Interim Priest-in-Charge The Rev. Canon A.V. (Terry) Bennett

Rev. Canon A.V. (Terry) Bennett will be our Interim Priest-in-Charge beginning on Monday, September 4th, 2017. Rev. Bennett began his ministry in 1979, serving several parishes across Ontario. Most recently, he served as rector at St. James in Orillia for 12 years. (Pictured at left is Rev. Terry @ St. John's chatting with some of the children)

Rev. Terry has served in several parishes in Northern and Eastern Ontario, as well as numerous postings as Padre and Chaplain to various branches of the Royal Canadian Legion and assorted Ontario hospitals. His most recent posting was as Rector of St. James, Orillia.

Please join us in welcoming Rev. Terry and his wife, Leslie, to our Parish of Churchill and Cookstown. His first service will be September 10th.

Two wardens and two lay members of the congregations of both churches will be elected to form a Selection Committee to begin the journey of selecting a new incumbent. Please keep this committee in your prayers.

 

A Word of Welcome

On behalf of our 2 congregations, St. Peter’s Churchill and St. John’s Cookstown, we would like to welcome you to the virtual sphere of our parish. Our churches are located in growing and active communities in Simcoe County, with lots of residential development and construction underway. This growth of population in our surrounding communities reflects the growth that we feel is occurring in our churches, as we welcome newcomers and draw together fellow Christians in worship, prayer and service.

Our parish offers a wide variety of programs and activities. We have educational programs and small group activities for Women, Men and Couples. We host meals and social events for seniors and the newly retired. We have a growing Youth/Sunday school ministry that organizes outings beyond the church and also engages our young people locally in service and spiritual growth. Our 2 congregations are very much involved in local outreach programs, which are targeted towards children, families and those in serious need. All this is in addition to our music programs, weekly worship, church suppers and many other activities. There are many opportunities to serve, pray, rest or enjoy fellowship here. I invite you to meet us by exploring our website. There is no better way to connect than in person, so please know that guests are always welcome at any of our Sunday services.

 

Fr.Matt’s Induction

Sunday, November 5th : Fr. Matt’s Service of New Ministry

Fr. Matt’s service of new ministry, traditionally called an ‘Induction Service’ will be held on the 1st Sunday of November.  The service will be later in the afternoon (around 4:30 pm) and more details will be provided as they come together.

Parish Building Updates

We have had a busy and productive year in both our church congregations. A special highlight was that St. Peter's completed its 5 year plan to fundraise for and install our new steel roof. We were blessed to be able to clad our steeple, church and Parish hall in a new steel roof that will last for many, man years. Thanks to all who contributed to and worked on this landmark project!
 
At St. John's we have undertaken a number of building upgrades as well. We installed new furnaces and air conditioning for the church and Parish hall. We upgraded and further expanded our organ for enhanced sound and we recently installed a new sound system and new upholstered foam seat cushions for all our pews.  

Refugee Update

many-hands-reaching-out-world-15618157 Khalid and Omar Alsorouji  have been here since May and are well integrated into the Cookstown community. We thank all those who helped us in this endeavour. God Bless.

Khalid and Omar

Anointing Sunday

anointingAnointing will take place during Communion on the 3rd Sunday of every month at both churches.