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Tri-Congregational Churches 

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


Office Hours
Tuesday to Friday 
9:30 am to 12:30 pm

416 494 2442










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All Public events are still on hold until further notice.


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Marg Black
Tri-Churches Parish Nurse

As our Parish Nursing office is 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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Health Tip 13
week of June 28, 2020

Challenges and Blessings

Most of us don’t like challenges. They don’t fit our usual comfortable routine so they cause disruptions in our lives. At the very least we have to rethink things we thought we understood, At worst we might see them as threats.
But we are really missing the point here. That is why they come.

Challenges are God-given opportunities for growth. When growth stops, so does life. We may not die physically but our minds, hearts, & souls become stuck in a past that no longer exists. Life continues whether we go with it or not. All living things face challenges but we have something most other species don’t. We have the power of choice! We can see a challenge as a nuisance or a threat, or we can recognize it as an opportunity to learn and grow.

COVID-19 is a real challenge and for some people it does mean death. But for most of us it makes us re-evaluate things. Yes I can’t go and do all the usual things, I’m lonely, or I need some space for myself, etc. On the other hand, what is really important to me? How can I use this time to make the most of the things I truly value? How do I want things to be as we move forward into the “new normal”, whatever that entails? Growth occurs and life continues. Or we just get angry with the situation and wait for things to go “back to normal”. The important thing to realize is that the choice is ours.

I have also learned that challenges often (perhaps always, if we really look), also come with blessings attached. For example, a couple of years ago I was having a problem with my dog. Friends recommended an excellent dog behaviourist (very different from a dog trainer). He came and started to help me make significant progress with the problem, but then he asked for my nursing help in relation to a family member who was dying. Over the course of time we traded our expertise as needed and became very good friends. I am truly grateful for the challenge that brought about this relationship. So the next time you face a challenge, try looking at it as a growth opportunity. As you progress through it, keep your mind open for the blessing that may be the gift at the heart of the challenge.

Margaret Black
Tri-Churches Parish Nurse


About COVID-19

Why Social-Distancing is Vital?
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fever, cough, difficulty breathing, pneumonia in both lungs.

How does it spread?
Through respiratory droplets spread when you cough/sneeze;
close personal contact (e.g. touching or shaking hands);
touching something with the virus on it,
then touching your mouth, nose or eyes
before washing your hands.

Protection of yourself and others?
Wash your hands often
(after coughing, sneezing, blowing your nose,
touching common-use areas,
such as door handles, elevator buttons, etc.)
with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
(back and front, special attention to nail areas);
use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available;
avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
avoid close contact with people who are sick;
cough or sneeze into your sleeve instead of into your hands;
stay home to avoid spreading the illness to others.

St Cyprian Announcements

All public events are still on hold
until further notice.

See the latest COVID-19 updates from
Bishop Andrew Asbil,
the College of Bishops and
the diocesan leadership, here:

Iona Announcements

All public events are still on hold
until further notice.

Reaching Out

As before, God is still there for us throughout these challenging times.
We are encouraging everyone to keep praying for each other,
and to keep supporting each other.

Practice physical distancing, but please stay socially connected
by means of a phone call, an email message
or a social media message.

Lenten Book Study in Self-study Format


This season the Lenten book study is based on
British theologian, N. T. Wright's book:
"Lent for Everyone",
an inspirational guide,
leading us through the Lenten season,
from Ash Wednesday through the week after Easter.

This guide provides a brief reflection and a prayer for each day
of the season helping us ponder how the scripture is relevant to our lives.

By the end of the study, we will have been through the entirety of Matthew,
along with Psalm readings for each Sunday.

This Lenten devotional will make our journey through Lent
a period of discovery and growth.

Please contact Rev. Robert Reid for comments and discussion.