The Sunday School Connection

Have you ever been new to a community and decide after you’re  settled that you would like to find a church for your family? I think this has happened to all of us at one time or another. But what to do?

Most will turn to the Internet to see what is available in their new community and very often they will have children who will play a big role in the decision of choosing a home church.

Yes, curb appeal is nice but what is going on inside that church is so important. At St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Churchill, we place great emphasis on our children and youth. In fact, our children are our most important commodities. They are our future, and we try very hard to make sure their church experience is a happy, learning experience.

Two years ago we introduced a new Sunday school rotation program, headed by Myrlene Boken and her excellent team of teacher volunteers. The Parish hall was divided into four ‘pads’: The Mouse Pad (computer station); Martha’s Bistro (cooking pad); The Holy Word Theatre (music) and Thou Art Studio (art and creativity centre). Through each of these pads, the children grow in Christ and learn how to interact with each other and those in the community. Reaching out became their goal.

As our program progressed, the children began to reach out to the community, making blankets for Youth Haven in Barrie, earning money with Lenten projects to donate to the Food Bank, preparing gifts for less fortunate in the community, taking part in the annual Palm Sunday procession and performing at the annual Christmas and Easter church pageants.

Each week they are taught how to give back in unselfish ways. Participating in the annual Christmas for Kids campaign shows our children how fortunate they are and how important it is to make sure that other children who are less fortunate,  have an opportunity for a joyous Christmas too.

Our Sunday school boasts a wonderful group of children, who genuinely enjoy their weekly experience. The adults take joy in seeing them each week and get caught up in their enthusiasm.We welcome all newcomers to our community and invite one and all to join us any Sunday at 9:15 a.m.

Our Sunday school superintendent is Myrlene Boken. Feel free to contact her at 705-456-6731.

Feel free to contact our rector, Fr. Matthew McMillan at any time.  (705-458-1801)

We look forward to meeting you.

 

After the Fair

The Fair is over and with it goes a great memory of a beautiful day. The weather cooperated and it’s true what they say…build it and they will come! The Dragon bouncy castle went up and couldn’t have been a better invitation to one and all who were driving by to stop and see what all the excitement was about. The kids also got a kick out of soaking Fr. Matt when he sat down on the hot seat at the Water Splash game!

We opened at 9 a.m. and didn’t stop until nearly 4 p.m. Carnival games and craft tables were a big hit; the face painting, pumpkin carving, dunk tank, kids rafts, dunk tank and balloon game were in full swing most of the day. But really, who can top a Dragon Bouncy Castle???

The pie contest was won by Myrlene Boken who entered a delicious looking blueberry pie; the chili contest was won by Mike Hogg and Judy Martin.

So we sincerely thank our sponsors: Lefroy Harbour Resort, Monto Reno Marina, John & Susan Kell, Sobeys, Foodland, Bullit Performance Trans & Diff, Stroud Dental and Scissor Effect Hair Salon for their generosity. We also must mention Ann Pool who created wonderful signs to advertise our big event.

We must not forget all the volunteers who helped the evening before getting things set up, those who donated beautiful handmade crafts, those who donated their time and efforts in taking everything back down. And we thank all of YOU who stopped by to help us make our very first Fall Fair such a great success.

Last but not least, we thank our two organizers, Susanne Thompson and Myrlene Boken, who worked tirelessly in putting things together. You ladies rocked!

See you all next year.

St. Peter’s 1st Annual Fall Fair

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COME TO THE FAIR!!!

St. Peter’s is presenting their 1st Annual Fall Fair on Saturday, September 24th from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Activities for all ages will include a Kid’s Play Area that features face painting, bouncy castle, candy floss and popcorn treats, carnival games and much more. Adults are not forgotten either! Come and take part in the pie baking contest, chili cook off contest, crafts, book, jewelry and bake tables. Enjoy a delicious BBQ with friends and family. This is a great way to end the summer with fun for the whole family. Tell your friends and spend some early fall fun. Contacts are Myrlene at 705-456-6731 and Susanne at 705-828-4006. See you at THE FAIR!

Contact Myrlene for the pie baking rules and Maggie and Judy (705-735-6614) for the chili contest. Registrations must be done by Sept. 17th and entries to the church the morning of the fair, Sept. 24. All info is now available on the St. Peter’s page.