Our Sunday School doesn't take a summer holiday. We go outdoors to explore creation in a warm Toronto summer. We planted a garden and check out its progress regularly. Yesterday we had a lot of fun talking about the creation of the sun, moon, and stars and making glittering stars, colouring some colouring sheets, and watering the garden this morning! And we had seven kids - not bad for a summer Sunday morning.
Now in its fourth year, our Fun Fair draws friends and neighbours to Ulster Street, where we closed the block next to the church and Healey Willan Park on July 21st.. The setup crew started at nine, face painters arrived, and the Bouncy Castle started inflating to be ready for opening at 10:00.
It's a relaxing time for kids to try the bubble wands, sidewalk games, get their faces painted with their favourite designs, dress up to try the new photo booth, join the scavenger hunt, design some crafts, compete in the most popular event where wet sponges get tossed into human topped helmets - and finally enjoy a free lunch. Thanks to all who made it happen - and especially to Michael Perry for coordinating the fun filled day.
Small people have a chance to learn about creation on most Sundays in July and August. We have moved our class outside to a tent - which protects us from the sun as we enjoy our craft creations.
Don't miss the fun on the weekend of our Patronal Feast on July 21 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. We ordered the Pirate Ship Bouncy Castle, we have planned the Fair Games, and we are getting the feast ready to serve a free BBQ lunch for all guests, around the noon hour.
Back by popular demand, we have a Crafts station, Giant games & bubbles, and the Scavenger hunt too! And if you show up early at 10:30, we will have a Fire Truck for children to sit in on hand. Let's hope the firefighters aren't called away too soon. Come and join in the fun and meet some of our wonderful neighbours.
A stirring rendition of O Canada sung enthusiastically after both services - parishioner Mark gave us a wonderful cake, flags, fridge magnets, tattoos for both the 9:30 and 11:00 coffee hours - and even provided red and while altar flowers to mark how blessed we are to live in a wonderful country.
There is a wealth of activities for children and youth all summer. We don't take a holiday at SMM. Sunday school moves outdoors. Our community fun day for families is approaching on Saturday, July 21 and you can find out more about it here. Volunteers are also welcome to help out and you can contact the parish office if you are interested. Our summer camp happens at the end of August and you can register here. Other events for young people appear on our event calendar.