Metropolitan United Church is in the heart of Toronto, serving a congregation drawn from across the city and its surrounding communities. Almost half our membership lives more than 2 kilometres from the church. We provide pastoral care to almost 700 families, with about 300 people attending our 11 a.m. Sunday morning service. Our congregation is diverse, bright, lively, educated, well-read, well-travelled, interested in music, and full of quick wit and good humour.
People come a long way to Metropolitan not just because our church is large and historic, but because it is modern in outlook.
We minister to several congregations, including the Sunday morning one and the weekday congregation found in our Community Services programs. Our music programs involve over one hundred people, and reach out to thousands through concerts and performances. Our community involvement takes many forms, but one simple measure would be the 13,000 meals that are served at Metropolitan every year to less advantaged people in the downtown area.
Inclusion and respect for diversity
As part of the United Church of Canada, we value diversity. We will greet you regardless of age, race, class, gender, orientation, or physical or mental ability.We honour the various religious practices of all people of goodwill. The Sacred works through a variety of expressions.
There is no single portal to understanding the Sacred
For Christians, the story of Jesus is the profound drama of God intereacting with the world. At Metropolitan, we feel that our understanding of the Holy is only limited by our imagination. God is always greater, and moves as a mysterious Spirit who marks no distinction at the doorways of Christian chapel; Buddhist, Hindu, or Sikh temple; Aboriginal sweat lodge, Muslim mosque, Jewish synagogue, or any other portal where truth is sought and love is shared.
We work together with other churches, and among people of other religions, in Canada and throughout the world, on matters of justice, peace, and human dignity.