Fellowship is an important part of the St. Peter’s community activities - providing opportunities for us to meet, learn more about each other and celebrate the seasons of our church year and special events. Here are some representative activities of the recent past, organized and presented by our Fellowship Committee and its friends:
Snow Sunday is a regular activity in late January. A hike or outdoor experience is scheduled during a part of the service for those young and older in the congregation who would like to participate. It is followed by a chili luncheon with the coveted St Peter’s chili trophy being handed out. We are always amazed at the turnout and the quantities of chili both donated and eaten.
A Birthday Cake Sunday lunch is held in mid February each year, marking all the birthdays of our church family through the setting up of tables groups and special cakes for each month of the year. It is lots of fun, and a prize is awarded for the most spectacular cake decoration.
At our Church Anniversary on the first Sunday in May we invite a special speaker to participate in the service and remember our past 60 years and those who contributed to them. A noon luncheon follows - sometimes in a formal tea setting - and is always well attended.
A Spring Picnic is held early in June each year - often at outside centres such as the Whitewater Park in Azilda. An outdoor family service is often part of the picnic Sunday, followed by a great potluck luncheon and family activities.
In mid September, the committee presents a Welcome Back Barbecue after the service, featuring delicious Manitoulin sausages along with local corn on the cob. In late October a Halloween event may include a party on a Friday night - Halloween On the Rock or a bowling event at a local bowling lanes.
At the beginning of the season of Advent in late November, there is an annual Friday evening Family Advent Event on a theme such as waiting, journeys or, as in this year on First Nations spirituality. A pizza supper in the Heritage Hall is followed by a session of learning and crafts and the children prepare unique Christmas decorations for the tree which has just been placed in the sanctuary.
An annual pancake supper and ashing service on Shrove Tuesday in February or March marks the beginning of Lent at St. Peter’s for the whole family. The meal is prepared by our United Church Guys, assisted by the Lockerby Guides group which meets here every Tuesday.
A Lent Event is held near the beginning of the Lenten season, often on a Friday evening, with a similar mix of supper, theme presentation and crafts for the whole family.