March 2019 - Toronto ON
On our first rambling or discovery walk in Toronto in 2019 we happened upon some churches we had never seen before.
St. Luke's United Church is located at 353 Sherbourne Street (on the southeast corner of Carlton and Sherbourne Streets). Originally built across the street from the old site of Toronto General Hospital, it is now across from Allan Gardens.
The building was originally home to Sherbourne Street Methodist Church, later Sherbourne United. It merged with Carlton Street United in 1959 to create St. Luke's. Sherbourne was founded in 1872, while Carlton originated in 1832.
The building is used by a number of other congregations including:
- Berea Seventh-day Adventist Church
- -Sheep Flock Korean Presbyterian Church
- Abasaruzi Missionary Church Offices
This church was known as Sherbourne Street Methodist when it opened for worship 5 June 1887. Designed by architects Langley and Burke, it replaced a smaller house of worship built here in 1871. The handsome stonework and fine stained glass are of special note. Memorial windows bear the names of Sir Joseph Flavelle, Sir Albert Kemp, H.H. Fudger and Richard Brown, who along with many other prominent Toronto businessmen were active members of the congregation. Their philanthropy and participation in social programs began a community minded tradition that has continued through the years. In 1959, Sherbourne and Carlton United joined to form Saint Luke's United Church.