participating by all members of the congregation in any of these areas.