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Dinner Church Zoom photoUpdate: On Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 7:00 pm, we will gather online for a time of sharing in the Word, prayer, and reflection, as part of our Dinner Church. This will be our third online, live-streaming service and gathering through Zoom.

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Our guest speaker will be Vicar Jordan Smith, who will lead a reflection on gathering and harvest and will speak about the “Give Peas a Chance” project and the new Food Bank at Saint Pius X Catholic Parish (2305 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6S 1P1) in Bloor West Village.

See Blog: See what grows when you Give Peas a Chance

Dinner Church involves a simple meal and service based on community meals of the early Christians. During this time of physical distancing, we are moving Dinner Church online through Zoom.

Have a beverage, bread and candle on hand for our gathering. You are also welcome to have your dinner during the conversation time.


food on the table at MLC for Dinner ChurchDinner Church combines conversation, worship, and a potluck. Led by our Dinner Church Team. Please bring food to share and come early to help set up or stay afterwards to help clean up.

We continue our tour of the Lakeshore as we learn what’s important in the community from organizations serving the area.

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Title: Being Neighbour: It’s called Dinner Church. Produced by Lutherans Toronto, August 29, 2019. 4.40 minutes. Martin Luther Church invites their neighbours to mid-week worship, built around conversation and a meal. For some it’s an alternative to Sunday worship and for some it’s a chance to braid the week together at church and enjoy a relaxed time in community.

We are proud to announce that Dinner Church will benefit from a grant given by the ELCIC Women of Faith Fund. We look forward to developing this fellowship around food, especially with the help of Hannah Johnston who worked on Dinner Church as community coordinator at St. Lydia church in Brooklyn, New York.

Past Dinner Churches:

On June 17, 2020 at our second Dinner Church online our guest speaker was Bob Sharkey from Wesley Mimico United Church. He will share how food deliveries are helping people while the Food Bank is closed.

On May 13, 2020, at our first Dinner Church Online, Rev. Dawn Leger of St. John’s Anglican Church led the reflection and discussion.


The coronovirus crisis hit in Canada with a nationwide lock down starting March 16, 2020. See our blog “COVID-19 Church Closure” dated March 11, 2020


On Wednesday March 4, 2020 our guest speaker was Vicar Silke Fahl on the topic of “Confidence! 7 weeks without pessimism“

On February 5, 2020  our guest speaker was Dr. Clarise Chan, Clarity Wellness Chiropractic (

On Wednesday January 8, 2020 led by Vicar Silke Fahl

On Wednesday December 4, 2019 Dinner Church Consultant Hannah Johnston led us into the season of Advent.

On Wednesday November 6, 2019 we welcomed Karen MacPherson from the Wesley Mimico United Church Food Ministries as our guest speaker. Note that the Food Bank also collects reusable bags to avoid plastic bags. (Our President Iris Schweiger is looking for a special donation of $500 to print the MLC logo on reusable bags for eco-friendly advertising).

On Wednesday October 9, 2019 our guest speaker was Sandra Van, GARDENS Advisory Council Co Chair. More information about the Gardens Pod Project is available on their website.

On Wednesday, September 4, 2019 our guest speaker was Teresa Kurek, Martin Luther Daycare Supervisor.

On Wednesday, June 5, 2019 our guest speaker was Emily Slotegraaf, Stonegate Ministry and Great Finds thrift store (click here to access their website She spoke about things relevant to the community, like poverty and loneliness. All are welcome to donate gently used items to the thrift store at 2358 Lake Shore Blvd West. A donation bin is at the back of the building to drop off items on the weekends.

On Wednesday, May 1, 2019 our guest speaker was Rev John Kim, Coordinator Spiritual & Religious Care, Lakeshore Lodge (Long-Term Care) Click here to access their website.

On Wednesday, April 3, 2019 our guest speaker was Carla Neto, Community Program Manager, Women’s Habitat (Shelter & Outreach). Click here to access their website.

On Pancake Tuesday, March 5, 2019 our guest speaker was Tanya Zielke, Early Childhood Educator, John English Public School. Click here to access the school’s website.


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