Volunteers at St. Peter’s Anglican Church in Churchill are looking forward to welcoming the community to the bake and yard sale on Saturday, Sept. 30.
The committee organizing the event has already acquired jewelry, books, pictures, household items, soaps, wrought iron tree stands, and “everything in between” for the yard sale.
“Bake sale items will include savoury meat pies, cookies, butter tarts, cupcakes, loaves, dessert pies of all kinds, fudge, and much more. Our bake sales are usually quite successful and popular. We have no trouble selling out,” said Linda Gerow, communications co-ordinator of St. Peter's.
Saturday's event runs from 9 a.m. until noon.
Weather permitting, the yard sale will be outside while community members are invited to purchase tasty treats in the church. If it rains, yard sale items will be moved indoors.
The church is located 6254 Yonge St.
St. Peter’s Anglican Church has been a fixture in Churchill since Col. George Duggan gave the property on Lot 15, Concession 3 in Innisfil as a site for the first Anglican church and adjoining cemetery in 1848.
“With the help of master carpenter William Lennox, the first church was built, a small frame structure with a choir gallery, altar, pulpit and lectern. It had 22 seats in the nave for the congregation. One of the original seats is still in St. Peter’s today,” its website explains.
“Before COVID, we had a number of events that ran throughout the year, but like many other churches, we were in lockdown until our diocese said we could begin to open in person again,” Gerow said.
Though the events organized at the church are still getting back to normal following the pandemic, members of the congregation adapted and look forward to offering their third annual online Christmas bazaar later this year.
“The money raised (from the yard and bake sale) is going to our general church fund, although we do have other events that are outreach-related, such as a free turkey dinner each December and the pancake supper in February that is usually by donation only," Gerow explained. "Both are open to the public without cost.
"This year may be different as prices of turkeys have risen, but somehow we manage to acquire what we need through the generosity of others,” she added.
There is a large parking lot at the side of the church directly off of Yonge Street near 4th Line, with a ramp that runs from the parking lot up the side of the church for those with mobility issues. Attendees are encouraged to bring reusable bags to the yard and bake sale on Sept. 30 where cash and cheques will be accepted.