Faith + Pride Weekend


Pride Edition




MCC Toronto Pride Activities


Join us!


MCC Toronto's Community Booth

Friday June 23, 2017

7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

Saturday June 24

Noon - 11:00 p.m.

Sunday June 25

Noon - 10:00 p.m. 

Church St. & Charles St.


Pride Parade

Sunday June 25, 2017

3:15 p.m. Meetup

4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. March

Section K50 Bloor St. & Ted Rogers Way 

Register with MCC Toronto


Trans March

Friday, June 23, 2017

6:30 p.m. Rally

7:00 p.m. March

Church St. at Hayden St.



Dyke March

Saturday, June 24, 2017

1:00 p.m. Rally

2:00 p.m. March 

Church St. at Hayden St.


It's Pride Weekend!


Come celebrate!


Visit the MCC Toronto community booth this weekend in the Pride street fair. Our double booth is located at Church Street and Charles Street and is open all weekend long! We’ll have t-shirts for sale, family activities, a beautiful installation of rainbow prayer candles (it’ll look wonderful at night!), programs, and (best of all) hugs and smiles for everyone.


Our Pride Sunday service, Faith+Pride, will be taking place at the Church Street Public School Yard (north of Church & Carlton) and will begin at 11:00 a.m. sharp. The gates to the schoolyard will be opened at 10:30 a.m. Although the school is located on Alexander Street, the schoolyard gates are located on Mutual Street, just north of Wood Street.


Please remember that there is very limited parking around the Pride Festival area, so public transit, taxi or Uber are probably your best options for travel. The closest corner to be dropped off to the Faith+Pride event space is Mutual Street and Alexander Street.


Make sure to get there early because navigating to the entrance on Mutual Street might take you a few extra minutes.




Brent's last Pride

Sunday Morning: Faith+Pride

Join us for Brent's final Pride worship service before he retires. By the thousands, we will explore the Lesson for Life: "Faith+Pride" with Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes, C.M. 


Broadcasting LIVE on:




11:00 a.m. live webcast


Sunday Evening: No service at 115 Simpson Ave.

We will not be holding any services at our church on Simpson Ave. this Sunday, June 25th. Please join us at Faith+Pride this Sunday! Our regular services will resume on July 2nd (9:00 a.m., 10:50 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.)


Last Sunday: Church of the Future Part 4 - where Do We Go From Here?

Last Sunday morning, June 18th, we explored the Lesson for Life: "Church of the Future Part 4 - Where Do We Go From Here?" with Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes, C.M. Did you miss the service? We recorded it for you!




Trans Equal Rights - Finally!


A bill to enshrine human rights protection for transgender Canadians has finally been passed by the Senate and is on track to become law. After a decade of hard work and activism to overcome opposition and delays, the trans community is celebrating this wonderfully historic milestone.




Musical Guests


Diane Leah

Diane has been Director of Music at MCC Toronto since 1999 and was honoured to act as Musical Director at the Celebration of Life for Jack Layton. In 2013, Diane was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for public service.


The Pride Choir

The Pride Choir boasts an eclectic combination of singers. At their core is The Choir of MCC Toronto, a true community of diverse individuals and an integral part of Sunday morning worship. Under the inspired leadership of Diane Leah, members of The Choir donate over a thousand volunteer hours in an average month.


Julie Mutesasira

Julie Mutesasira was born in Uganda and is a mother of three. Julie loves to sing and had an amazing career in Uganda. Julie is an accomplished gospel singer who finds that the sacred act of singing in church is a powerful source of restorative and healing energy.


Mark Cassius

Mark Cassius was most recently featured in the Toronto premiere of the new musical, Sousatzka. He has starred in Damn Yankees, The Little Mermaid and Sweet Charity. He spent eight years touring with the world-renowned acapella group, The Nylons, until 2005.


Higher Praise

The Music Ministry of our Sunday evening service is a progressive, creative and invitational group of individuals who know that the most important musical group in the church is the congregation! We invite praise, worship and community to be expressed in song, in verse, in prayer and in The Word.


The Nylons

The Nylons were founded in 1978 in Toronto and are best known for their covers of songs such as The Turtles' "Happy Together, Steam's "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye", and "The Lion Sleeps Tonight". The band includes original member Claude Morrison (tenor), Garth Mosbaugh (tenor/baritone), Gavin Hope (baritone/tenor/bass) and Tyrone Gabriel (bass/baritone).




Vibrant Inclusive People

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau has been a long-time supporter of this service and has faithfully attended for many years.


Last year, Justin joined us to make history as the first Prime Minister to attend Canada's largest annual outdoor worship service. We are looking forward to seeing him, and you too Francis, in the congregation this Sunday!




Support Pride in our community

Support our Service on Pride Day!

Together, we have the power, ability and resources to make a difference in our community. This happens when we commit our time, talents and financial resources to a common cause. Give a gift today! Please print and complete this form and scan and email to Kevin.

Historica Canada: Celebrate Canada 150

Here’s My Canada is a multilingual, nation-wide contest which invites Canadians to express what their country means to them in a 30-second video. We've been asked to help collect stories from the LGBTQ+ community. We’ll be gathering your stories until June 30. If you have a story to share, send an email to Communications to book your recording session.



Rose Memorial Installation

December 1st of this year marks the 25th Anniversary of The AIDS Memorial in Barbara Hall Park. Honour this tribute with a rose on Pride Day to place on our HIV/AIDS Memorial installation to remember a loved one or friend who has been affected by HIV/AIDS.


For Your Smiling Spirit


The Generous Congregant

A  new congregant visits the church on Sunday. During the offering he places a large wad of bills into the collection plate. The pastor notices and singles him out. "Thank you so much for your generous donation, I am so overjoyed that I'd like you to choose three Hymns." The congregant stands up and looks around with excitement and then he says" I'll take him and him and him."



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