Community

Nourish your soul, meet new friends, and enrich the lives of others. From weekly services and programs, to hosting a soup kitchen and community garden project, Redeemer Lutheran’s vibrant, inclusive community offers opportunities to engage – to find life in your community.

Upcoming Events

Refugee Support

“Welcome the Stranger” while finding community. Join the volunteers of the West End Interfaith Refugee Sponsor group (WEIRS). Learn more…

Bloor on the Park Community Pantry

Help to keep tummies full! The mini pantry movement is a grassroots solution to immediate and local need. Whether you need food or you have food to give, mini pantries serve neighbors and nourish neighborhoods. Learn more…

Food & Land Justice in a Time of Climate Crisis

A community education series focused on the importance of food and land justice in society. We discuss the deployment of food from farm to fork and our relationships with it.

“Indigenous Teaching and the Land” Postponed – Learn more…

Spirit Songs

A concert series examining the rich tradition and spiritual dimension of popular song, and introduces listeners to the spirit of faith and inquiry is alive at Redeemer Lutheran. STAY TUNED. Learn more…

Ongoing Activities

Weekly Worship
Online Worship

Sundays 10 a.m. Online church at Redeemer Lutheran is currently available via Zoom and Facebook Live. You can:

In Person Worship

Sundays 10 a.m. In-person worship at Redeemer Lutheran is currently limited to 30 persons. To comply with our gathering limit, pre-register to attend by contacting Pastor Steve by email or call 416.766.1424 in advance to join us on a particular Sunday morning. Please note that you will be required to follow COVID-19 guidelines regarding the wearing of masks and physical distancing. In addition, please note that:

  • You will be asked questions about health.
  • You will wear your mask throughout the service.
  • We will not be able to sing, and communion will be different.
  • We will not gather for coffee afterwards, but can visit at a distance.
  • If you are sick, please stay home.
Redeemer Kids
Sanctuary Quiet Play Area

Sundays 10 a.m. Small children are welcome to remain in the sanctuary during services. We have a play area set up for children and their caregivers where you can park your stroller, look through books, play quietly with toys, and colour.

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Sunday School

Sundays 10 a.m. Redeemer Lutheran offers Sunday School during the school year for children aged 4 and up. Sunday School runs during in-person worship service, beginning each week after the Children’s Message. Together, kids of all ages learn and experience messages of love, acceptance and service. Please email to learn more.

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Youth and Young Adult Group

Wednesdays 7 to 8:30 p.m. For youth and young adults aged 9 and up, Redeemer Lutheran’s Youth and Young Adult Group meets during the school year to enjoy movies, play games, discuss topics of the day, and share ideas. We have found a wide variety of ways to stay connected and have fun during COVID. Register to participate on Zoom.

Tuesday Lawn Visits Online

Tuesdays from 10 to 11 a.m. Visit with Pastor Steve and all who drop in to this informal gathering online. Registration is required. To participate, please contact Pastor Steve by email or call 416.766.1424.

Christian Meditation

Thursdays at 1 p.m. Redeemer Lutheran hosts a weekly community group that follows the meditation practices of World Community for Christian Meditation. Our sessions include a guided 20-minute meditation followed by discussion. This group currently meets only online. Register to participate on Zoom.

A Place at the Table

2nd & 4th Thursdays of every month at 6 p.m. Rooted in Lutheran tradition, these gatherings offer a simple and relaxed opportunity to worship. Following a simple service of song, scripture and communion, we sit and eat together. We take turns preparing the food, break bread together, share, laugh, learn and ponder. Previous church experience not required. To participate, contact Pastor Steve by email or call 416.766.1424.

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Community Outreach

Life Celebrations

Redeemer Lutheran hosts weddings, baptisms, funerals for both member families and one-time guests. For more information, contact Pastor Steve by email or call 416.766.1424.

Baptisms

Baptism is the first of two sacraments in Lutheran understanding. It is the foundation of Christian life. You can be baptised at any age.

Confirmation

Confirmation recognizes a deepened or renewed commitment to follow Christ and participate in the life of the church. We provide education and then offer the opportunity for individuals to publicly affirm their baptism.

Weddings

We rejoice with all couples who seek a marriage or blessing. In preparation for your marriage, you will meet with Pastor Steve several times in advance of the wedding to prepare for this life celebration and plan the ceremony.

Funerals and Celebrations of Life

Helping you plan your own funeral or celebration of life or that of a loved one is part of the ministry at Redeemer Lutheran. We’re here to help you on this journey.

Sharing Spaces

Consider Redeemer Lutheran part of the neighbourhood! We invite the community to get to know our space and encourage suggestions for both private rental and community activities.

OUTSIDE we welcome visitors to respectfully enjoy our greenspace and picnic table – and the sledding hill in winter.

INSIDE we have a large hall which seats 100 and a smaller room with a kitchenette; both are available for rent. Insurance is required and new uses must coordinate with existing church, daycare and tenant groups.

The church is easily accessed on foot and by bike, car and transit. Contact Pastor Steve by email or call 416.766.1424 for rental availability and rates, and to share your ideas.

Out of the Cold Soup Kitchen

Combine friendship, stewardship and cooking! We have partnered with All Saints Kingsway Anglican Church for 15+ years as part of an interfaith ministry to the homeless to prepare soup for 100 people weekly during the 20-week soup-kitchen season. For more information, contact Pastor Steve by email or call 416.766.1424.

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The Garden Party and Giving Garden

Calling all green thumbs! Join the community volunteers who make up this non-denominational group that provides fresh herbs and vegetables for local food programs.

Active for 13+ years, The Garden Party uses organic horticultural methods in its Giving Garden in Redeemer Lutheran’s side yard. Over 650 pounds of organic vegetables and herbs are donated annually to the Parkdale Activity Recreation Centre and St. Francis Table. Watch our 2020 video to see this incredible group in action. Please email The Garden Party to learn more.

Daily Bread Food Bank

Volunteer to feed the need! Redeemer Lutheran supports the Bloor West Loaves & Fishes food bank location at St. Pius X Catholic Church (2305 Bloor Street West). Over 80 families are receiving food each week through local partners and a pool of volunteers who help with food sorting and distribution.

More help is needed on Thursdays and Fridays. Please contact Pastor Steve by email or call 416.766.1424.

Community Food Pantry

Help to keep tummies full! Coming early 2021: Many are hungry this winter in our city. Along with other Lutheran churches in Toronto, we are establishing a small pantry of non-perishable food on our property – leave a meal if you can share, take a meal if you are in need. Please contact Pastor Steve by email or call 416.766.1424 to learn more.

West End Interfaith Refugee Support

Be a part of changing lives. West End Interfaith Refugee Support is a partnership of four faith communities in Toronto’s west end – including Redeemer – responding to the global migration crisis by raising funds and organizing to sponsor refugees. Learn the back story of this 4-way partnership.

To date, the partnership has sponsored and supported two families as they’ve settled in the GTA. COVID struck and left our third family stuck in a Malaysian refugee camp. The process is reawakening now as the family of three teens and their move closer to receiving their visas.

Please contact Pastor Steve by email or call 416.766.1424 to learn more.

Canadian Lutheran World Relief

Be a part of the solution. Redeemer Lutheran supports Canadian Lutheran World Relief to respond to human suffering and poverty all over the world, including preparing yellow “We Care” kits sent overseas, a cross-Canada sweater round-up for winter in the Jordanian camp, and a luggage drive for Not Just Tourists. Please contact Pastor Steve by email or call 416.766.1424 to learn more.

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