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St. Giles’, Scarborough

St. Giles’, Scarborough was a mission from St. Jude’s Church, Wexford, as a response to new subdivisions being built up in the 1950s in Scarborough (in particular, the neighbourhoods of Iondale Heights and Dorset Park). Approximately 700 Anglican families had moved into these neighbourhoods and they were in need of a more convenient location to worship. In 1956, as a temporary measure, St. Jude’s established the Iondale and Dorset Park Mission, meeting a General Crerar Public School. At first only Sunday School classes were held. Services were added in November 1956.

Shortly thereafter, a site for a new building was purchased on Kecala Drive. Beginning on Easter Day 1958, the congregation used an old dairy building located on the property. The photographs below show the congregation worshipping, including a newspaper photograph of Bishop George Snell administering the rite of confirmation. Furnishing were procured from other churches, including St. Barnabas, Chester


IMG_6680IMG_6686 IMG_6684In April 1958, a building campaign was launched. Construction began the next year, and the new St. Giles’s building was dedicated on September 22, 1959.IMG_6681IMG_6674 IMG_6676IMG_6692 IMG_6688 St Giles Scarborough 1In 2011, St. Giles’ voted to amalgamate with three other congregations to form a new parish. While the Church of the Epiphany was being renovated, the combined congregation met at St. Giles’.

The Gathering of the Community at the first service of Grace Church, Scarborough for The Amalgamated Parish of St. Crispin, Epiphany, St. George & St. Giles at 35 Kecala Road, October 2, 2011, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Photo/Michael Hudson

The Gathering of the Community at the first service of Grace Church, Scarborough for The Amalgamated Parish of St. Crispin, Epiphany, St. George & St. Giles at 35 Kecala Road, October 2, 2011, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Photo/Michael Hudson

The Recessional at the end of the first service of Grace Church, Scarborough for The Amalgamated Parish of St. Crispin, Epiphany, St. George & St. Giles at 35 Kecala Road, October 2, 2011, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Photo/Michael Hudson

The Recessional at the end of the first service of Grace Church, Scarborough for The Amalgamated Parish of St. Crispin, Epiphany, St. George & St. Giles at 35 Kecala Road, October 2, 2011, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Photo/Michael Hudson

The building is now occupied by The Truth Centre, but is subject to an application for re-development.IMG_8330IMG_8328IMG_8334IMG_8343IMG_8337IMG_8339The windows from St. Giles’ feature very prominently in the new Grace Church building.

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