Announcements for January 2nd, 2022

Church Board meeting

The next business meeting of the Church Board will be on January 11.

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Annual General Meeting

The annual general meeting of TSP will be held on March 13. We will want to have the annual report available to members by February 27. Therefore we are asking that all those who are responsible for providing content for the report have their contributions to the administrator no later than February 6. If this is not possible for you, please contact Linda Padfiield (tsplindapadfield@gmail.com) to discuss alternatives.

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Something New in the Heart Garden

Please take a look at the Heart Garden. There are now four beautiful benches to sit on! All are welcome to sit and enjoy! Lyn loved children and justice. Last Spring, before she died, Lyn asked what was needed in the Garden. A place to sit was missing and so Greg Gaetz, Lyn’s husband, lovingly made the benches in her name. As we sit in the Heart Garden, we will remember the children and our beloved Lyn.

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Photos provided by Tom Clark

From The Indigenous Rights Solidarity Group

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TSP Children’s Church

TSP Children’s Church takes place every Sunday on Zoom from 10:30-11:30 am. Three classes are available led by paid and professionally trained staff. The first class is for ages 4-8, the second is for ages 9-12, and the youth group is for ages 13 to 17. Nursery care is available in church every Sunday. For more information, contact TSP’s Children’s Church Coordinator Douglas Hurst at douglash@trinitystpauls.ca

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The Worship and Faith Formation Committee would like to invite you to one of two weekly exegesis groups: Monday evening on Zoom from 6:00-7:00; and Tuesday afternoon on Zoom from 10:30-11:30. Together we’ll reflect on these ancient teachings and how they are relevant in our lives today. Not all of us are familiar with the Bible, but in exploring it together we will each bring our own views and discover many new insights, and hopefully, feel supported in our everyday lives. We will also consider how our insights might pertain to the life of our church communally. All are welcome.

We will focus primarily on the readings for the coming Sunday. Please find the lectionary at the following link:

https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/lections.php?year=B&season=Season%20after%20Pentecost

You can access Monday’s meeting each week at the following link:

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88289739901?pwd=Rm1WNitSdHIrZjZwbW03bnNrVjBCQT09

Meeting ID: 882 8973 9901

Passcode: 072263

You can access Tuesday’s meeting each week at the following link:

https://zoom.us/j/91334841740?pwd=UWJnQjQxSmRZZFJ2c3lieU1tMEhhdz09

Meeting ID: 913 3484 1740

Passcode: 751656

If you would like to receive the Zoom links from Sherrill Hilton every Monday morning, please email her at sherrill.hilton@outlook.com

Blessings,

WAFF

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Worship for January:

As many of you know already, there will be no in-person worship for the month of January.

This suspension of in-person worship in the building will likely continue for as long as case numbers and data continue to make live worship to risky.

We strongly urge all who are able to get their booster shots and take every precaution necessary to be safe in the New Year.

Our current plan for worship is to live-stream, on Zoom, services from the Sanctuary where Cheri, Brad, participating soloists, as well as readers and prayer leaders, and the audio/visual team will all be masked and following every possible safety protocol.

You will continue to use the same link on Sundays, which will be sent out before 930 am, on the day.

If you have announcements for future weeks!

Contact Cian Horrobin, current office coordinator, at:

chorrobin@trinitystpauls.ca

Announcements for December 24th

REMINDER:

To our TSP community, neighbours, family and friends:

The decision has been made to not have in-person worship for our Christmas Eve service this year.

We will continue to have a live service, however the general public will be attending online, via Zoom.

The service itself will take place in the Sanctuary with the necessary minimum of participants (Cheri, Brad etc…), but NO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE.

This decision was made in light of escalating case numbers for COVID-19 and out of an abundance of caution and care for all members of our community and is considered a regrettably necessary step to keep everyone safe, especially during the holidays.

We look forward to having as large an online congregation as possible for us all to share in the Christmas service and the spirit of the season.

So, be sure to join us via Zoom at 7 pm, Christmas Eve (December 24)!

Zoom Service Link:

https://zoom.us/j/98243487606?pwd=WmxDbTR2a3JrMk4zT05lQzkwb3B6Zz09

Meeting ID: 982 4348 7606

Passcode: 105035

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Church Board meeting

The next business meeting of the Church Board will be on January 11.  If you have items you’d like discussed at that meeting, please send an email to  Linda Padfield, at tsplindapadfield@gmail.com by December 28.  Please indicate if the item is for decision or for information.

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Annual General Meeting

The annual general meeting of TSP will be held on March 13.  We will want to have the annual report available to members by February 27.  Therefore we are asking that all those who are responsible for providing content for the report have their contributions to the administrator no later than February 6.  If this is not possible for you, please contact Linda Padfiield (tsplindapadfield@gmail.com) to discuss alternatives.

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Something New in the Heart Garden

Please take a look at the Heart Garden. There are now four beautiful benches to sit on! All are welcome to sit and enjoy!  Lyn loved children and justice.  Last Spring, before she died, Lyn asked what was needed in the Garden. A place to sit was missing and so Greg Gaetz, Lyn’s husband, lovingly made the benches in her name.  As we sit in the Heart Garden, we will remember the children and our beloved Lyn.

From The Indigenous Rights Solidarity Group

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TSP Children’s Church

TSP Children’s Church takes place every Sunday on Zoom from 10:30-11:30 am. Three classes are available led by paid and professionally trained staff. The first class is for ages 4-8, the second is for ages 9-12, and the youth group is for ages 13 to 17. Nursery care is available in church every Sunday. For more information, contact TSP’s Children’s Church Coordinator Douglas Hurst at douglash@trinitystpauls.ca

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The Worship and Faith Formation Committee would like to invite you to one of two weekly exegesis groups:  Monday evening on Zoom from 6:00-7:00; and Tuesday afternoon on Zoom from 10:30-11:30.  Together we’ll reflect on these ancient teachings and how they are relevant in our lives today.  Not all of us are familiar with the Bible, but in exploring it together we will each bring our own views and discover many new insights, and hopefully, feel supported in our everyday lives.  We will also consider how our insights might pertain to the life of our church communally.  All are welcome.

We will focus primarily on the readings for the coming Sunday. Please find the lectionary at the following link:

https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/lections.php?year=B&season=Season%20after%20Pentecost

You can access Monday’s meeting each week at the following link:

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/88289739901?pwd=Rm1WNitSdHIrZjZwbW03bnNrVjBCQT09

Meeting ID: 882 8973 9901

Passcode: 072263

You can access Tuesday’s meeting each week at the following link:

https://zoom.us/j/91334841740?pwd=UWJnQjQxSmRZZFJ2c3lieU1tMEhhdz09

Meeting ID: 913 3484 1740

Passcode: 751656

If you would like to receive the  Zoom links from Sherrill Hilton every Monday morning, please email her at sherrill.hilton@outlook.com

Blessings,

WAFF

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Worship on Sunday December 26, 2021:

Our service this coming Sunday will be pre-recorded and released on YouTube early on the 26th to allow TSP members to watch it at our usual church time (1030), if they prefer to keep in that routine, and the link will remain available indefinitely for those who will watch, or rewatch at a later time.

Future Services:

As of now a decision was finalized to not have in person services throughout January. This will end up meaning that the service will be live-streamed on Sundays at our usual time.

PLEASE NOTE: this will not be Zoom church as we did during the summer and most of the year, but instead a live church service you can “tune in to” and watch. More details to come…

Announcements, Office Staff:

These current announcements are being released in anticipation of the Christmas Eve service on Friday and will be sent again before the 26th. This means if anything was missed on this round you can still send in until the end of Friday to have things added.

Contact Cian Horrobin, current office coordinator, at:

chorrobin@trinitystpauls.ca

Announcement re: Christmas Eve

o our TSP community, neighbours, family and friends:

The decision has been made to not have in-person worship for our Christmas Eve service this year.

We will continue to have a live service, however the general public will be attending online, via Zoom.

The service itself will take place in the Sanctuary with the necessary minimum of participants (Cheri, Brad etc…), but NO MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC WILL BE IN ATTENDANCE.

This decision was made in light of escalating case numbers for COVID-19 and out of an abundance of caution and care for all members of our community and is considered a regrettably necessary step to keep everyone safe, especially during the holidays.

We look forward to having as large an online congregation as possible for us all to share in the Christmas service and the spirit of the season.

So, be sure to join us via Zoom at 7 pm, Christmas Eve (December 24)!

Delving Deeper, December 19, 2 pm

Zoom Link:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85169731087?pwd=anREMXE0T25kTko3TmxjdEtyUmFqZz09

Meeting ID: 851 6973 1087
Passcode: 731532
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Carols by Candlelight

Carols by Candlelight Service, December 12, 2021. Featuring the TSP Choir, VIVA Every Voice Matters Chorus, and VIVA Community Choir.

From the Anti-Racism Working Group

The Trinity St. Paul’s (TSP) Anti-Racism Group is making an urgent request to TSP members to write to your city councillors about policing policy in Toronto.

TSP’s Anti-Racism Group became aware earlier this year of a report by a 28-member umbrella group, the Toronto Neighbourhood Centres (TNC), called ‘Rethinking Community Safety: a Step Forward for Toronto.’  This landmark report was endorsed by many other organizations, including Black Lives Matter, Social Planning Toronto, and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. It pointed to a new direction for the City of Toronto: redirect policing resources to non-policing alternatives for four key groups – youth, and people experiencing homelessness, mental health crises, and gender-based violence.

The TNC has asked for our help in furthering the original intention of a unanimous vote last February at City Council to create a Community Crisis Support Service Pilot. The report from city staff was requested by year end 2021

Unfortunately, the intention of that motion has essentially been undermined by a decision at the Toronto Police Services Board (TPSB) to beef up the police response, albeit with co-located mental health nurses. Rather than the city’s getting on with the pilot projects to have a non-police community response for non-violent mental health calls, the TPS has upped the number of police involved! The TNC has asked all of those familiar with their original report to intervene now with letters to city councillors to get on with the plan for the pilot projects.

TSP has already responded with a letter from our Chair of the Church Board, Colin Phillips, and our Minister, Cheri DiNovo, to the mayor and all councillors. It is attached below, so please take a look at it

Now we need to request your help in furthering the original intention of the motion by City Council by writing to your own city councillor about this issue. 

Please copy both TSP and the TNC on your letter.  Send the TSP copy of your letter to Beverley Eadie at admin@trinitystpauls.caShe will keep a record of what we have done collectively.  Send the TNC copy to: Serena Nudel at Serena.Nudel@tngcs.org.  

On behalf of our Anti-Racism Committee, I sincerely thank you in advance for taking the time to write to your city councillor today about this issue!

Peace and love,

Betty Butterworth   

November 23, 2021

Mayor John Tory and Toronto City Councillors

City Hall

100 Queen St W.

Toronto ON M5H 2N2

Dear Mayor Tory and Councillors,

We urge you to recommit to developing a concrete multi-year plan to move interventions with vulnerable people from the police to more appropriate community services and involve the community in that process. We applauded the unanimous vote in February to create four community safety and crisis support service pilots to test a new, non-police led, approach to non-emergency, non-violent calls, including those involving persons in crisis. We thought mental health calls would receive a response by trained mental health practitioners, rather than police. The immediate implementation of what meets the original intent would be a tangible example of your recent commitment to a comprehensive mental health and addictions strategy. Rather the Toronto Police Services Board (TPSB) has agreed to more police partnering with mental health nurses in the Mobile Crisis Intervention Teams (MCIT), but the Toronto Police Service (TPS) continues to take the calls. This does not work, according to the excellent Toronto Neighbourhood Centres’ (TNC) report, ‘Rethinking Community Safety: A Step Forward for Toronto.’  

The 28 members of the TNC, along with others endorsing the report, are a formidable group of experts in the areas examined in that report! The Rethink Policing initiative by the TNC has a clear call to action: redirect policing resources to non-policing alternatives for four key groups – youth, and people experiencing homelessness, mental health crises, and gender-based violence. We want to see a coherent and strategic plan to expand non-police responses, adopt a timeline for engaging community, and redirect policing funds to alternatives.

Why are we interested in this issue? Trinity St. Paul’s United Church and Centre for Faith, Justice and the Arts (the themes in our church mission), is located in the annex, but has members from all over the city. We are an inclusive community affirming that all, regardless of ability, age, class, ethnicity, gender, race, or sexual orientation are full participants in our membership and leadership. Our justice activities include the Indigenous Rights Solidarity Group, climate justice activities, and the Middle East Working Group. 

After world-wide anger about George Floyd’s murder and calls by Black Lives Matter to defund the police, our members began studying our own and societal systemic racism and white privilege. Institutional racism, particularly against Black and Indigenous communities, was evident in the criminal justice system – courts, jails, and police. The TNC report prescribes the best response to the latter! 

We are currently sponsoring a 3-part series, ‘Creating our Best Future: How to Build a Genuinely Inclusive City’ (flyer attached). We will expand our efforts, along with other faith communities, to influence justice in our city. A good place to start is with a rationalization of community safety. Remove the police from responsibilities best undertaken by others! We will follow closely the city’s future gains in achieving these and other reforms.

Yours sincerely,

Colin Phillips, MSW, PhD. Rev. Dr. Cheri di Novo CM

Chair of the Church Board Minister

cc. TPSB, ARAP, TNC, SURJ, Faith in the City, Toronto Area Interfaith Council

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