Welcome to Monday at the Manse! In this instalment, I’ll tell you all about how I’ve got you covered when it comes to dinner this coming Wednesday, and how this great meal comes with the added bonus of some fine music and a chance to rub elbows with the friendly folks of Queensborough and area.
But first, a little tale about (and plug for) a historic country church that as of 2015 has joined the digital age, or the “information superhighway,” or whatever your preferred term is for the internet. And how, thanks to the introduction of this wondrous technology, you can keep up with what’s doing at that church from the comfort and convenience of your own laptop, phone or desktop computer. Life is good, people!
As regular readers will doubtless have guessed, the church I am referring to is St. Andrew’s United in Queensborough. Built in 1890, St. Andrew’s is the only one of the four churches our hamlet once boasted – the others being St. Peter’s Anglican, St. Henry’s Roman Catholic and the Queensborough (or Queensboro, as it was often spelled once upon a time) Methodist Church – that is still operating. St. Andrew’s has been a very important part of the community for 125 years, the place where generations of Queensborough and area residents have worshipped, have been baptized, have been married, and, yes, have been bid farewell at funerals. As in so many Canadian churches, our congregation is smaller now than it once was (like, back in the days of my Queensborough childhood in the 1960s and ’70s, when my father, The Rev. Wendell Sedgwick, was the minister there), but it is still active, and it has grown in recent years. St. Andrew’s is a friendly, pretty and welcoming church, one that I am proud to be a member of.
So as our church prepared to celebrate its 125th anniversary this past May, I decided it was time to get the word out about the good things happening at St. Andrew’s. How best to do that? Well, I thought, since everyone and his or her cat seems to be on Facebook, that’s probably the best place. I’d never created a Facebook page before, but how hard could it be?
Not hard at all, as it turned out. I had the Facebook page up about five minutes after I started. Oh, okay, maybe 10 minutes. But still – it’s ridiculously easy.
And now historic St. Andrew’s United Church is on Facebook, and if you go to our page, which is right here, and hit the Like button, you’ll get regular updates (one or two a week – don’t worry, we won’t flood you with quotations over images of cloudscapes or anything like that) about what’s doing at St. Andrew’s. The time of the service for the coming Sunday (it’s sometimes 9:30 and sometimes 11 a.m.), special events, etc. Pretty straightforward stuff, but how exciting it is for us to have this new tool to share our news!
Ah – and speaking of sharing our news, let’s get back to that food thing I mentioned. If you click on the St. Andrew’s Facebook page right now, you’ll learn that this coming Wednesday, Sept. 30, is the day of the St. Andrew’s Turkey Supper. The supper is a tradition with deep, deep roots in Queensborough, and an event at which people have been gathering to enjoy a great meal and a visit with friends and neighbours (and the new folks who show up!) for many decades.
I’ve written about our church suppers before, and you can read those posts here and here and here. In this one I recounted a bit of the history of the suppers, throwing in my happy memories of them from my childhood. But all you really have to know is that if you beetle up to Queensborough, and specifically to St. Andrew’s (the address is 812 Bosley Rd., just up the hill from the Manse) between 4:30 and 7 p.m. this coming Wednesday (Sept. 30, 2015), for the very reasonable price of $12 for adults, $6 for children aged 6 to 12, and absolutely free for kids under six, you can enjoy turkey and mashed potatoes (some peeled by yours truly) and all the trimmings in a great country-church setting. And the icing on the cake (so to speak)? The huge selection of pieces of homemade pie that will await you for dessert! Take a look at this photo, taken at our Ham Supper this past spring:
Now if that doesn’t whet your appetite, I can’t image what would. I am fairly sure that for a significant number of the people who attend the suppers at St. Andrew’s, the pie is the best part.
(Yes, you are allowed seconds. I knew you were wondering.)
Finally, there’s this: something new and wonderful will be added to the Turkey Supper in this 125th year of the life and work of St. Andrew’s in the Queensborough community. As you sit in the old pews, nicely polished by a century and a quarter of occupation, waiting for your number to be called so you can go into the church hall and eat, you will be entertained by two members of our congregation, Katherine Fleming and Carol King, who have wonderful musical gifts. Both women are well-known throughout this area for their vocal abilities, and we are so blessed to have them at St. Andrew’s. On Wednesday, whether you’re a member of St. Andrew’s or not, you will get the chance to hear them in performance.
Good music, good food and good conversation, all in a beautiful little church in a beautiful little hamlet: if that’s not worth hitting the Like button on Facebook for, I don’t know what is!