St. Paul's, Bloor Street
|St. Paul's Bloor Street|
St. Paul's Bloor Street, c. 1891
|Location||227 Bloor Street East|
|Denomination||Anglican Church of Canada|
The first St. Paul's church opened on June 12, 1842. It was replaced by what is called the “Old Church” in 1860. The current sanctuary (the “New Church”) was built in 1913 when Canon Cody was the Rector (Senior Minister). Cody Hall, built in memory of Canon Cody’s son, opened in 1928 containing a large theatre-style room, classrooms, a gym and a rifle range.
Both the New Church and Cody Hall were designed by E.J. Lennox who attended as a member of St. Paul’s at the time. In 2006, a large renovation (the Nehemiah Project) was completed, amalgamating all three buildings into one, accessible complex of 110,000 sq. ft.
The building is protected under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act since January 12, 1989. The "Old St. Paul's Anglican Church" was built in 1860, designed by Edward and George Radford. The tower was completed in 1894 with additions in 1904 designed by E.J. Lennox. The "New St. Paul's Anglican Church" opened in 1913. There is also a heritage easement agreement on the property, registered on November 22, 1988.
Description and services
There are three chapels in the church complex (St. Paul’s, St. George’s, and Good Shepherd). During the week, those seeking solitude and prayer are welcome in St. Paul’s Chapel. The Chapel hosts new and regular visitors alike, and is especially popular with the working crowd at lunch.
The church holds services on Sundays and a Communion Service on Tuesdays. The vision of St. Paul's Bloor Street is: "By the power and grace of Jesus Christ, we seek to be a transformative community for the city." It has extensive children and youth programs as well as offering many adult programs, along with Outreach ministries.
St. Paul's Bloor Street is the regimental church of The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada (QOR) and a pew is designated for The Duchess of Cornwall, appointed Colonel-in-Chief of the Regiment in 2010.. The Cross of Sacrifice, a memorial to the fallen soldiers of the unit, stands outside the church.