Feast of Friends

Nancy Sheils (left) and Suzen Nagy co-organized the 2019 Feast of Friends at The Salvation Army Church in Tillsonburg on Christmas Day. (Chris Abbott/Tillsonburg News) jpg, TN

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It wouldn’t be same at Christmas without a shared Feast of Friends dinner and the fellowship that goes with it.

In Tillsonburg, the community was invited to The Salvation Army Church on Concession Street West for the annual Feast of Friends where dozens of people sang songs, shared a traditional Christmas Day dinner and a birthday cake.

“It’s been good – really good,” said Captain Nancy Sheils, Tillsonburg Salvation Army. “We’ve had lots of volunteers to make the work light.

“So between volunteers and people that have come, we probably had about 75-80 people out today.”

The turkey dinner included all of the ‘fixings’ – stuffing, gravy, carrots, peas, potatoes, buns, coleslaw, and of course, cranberries.


The Feast of Friends at the Tillsonburg Salvation Army Church on Christmas Day concluded with a birthday cake for Jesus. About 75-80 people, including volunteers, attended the annual event. (Chris Abbott/Tillsonburg News) jpg, TN


“We had a birthday cake for Jesus, and ice cream for dessert,” Sheils noted.

“We sang songs at the beginning, had a little devotion, then we sang more songs.”

The afternoon concluded with draws for the poinsettias which were donated to The Salvation Army to decorate the hall and give away.

The best part of the day, said Sheils, was just being with all the people on Christmas Day.

“Just getting around and talking to them all, saying hello, and just making them feel like they have a place to belong on a day like today.

“We would like to say a big thank you to all the volunteers who came out. The work was light because we had so many. No one had to over-work to make it a good day.”