Toronto Churches & Cathedrals

Doors Open Toronto: Mimico Baptist Church

Yesterday I walked through the wooden doors of Mimico Baptist Church, one of the many historic buildings participating in Doors Open Toronto. This year's Doors Open theme featured older buildings "that have been redesigned, re-invented and re-purposed into modern 21st century spaces that host collaborative teams of imaginative people who are creating new ways of thinking, making and doing." Pastor Jim Sanderson, who has been the church pastor for 20 years, explained some of the history of the building to me. It was built very quickly- the cornerstone was laid October 15, 1922, and on March 11, 1923 the first service was held.

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What a lovely church, in such a pretty, leafy neighbourhood. I was struck by the simple and beautiful altar, behind which the full-immersion baptism ceremonies are held.

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Mimico Baptist Church is home to a diverse and welcoming congregation, with a children's choir, a library and a Mandarin Bible Study held every Friday evening. It is located at 80 Hillside Avenue in the Mimico neighbourhood of Toronto. Rosie :)

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Toronto Sculpture Garden: Gold, Silver & Lead

Right now, there is a stack of Honda Civics piled up in the Toronto Sculpture Garden. Gold, Silver & Lead, the free park's current exhibit, is very cool.

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I love this little garden for the free art exhibits, and my little man loves it for the absolutely fantastic waterfall fountain. It's really unique and peaceful to take in.

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The Toronto Sculpture Garden is located at 115 King Street East right across the street from St. James Cathedral. This is a perfect spot to admire the architecture of this stunning church, which has the tallest tower and spire in Canada.

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My only knock against the park is that the city locks it up at 6:30p.m., which I think is really early for the summertime. I felt bad for the city employee who had to kick us out; it is not a good day at the office when you have to tear a happy little toddler away from a water fountain in a public park in broad daylight. But it's a lovely green space downtown with free art so I can't complain too much. Rosie :)

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