Seniors’ Spring Luncheon

Our spring luncheon with communion will take place on Wednesday, May 2nd at noon. You will enjoy a delicious luncheon with friends old and new. Invitations have been sent out. If you did not receive one, and would like to attend, please call the ESG office at 416-481-1141 x210. We hope to see you there!


Rummage Sale: April 21st

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

Donations accepted until Thursday April 19 at 7 pm

We want your clean, gently used items!

Our top ten requests 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 until Thursday, April 19, 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 416-481-1141 x260




Observing the Observer

An ESG Small Group Discussion

Next Date: Wed. May 16, 7 to 9 pm

This facilitated discussion group will review articles of interest from the prior months United Church Observer, the longest published Canadian magazine. If you are a regular reader of the magazine, or if you are interested in reading a couple of new articles online, and would like to discuss some of the articles on ‘Faith, Justice and Ethical Living’ that challenge our views each month; come join us for the May meeting.

For May 16 we’ll review articles from the April issue, and I’ll provide links to the Observer online articles, available as weekly e-newsletters.

Observer articles link:

If you are interested in joining one or both dates, sign up at Eventbrite.

or at the Welcome desk.

With sufficient participation we will consider continuing monthly next Fall.

Peter Wilkins, facilitator


Elmer Iseler Singers Concert at ESG

Joyful Sounds

a tribute to Elmer Iseler

20 years later – ​1998 to 2018

Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Presenting World Premiere by Latvian/Canadian composer,

Imant Raminsh’s

The Beauty of Dissonance,

The Beauty of Strength*

Guest artists include:  Robert Aitken, flute;

James Campbell, clarinet; and David Jaeger, Host

​Video productions by Edward Mock

Also featuring works by Bach, Glick, Henderson and Willan


for more details and ticket information, click here

Holy Week and Easter Services

Holy Week

Palm Sunday   March 25 at  10:30 am

With palms, we mark the day of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem and his enthusiastic welcome from the crowds.

Maundy Thursday   March 29  at 6:00 pm

Join us as we gather in the sanctuary for a simple supper. The experience of the disciples in the Upper Room will be woven through our meal. Led by Don Parsons.

Good Friday   March 30 at 10:30 am

A time to reflect and meditate on the meaning of Good Friday as we hear the passion narrative, and, like the disciples, scatter.

Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 1 at  10:30 am

Come and experience the joy of Easter.

Festive Music by a Brass Ensemble and the ESG Chancel Choir.  Communion will be shared.


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 or Tues March 13 , 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.

Walking the Labyrinth is a spiritual practice gaining in recognition because it offers a sure path in uncertain times. The simple act of walking the Seven Circuit Medieval Labyrinth, in community, allows our quieter, more reflective mind to come forward. It nurtures self-reflection that, in our busy, challenging lives, we often do not have the ability to attain.

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