Welcome 2020

Happy New Year!! It’s not just a new year; it’s a brand new decade. 2020 marks the beginning of an exciting ten years for us to do, or not do, whatever we please. It’s a time for renewal, a time to reflect and a time to think about the future. A road lies before all of us. How will we travel it? How will we make it memorable? How will we live our lives? It’s exciting but also quite daunting.

The page is blank. You can write whatever you wish. Reach to others and lend a hand, tell someone how much they mean to you, offer your time, your wisdom, your knowledge. Don’t ever think that it wouldn’t be appreciated. It would be. Perhaps a dear friend is going through a difficult time and needs a friendly ear to listen or just a shoulder to lean on; perhaps someone to wipe away the tears. Maybe they are trying to make a decision that isn’t easy and they could use some advice. Just being there is the greatest gift one can give.

Recently I came across something that was posted on Facebook on New Year’s Day. I have decided it would be good to share it here.

First, I would like to wish everyone a very happy, joyful and healthy 2020. May all your wishes come true, may your burdens be light and may your friends and family always be there for you. Happy New Year everyone.

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, Rev. Greg Gilson at any time.  (705-221-3568 (cell)

We look forward to meeting you.