St Moses and St Katherine
St Moses and St Katherine Church was born out of the passion of a small group of young professionals in downtown Toronto who felt the need for a Coptic Orthodox Christian presence downtown. Sprouting from a small weekly home Bible study, SMSK celebrated her first Liturgical service in 2011 and has since flourished. Growing from once weekly Divine Liturgies (Communion services), SMSK now has multiple services each week and has an active outreach component. Being a church that rents, SMSK uses multiple locations throughout the week and enjoys serving the community at large in downtown Toronto.
From inception, St Moses & St Katherine (SMSK) Coptic Orthodox Church has been all about being a relevant and vibrant part of the local community in downtown Toronto. We believe that true Christianity is kind, non-judgemental, healing, challenging and fun! Being based in Toronto, our surrounding community of individuals from many walks of life, shapes SMSK, making our members a very unique, yet deeply rooted collection of people. Catering to the young professionals of downtown, the students, retirees and budding families, those who visit SMSK will feel that this is a place where everyone belongs and where everyone has something precious to share. We learn as much from our guests, members and friends as they learn from us. We believe in the immense love and truth of Jesus Christ and that having a living relationship with Him is truly transformative. Life is much fuller with God in the picture!
At SMSK, our ministries are constantly evolving as God directs. There are twice weekly Divine Liturgies, as well as a vesper service on Saturdays. Particularly close to the heart of SMSK, is our ministry ‘Sunday Suppers’ where we share a hot, three-course meal with with the less fortunate and enjoy one another’s company too! Also featuring amongst SMSK’s flagship ministries is ‘Life 101’, where our friends, colleagues, neighbours and family are invited to join in a 9 week series exploring the basics of the Orthodox faith. Several of our loved ones have become church members through this program. Downtown Toronto is home to many people who are launching into new relationships, getting engaged or newly married and SMSK runs the Marriage Preparation Course and Marriage Course to equip people to face this very important life stage with all the necessary skills. This is open to both members and guests of the church. There is also a budding ministry for children on Sundays where puppets take the kids on an adventure through the Bible.