Parish Health

Parish Health

Thank you for your continued support of Thursday Night Light

Jan Stapleton and all the Volunteers who plan, prepare, cook, package and deliver meals as part of St. Peter’s TNL ministry, thank parishioners for your faithful financial support and generous food donations.

On Friday, September 24th at 7 p.m., TNL will be recognized at by The Town of Cobourg. You are invited to view The Town of Cobourg’s 19th Annual Civic Awards Virtual Gala.

 Visit the Town of Cobourg YouTube Channel

 Tune in Your TV Northumberland on COGECO Cable 10 / HD Cable 700

Staying Connected and Get Your Questions Answered

It is important that parishioners find ways to stay connected and current with what is happening at St. Peter’s. One way, to do this is to join the Sunday morning Coffee Clutch. Please join this Sunday September 25th at 10:45 am and then for next 4 weeks (the zoom link is included in the service information sent out on Saturday).

This week, the focus for the discussion will be

Why Plan for Mission? Ask your questions! We want to answer them!

Bring your questions, your coffee, and your candor! There will be announcements each week but the coffee hour is where you can get your questions answered. The discussions will range from topics covering the history of how the Plan for Mission came to be, what the goals are for the next two to ten years to what redevelopment means for the future of St. Peter’s. Looking forward to seeing you there! Join Sunday’s Coffee Clutch to find out.

Caregivers Group

Are you providing care for a loved one who may be at home, in the hospital or in a Long-Term Care Home? Do you need support and encouragement? Do you need a safe place to express your feelings or ask your questions? You are welcome to join the Caregivers group that meets monthly via zoom. Contact the church office or Karen Li (905) 373-4251 for more information. Karen Li, and when she is not available, Diane Froncz, facilitate the discussion. Resources have been provided by the Health and Wellness Ministry Team.

Let’s Pray for One Another

St. Peter’s maintains a list of those who are in need of Intercessory Prayer. If you or someone you know would benefit from our prayers: Phone the church office, (905) 372-3442 or send an email to with your request. A team of parishioners prays regularly for those in need. Since the spring, a small group has been gathering twice a month via Zoom to offer prayers for the

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needs of our parish, the needs of the world and all who have requested prayers. For more information contact the church office.

Orange Shirts

September 30th will be a statutory holiday, the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day recognizes the colonial legacy of residential schools, honours Indigenous Survivors and is vital to the ongoing reconciliation process.

Thank you to the many who ordered orange shirts. We are still awaiting delivery. As soon as the shirts arrive, they will be delivered and payment collected. If your size wasn’t available or you didn’t order an orange shirt, you are encouraged to find something orange to wear.

Every day, we must remember our Indigenous brothers and sisters and affirm our commitment to speaking the truth and taking actions that will lead to reconciliation.

Please consider joining The Health & Wellness Ministry Team. For more information, leave your name with the office and you will be contacted by Helen Notter or Nancy Marshall. Your ideas, enthusiasm,

and participation would be welcomed.

Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care ministry is considered one of the most vital ministries at St. Peter’s. Since Cobourg has long been a favourite retirement community, many members of the church are either confined to their own homes or reside in nursing homes or one of the retirement residences. The Pastoral Ministry team has over twenty members who make regular visits to parishioners.

The group holds regular meetings, with the parish nurse and the clergy as resource people, to share information, provide mutual support and to participate in educational programs to strengthen their skills for this ministry. Many members of the team report that their involvement in this ministry has been extremely rewarding and many of those visited report how much they appreciate the visits.


Parishioners are reminded to let the clergy know, by phoning the church office 905-372-3442, when family members are ill in hospital. Occasionally parishioners who are admitted don’t give their denomination and are not on the “Anglican list”, so clergy have no way of knowing they are in hospital.


Support and assist our Parish Nurse, Karen Li. Programs to both foster the relationship between faith and health and promote caring for the whole person, body, mind and spirit, are offered to our parishioners and the wider-community.
Your involvement and support are both encouraged and appreciated!
If you have an hour or two once a month, please consider getting involved with the Health and Healing Ministry.
For more information about any of the programs outlined, please contact Karen Li through the church office or speak with any of the Health and Healing Ministry Team.

Friends @ 10 is operated by a special group of dedicated volunteers most Friday mornings in the Hutton Room. Parishioners and members of the community gather to visit with our Parish Nurse at her Friday Clinic ??or to have a chat with others over a cup of tea or coffee. Everyone is welcome.

Prayer Shawls are created by gifted crafters and blessed before being presented to the sick, elderly, bereaved and newly baptized. Mittens are given to our preschoolers each year. If you know someone who would appreciate a shawl or mittens, speak with Karen Li.

Anyone who would like to participate in this ministry should contact the coordinators, Janet Baillie and Janet Lang

Transportation, for those unable to get to church services, is offered by faithful volunteers.

If you have time and are available to assist, please call the church office and leave a message for Pauline Cyr. Both Pauline and our parishioners will welcome your support.

Thursday Fellowship, this gathering enjoys a cup of coffee or tea and a variety of delicious treats following the 10 a.m. Eucharist. On the third Thursday of the month, we celebrate the month’s birthdays with a cake, cards and rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday”. All are welcome.

Friendly Visitors to Northumberland Hills Hospital  Sandra O’Neill-Brown and Rhonda Cross spend time with our parishioners and others who

Foot Care is offered once a month to our Soupertime Guests by our former Parish Nurse, Diane Froncz.

Dental Care is offered to Soupertime guests by Fran Richardson. Dental supplies and advice are provided.

Alongsiders pray daily for those in need of specific prayers as well as the parish and the world. A prayer chain is created by several Alongsiders, for emergency situations. Donna Brotherhood prepares the monthly guide — even while she’s living a snowbird’s Florida life.

Volunteer Care Teams are coordinated by our Parish Nurse Karen Li. These teams are created to meet the needs of parishioners or their family members by providing a range of assistance, e.g. from helping with eye drops to driving someone to an appointment, or keeping a sick person company while providing respite for a caregiver. The parishioner’s privacy is essential and the operations of the Care Teams are confidential.

Volunteer Pastoral Care visitors spend time with seniors in neighbouring retirement and nursing homes. Our seniors welcome the companionship. St Peter’s offers monthly worship services in local care facilities in Cobourg and Port Hope. Helen Notter coordinates the Pastoral Care Team; she would welcome your involvement and support. Please call the church office.

Free Health and Wellness Education programs are offered throughout the year to parishioners and members of the larger community.

Lunch and Learn sessions are offered following the 10:30 am Sunday services.

Interactive Workshops with refreshments are offered during the week. Past topics have ranged from Elder Abuse and Parkinson’s to Arthritis and First Aid.

Visit our calendar to see our exciting plans for the upcoming year. Participants are asked to register with the church office to assist with planning and organizing refreshments.

Blessing and Healing Prayers bring comfort to anyone experiencing physical or emotional issues. Talk to us about specific concerns that you want included in prayer. These prayers are offered up in the chapel following worship services.

A Caregivers’ Support Group is facilitated by our Parish Nurse, Karen Li. The group provides assistance for those caring for a loved one with chronic health issues. You are invited to join the conversation on Tuesdays from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Understanding and acceptance of all situations is offered. Sessions end with prayer. Contact Karen Li.

A BLUE CHRISTMAS service is offered on the Sunday before Christmas for those who have suffered loss and are feeling lonely or sad. The service includes readings, prayers and music and the lighting of candles. Following the service, the Health and Healing team offers refreshments and fellowship.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

The Prayer Shawl Ministry mission is to knit/crochet lovingly-crafted shawls which are then blessed and presented to the sick, elderly, bereaved and newly baptized.