Out of the Cold Meal Program
For the past 10 years a team of volunteers from St. Peter’s serves four Friday evening meals at St. Andrew’s United Church as part of an Out of the Cold program which provides hot meals each week through the fall, winter and spring to attendees. About 175-200 guests attend the meal in the crowded and bustling second floor gym. The St. Peter’s team knows many of our guests by name and we look forward to seeing them.
We are grateful to have the expertise and dedication of our cook and the team of helpers who set up tables, prepare a home-cooked nutritious meal and clean up afterwards, all in a spirit of friendliness and cooperation. Our congregation generously and eagerly offers the required baking - favourites are apple crisp, homemade cookies, and brownies all served with ice cream and love!
Our volunteers provide security, set tables, pour coffee and tea and serve up friendship and kindness with the hot plate of food that is so gratefully received. And of course we have volunteers who wash and clean up late into the evening long after our guests have left.
St. Peter’s continues the tradition of offering a small gift to our guests, such as socks or toiletries. Donated seasonal clothing and gently used blankets and sheets are distributed at the New to You table.
The spirit and dedication of St. Peter’s team is truly appreciated. Our team eagerly welcomes new volunteers to join us for an evening of fellowship with our guests and each other. For further information, contact the Out of the Cold coordinator through the church office.
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.