ST. PETER’S ON-THE-ROCK CELEBRATES 100 YEARS
Summer of 2014 Filled with Anniversary Activities for Lake Community
- message from Patrick Bunting, Centenary Chair
It is a place of peace and serenity which for generations of families has been the one constant in an ever-changing world.
In the summer of 1914, St. Peter’s on-the-Rock greeted its first parishioners and began what is now a century old tradition of worship and fellowship. Many of the families who filled the pews of the picturesque island church during that first summer are still represented at the church 100 years later, together with countless others who have become part of the community over succeeding generations.
This coming summer will see a series of activities designed for the lake community: “Whether a parishioner or not, we would like to see everyone on Upper and Lower Stoney and Clear Lakes participate in some aspect of this celebration,” says Patrick Bunting, former warden of St. Peter’s and chair of the anniversary steering committee. “There will be lots of activities for cottagers and their guests, and this represents a historic opportunity for us to come together as a community”.
The centerpiece of the summer of celebration will come on the weekend of July 19 and 20. On the Saturday evening there will be a Stony Lake pot-luck supper at the Juniper Island Pavilion – everyone is invited to attend.
The next morning at 10:30 will see the service of thanksgiving and celebration at the church. More than 15 clergy including Archbishops and Bishops will participate, representing the past several decades of spiritual leadership at St. Peter’s. Covered seating for more than 550 will be available inside and outside the church, while scores of volunteers will be deployed to help ensure everything from boat docking to sound systems run smoothly. The Most Reverend Colin Johnson, Archbishop of Toronto, will preside at the service. St. Peter’s has a long tradition of music and a love of singing. Favourite hymns from throughout the decades will be part of the service, and the music will be enhanced by singers and some renowned and beloved Canadian musicians, all under the direction of Helen Batten.
Before the official anniversary weekend, there will be other activities for all ages to enjoy. Everyone loves to see and explore cottages, especially if they belong to someone else, and 2014 will feature one of the best-ever cottage tours. In keeping with the centennial theme, on Saturday, July 12, a selection of vintage cottages will be opened to the general public for viewing. Given their age, these cottages are another window into the history of the Stoney Lake community.
“The community has already shown incredible generosity through their volunteerism, by billeting priests, musicians and other visitors for the special weekend activities, and through their financial support,” said Bunting. “This celebration should be as inclusive as possible and I would welcome participation by anyone who is interested.”