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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

416 494 2442





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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

Your Parish Nursing Health Tip
posted for the week of November 28, 2021

More health tips are posted here

The Right Question

This week I met a woman walking a small dog with sunglasses on.  I had never seen this before. So I said “Cute dog but I’ve never seen a dog with sunglasses before”. She answered, “My dog is blind. Can’t see a thing.” What sprung to mind immediately was the usual “What’s wrong with this picture?. Isn’t it supposed to be sighted guide dogs leading blind people?” Then the answer came. Nothing is wrong with it.  It’s just different. Different doesn’t mean wrong. This is a picture of love. Then I realized how often we bias ourselves by focusing on what we think is wrong and not seeing the positive aspects of a situation.

We often feel uncomfortable with things that are different because we don’t understand them and fear they may require us to change. But differences are valuable because they give us opportunities for growth and increased understanding. Growth and change are vital parts of life. For example, getting to know people of different cultures and learning from their experiences and wisdom as we also help them learn how to adjust to our society can be an enriching experience for all of us. So maybe we need to start asking ourselves, “What’s right with this picture?” That will enable us to see the positive potential in a situation.

That being said, there are many aspects of life in which “What’s wrong with this picture?” is the right question. Police removing homeless people from their encampments but offering them no place to go is a good example. I understand the fears of neighbourhood homeowners and the importance of police doing their job but as a society we need to come up with a better answer.  Homeless people need their own community for social support as we all do. Destroying that just makes everything worse.

I think the right question in this case is “Why, in a city as wealthy as Toronto, do we have so many homeless people and what can we do about it?” Some people think, “If they would just get a job they could afford a place to live.” Unfortunately it’s almost impossible for homeless people to get a job. They have no address, phone number, social and other skills that are necessary to access the job market. I don’t have answers but a few ideas. We need to find places to rehouse them while providing them with mental health help and other supports as we help them learn how to reintegrate into our society. This is a long-term, expensive process but God wants us to help the most vulnerable in our society. We can at least pray for them and give as we can to the organizations that work to help them.

On a smaller but easier note, think about how you can help someone you know, maybe a friendly call. a small gift of cookies, or a smile to brighten their day.  It will also brighten yours!

And let’s learn to ask the right questions.

Margaret Black, Parish Nurse


"Thank You" from
Northwood Montessori Daycare

posted September 4, 2021


In July 2021, Northwood Montessori Daycare, who rents space in the Tri-Church building,
received an appeal from Mademoiselle Louisa asking if they could help with supplies
for Cuba urgently needed due to the COVID virus. 

Through the generosity of Northwood Daycare, people in the surrounding community,
and the people within the Tri-Church building, including the Iona, St Cyprian, and
St. Christopher congregations, Northwood was able to send over 300 face shields,
200 boxes of masks for both adults and children, hand sanitizer, boxes of gloves and
much more. Medicines and needles were also included in the shipment. Also, donations
of over $2,000 will be used to make more purchases.

Our Northwood staff, families and friends have ‘stepped up to the plate’ and hit a grand slam.

We are thanking you so much.


Tri-Churches Pastoral Message

posted 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.


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.

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

Fr. Victor
St. Cyprian's Anglican Church