Rummage Sale

Spring Rummage Sale: Saturday, April 21, 10am-1pm

Donations accepted after March 19th

We want your clean, gently used items!

Our top ten request are: Jewellery, Art Work, Current Books & Movies, Designer Clothes for Men & Women, Small Appliances, Stereo Equipment, China, Scarves and Designer Handbags; Lego, Designer Shoes & Boots

Please drop off your labelled bags or boxes downstairs beginning on March 19th, and jewellery at the church office.

Come and shop on Saturday, April 21st 10 am – 1 pm

Bargains Galore!
Clothing for all, Shoes, Jewellery, Notions, Linens, Housewares, Small Electrical Goods, Toys, Books, Sporting Goods and more….

Questions? Contact Lenore at 416-481-111 x260




2018 ESG Lenten Carbon Calculator Challenge

Calculate your personal carbon footprint, as part of this year’s Presbytery 40 Lenten Acts program. Be one of ESG’s 40 participants and help us collectively, as a congregation, take steps to mitigate against climate change, and leave behind a better earth.

Calculator Instructions:

This calculator​ will take about 20 minutes maximum, especially if you calculate your utility consumption (Enbridge, Toronto Hydro) and transportation, ahead of time. If possible, give us your utility tonnage subtotal (with gas, hydro #’s separately) and transportation tonnage sub-total (vehicle, flight and ground #’s separately).

For more information or assistance in filling out the form, contact Donna Lang.


To calculate your carbon footprint, go to:

FOR HOMES: In order to save time, gather your latest Toronto Hydro bill and Enbridge April 2017 bill. If you have online accounts, you can obtain these online. Use consumption #’s (not $’s) for utility calculations.

  1. First, use April Enbridge # (right hand side of the bill) as a proxy for gas, and X by 12 for an annual #. (Enbridge has suggested this method of calculation, in order to make it easier to do).
  2. Press calculate and you will see your estimated gas tonnage on the right hand side of the calculator.
  3. Next, add up the 13 bracketed usage #’s at the right hand side of your Toronto Hydro bill.
  4. Enter this # and then press calculate. You will now have a sub-total of your utility carbon footprint.

Now do transportation section.

  1. Enter your annual vehicle mileage # and type of driving information.
  2. Press calculate and do the same for air travel and bus/metro ground travel*.


*PLEASE NOTE: If you use bus/TTC, estimate # kilometres, and then use Toronto to another city calculation, that approximates this distance. For instance, if you travel 100 kilometres by metro annually, then you can use Toronto to Shelburne Ontario calculation  – 104 kilometres as a proxy.


FOR CONDOS/APT’s: Go to the top right hand of the page and link to calculate by square footage; enter # for square footage; it will give you a home heating proxy total (gas and electricity). Next, complete the transportation section as per above.

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If you can choose to register on the Carbon Zero website, you will be able to go back to their website and review your score at a later date. However, you will still see your score even if you do not register, as long as you press calculate after each entry.

Carbon is measured in tCO2e = tonne of Carbon equivalent. Carbon Xero averages for Ontario residents:

An average vehicle is generally assumed to emit about 5 tCO2e per year (about 20,000 km). Assuming 12,000 kWh of electricity per year and 3,500 m3 of natural gas per year, the average Ontario home in 2017 would emit about 7 tCO2e per year. Air travel varies greatly and thus there are no averages available.


REMEMBER to leave your utility carbon tonnage (gas, hydro #’s separately) and transportation carbon tonnage # (vehicle, flight and ground #’s separately), and your total carbon tonnage # in Jennifer Torrens mailbox at the church or by email. You do not have to provide your name if you don’t wish to. We will calculate the average for ESG collectively, and publish it in our church bulletin, at the end of Lent (March).

Mindful Lent

You are invited to participate in a variety of opportunities to experience mindfulness through Lent.  Try different ways to live in the moment and be awakened and inspired by your thoughts and feelings.

Preparing for Mindful Lent: Tues February 6,  7-8:30 pm

Play “Mindfulness Scrabble” and begin the Lenten journey with candles to light your way. Led by Paul Hutchison, ESG Lead Minister & ESG members Christine Lawson & Janet Walker

Lent Worship Services:  Sun February 18 – Sun March 25,  10:30-11:30 am

Participate in worship services that incorporate mindfulness into music, reflection & prayer.

Introduction to Mindfulness Workshop:  Tues February 20,  7-8:30 pm

What’s all the buzz about mindfulness? What is it, why do we do it & how do we practice it? Led by John Callaghan, a meditation practitioner for over thirty years and workshop facilitator for the past twenty years.

Jazz Worship: Sun February 25 and March 11,  10:30-11:30 am

Enjoy the sounds of the Brian Barlow Jazz Quartet. Listen to improv as an exercise in mindfulness as the soloists connect to each other in the moment.

Prayer with the Songs of Taize: Tues February 27, 7- 8 pm

Taize is an ecumenical religious community in central France, founded by a Lutheran layman during the second world war. One hundred brothers, both Protestant and Catholic from thirty countries, want the life of the community “to be a sign of reconciliation in our world.” Taize has become one of the world’s most important sites of Christian pilgrimage, and every year more than 100,000 youth from all over the world are welcomed.

Join us for an ecumenical service of reflective prayer nourished by singing, scripture, silence, & the lighting of candles.  Led by Don Parsons, ESG Pastoral Care Minister. Musical accompaniment by Tina Faye, pianist & organist, Laurie Hamilton, flutist in the North York Symphony Orchestra and Bryan Estabrooks, baritone lead at ESG.

Rev. Don Parsons wrote: ‘I have been fortunate to participate in four week-long experiences in Taize…….Taize has transformed my spiritual life, and enriched my ministry’

Camino to Santiago de Compostela Pilgrim Experience & Communion : Sun March 4,  10:30-11:30 am

Life is a Pilgrimage and….Pilgrimage is a Life

ESG member Ken Smee will talk about his experiences on the Camino and the opportunity for new beginnings.  Communion will be shared.

Ken writes, ‘A pilgrim is a traveler going to a spiritual place, and walking the Camino to Santiago de Compostela in Spain gradually transforms a walker into a pilgrim. What is it like on the Camino? In many ways, the Martin Sheen movie “The Way” shows what it is like. Walking about 25 kms each day provides lots of opportunity for mindfulness, or even meditation as you go along—you just have to make sure that you don’t get lost as a result of missing a turn on the trail! I will reflect on my Camino experiences, about new beginnings which can arise from going on what always turns into a pilgrimage.’

Yoga, Chant & Meditation:  Tues March 6,  7-8 pm

Come and experience a Gentle Yoga class, Kundalini Yoga mantra chant & a Yoga Nidra meditation.  Led by ESG member Heather Parker.

Mindful yoga involves bringing awareness to your breath, movement, posture, thoughts and emotions as you move through a series of yoga poses. Come and experience a gentle yoga class with a focus on coordinating movement with breath. We will begin with a series of poses, paying attention to the sensations in the body as we move. We will then focus our minds with a Kundalini yoga mantra chant, and will end with a yoga nidra meditation. Please bring your own mat if you have one.

Labyrinth Workshop & Walk: Mon  March 12, 7 – 9 pm

Take a spiritual walk on the Labyrinth to quiet and centre yourself & bring contemplation.  Led by ESG member Cathie Stewart.  Labyrinth available during Church hours March 12-16.

Loving Kindness Meditation: Tues March 27,  7-8 pm

Experience a guided meditation focusing on sending love to friends, family & the people who challenge us. Led by ESG member Patti Thompson.

Compassionate Justice Speaker Series

Speakers in the 2017-2018 program will continue to address a
comprehensive range of social justice issues and concerns. Free admission. Lunch provided at 11:45 am, with the speaker following at 12:30 pm

View the 2017-18 Compassionate Justice Series Poster

Sunday, February 11  at 12:30 pm

Rebecca Jamieson

The 4 R’s of Reconciliation: Recovery, Revitalization, Restoration and Reciprocity

Rebecca Jamieson, Tuscarora, is the President-CEO of Six Nations Polytechnic, a centre of excellence for indigenous community-based education at the post-secondary level. Rebecca has been involved at all levels of First Nations education in a wide range of roles. Indigenous institutes of higher learning have a unique role in reconciliation. Learning, grounded in Indigenous ways of knowing and living, facilitates the 4 R’s and has the potential to contribute significantly to a sustainable future for all who share this land.

Light lunch at 11:45 am before the presentation. Missed a speaker in the series? Listen to past events online at


Compassionate Justice Speaker Series

Speakers in the 2017-2018 program will continue to address a
comprehensive range of social justice issues and concerns. Free admission. Lunch provided at 11:45 am, with the speaker following at 12:30 pm

View the 2017-18 Compassionate Justice Series Poster

Sunday, January 14 at 12:30 pm

David Crombie

Former Mayor of Toronto, Provincial and Federal politician, and teacher

Social Justice as a Political Priority

David Crombie has taught politics and served at three levels of government in both political and advisory capacities. He looks forward to engaging a panel of representatives from our political parties along with audience members in a hearty debate over the most urgent issues of social justice in Canada today.