Yesterday I walked through the wooden doors of Mimico Baptist Church, one of the many historic buildings participating in Doors Open Toronto. This year’s Doors Open theme featured older buildings “that have been redesigned, re-invented and re-purposed into modern 21st century spaces that host collaborative teams of imaginative people who are creating new ways of thinking, making and doing.” Pastor Jim Sanderson, who has been the church pastor for 20 years, explained some of the history of the building to me. It was built very quickly- the cornerstone was laid October 15, 1922, and on March 11, 1923 the first service was held.
What a lovely church, in such a pretty, leafy neighbourhood. I was struck by the simple and beautiful altar, behind which the full-immersion baptism ceremonies are held.
Mimico Baptist Church is home to a diverse and welcoming congregation, with a children’s choir, a library and a Mandarin Bible Study held every Friday evening. 80 Hillside Avenue, Etobicoke, Toronto.