Life Around Tobermory United…From The Desk Of The Lazy Theologian Thrift Shop Opens July 31st

Submitted by Brad Inglis

Well, here we are heading into the beginning of August and the village feels full throttle. It feels kind of shocking considering the media and government are reminding us that these are still very crucial times when we need to be on high alert in keeping ourselves safe from covid. And yet the tourists come and our economy depends on them, so we do what we can to remind them of the rules and hope and pray they bring none of the virus with them. The season may have started late but it feels like everyone is working harder than ever to try and eke out some sort of revenue to hold us over for the winter months to come. 

The idea of a rock and a hard place has never been so vivid. We need the money and calculated risks must be taken. More than ever, the idea of being gentle with each other, is really important. We are all walking under the same cloud right now and that is on top of whatever baggage we already carry. It is a delicate time to love one another. 

Thrift Shop Opens July 31st

Our Thrift Shop volunteers have managed to pull it off! The shop will actually be open for business Friday July 31st and August 1st from 1pm to 4pm. The shop has been completely reconfigured to make it conducive to social distancing. There will be no clothing this year but lots of treasures. Please note that masks MUST be worn and numbers in the store will be limited. We cannot accept any donations the days we are open. Drop off days for gently used items are Monday and Tuesday from 1 to 4. It will be a shortened season but a great way to dip our toes in the new way of doing business. Many thanks to the volunteers, the donors and shoppers for making this opening possible!

48th Annual Chicken BBQ Aug 1st

…and yes! The 48th Annual Chicken Barbecue will happen in a new format as a drive-thru take-out from the church (5 Brock St.). It will be held this Saturday August 1st from 5pm to 7pm and tickets are available in advance or you can get them the day of the event (if you want to take your chances). The tickets are $20 for a half chicken, baked potato, coleslaw, sour cream, honey, butter, roll, dessert and a drink. Children under 12 are $10. Please enter by the north entrance closest to the Post office. You won’t even have to get out of your car! 

Advanced tickets can be ordered and paid for by cheque or e-transfer (The payee is Tobermory United Church, the email address is and if asked for a security answer, the question is “what happens Aug 1” and the answer is Chicken BBQ). 

Volunteers will be masked and all health and safety measures will be taken. Delivery is available. You can call the church and leave a message with your order 519-596-2394 or email me directly Pick-up times are from 5pm to 6pm and 6pm to 7pm, please specify what time you would like to pick-up or if you want a delivery. 

…just like everyone in the whole world (can you imagine it?), we are all trying to do the best we can!

Brad Inglis is the minister at Tobermory United Church. He can be reached at