Although they had to forgo their customary fall tea and bake sale given COVID restrictions, the ACW of The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Corner Brook, NL undertook a different food-related fundraising project: making 450 trays of apple crisp and selling them at the cathedral entrance.
Apple-themed fundraising projects at the Cathedral began a number of years ago as a commitment to the Anglican Church of Canada’s fifth Mark of Mission: “to strive to safeguard the integrity of creation and sustain and renew the life of the earth.” The project was the brainchild of the late Eileen Churchill, who felt that church members could make good use of apples that would otherwise just spoil on the tree or ground each autumn.
Overseen by parishioner Stelman Flynn, a trained chef and entrepreneur, the first apple pie fundraiser was held mere months after Churchill’s unexpected passing in 2015. Because Flynn’s sisters from Labrador were unable to assist with making pie crusts in fall 2020, the Apple Pie Project became the Apple Crisp Project, which used 1500 pounds of otherwise waste apples. (Flynn also assisted with making 450 apple crisps for St. David’s Anglican in Pasadena, NL.)
Over the years, the apple project has served as a fundraiser for various causes: the cathedral generally, the Primate’s World Relief Development Fund (PWRDF), and this year, for the ACW’s ministries. Funds raised will allow the ACW to contribute to causes that exemplify another mark of mission: “to respond to human need by loving service.”