On the morning of June 25, members from Trinity, Barrie, St. Margaret, Barrie and the Good Shepherd in Stayner gathered for an outdoor service and strawberry tea at the Good Shepherd. The parish backs onto a creek, with lots of shade. Many parishioners brought lawn chairs and sat under the trees. It was a hot, humid day but thankfully the rain held off. The Rev. Susan Snelling presided at the service and the Rev. Canon Simon Bell preached. Members from all the parishes took part in the service. Music was provided by pianist and accordionist Marg MacArthur and All in Accord on ukuleles.
Following the service, lunch was served in the church’s upper hall. Jesse Stormes of The Good Shepherd barbecued hotdogs, and members of the congregations provided cold salads. This was followed by a lovely dessert of vanilla ice cream, fresh strawberries and cake. Many hands do make light work, and many pitched in to help things go smoothly. Parishioners enjoyed fellowship and refreshments. The day was a great success. There were 75 people in attendance.It provided an opportunity for members of the various congregations to get to know each other better. In addition, members of The Good Shepherd felt supported and encouraged by all who came.
Submitted by the North Barrie Regional Ministry.