When you ask what our members love about St Augustine’s, they always say the community. It’s incredibly stimulating to be part of a church that celebrates every person and their gifts.
The Saint Augustine’s community has all kinds of people, from a variety of backgrounds. We’re seekers and believers, young and old, single, partnered, straight and gay. We continue to live into our mission to see every person for what we have in common, our shared humanity, and how each of us are totally unique. We welcome each person back into their home which is our church, and we see each of us as guests in God’s space. We come from all over the city—Leaside, Scarborough, Leslieville, Maple and Mississauga.
We hold a wide range of opinions, but we all walk together, supporting each other on the journey of faith. No matter who you are, you’re welcome at St Augustine’s.
“One of the most significant ways I’ve been able
to talk about St Augustine’s is by saying,
‘My five year-old son and I walked in the
Pride Parade with other Proud Anglicans.’
I was proud of us as a church!”
A Little History
In 1946 St Cuthbert’s Church started a mission to serve Leaside Anglicans living north of Eglinton. At first, the tiny congregation gathered for worship in a local home, but soon moved to Northlea Public School as more people joined. In 1949, the Diocese of Toronto purchased property at the corner of Bayview and Broadway for the building of a new church. The growing congregation worshipped for 8 years in what’s now the church basement. In 1957, the church was completed and consecrated, lauded as “The Light on the Hill,” since is had been built on the highest spot in the City of Toronto.
We began as a model suburban congregation—a fresh-looking Anglican parish with a traditional Men-and-Boys Choir and the formal worship of the Book of Common Prayer. In just a few decades. St Augustine’s has been transformed into an exciting 21st-century community of faith, known for
- being extraordinarily friendly (welcoming visitors and newcomers with genuine warmth, focussing baptismal preparation on the questions and needs of inquirers, and being a comfortably-sized congregation where everyone is known and valued)
- having innovative services (worshipping in a sanctuary with flexible seating, upholstered chairs instead of wooden pews, gathering in a circle around the altar for communion, celebrating the eucharist with delicious home-made bread, offering The Way Home—an informal Sunday evening liturgy with contemporary songs, and with texts and images on a projection screen)
- supporting its work through creative, community-building events (with a parish fundraising Catalogue of—among other things—scotch tastings, AGO tours, auctions of extraordinary wines, and Danish dinners), and
- embracing liberal theology (with thoughtful sermons, interactive learning opportunities, participation in Toronto’s Pride Parade, a summer BBQ & user-friendly Bible Study, advocacy for the equality of women and the LGBT community).
We’re excited about our future as we explore together what it means to be church in a post-christian culture.