Celebrate with us!
For over 25 years, MCC Toronto has held an outdoor worship service in the heart of the Village to kickoff Pride Sunday in Toronto. This is the final Pride worship service for our beloved Senior Pastor, Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes, C.M., who has announced his upcoming retirement. This year’s service has a new location!
Church Street Public School
Faith+Pride will be taking place on Sunday, June 25th at the Church Street Public School Yard at 83 Alexander St (North of Carlton and East of Church St) and will begin at 11 a.m. sharp. The gates to the school yard are located on Mutual Street (just north of Wood St.) and will be opened at 10:30 a.m.
Please remember that there is very limited parking around the Pride Festival area, so public transit, taxi or Uber are probably your best options. The closest corner to be dropped off to the event space is Mutual and Alexander.
Also, the only entrance to the Faith + Pride service is the school yard on Mutual Street. Please do not use the other entrance on Alexander Street because this will be used exclusively for the Pride Family Activities.
Finally, make sure to get there early because navigating to the entrance on Mutual Street might take you a few extra minutes.
Rev. Hawkes bids his flock farewell
Beloved Toronto pastor preaches his final Pride
After a quarter century of opening Pride Sunday in Toronto, Rev. Dr. Brent Hawkes has announced that this is the last time he will preach at the annual Toronto festival.
Faith+Pride is an inclusive event that adds progressive spiritual vibrancy to the Pride Toronto festival. The Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto began holding the service in 1991. It is now recognized as the largest annual outdoor worship service in Canada, attracting more than 1500 congregants in 2016, including Mayor John Tory, Premier Kathleen Wynne and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. This year’s service is expected to draw record crowds.
Rev. Hawkes has been the Senior Pastor at MCC Toronto since 1977. Under his direction, the church has grown from humble roots to become an internationally recognized beacon for human rights and social activism.
“We have faith and we have Pride,” said Rev. Hawkes. “We want everyone to know that no matter who you are or how you identify, you are perfectly made in God’s image. You are welcome here… welcome home.”
We’ll be broadcasting live from the service in the Pride festival grounds at 11:00 a.m. on June 25. Please join us in worship even if you can’t be with us in person.
Come see us during Pride at the MCC Toronto community booth in the Pride street fair. Our double booth is located at Church Street and Charles Street and is open all weekend! 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.
Hours of operation
- Friday 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
- Saturday 12:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
- Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
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 @ http://volunteer.mcctoronto.com/pride