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Activities at TPC

A directory of activities at Thornhill Presbyterian

Thornhill Presbyterian Church is an active, vibrant congregation with opportunities for members of all ages to learn, to serve and to play.This information will give you a brief overview of the many ways in which you and your family members can participate in the life and work of TPC.New ideas are always welcomed! If you would like to receive more information other than what is listed below, please contact Stephanie Vandermey, Office Administrator at 905-889-5391 or go to the contact page and send us an e-mail.

Activities for children and young people:

Nursery Care

A bright, staffed nursery is available for infants and toddlers (age 3 and under). Volunteers from the congregation take turns providing supervision for this area. Infants and toddlers may go straight to the nursery at the beginning of worship, or they may stay with their families until the time when all children go off to Sunday School.

Sunday School (ages 3 and up)

Christian Education for school age children is an important program at TPC. There are classes for everyone from preschoolers to teenagers. The classes for students age 5 to 12 operate on a Rotation Model in which the children learn about God's word by participating in different workshops such as drama, cooking, science, arts and crafts, games, music, and videos. For older students, we offer a pre-teen/teen class featuring activities and discussion topics focused on Christian values in today's society. On Sunday mornings, the children attend the beginning of the worship service and leave for their Sunday School class after their time with the Minister.

Junior Youth Club (JYC)

JYC is a youth group for kids from Grades 1 to 8. We meet one Saturday per month for games, activities, food and fun. Movies, bowling, games nights, outdoor fun, crafts, sports and good Christian fellowship are some of the things we do. All kids are welcome!

Kids in Christ's Kingdom in Thornhill (Kick It!)

Kick It! is a fellowship group for kids from grades 4 to 8. We meet one Saturday per month at the Church and do a lot of fun stuff together. We do a Bible reading and brief chat and then head into a night or day of fun and food. Some fun things we have done and will do together include: Bowling; Games Night; Dodge Ball; Sleep over parties at the church; Pizza Party and Music Nights; Rock Wall Climbing; Wave pool and anything else the kids agree to do. Our main reason for being together is to get to know God and each other better.

Senior Youth

F3 is the senior youth program at Thornhill Presbyterian Church. F3 is short for Faith, Fellowship and Fun. Our regular meetings take place on  the first and third Sunday of the month starting at 7 pm. This is a time for our group to do some team building, play games, have discussions, worship and lots of other fun activities. Plus, there's always a snack! Past events have included a weekend retreat, Digital Scavenger Hunt, pool Party and BBQ, Laser Quest, Movies, Roller Skating, Ball Hockey, and much more.

Aside from events and activities as a group, we also try to get involved in our congregation and community. Among many things that the Sr. Youth take part in, one is to serve dinner at Evangel Hall, and others are, creating some crafts or baked items for the yearly bazaars, lead a worship service at  TPC  and help out with any other events and initiatives we are invited to participate in. Any youth ages 13 to 18 are welcome to come out to any of our meetings and events. If you would like to be added to the email distribution, simply pass along your email address to Reverand Heather ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and/or Reverand Tom ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ),  who head-up this wonderful group of young adults along with parent volunteers.

Choirs

Our junior and senior choirs are an integral part of worship at TPC. The choirs lead the congregation in the musical part of worship, enabling all of us to sing praise to God. In addition, they often provide special musical presentations throughout the year such as Christmas and Easter music, cantatas, choral pieces and fun musical events.

Do you like to sing? New members are always welcome in the choir. By joining the choir, you have the opportunity to be an active participant in the vibrant ministry of music at weekly worship services as well as special music presentations. This is a vital ministry in the life of the church. Come and experience the joy of singing praises with enriched and varied choral styles, and also enjoy warm, rich fellowship. We would love to have you join us!

No formal musical education or experience is required. Just bring your voice and your desire to sing.

The Senior Choir welcomes singers in the age group Grade 9 to adult. Rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm in the Sanctuary.

The Junior/Youth Choir welcomes singers in the age group from Grade 1 to Grade 8. Rehearsals are held on Sunday mornings from 9:45 am to 10:30 am.

Contact: Maria Lim, Director of Music Ministry, (905) 508-7913, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Small Group Ministries

These small group ministries provide a forum for study, prayer and spiritual growth while fostering the development of supportive and caring friendships within the congregation. Newcomers will find a warm welcome, lively and informative discussions and, without doubt, delicious refreshments!

The JOY (Jesus, Others & You) Group:

Are you feeling down lately? Join the JOY Covenant Group to give yourself a lift both spiritually and mentally. The group meets at 7:30 pm on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at a members home. Contact: Stephanie Vandermey  for more information.  (905) 889-5391, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Grace Bible Study

The GRACE Bible Study meets at 1:30 pm on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month from September to June in the Chapel at TPC. During our time together we enjoy Bible Study, Prayer and Fellowship. New members are always welcome to join us. Contact: Rev. Tom Vais (905) 889-5391

Quilting Fellowship

This group meets Monday mornings from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm at TPC. Part way through the morning a break is held for coffee and a short time of devotions. No one in the group is an expert quilter (yet!) but everyone enjoys the opportunity to use the hands and creativity with which God has blessed them and is warmed by the fellowship. Any interested women are invited to join.

The Women's Missionary Society

The WMS is a group in our church which focuses on mission. We encourage one another, and the people of the church. to be involved in local and world mission. Our bulletin board in the hallways beside the sanctuary has information about our current programs and activities. Our meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 1:30 pm in the Chapel, from September through June. We provide a time for worship, study and refreshments. A Warm welcome awaits all who wish to explore the challenging frontiers of mission addressed by the Presbyterian Church in the 21st century.

Adult Fellowship

The Book Club

This monthly informal get-together focuses on a selected book followed with lively discussion and fellowship. Members take turns suggesting books and leading discussions which are held on the last Tuesday evening of each month from September to June.

Dinner & A Movie - (not running at the moment)

Dinner & A Movie nights are held from September to June, except December, or as otherwise posted, usually on the last Friday of the month starting at 6:30 pm. Following dinner, we watch and discuss popular movies that raise questions about spirituality and faith. There is a nominal charge. A sign up sheet is set out in the main lobby for two weeks prior to the event - deadline for registration is the Wednesday of that week.

50 Plus Group

The 50 Plus Group meets for a couple of hours in the Fellowship Hall on Thursdays at noon. While primarily for members of the congregation that are over 50 years of age, 50 Plus welcomes anyone in the community. On average, about 50 people attend our lunchtime programs and share in a delicious meal, devotions, fellowship and a planned program such as a guest speaker or travel presentation.

We meet once a month on the third Thursday with the following exceptions;

  • No meetings in July and August.

Contact: John Kerr (416) 223-0295

Alive

Alive is a group for people in their 40's and 50's. The group meets several times per year for social events and meals. The purpose of this group is to build relationships and develop a sense of community.

College and Careers

A group with a strong focus on fellowship & building relationships. This group is for those who no longer fit in youth group, but also aren't ready to level up to the 30+ category, no one will be turned away. Past events include going out to a local pub, a games night and a BBQ. Future events may include attending a Jays game, playing volleyball or a movie night. So come out, maybe meet some new people and grow your church community. Fun times guaranteed!

Women's Study and Fellowship Group

Our purpose in this group is to grow in faith through studay and fellowship with other women.  This group of women of all ages meets to discuss books or study material related to Christianity.  Each segment lasts between 6 and 10 sessions.  We meet here at TPC on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month at 1:00pm except in the summer months.  Contact Deborah Kerner at 905-508-4342 or e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Sunday Morning Discovery

This group meets every Sunday morning from 9:45 until 10:30 a.m. to discuss the deep and niggling faith issues that arise from life.  With the bible in one hand, a commentary blog in the other, we will have a time of coffee and discussion.  This is not a traditional Bible Study.  It is a place where we talk about faith issues and share our thoughts together in light of the Scriptures and our life experiences. 

Committee Structure

Please click here to view the PDF of our Committee Structure

Board of Managers

The Board of Managers is responsible to the congregation for the care and maintenance of the Church and Manse property and for financial matters relating to the operation of the church. There is a property committee whose primary duties include ensuring that our facilities are kept clean and in good, safe condition, that the necessary supplies and equipment are purchased and that the grounds are maintained. There is a financial committee whose primary responsibilities include the preparation of an annual budget for presentation to the congregation, keeping and maintaining of the financial records, the disbursement of funds, and arranging for the counting and depositing of the church offerings. There are various year-end reports that the financial committee prepares as well as financial reports for the managers meetings. Meetings of the managers are held at times stated in the church bulletin - at least one in three months for the transaction of business.

Congregational Committees

Caregivers

The focus of the Caregivers Committee is on comforting and visiting the sick, the bereaved, and people who cannot attend worship and other events. When appropriate, meals are prepared and delivered to members of our congregation who are temporarily incapacitated. Sympathy and other cards and flowers are sent or delivered to members on special occasions.

Caregivers also:

  • Operate an extremely active Prayer Chain
  • Dispatch audio recordings of the Sunday worship services to shut-ins when requested
  • Send welcome notes to new members
  • Organize receptions held at the church following funerals and other special events.

Contacts: John or Elaine Kerr (416) 223-0295 or Revs. Tom or Heather Vais (905)889-5391

Christian Education

The Christian Education Committee meets about four times a year. This committee oversees the Sunday School classes and the youth groups while providing prayer and support for the teachers and leaders whom God has called and equipped to lead these programs. Adult bible studies and Covenant Groups also fall under this committee. In addition, the committee may plan special events including dinners and retreats. If you would be interested in serving on the committee, or helping in a specific area, contact the office for further information.  905-889-5391 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Congregational Life

Sometimes lovingly referred to as the “social committee”, the Congregational Life committee plans supports activities and events designed to provide us with fellowship and social gatherings in an effort to build up and strengthen our Christian community.

Somehow, food is almost always associated with fellowship and fun at TPC. We do love to eat together! Contact: Daphne Hibbert 905-886-0317

Mission and Outreach

As part of TPC's commitment to mission and outreach we provide generous support to Presbyterians Sharing and Presbyterian World Service & Development. We also support special projects as they come to the attention of the committee. We support the ministry of Evangel Hall, a mission of the Presbyterian Church located in downtown Toronto, by providing sandwiches on the first Thursday of every month, providing and serving Christmas Dinner and donating clothing and other items needed by their clients.

Locally, we support the Thornhill Christmas Assistance program. Our Christmas Mitten Tree gathers warm clothing donated by the congregation which is sent to communities locally and across Canada, most recently to Evangel Hall and to First Nations communities in Ontario and Saskatchewan. The TPC community knows that our faith is borne out in our actions, and caring for others locally and globally will remain a priority. Anyone with an interest in furthering TPC's mission and outreach goal is invited to assist in this ministry.

Stewardship

A committee established by Session to give general leadership to efforts within our congregation aimed at making the most of the gifts God has given us. this committee seeks to utilize the gifts of our congregation and all resources to maximize our mission and ministry in Christ's name. It seeks ways to develop among the congregation a strong understanding of what it means to be stewards of our time, talents and treasure, as individuals and as a congregation. The committee works within the scriptural tradition of Christ's parable of the talents.

Welcoming - Greeters

A team of two Greeters is on hand every Sunday morning to welcome everyone entering the church. Visitors and newcomers are apprised of any pertinent information they may require with respect to the worship service, Sunday School, the location of facilities, and other church activities.

Fall Bazaar

This committee plans the annual church Bazaar, usually held on the 1st Saturday of November.  The Bazaar features craft tables, home baking, used books, white elephant and jewellery tables with both morning coffee and muffins and a luncheon served.  This is TPC's largest fundraising activity and requires countless helping hands to make it successful and fun!  Contact Stephanie Vandermey, Office Administrator, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 889-5391.

Fundraising

This committee meets on an ad hoc basis to develop, organize and carry out fund raising activities to assist the church's finances.  Some of our activities include:

  • pie making for fall bazaar
  • sale of poinsettias at Christmas
  • sewing and selling of re-usable Onya mesh bags to reduce the plastic used when shopping for produce
  • sales of bedding plants and hanging baskets in the spring

We welcome everyone's input as they bring fresh ideas and skills to our team.  Contact Jackie Porretti 905-770-0815

Worship and Music

As a committee, we seek to serve the congregation through worship and music that glorifies God and is joyful, challenging and relevant to today's experience. There are many ways to serve, from ushering or running the sound system to reading or singing in on of the choirs or the Praise Time band. We encourage the congregation to participate in all aspects of worship and music and welcome any suggestions or concerns.

If you have any inquiries in regards to any of our groups, please contact

Stephanie Vandermey, Office Administrator

at 905-889-5391 or go to our contact page and send us an e-mail.