The St. Peter’s UCW group has been an important part of our church community throughout its history. Its sponsorship and support for many activities and outreach projects has been a large factor in the development of our mission. Meetings include fellowship and service activities. There are over 40 active members and associates involved in the UCW this year.
UCW programs include a series of guest speakers through the year on local and international topics, two potluck lunches in May and December and occasional visits to area facilities. We host numerous fundraisers and special events each year and in 2015 net revenues from the spring and fall yard sales, catering, voluntary giving, fair trade coffee and beverages, and the Christmas Bazaar & Bake Sale totalled $15,557.12. Sales continue to be our major fund raisers, with the support of many other St. Peter’s members and friends. The proceeds of our annual fundraising activities go to international projects, community appeals, United Church projects, St. Peter’s projects, as well as $3500 to the Mission and Service fund. This year, the St. Peter’s Syrian Refugee Sponsorship project benefitted from UCW contributions of $4,000.
We were delighted to be able to support three of our St. Peter’s Youth as they travelled to Kenya with Sudbury Minga for Maasai in March. We are proud to know that our caring youth are interested in and involved in making a positive change in our world.
UCW members support church activities including the Out of the Cold program, worship services at Extendicare York and the provision of Fair Trade coffee, tea and drinks at the Sunday morning fellowship. We also regularly hosts receptions for funerals at the church. Participation and support is also provided for the presbytery and conference UCW organizations and their activities.
Sincere thanks to everyone for their continued support of UCW. Our goal is to reach out to more women in the congregation and we would welcome all interested participants to our meetings. Even if you are able to attend only occasionally, you would be most welcome. We think you will find spiritual growth and mission education as well as fellowship and interesting activities at our 2016 meetings.
UCW meetings begin at 1:30 pm on the second Monday of the month. Our December Pot Luck celebrates fellowship and the coming of Christmas, and our May Pot Luck lunch highlights our summer holiday plans. Regular meetings usually feature a speaker from a local organization or charity or an interesting activity, worship, refreshments, a business meeting and fellowship.
For further information, contact president Mary Faris through the church office.