Christmas for Kids
Christmas for Kids” originated out of St. Peter's Church over twenty years ago. In order to access more donations from the community, Christmas for Kids became a registered charity in 2012 but has grown to involve the entire community. Today the program supports families and children from seven Innisfil schools. The United Churches in Gilford and Churchill, the Anglican Churches in Churchill and Cookstown and the Innisfil Community Church, all support the program. In addition, many Innisfil organizations and business are supporting the program. The registered name is “Christmas for Kids” (all year round). Starting in 2017 season, we will be having the use of the large hall in the Cookstown Library for 10 days in order to sort the gifts and food. We thank them for their generosity.
Innisfil’s Christmas for Kids (C4K) —Important Dates: 2017
- The annual kick-off for Christmas for Kids will be Nov.14th. This year we have the recreational space at the Cookstown Library to do our sorting and packaging. We are thankful to the town.
- Gift balls will be in the local churches by Dec.3rd for return Dec.17th.
- Pick up from all schools will be Dec.15th, we will need trucks for heavy loads of toys and food. Nantyr Shores students will again be available for the unloading of cars.
- We will need people from St. Peter’s who are available to help sort toys the afternoon of Dec.15th, and the morning of Dec.16th.
- Wrapping will be Dec.18th, food will be sorted Dec.19th Cookstown Public School will be helping.
How Do We Help at Christmas?
Christmas for Kids helps Innisfil families at Christmas by providing them with:
- Turkey and food (enough to last over the holidays)
- A small gift certificate to buy perishables for Christmas dinner
- Gifts for each child. We try to give gifts geared to the child’s interests. We also take advantage of this contact to ensure that the children have coats, boots and warm clothing
We know that Christmas can be a stressful time for families if they have limited financial resources. We try to take the pressure off families. All of our clients are treated with respect; all information is kept confidential. Innisfil has many generous residents who want to help at Christmas.
How do we help "All Year Round"
Christmas for Kids helps Innisfil families throughout the year:
- Easter and Thanksgiving Food drives in coordination with local schools
- Birthday present program, for children who are invited to birthday parties but cannot afford to purchase a gift
- Assistance with back to school supplies in September
- Families in crisis, needing food, clothing,
- Calls from the school to assistance a student in need.
Who do we help?
Many of our clients are dealing with:
- Unemployment, or underemployment. They do not make enough money for the necessities.
- Health issues of either of the parents or the children. Health concerns can put a family at risk when there are no long term medical benefits.
- Single parents, both men and women.
- Vulnerable Teens, living independently
- Seniors who do not have resources to purchase Christmas dinner or purchase gifts for grandchildren
How Does Someone Get Help?
- If you have children in an Innisfil public school or secondary school system, you can speak to the school principal confidentially and they will refer you.
- If you do not have children in the Innisfil public school system, please call one of the telephone numbers at the back of this pamphlet. You must show proof you are an Innisfil resident and be able to tell us a little about your situation.
Day of Joy
Every year, St. Peter's hosts Day of Joy, another outreach program for the community. Our leader is Ann Dempsey who always brings an uplifting word for the congregation, along with dynamic special guest speakers
St. Peter's has held this for five years, under the organization of Joan Reynar and her family. The Guiding Hands also perform a few of their inspirational songs, a joy to behold.
Our annual Day of Joy for 2017, with Amy Dempsey from Pioneer Women was held in May. The topic was “Invitation to rest”. Everyone is always welcome to join us.
All woman are invited to join us. Flagging was introduced during the April 30th, 2016 program.
Annual FREE Turkey Dinner
St. Peter's hosts an annual FREE Turkey dinner every December on the first Friday of the month. This dinner is our opportunity to give back to the community. Everyone is invited to attend. Full turkey dinner with ALL the trimmings, including dessert and beverages. This is part of our Outreach initiative each year. Please feel free to join us. If you wish to make a donation, there will be a free will offering basket nearby. There is absolutely no obligation to do so. 2017 date is Friday, Dec. 1st from 5-7 p.m. Everyone is welcome to join us. We are kid friendly and wheelchair accessible (side door).
St. Peters hosts a weekly Euchre game in the Parish hall every Wednesday at 1 p.m. Everyone is welcome to attend. Also, each spring, an Appreciatin Luncheon is served to let our Euchre players know how much we appreciate all they do for St. Peter's. Please call Jean Wallace @ 705-458-9795 for information (picture on right is the luncheon on April 27th, 2016
Faithworks is an annual Diocesan campaign that supports people who need our help in many different ways. The poor, the abused, the lonely, the young and the old, people struggling with addictions, the newly released from prison, the homeless and people overseas who have suffered from natural disasters , famine or oppressive living conditions all benefit from The Faithworks Campaign. This is one way we can reach even further afield to help those in need.
To make things easier for you there are monthly envelopes at the back of the church which already have your number printed on them. Any amount of donation, big or small will be gratefully accepted.
If you have any questions please speak with Rev. Terry. We thank you in advance for your support.
*Update: The Rural Outreach Committee, ROC, is an emergency shelter for people in need, regardless of race, religion, social, economic situation, political views, sexual orientation or preference. The ROC provides a 24-hour confidential "Safe Zone" for victims of violence and their families. The ROC will also provide temporary shelter for individuals who suddenly find themselves homeless because of flooding, fire or other emergency due to natural disaster.
St. Peter’s Supports Local Sports
As part of our strategic plan and visioning exercise that St. Peter's undertook, we have begun a number of initiatives to reach out to the broader community and help increase our visibility in the Innisfil area. As a result of this, St. Peter's has sponsored a local baseball team in 2015 and a girl's soccer team in the 2016 season. We hope to continue this practice in the near future.
St. Peter’s Church
Sunday Service: 9:15 am