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Grace Toronto Church, Toronto

Grace Toronto Church, Toronto

Grace Toronto Church is a Presbyterian Church in America congregation worshipping in the historic St. Andrews Church building in Toronto.

The church was originally built as Old St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church. St. Andrew's Church, (Church of Scotland) had dated back to 1830 when Toronto was still the Town of York. This congregation had split in 1874 over whether it should move west from the corner of Adelaide and Church Streets. The majority erected a new church in 1876 at King and Simcoe that became known as "New St. Andrew's", and it remains there to this day. The church was renovated by Henry Langley in 1877-78. Those who wished to stay in the area stayed in "Old St. Andrew's". There was, however, a need for a new building, and in 1878, they moved northeastward into this building at the corner of Jarvis and Carlton Streets.

In 1950, Old St. Andrew's had joined with Westminster-Central to become St. Andrew's United Church near the corner of Bloor East and Yonge Streets, and by 1951, the Old St. Andrew's building was sold, and it became the main church of Toronto's Latvian and Estonian worshippers. Saint Andrew, as a renowned saint of the Christian Church, was retained by the congregations.

Until September 30, 2015, the church remained home to two congregations of both the Estonian Evangelical Lutheran and Latvian Evangelical Lutheran Churches.

As of October 1, 2015, St. Andrew's became the new home for Grace Toronto Church. The historic building became home of a Presbyterian church again.

Grace Toronto Church was founded in 1992 by Stephen Beck. During this time the church flourished. In 2002, Beck and his family left to become missionaries in Germany, and attendance at Grace began to dwindle. In 2004, Reverend Dan MacDonald became pastor of the church. The church was reduced to a handful of people in 2004, so Dan and Sue, under the guidance of the denomination, re-planted the church. The congregation was reduced to 10 people. In 2006 there were 25 regular attenders. Since 2006 the congregation has grown exponentially.
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Sight Name: Grace Toronto Church
Sight Location: Toronto, Canada
Sight Type: Religious

Walking Tours in Toronto, Canada

Create Your Own Walk in Toronto

Create Your Own Walk in Toronto

Creating your own self-guided walk in Toronto is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Toronto Islands Tour

Toronto Islands Tour

The Toronto Islands is a chain of islands located in Lake Ontario, comprising three major islands (namely: Center Island, Algonquin or Sunfish Island, and Olympic Island) and several smaller ones, which collectively represent a great recreation destination set in a peaceful and joyful environment. Other than a great panoramic view of Toronto, the islands offer a wealth of attractions. To acquaint...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.3 Km or 2.1 Miles
Toronto's Waterfront Walk

Toronto's Waterfront Walk

Toronto is located on the shore of Lake Ontario and it is more than obvious that the locals, as well as visitors to the city, cherish and admire the alluring views of the lake. Toronto's waterfront is one of the most picturesque places for walking, but it is also a great destination for those in search of entertainment. This walking tour will reveal all the pearls strewn along the quay....  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
Historic Buildings Walking Tour

Historic Buildings Walking Tour

Once an Anglo backwater, today's Toronto is the cultural and economic hub of English-speaking Canada. The city's architectural beauty is supplemented by its historical richness, with some of the buildings dating back as far as the late 18th century. This self-guided tour invites you to explore the most prominent of them, such as Gooderham, Daniel Brook Building, Massey Hall and others,...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Toronto Introduction Walk II

Toronto Introduction Walk II

The provincial capital of Ontario, Toronto is a major Canadian metropolis renowned for its dynamic pace and a high-rising skyline comprising ultra-modern skyscrapers and historic architecture.

The city boasts rich cultural scene and has a diverse array of public spaces, a multitude of green spaces, offering a wealth of entertainment and recreational facilities. A host of local museums and...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.0 Km or 1.9 Miles
Toronto Introduction Walk I

Toronto Introduction Walk I

Toronto, the capital of the province of Ontario, is a major Canadian metropolis on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario renowned for its dynamic pace and a high-rising skyline comprising ultra-modern skyscrapers and historic architecture.

People have inhabited the area of present-day Toronto for thousands of years, among them the Iroquois tribe, preceded by the Wyandot (Huron) people who had...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.7 Km or 2.3 Miles
Distillery District Walk

Distillery District Walk

The architectural treasure of Toronto's Distillery District dates back to 1859 as the site of the largest distillery in the British Empire. This former industrial complex is now a National Historic Site of Canada and represents a unique pocket of Victorian-era architecture, featuring the continent's best-preserved collection of cobblestone pathways and historic buildings housing...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.8 Km or 0.5 Miles

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