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Tri-Congregational Churches 

1080 Finch Avenue East
North York, Toronto
Ontario, Canada
M2J 2X2 


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9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Phone
416 494 2442

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Due to mandated COVID-19 restrictions,
all in-person gatherings are suspended for the time being.

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Marg Black
Tri-Churches Parish Nurse

As our Parish Nursing office is still closed at this time,
please reach out to us by phone at (416) 494-5364

or contact any of the agencies below:
 
Toronto Mental Health Support - 211
Seniors Help Line - (416) 217-2077
Seniors Safety Line - (416) 899-1011
Crisis Help - crisisservicescanada.ca

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Your Latest Parish Nursing Health Tip
posted on June 12, 2021

A Different Pandemic

As if COVID-19 werenít enough, we now have a new pandemic of hatred and destruction.

Within 2 weeks we have learned of a mass grave at a former Indigenous residential school containing the remains of 215 unidentified children, and a family out for an evening walk murdered by a 20-year-old white man with a truck due to Islamophobia. I feel as if I am swimming in an ocean of grief for those who have been irrevocably hurt and guilt because I am a white person with a British heritage. 

So I am seeking answers and a way forward.

First, I am very grateful for family members and friends from different backgrounds. In my family are children who are part Asian, part Black, and Metis and they are all wonderful people whom we dearly love. And I have Muslim neighbours who are very good friends, always bringing me food when they have a family BBQ and waiting to invite me over again when COVID is gone. Having all these people in my life is a truly enriching experience. The residential school system is a more complicated matter that weighs all of us down.  The fact that these things were happening at the direction of the Canadian government without our awareness, and worse still that the churches were involved, is beyond terrible.

How can these things happen?

I believe that hatred is the offspring of fear. We are afraid of things we donít understand, of changes that may negatively affect us, of not being in control. So we build up terrible negative stereotypes in our minds and seek to destroy the things we feel threatened by. Hatred and discrimination destroy not only those who are the objects of hatred but also the haters. Regardless of whether they ever face legal justice, the haters live in self-imposed prisons for life.  This is not the Canada I understood as I was growing up, and not the Canada I want to  live in now.

So how can we change things for the better?

I think the key is working hard not only to recognize our potential hidden biases, but also to ensure we open ourselves to learn about those who are different. Under the skin we are all children of God. The Bible is full of stories about helping others (e.g. the Good Samaritan). Jesus summarized all the law and the prophets into the Two Great Commandments: Love God first with all our heart, soul, mind, & strength: and second, Love our neighbours as ourselves. This may not be easy but it is the way forward.

Even if we have never had negative thoughts about others, terrible wrongs have been done in our society and we need to acknowledge that to the victims and to work hard to change a culture that allows these things to happen. Only then can begin to heal and go forward in unity.

Let us all pray for Godís guidance, strength and patience to help us.


Margaret Black
Tri-Churches Parish Nurse

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Pastoral Message

posted for Sunday, February 28, 2021

Dear members of the Tri-Churches congregations

We are deeply saddened to share with you that our beloved minister, the Rev. Robert Reid, died last Sunday on February 21, not being able to recover from the Covid-19 complications.

We are so grateful for all the prayers that were offered not only by this congregation, but by so many friends, along with the Presbytery of East Toronto - prayers for healing, for peace, for courage and for comfort.

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Robert himself knew that his life was safely in God's care, and though this is not the outcome we had prayed for, we too trust, as Marg Black puts it, God has chosen to heal him in a different way.  We grieve together with the Reid family, our family of faith here at Iona, and all our friends of the Tri-Church.  We give thanks to God for Robert's life and witness to the Risen Christ, for his ministry and wonderful friendships in our midst.

Each of us has previous memories that no one can take away from us. If you wish to write down some of your memories for the Reid family, please forward them to Marg Black, so that she can collect them for Robert's family.

Those who wish to make a donation in loving memorial of the Rev. Robert Reid,
please consider:

Robert Reid Memorial Fund 
c/o Iona Presbyterian Church
1080 Finch Ave. East,
North York, ON,  M2J 2X2

tri-church.ca/iona

If you wish to donate to this fund, please make donation cheques payable
to Iona Presbyterian Church with a memo stating Robert Reid Memorial Fund.


ARISE Ministry - empowering street women       
ariseministry.ca

Evangel Hall Ministry - serving the homeless 
evangelhall.ca


We ask that you continue to pray for the Reid family. 

Fr. Victor
St. Cyprian's Anglican Church

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