Our Purpose and Mission Statement

Working to build God's dream. Help wanted!

We the people of Glen Rhodes United Church, are determined that our life together will be fully inclusive for people of all ages, races, genders, sexual orientations, differing abilities, ethnic origins and economic circumstances. Therefore, we hope that God will work in us so that we will be a sensitive congregation, willing to share our faith and gifts in language and worship, in the life and work of our church and wherever God calls us to do justice in the wider community, with compassion, fun and laughter

About Us

Glen Rhodes United Church
A Community of
Welcome and Faith!


Brief History:

The present congregation traces its roots to three different churches: Rhodes Avenue Presbyterian Church had its start in the rapidly growing East End of Toronto in 1906 as a mission (sponsored by Bloor Street Presbyterian Church). Initially meeting in a tent, then a small building, the corner-stone for the present building was laid in 1926, and the sanctuary was dedicated in 1927. It became a United Church upon church union in 1925.    The Glen part of the name comes from Glenmount Methodist Church, and later, a United Church, begun 1911.  Glenmount and Rhodes Avenue amalgamated in 1984 to form Glen Rhodes United Church.  In 1991, the congregation of Simpson Avenue United Church, which began in 1899 as Howland Avenue Methodist Church, joined the fold.

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Who we are and what we do

Glen Rhodes United Church
Is a small and vibrant faith community with a well-earned reputation for social justice and community outreach located in Toronto’s East End.  We seek to be authentic disciples of Christ through the offering of hospitality, our social justice activities, our work with other agencies, businesses and groups in the area, and through our study, prayer, music and singing.

Here’s how we describe our life together:

                                Our Purpose
Working to build God's dream. Help wanted!

                                Our mission
We, the people of Glen Rhodes United Church, are determined that our life together will be fully inclusive for people of all ages, races, genders, sexual orientations, differing abilities, ethnic origins and economic circumstances. Therefore, we hope that God will work in us so that we will be a sensitive congregation, willing to share our faith and gifts in language and worship, in the life and work of our church and wherever God calls us to do justice in the wider community, with compassion, fun and laughter.

                               Our shared values

Justice-seeking
Open & inclusive
Kind & compassionate
Fun loving
Environmentally active 

                               Our goals

o    To celebrate God’s presence in community
o    To partner with God and others for a world of caring and justice
o    To offer radical hospitality to all
o    To seek the Spirit’s guidance on the journey of faith
o    To offer a place of refuge and peace
Worship
That life of inclusiveness, justice, compassion, fun and laughter is in evidence every Sunday in our services at 10:30 a.m.  Dynamic choir, active participation by members.
Also: informal worship with communion and anointing on the fourth Wednesday of the month, Christmas pageant, annual Blessing of the Animals, and baptism (infant & adult).

Food Bank and Drop-In
The Food Bank, Drop-in and Community Dinners are possible because of the support of The Daily Bread Food Bank, church members, businesses and neighbours, who generously support these ministries in so many ways, and dozens of volunteers. Thank you! Open each Tuesday and Friday mornings, serves between 80 and 200 households each week, for a total of some 7,000 hampers each year.  At the drop-in neighbours can meet friends, have breakfast and snacks, coffee and conversation, and escape the weather.  There is also a book exchange.

Community Dinner
A delicious free dinner is served on the fourth Monday of each month. A total of 150 meals are served each time in a caring, good-humoured environment.

Gourmet Film Club
Film lovers meet monthly for a potluck supper, and to screen and discuss current films.  Check the web site for upcoming dates. All welcome.

Book Club
The Book Club is for readers who like to discuss what they read. It is held once a month, on Saturday afternoons.  Readers wanted!

Searchers Bible Club
It is an opportunity for people to meet in an informal setting to discuss scripture, and their faith questions.  Special studies in the seasons of Lent (spring) and Advent (December) are also offered.

Youth;    culture;    dancing;    theatre!
vThe congregation sponsors the 91st Scouts Group, and the Beavers (ages 6-9) meet in our building
vThe Asian Communities Council of Canada uses the building for a variety of activities
vCurtain Call Players, which originated in Glen Rhodes, uses the lower hall for their rehearsals

 Social justice highlights
v  Delta House (1986-1992) - housing for people suffering from AIDS
v  Provision of sanctuary for a refugee during the first Iraq war
v  Substantial financial support for new congregational development
v  Commitment to food security


 
An Affirming Church

A United Church can be designated affirming when it commits itself to welcoming everyone,  of sexual orientation, physical ability, age, race or any other distinction. Glen Rhodes became an affirming congregation in 1995, and is a major supporter of the United Church float in Toronto’s annual Pride Parade.  It is a policy of our church to perform same-sex marriage ceremonies in the sanctuary.

More service, faith and fun ahead
Now in its second century of service, the people of Glen Rhodes look forward to continuing a proud and vital history of embracing diversity and linking people.
v  Join up any Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
v  Volunteer: Call or e-mail to discover how you can be part of the fun and the service.
v  Donate: Help support important ministry in this diverse neighbour-hood. Make cheques payable to "Glen Rhodes United Church." 

  Located at
  •  1470 Gerrard Street, East, Toronto
  • (Corner of Rhodes Ave. and Gerrard St.)
  • one block west of  Coxwell
  • a short ride south of the Coxwell subway station on the # 22 bus
  • the 506 streetcar (Gerrard St.) stops near our door Located at 1470



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