St. John’s West Toronto Anglican Church in distress – fearing clousre

1st reported by the West Toronto Junction Historical Society,

 

A beloved historic landmark, built in 1923, and a vital community hub, St. John’s West Toronto Anglican Church sat at 288 Humberside Ave by the Diocese of Toronto. St. John’s doors have always been open to those in need, offering comfort, hope, and a sense of belonging, and with the Junction/High Park being an area of intense development and increasing density, the loss of another “third space” for community wellness and gathering, especially one of such historical significance, would be felt deeply by many.

With the collective effort of our community, we can help preserve St. John’s as a place of gathering and support—here is how:

 

-Write to the Diocese: Send an email/letter to aasbil@toronto.anglican.ca; krobertson@toronto.anglican.ca; jmarshall@toronto.anglican.ca.

-Raise awareness: Share your memories, photos, and stories about St. John’s using the hashtag #SaveStJohnsWestToronto

On behalf of the WTJHS, we appreciate your collective support. St. John’s is more than just a building; it is a living testament to the shared history, culture, and faith in our community. It has witnessed generations of weddings, baptisms, funerals, and community gatherings.

The church has a strong and proud legacy of social justice initiatives and has been a pioneer in the drive for the inclusion of 2SLGBTQI+ people. With the closure of St. John’s, the Early Enrichment Day Care (EEDC), which has provided childcare to over 50 families for more than 30 years, is also at risk of closure. The Alcoholics Anonymous/High Park Group, which has been meeting at St. John’s for nearly 40 years, will also be left without a safe and supportive meeting place.

St. John’s and the WTJHS have shared many members over the years, most notably, the late Gib Goodfellow, who served as a St. John’s warden and was also President of the WTJHS.

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