Places To Get Involved…
Christian Education: Youth
The Church has a Sunday Morning Children’s Program for children from Kindergarten through Grade 8. Traditionally, there is a dedicated class for the Kindergarten-aged children that has its own teacher, space, and curriculum. Most recently, the Seasons of the Spirit curriculum (Wood Lake Books) has been used. The older children use a modified workshop rotation model, where a theme is explored over a number of weeks in large group activities and smaller workshops that may include art projects, cooking, science experiments, and more. There are 20-25 children enrolled in the Sunday Morning Children’s program with average attendance between 10-12.
For the past two years, a small but dedicated “junior youth group” has met. This group (5-9 members) calls itself f.r.o.G. (fully relying on God), and meets on alternate Friday evenings. The group is open to those in Grades 5 through 8. Activities include movie nights and hikes, and the exploration of topics relevant to the participants such as self-esteem and bullying. The group also fundraises for causes as diverse as the MS Society, Ronald McDonald House, the Humane Society, the Stephen Lewis Foundation and the Weekend to End Women’s Cancers.
A discussion group for the 13 years and older age group takes place on alternate Sunday mornings. This new initiative has plans to take on a social action project and participate in Diocesan youth events.
Summer Spirit Day Camp has been one of Transfiguration’s most successful endeavours and has been filled to capacity (30) for the past few years. The camp takes place for a week at the beginning of July. Open to children aged 5-12, participants have included parishioners, grandchildren of parishioners, and community members. The most recent theme was “Under Construction” and children built their faith through games, crafts, songs, skits, fueled by many snacks.
￼Christian Education: Adult
Two study groups meet regularly: a Tuesday morning group at the Church (12-18 participants), and a Wednesday evening group at different homes (7 participants). The study of a book chosen by the Rector and the group members forms the basis for lively discussion and faith journey. Books have included diverse authors, from Borg to Mitch Albon.
The Anglican Church Women (ACW) meet monthly for lunch and a presentation. Speakers may include representatives from local service groups and members who have visited an interesting location. Members bring donations (typically clothing) for community groups. All funds raised by the ACW are donated to local charities.
Prayer Circle meets every other week to pray for concerns of the parish and beyond.
Wednesday Morning Group
A small group meets weekly each Wednesday morning for Eucharist in the chapel. These gatherings run from January through June and begin again in September and continue through mid December. Following each service, we gather for light refreshments in a social setting in the Fireside room.
The members of the Wednesday morning group take on the responsibility of hosting all receptions held at the church. Often times, it is necessary to reach beyond our own group to solicit additional help with the provision of food etc. We are most appreciative of the willing support provided by many of the extended parish family members.
Funds raised offer us an opportunity for outreach into the wider community, when at yearend our funds are disbursed to a number of local organizations.
Collaborating with the ACW members, the two groups this year were able to provide poinsettia plants to the tenants of the Transfiguration Terrace Apartments and to a number of our own parish family members who are unable to worship with us on a regular basis due to health issues.
The Church has strong representation in community outreach activities. Some examples include:
- St. George’s Breakfast Program: Parishioners participate once monthly in this daily breakfast program for those in need.
- Community Care:
- Volunteer Work: A group of parishioners volunteer for this organization, collecting food throughout the year and running the “layettes for newborns” program.
- The Advent Table: During the first two Sundays in Advent, baked goods, preserves, and crafts are sold, with proceeds donated to Community Care. Community Garden: For the past nine summers, a vegetable garden has been planted on church property. The purpose of the garden is to provide fresh produce to Community Care for their clientele.
- Lenten Lunches: Each Wednesday during Lent, homemade soups and salads are served to raise money for the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund.
- Brock University: Outreach to the University and its students is growing. In 2010 the University Chaplaincy worked with Transfiguration to begin a series of “Tooney Suppers”, informal gatherings for 25-40 students.
- Shaver Songbirds: A group of parishioners offer sing-alongs with patients at the Hotel Dieu Shaver Hospital each month.
Social Activities and Fundraising
The Church holds many activities for fun and fellowship. Events have included:
- “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner” (parishioners dine with one another at surprise locations)
- “Waffle Welcome” in September
- Gourmet Dinners
- Beer and Blues Evening
- Burlington Welsh Male Choir
- roadshow Concert
- Just For Fun Gatherings
- Pancake Supper
- Summer BBQ
- Yard Sale