Food for thought
Lenten luncheons begin March 1 at St. John the Baptist Anglican Church
St. John the Baptist Anglican Church in North Sydney will once again be offering weekly ecumenical luncheons as part of its Lenten celebrations, something the church has been doing for nearly 40 years.
Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday (March 1) and runs for 40 days, is the Christian season of preparation before Easter.
There is usually a full house for the luncheon, which begins at noon and averages about 100 people. There is a minimum do- nation of $5.
The menu includes fish chowders, homemade beans, homemade soup, shepherd’s pie and beef casserole, complete with tea, coffee and desserts.
Established in 1979, proceeds from the luncheons go to the Primate World Relief Development Fund.
The fund was established following the Springhill, N.S., underground mine explosion in 1958. There were 174 men in the mine when it collapsed, and 75 died as a result of the disaster. The tragedy moved Anglicans and other Canadians to respond with assistance for the stricken families.
Initially it was called the Primates World Relief Fund and later renamed the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund, which continue as a way for Anglicans across Canada to help those in need.
The weekly luncheons provide fellowship within the community and usually begins with a discussion group, followed by the lunch at noon.
“Each year we get a wide variety of people coming for lunch,” said St. John’s Anglican Church warden Cecil Day. “We get folks from all denominations, the community, business people and we always get quite a few seniors. It’s the good food and fellowship that brings people out, and we hope that trend continues again this year. Everyone is welcome.”