Feedback Café
11:30 AM11:30

Feedback Café


Feedback Cafe -- Sunday, May 26th after the Worship Gathering

SGC is in a time of transition and the Interim Management Committee wants to give lots of opportunity for feedback and conversation. Many of you completed the survey we distributed in late March, and your next opportunity for feedback is on Sunday, May 26th.  There'll be snacks to fuel your brain as you are seated around a table that is hosted by a facilitator who will ask questions to get your input.  SGC is a congregationally-governed church and so we want to make sure we hear from you, the congregation!

Your table facilitator will be asking the questions below . . . but these are meant to be just a springboard into a fuller conversation. You may want to give some thought to these questions ahead of time.  The feedback comments will be noted and used by the IMC to assess how the transition is going.  The questions you’ll be asked are:

•       How are you seeing God at work during this transition time?

•       What excites you about the months ahead?

•       What questions or concerns do you have?

No need to register -- just show up!  We expect that at the most it will go for 45 minutes, but feel free to come and leave earlier if you need to.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

As we move into our third month of transition at Spring Garden, we’ve been asked a variety of questions by various people, so thought we’d put them in writing along with some responses in case you were wondering about these things too!

1.   What does it mean to be in an “interim” time?

When a congregationally-governed church such as SGC has its Lead Pastor retire or leave, typically the church enters an “interim” period, in which it transitions from the prior season towards a new season. The word “interim” is not meant to imply that it’s just an in-between or less-important season – it simply means that it is a shorter, transitional season between two longer seasons. It could well be called a “transitional” time, or “preparing” time. Often, in an interim period, God shapes the church in specific ways in order to prepare us for what is yet to come.  SGC entered its interim period when Gene Tempelmeyer retired in early March.


2.   When will we hire a Lead Pastor?

Sometimes when a church goes into an interim period it assumes that the next season will have the same staff configuration as the past season, so when a Lead Pastor leaves, during the interim period the congregation initiates a process to search for and hire a new Lead Pastor.  While they’re doing that, they hire an Interim Lead Pastor to take care of things until the new permanent pastor is hired. 

That’s not what we’ve done.  Over the past year the SGC leadership has been aware of Gene’s retirement, and have discussed and prayed and thought about how to move into the interim period and then into a new season of ministry.  As we considered the interim period, what emerged from these discussions was a new staffing configuration, with two Co-Lead Pastors instead of one Lead Pastor. This is how we are functioning now, on an experimental basis, with Greg Kay and Sam Lee as Co-Leads. We have also hired Lily Cheng as Interim Community and Missions Pastor for this period of transition.  A visual schematic of the model is on our website, here:


3.   Will the staffing configuration for the interim period be our new permanent staffing configuration?

We don’t know that yet for certain, though we are hopeful. We are discerning. When we announced the staff configuration for the interim period, we also said that we are in a time of discernment and learning. Specifically, we are discerning whether this staffing model might be what sustains and nourishes Spring Garden for the longer term, beyond the interim period.  


4.   How will we know how well this model is working?

The IMC is working with criteria for monitoring and evaluating various aspects of the model and the health of the church during this period, using tools such as regular reports and evaluations within the IMC, surveys and the upcoming Feedback Cafe. We conducted a “baseline” survey in April to assess the level of health of various factors that are important to a congregation’s functioning, in which respondents were asked to consider the past year at SGC as they assessed.  This will be repeated in late September, with a focus on the same factors during the interim period, in order to see if the interim period has had significant impact on our healthy functioning.


5.   How long will the interim period last?

The current plan is to continue this time of discernment through to October, at which point we hope that, collectively, we have a sense of God’s leading for our next season.


6.   Who will make the decision about the staffing model for the longer-term?

The SGC congregation will make this decision, at a congregational business meeting, signified by a vote.  It’s normal practice in congregationally-governed churches that decisions on interim staff are made by the church’s leadership, but that decisions about permanent staff are made by the congregation.  That’s what we’re planning.


7.   Do I need to be worried about SGC changing dramatically or moving in very different directions?

No.  Spring Garden as a church is not centred around the personality of our Pastors, and so it is our expectation that during this time of transition and beyond, Spring Garden as a community will continue to journey forward together with our values, ethos, and core faith and mission.


8.   If we decide not to pursue this model for the longer-term, what will happen?

We will be grateful that God has been leading us and will continue to do so.  The SGC leadership will make plans to ensure there is effective staff leadership as the interim period continues and moves into a new phase.  We will seek input from one another as to next steps in our collective discernment process.

9.   Who is making decisions now, for the interim period?

The same as before:  pastors and volunteer ministry leaders continue to make ministry decisions under the leadership of the Co-Lead Pastors with oversight and monitoring by the Deacons and Elders. Deacons and Elders continue to function as always.

 The Interim Management Committee was established by the Deacons to manage and monitor the interim period, and is responsible to SGC’s leadership; the IMC will cease to exist once the interim period is over.

10.How can I give feedback?

You can contact an IMC member, or any member of SGC’s leadership (Deacons, Elders, Pastors) for a phone, email, or in-person conversation, or chat with them when you cross paths on a Sunday morning. You can come to the May 26th Feedback Café. 

IMC members: Sam Chaise, Cheryl Chapman, Lesley Daniels, Shannon Loewen, Greg Kay, Sam Lee


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Annual Camping Trip
to Jul 7

Annual Camping Trip

We believe in a creative God. Therefore, we want to give an opportunity for people of all ages and stages to enjoy God’s creation. This is an opportunity of those within our community that enjoy nature or would want to learn to enjoy nature more. It is a great time of of relaxing, community building, and enjoying God’s creation.

When: July 5-7 (Three day option is now FULL)

Where: Pinery Provincial Park

If you have any more questions, please contact Sam at

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Day Camp Week 1 (FULL)
to Jul 26

Day Camp Week 1 (FULL)

Week 1 - Story Camp (NOW FULL)

July 22nd-26th, 2019

Event Timing:

9:00am-12:00pm for Half Day

9:00am-3:30pm for Full Day

Event Address: 112 Spring Garden Ave, Toronto, Ontario, M2N 3G3

WAITING LIST for Week one

This year our camp will focus on activities and skills which the kids have the option to choose from. We will be hosting activities involved in sports, culinary, art etc. Different options and tracks will be sent out closer to the dates, for the child(ren) and parents to choose together.

Parents/Guardian's have the option of signing up their child(ren) for either the half-day camp or the full-day camp which includes larger activities outside the property. Pricing is as follows:


Full-Day Camp: $80 per child ($60 for additional children of the same family). - Camp T-Shirts and Outings Included

Half-Day Camp: $50 per child - $40 for additional children of the same family.

Half and Full-Day Camp will be offered on a "first come, first served" basis.

**Please be aware that the Full-Day Camp will only be offered to children in grades 1-5 (ages 6-10), while the Half-Day AM Camp is open to children from Jk - Grade 5 (ages 4-10)**

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Let's Go See the Jays!
1:00 PM13:00

Let's Go See the Jays!

We will be buying group tickets for Toronto Blue Jays Vs. Tampa Bay Rays. 

We can take the subway down together after church.  We will receive 20-30% discount off the price of approximately $33.50 (the prices fluctuate).  This is a Junior Jays Day so there will be kids activities available as well as an opportunity to run the bases at the end of the game.

Please sign up by May 26th at the front desk OR online here:

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Day Camp Week 2 (FULL)
to Aug 2

Day Camp Week 2 (FULL)

Week 2 - Adventure Camp

July 29th - August 2nd, 2019

Event Timing: 9:00am-3:30pm for Full Day

Event Address: 112 Spring Garden Ave, Toronto, Ontario, M2N 3G3

Waiting List for week two

Our second week of camp will be centred on adventures around Toronto. We will be exploring the different areas around Willowdale and the church neighbourhood while playing some games and learning about community. We will also be going on a field trip the Friday of this week.

Cost: $80 per child ($60 for additional children of the same family). - Camp T-Shirts and Outings Included

Full-Day Camp will be offered on a "first come, first served" basis.

**Please be aware that the Full-Day Camp will only be offered to children in grades 1-5 (ages 6-10).**

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Yonge Street Tragedy Anniversary
12:00 PM12:00

Yonge Street Tragedy Anniversary

Tuesday, April 23 - Yonge Street Tragedy Anniversary

12-3pm OR 5-8pm

As our surrounding neighbourhood remembers this tragic event, we want to be present as a faith community to serve.  If you are available during the day, walk with Lily along Yonge to pray and chat with people. In the evening we will be present at the memorial and serve community dinners at locations near Mel Lastman Square.

To volunteer for this and many other events, please fill out this form below.

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Make Lasagna to Share God’s Care
12:00 PM12:00

Make Lasagna to Share God’s Care

It’s become a tradition at Spring Garden to share God’s love by making lasagna on Palm Sunday.  This year the lasagna will be given to Single Moms as part of our Mother’s Day Celebration. Children are welcome to come and help make and decorate brownies.  We also need people to contribute ingredients.

Sign up details for the ingredients here or in our West Lounge :

Volunteering can be found in our lounge or online here:

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Art and Bake Sale
11:30 AM11:30

Art and Bake Sale


Last year our youth group was able to raise almost $1000 to help people coming out of the sex industry.

On March 31st, after worship, we will be holding a art and bake sale where our youth will be selling baked goods and some art to raise money for Fight4Freedom.

All of the proceeds from this sale will go to Fight4Freedom and their work with survivors of human trafficking.

Please join us on the 31st to help support our youth group as we work put an end human trafficking!

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Gene's Retirement Celebration 1
1:00 PM13:00

Gene's Retirement Celebration 1

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come celebrate with us!!

Saturday, March 2, 2019
1pm to 4pm

at Spring Garden Church



You can write them down & place them in the memory box OR you can share them on video when you arrive.



There will also be a box for cards and donations for a special gift and blessing envelope that will be given to Gene.



We are planning a luncheon and if you are able please bring either sandwiches, fruit, veggies, cheese, crackers or a dessert.

If you are coming from out of town please don’t feel you need to contribute to this.



The Saturday event is primarily for adults as there will be presentations at 3pm and we are concerned about numbers. For those who are not able to arrange childcare, please let us know at and childcare will be provided.

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A Night Out
5:00 PM17:00

A Night Out


without the kids

What: A Night Out without the kids

When: Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 5pm-9pm

Where: SGC Basement

Cost: $10 per child


At 6pm, we've booked Mad Science for an hour.

Pizza is provided, please indicate any allergies.

Please send an e-transfer to Marion Cameron at with a note (a night out), or drop-off a cheque to the office.

You are welcome to invite neighbours and friends to participate in this also.

If you have further questions please email Sam at

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