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) On the right is Rev. Terry at St. Peter's during the Harvest celebrations.

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.

Two wardens and two lay members of the congregations of both churches have been elected to form a Selection Committee to begin the journey of selecting a new incumbent. Please keep this committee in your prayers. Update: the committee met with Bishop Fenty on April 30th. The church profiles have been accepted (with minor changes) and at the end of May they will meet again to select questions after which, names will be given by Bishop Fenty for consideration. This is a lengthy process and we thank one and all for their patience. 

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.

 

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!
 
We would like to thank Mr. Elliott of Sargeant concrete for his generous donation and delivery of concrete that was used to repair St. Peter's  front entrance ramp on July 31, 2017.  We are so appreciative of this gift, and for the driver’s patience as we moved the concrete. 

Our church building is over 155 years old and so there is always a lot of upkeep.  This past winter saw some notable deterioration of a concrete walkway at the main entrance.  It became a safety priority as many people require accessibility to the building, and the existing ramp had crumbled.  Our church enjoys a broad spectrum of regular attendees, and so ensuring safe passage and access is of critical importance to us.

 

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

 Khalid and Omar Alsorouji  have been here since May and are well integrated into the Cookstown community. They are now living in an apartment in Barrie to be close to part time work and their language studies. We thank all those who helped us in this endeavour. God Bless.

Anointing Sunday

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