St. Margaret of Scotland Church
Barrie ON

L4N 7S1

Who we are

Our mission at St. Margaret's is to be a loving, leading community of God's people, dedicated to involvement in the life of the parish and surrounding community, following the example of Christ and welcoming all in friendship.
At St Margaret's, we pride ourselves in having many programs to offer support, education in the way of Christ and more. In our local community we offer support & volunteer to help with the Out of the Cold program and Rainbows. We have a youth group for children and teens from about ages 13+, offering events about once every week or so. For adults, our church offers Bible studies, the Alpha course, Men's breakfast, and much more.

St. Margaret's originally started out as a weekly service in the one of the local elementary schools' gymnasium. Since that time, in the last ten years, it has grown; having moved from the gym, to the Letitia plaza storefront, to a portable at its current location, to its existing partially completed permanent location, which was officially dedicated in April of 1999. Within the next few years or sooner, it is hoped that we will be able to expand our facilities to better serve the needs of the church and the community.

Church Address

St. Margaret of Scotland
161 Hanmer Street West
Barrie, ON L4N 7S1
Phone: (705) 721-9528
Fax: (705) 721-9455
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Church Pastor

Rev. Simon Bell
Rev. Simon Bell
161 Hanmer Street West
Barrie, ON L4N 7S1
Phone: (705) 721-9528
Fax: (705) 721-9455
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Simon is the incumbent of St Margaret of Scotland in Barrie, Ontario. While he was born in England, he grew up in South Africa. His background is primarily in youth ministry, theological education, Social Anthropology and consultancy work. He has served the church on three continents - Africa, Europe and North America - and has served in a number of parishes as a youth and children's minister and is the author of a book on youth ministry in a multi-cultural context titled Happy in my Skin.

He has served as the Advisor on multiculturalism to the Archbishops' Council of the Church of England and as a Congregational Development Consultant to the Diocese of Toronto. He has a passion for the out-doors and keeping critters. He enjoys canoeing, hiking, horse-riding and road trips and farms sheep in Tiny Ontario.   Edit
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Michael Peterson - Honourary Assistant   Edit

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corner of Ford and Hanmer, beside the West Bayfield Elementary School   Edit



St. Margaret of Scotland Church Service Times

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Sunday Services

Weekly - 8:30 a.m. & 10:00 a.m.

Mid-Week Holy Communion Service

Wednesday - 11:00 a.m.

This Mid-Week service provides a wonderful opportunity for a quiet worship and reflection in a small congregational setting. Come and experience this unique opportunity to draw closer to God in this setting!

A light lunch will follow

Join us when we gather in the pastor's office before the service at 10:30 a.m. for a time of prayer for our family, our parish, community and beyond.

Important Notice 2nd Wave Letter

Due to the continuing pandemic Barrie is now in a State of Emergency Due to in person services being CANCELLED online services are continuing We hope that you will enjoy these virtual services.

Service Times last updated on the 21st of April, 2021
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Under 12s:
Sunday School

Our excellent Sunday School Program is offered and we invite you to bring your children to the 10:00 a.m. Family Service. You will be delighted to see the fun they will have while learning Christian values from this program. Rev. Simon also wants to involve the children regularly in the Sunday Communion Service.   Edit
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Youth Group

At St. Margaret's we feel it is very important that our youth are exposed to the teachings of the Lord and learn how to be better people through Christianity. Our Youth Group allows teenagers to learn more about God and make new friends, in a fun-filled setting. The group participates in a variety of activities in and outside of the church, including drama, helping with the readings and prayers at the family services, fundraisers, and activity nights.

Once a month we meet for a gym night or another activity such as movie night, parties, pizza night, laser tag, rock climbing, snow tubing, camping etc. Come out and enjoy the fun.

Our next youth night will be Friday, December 13th at the church, 6:00 p.m.   Edit

Local outreach & community activities

Community Outreach

We have members of our community approach us at St. Margaret's requesting our assistance for food to tide them over until the end of the month or until they can get appointments with other organizations. We want to assist those in our community who are in immediate need of food. We are asking that you consider bringing just one or two items: canned goods, tea, instant coffee, cereal, peanut free snacks, etc. to church each month to assist. That way we can have a supply on hand to help those who are in desperate need. We know the present situation is challenging for most families but anything our congregation can do to improve life for those most seriously in need will be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your assistance with this initiative. We will still have our Food Bank program running on the first Sunday of the month.

Casserole Team

We are looking for new members to join our casserole team. Men and women are all welcome to join in to help with this Ministry. We provide casseroles for families in our parish who are having difficulty with illness or treatments, etc. and need a warm meal prepared for them occasionally. A casserole once a month is what we anticipate. If you would like to help, please contact Margaret Paradis, the church office or sign up on the sheet in the narthex.

Sock it to me

Once again this year we are going to run our “Sock it to me” program. We will be collecting, socks, hats, and gloves for the homeless.

This year winter is expected have very severe temperatures with a lot of snow so the homeless/unfortunate are going to be in dire need of items to keep them warm.

If you can help please drop off your donations to the church on Sunday if you are coming to service or through the week if you are just dropping by.

Yarn Needed

If you have yarn that you no longer need and would like to donate it to the church, we have a few senior citizens who are knitting hats, scarves and mittens for us to donate to the local schools as part of our Missional Transformation and Outreach project. If you are a knitter or crocheter and would like to help make some items either for our Outreach Project or the craft table at our Christmas Bazaar please speak to Lorraine Whitwell or Colleen.

Barrie Food Bank

Each month we ask you to provide donations to the food-bank. Of course donations are needed and very welcome at any time.

For more information on this program please speak with Al McPhee.

Faith Works

Providing shelter and meals for those in need. Volunteers are urgently needed.

For several years, the parishioners of St. Margaret's have shown their compassion and generosity for those less fortunate in our community by providing meals for the 'Out of the Cold' program, one evening a month throughout the winter months. Once again this year, we have been asked to participate by preparing and delivering 4 lasagnas to Collier St. United Church, hot and ready to serve, by 5:30 pm.

David Busby Street Centre

Located at...

88 Mulcaster St, Barrie, ON L4M 3M5.(entrance on McDonald Street) Phone: 705-739-6916

The individuals and families using services of the David Busby Street Centre are often suffering from poor health, social isolation, complex mental health concerns, physical, cognitive and social challenges, and the devastating impact of violence and abuse. Service delivery is based on a non-judgmental acceptance of, and respect for, anyone who accesses our facility. The drop-in support centre is the core of our support. The services offered include:

Individual case counselling
Housing support
Practical & basic needs assistance
Administrative support
Addiction support
Infant needs & supplies
Health care services
Mental health services
Harm reduction services
Mobile outreach
Central Intake for Barrie Out of The Cold

The David Busby Street Centre has a long-standing relationships with other service delivery organizations in Simcoe County and, when not available at the Busby Centre, our team is equipped to advocate for and link participants to the appropriate social services and resources in the larger community.

Samaritan House Community Ministry

Samaritan House is an ecumenical Ministry offering Christian support services for adults and children. Families who have been affected by poverty or violence are empowered to become self-sufficient through counselling, education and other programs. Samaritan House has a women and children's drop-in, providing clothing and household items, crisis intervention and advocacy, at Burton United Church. Samaritan House also offers computer training, a weekly children's literacy program and assists youth referred by Community and Social Services within the justice system. Future plans include the development of Transitional (Safe) Housing and programs for women and children.
Could you help a child improve their reading?

Samaritan House Community Ministries is looking for volunteers to help with their Literacy Program. The commitment is after school one day a week during the regular school year (October to May). If you are interested please contact SHCM at pager 705-720-7111 or email at [email protected] High school students requiring community hours are most welcome to volunteer.
Clothing (men's and infant wear) are urgently needed...

for the Samaritan House Clothing Depot Centre, as well as financial support for the Transitional (Safe) Housing Project. You can drop off donations from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday at the SHCM Resourse Centre, in the basement of Burton Ave. United Church at 37 Burton Ave.

For more information, send email to [email protected] or call (705) 720-7111 Location: 37 Burton Avenue, Burton Avenue United Church (lower level).


In 2018, we supported one family whose lives had been devastated and if there are any funds remaining they will be used to support additional families. The support is actually in the form of Gift Cards provided by the merchants who support the VISTA program. If you would like to make a donation to the Christmas Cheer fund please put it in an envelope marked 'Christmas Cheer' and put it in the collection plate, or hand it in at the church office.

All applicants must be known to and referred by one of our parishioners.

Leprosy Stamps

We are still collecting stamps for the Leprosy Mission. Stamps can be placed in the bag hanging on the bulletin board in front of the office.

Food Bank and Deacon's Cupboard

We would appreciate any donations possible. Please note that along with various food items we can really use personal care items

Canadian Tire

Yes, your Canadian Tire money would be much appreciated.   Edit

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History of St. Margaret of Scotland Church, Barrie ON

History of St. Margaret's

St. Margaret's originally started out as a weekly service in the one of the local elementary schools' gymnasium. Since that time, in the last ten years, it has grown; having moved from the gym, to the Letitia plaza storefront, to a portable at its current location, to its existing partially completed permanent location, which was officially dedicated in April of 1999. Within the next few years or sooner, it is hoped that we will be able to expand our facilities to better serve the needs of the church and the community.

Our Church's History

St Margaret of Scotland Anglican Church was founded in the mid 1980's, beginning as a gathering at the local community hall, then moving to the Letitia Heights plaza. In 1995 the church moved to its present location near West Bayfield School. The permanent facility, a 3 phase ongoing project began with a portable unit. Since that time the first phase of the permanent building was opened in April of 1999. The final stage of construction is expected to take place within the next five years, to include a nursery and sunday school facilities as well as a banquet / meeting hall.

Saint Margaret of Scotland - A Brief History

Our parish logo symbolizes St Margaret, who gathered the orphans, the poor and the sick to herself. Margaret became Queen of Scotland in the year 1070, when she married King Malcolm of MacBeth fame. She opened her arms to the people. Orphans were taken into the royal palace, the sick and the suffering tended, prisoners of war released and the poor were fed. Through devotion and love, Margaret won the hearts of the Clan Chieftains and aided Malcolm in uniting Scotland as a nation. She died in 1093 and was made a Saint in 1251.   Edit

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