What to expect
Thinking of checking us out?
Visitors are always welcome at St Peter and St Simon’s, but we know not everyone is familiar with Anglican churches. Here are some things we thought might help you feel at home.
Our community: traditional, choral, inclusive
We love welcoming people and we have had a lot of experience lately. When St Peter’s Carlton and St. Simon-the-Apostle amalgamated in 2016, it was an opportunity for both parishes to offer the spaciousness necessary to open our doors, minds, and hearts to each other. Whether you are from a different faith tradition, or none at all, you will find a space in our parish to ask big questions, find inner quiet, and receive warm hospitality.
We are a community whose worship is steeped in the Anglican Choral tradition. Our choir has sung in Westminster Abbey, London, and regularly organizes trips to England to sing during the summer months. But you don’t have to be a great singer or familiar with choral music. The choir is there to lead us in worship and it always welcomes new choristers.
St Peter and St Simon’s is an inclusive community discerning what it means to be a follower of Jesus in the 21st century, both individually and as a community. With open minds and respect for diversity, we welcome everyone to follow Jesus, aware that we don’t have all the answers. Our community affirms people from all walks of life and makes sacred space for people who identify as LGBTQ2+
Which service should I choose?
We have 3 weekly services and 2 monthly services, each with a different feel. Our main services are Sunday mornings at 8.30 am and 10.30 am. You are welcome to join us at either.
Our 8.30 am service is a quiet spoken service in our intimate Memorial Chapel. There is a short sermon on the Gospel reading and Communion is celebrated every week. This service uses the classic Eucharist liturgy from Book of Common Prayer.
Our 10.30 am service is for our music lovers and features our choir leading us through traditional hymns, psalms, and is accompanied by classical organ arrangements. A sermon is preached and we share in the bread and wine of Communion, except for the second Sunday of the month, when the service is Choral Mattins. This service also offers Children Programming throughout the year.
When you arrive, a sides person will offer you a Liturgy Bulletin and the Announcements. Find a seat in one of the pews and relax.
The Bulletin gives you a guide to the service. The Announcements let you know what’s going on in the parish and what events are coming up.
Although it might seem like everyone knows what to do, there is often a lot of stumbling around during our services. Don’t worry, we are happy to stumble through our services together with you. The most important thing for us is to stumble with sincerity of heart. If you don’t know what to do, turn to a person in the pews near you, and they would be glad to help.
Kids & Youth
Our 10.30 service on Sunday mornings is designed with families in mind and we have Sunday School for kids and teens. If you would like to have your kids with you in service, they are most welcome to stay. We have a children’s altar with some child related activities right inside the main worship space. Don’t be concerned that your kids will make too much noise; we love the sound of children with us.
How do I get there? See our contacts page for directions.
Is the building accessible? Yes! Our north entrance (Bloor Street) is accessible, and an elevator will take you to all floors.
Does it cost money? No! Services usually include an at-will offering where a plate is passed. Give as you are able and comfortable, but you are not required to give money.
When do I sit? When do I stand? The bulletin will give you directions on when you are to sit, stand, or kneel, but if you have mobility concerns it is fine to simply remain seated, and communion can be brought to you in your pew.
What should I wear? In our parish, many people do still wear nice clothes on Sunday, but others are more casual. Come as you are.
Do I have to be a member to take communion? All baptized Christians regardless of denomination or church affiliation are welcome to take communion. Those who are not baptized may also come forward and receive a blessing.
Do I cross myself? Do I bow before sitting? Crossing oneself and acknowledging the altar by bowing are left to the custom and comfort of individuals.
Where is the washroom? Washrooms are located at the basement level; take the steps from the narthex (lobby) down to the first landing and turn right, then continue following the steps down. There is an elevator to both levels for those who are unable to use the stairs.
Where is everything? What’s that room called? – Spaces at SPSS
Basement Washrooms, classrooms, offices, and outdoor courtyard.