After two years when all church activities were cancelled due to the coronavirus, the members of St.Davids-Queenston United Church are excited at the return of popular fundraising activities this spring and summer.
Fundraising helps the church to conduct outreach programming within the church as well as throughout the community.
The activities kick off with a huge yard sale and bake sale this Saturday, May 7, from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the church.
Members will be dropping off gently used household items all during the week and they'll be priced and ready for Saturday morning. Members of the United Church Women will be doing home baking of popular items for the bake sale.
“Yard and bake sales are a lot of work, but it is so exciting to say goodbye to most COVID restrictions, allowing us to resume church activities,” said Nancy Lang, an activities committee member and organizer of the yard and bake sale.
“Pulling together to contribute to the life of the church makes the work fun,” she said via email.
“We have really missed that camaraderie, and our ability to reach out to and serve our friends in the greater St. Davids and Niagara-on-the-Lake community. Come find a tasty treat or a treasure. Masks optional.”
Following closely after the yard and bake sale, the church will hold a Beef-on-a-Bun and Cards evening at the church on Friday, May 13, starting at 6 p.m. Before COVID, this was a popular monthly gathering for many from the community and was held between September and May.
Following the meal, attendees are free to set up card and other games. Typically, most come to play euchre, but other games are welcomed.
New this year is that people wishing to attend will have to reserve a spot. Anyone wishing to participate can call the church at 905-262-5242 and leave a message including name and number of attendees. Reservations are required by Wednesday, May 11, at 2 p.m.
Beef-on-a-Bun and Card Night will be returning next September.
A real crowd-pleaser during the annual Lions Carnival held in July is the St. Davids-Queenston United Church pie booth. This year will be the 59th carnival.
According to Florence Turner, longtime member of the United Church Women, organizers of the church’s pie booth, “Our church has been doing the pie booth every year since the first carnival was held.”
“When the Lions first started in St. Davids they met in our church for their meetings until they bought the building across the street. That is why they offered us the pie booth,” Turner said.
Fundraising activities like these are an opportunity to reach outside the walls of the church into the community to showcase the church and engage in fellowship activities while at the same time raising money to support both the operational and capital budgets.
Steve Hardaker has lived in Glendale for over 11 years and is active in many community organizations.