Out of the Cold Meal Program
On four Friday nights each winter between fifty and sixty St. Peter’s volunteers can be found cooking up delicious home-cooked meals, delivering home-made desserts, preparing the hall, extending a warm welcome, graciously serving our guests, washing dishes and sweeping floors as they participate in the Out of the Cold program. Hot, nutritious meals are served each Friday evening from November to April at either St. Andrew’s United Church or the Church of the Epiphany in downtown Sudbury. In the past few years the number of guests attending has grown significantly and we now regularly serve more than two hundred meals in an evening. Our guests tell us that they appreciate not only the wonderful food, but also the warmth of the welcome which they receive at the dinners. We are deeply grateful to the volunteers who generously offer their time and their talents.
Out of the Cold is a truly inter-generational activity as our volunteers range in age from elementary school children who package candy treats for our guests, to seniors. If you are interested in becoming part of this important Outreach program, please contact Anne Jeffkins or Gillian Schell or leave a message at the Church Office at 705-675-2171. New volunteers are always welcome.
St. Peter’s will serve meals on the following Fridays: December 7th 2018 (Church of the Epiphany), January 18th, March 1st, April 5th, 2019 (St. Andrew’s United Church).
Mission and Service Committee Projects
Those who love God must love brothers and sisters also.
St. Peter’s members support mission and service outreach projects through annual contributions to the United Church’s Mission and Service Fund ($37,600 in 2015) which support international aid projects, mission projects in Canada and the work of our national church. In addition, committed members provide financial support and volunteers contribute many hours of service and caring for local projects. Recent activities are outlined briefly below.
Right Relations with Indigenous Communities
In a year-long program of education and events on the theme of aboriginal issues, St. Peter’s members have organized and participated in presentations on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s work and recommendations, the United Church apology for Residential School survivors, and on aboriginal spirituality, traditions and ways of life. Several Lunch and Learn sessions after the church service on Sunday were held on these themes.
Syrian Refugee Sponsorship Program
The congregation approved a plan to arrange for and support the placement of a family from Syria in Sudbury in early 2015. A six member subcommittee organized a fund raising drive (currently totaling more than $33,000) to support the family’s accommodation, food and other expenses for the minimum of a year - a requirement of the sponsorship agreement. Our family - the Alyousefs - arrived in early December and are living in a furnished town house.
Gifts for Nursing Home Residents
On the second Sunday in Advent, congregation members bring white gifts for residents of a nearby nursing home who often do not have family members close by. Our Spirit Quest youth visit to sing carols for residents in the Christmas season.
Support for Secondary School Students
Throughout the year, gift cards and food items are collected for an inner city high school. These are distributed by school administrators to needy students.