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News and Events...
This Weekend at Wesley-Knox
Upcoming, another busy weekend at Wesley-Knox. At 6–9 pm, Friday, November 29, it’s Middlesex Presbytery Friday Fusion Youth Night when young people from United churches all over London and the London area meet at Wesley-Knox for fun, fellowship, learning and games.
December 1 is the First Sunday in Advent. This year’s Advent theme: Come to the Manger. Join us for Sunday service at 10:30 am. Service will feature Morten Laurisden’s exquisite anthem, O Magum Mysterium, and Holy Communion. Service bulletin available here.
Before service, at 8:30 am, Wesley-Knox Men will meet for breakfast at the Family Circle Restaurant, 147 Wellington Street at Grey. Then at 3 pm (note the earlier time), our fall Living the Questions series wraps up. (We had to cancel last week because of the snow.) Two topics: Debunking the Rapture and Reclaiming the World. Come, join us and learn!
The Advent-Christmas issue of the Kindred Spirit Connection newsletter is now available. This newsletter features a new, special section for children. The PDF version is available here. Also, Advent-Christmas flyers are still available. Please speak to Debbi Jarvis about helping to distribute these.
The Annual Wesley-Knox Christmas Concert!
On Saturday, December 7, 8 pm, Wesley-Knox presents its annual Christmas concert—this year called On Christmas Day—with Denise Pelley, the Wesley-Knox choirs, Steven Holowitz on piano and leading the band, Ron Fox on the Wesley-Knox organ, and Orchestra London’s Shawn Spicer on trumpet.
What can you expect besides the usual amazing variety of traditional and gospel Christmas music and an opportunity to sing some of your favourite Christmas carols including the now-famous Twelve Days of Christmas? How about a Gloria—the song of the angels—sung to an African beat? Or a glorious Dona Nobis Pacem written by Bach and accompanied by organ, trumpet and timpani!
Tickets, $20, $15 for students and seniors are on sale now from choir members and at Chapters North, Long & MacQuade Music, Lambeth Art Gallery, Tuckey Home Hardware and Wesley-Knox. This concert is often a sellout—it virtually was last year—so get your tickets early! Don’t miss out on this wonderful way to celebrate the Christmas season!
Children’s and Youth Community Choir Program
The Wesley-Knox Children’s and Youth Community Choir Program continues to move forward with over 100 children and young people enrolled and attending weekly rehearsals. No, it’s never too late to join! Here are some details about the program.
There are five distinct choirs: Cherubs (JK–SK), Primary (grades 1–3), Junior Boys and Junior Girls (grades 4–8), and Mysterium (grades 9–12 and beyond). Choirs—directed by Barb McGill and Karen Schuessler—rehearse regularly on Thursday afternoons and sing in church—and sometimes in the community—several times each year.
The program is virtually free. Wesley-Knox does collect $5 for each participant for the cookie fund—that’s it! Choir members are not required to have any affiliation with the church.
This is a program your children and young people will enjoy. It is also a program that teaches commitment. Last year, with 117 enrolled in the program, average attendance at rehearsals was over 110 throughout the year.
For more information see the Children’s and Youth Community Choirs brochure available here, and the updated Children’s and Youth Community Choirs Handbook available here. A registration form is available here. Please bring it with you when you and your child or young person come to his or her first Thursday rehearsal.
The LtQ2 Program
The Living the Questions 2 program is now wrapping up for Christmas. Here are the topics that were offered this fall:
October 20: Restoring Relationships
October 27: The Prophetic Jesus
November 3: Evil, Suffering and a God of Love
November 10: The Myth of Redemptive Violence
November 17: Practising Resurrection
December 1: Debunking the Rapture and Reclaiming the World
In this program, we welcome participants from other churches—or from no church at all. Also, the program is free! All we ask is that you fill out a registration form and give us an e-mail address. This allows us to e-mail you the readings for each session. Then, at 3:30 on each Sunday afternoon, we gather in the Centennial Parlour to watch a DVD segment, enjoy some coffee and a treat, and regroup for lively discussion. We try to finish by 5.
Living the Questions has become a popular program in mainline churches (Anglican, Methodist, Presbyterian, United, Australian Uniting and even some Baptist) all over the English-speaking world. It gives you information and then asks you to think about it. For many, it has been a lifesaver, helping to make sense of a faith that so often seems to be in contradiction with itself. Come and be part of this program! Come and learn with us!—HM/SB
Friday Movie Nights
Movie Nights are a great way meet new friends, rejoin old ones, and spend a relaxing Friday evening. Movies are shown in the Centennial Parlour. Popcorn and soft drinks are free. There’s dessert and decaf after the movie and movies are often followed by a second feature for night owls.
Friday Movie Nights will resume in the New Year.
Notes from All Over...
• A detailed General Calendar for September–December 2013 is available at the bottom of the right sidebar. Please note that this calendar can only be updated through the church office. A detailed Music Calendar for September 2013–May 2014 is also available nearby. Please note that this calendar can only be updated through the music office.
• Marcus Borg has accepted an invitation to return to Wesley-Knox to offer a lecture series on Friday and Saturday, 2014 October 17-18, and conduct an open question-and-answer session and preach the sermon on Sunday, 2014 October 19. Marcus, who recently headlined the Common Dreams Conference in Canberra, Australia, is one of the world’s leading authorities on Jesus and the Bible. His over 20 books—particularly Meeting Jesus Again for the First Time, available in the Wesley-Knox library—have helped hundreds of thousands gain new perspectives on their faith. In 2009, some 450 from all over Southwestern Ontario and beyond came to Wesley-Knox to hear Marcus. We expect the same again next year.
• Our UCW is happy and so are we! The new tables and chairs for the Wesley-Knox Social Hall have arrived!
Have you taken photos of recent Wesley-Knox events? Please send your photos to our photomaster here so we can use them on our website pages, in the Kindred Spirit Connection, and for the annual Wesley-Knox Pictorial Review. We prefer “large-size” photos. These supply sufficient detail for printing and projection and allow us to offer website visitors the ability to “Click on the image for a large-size version of the photo!”
October 27! All Choirs Sunday! Children and young people in the Primary Choir, Junior Choirs and Mysterium—all members of the Wesley-Knox Community Choir Program—joined the Wesley-Knox Senior Choir to sing the anthem, O Blessed Church.—John McFall photo
October 4! Margaret Ryan in full flight at her one-woman Ballads and Bells concert! This great evening of music—featuring songs of Cole Porter and Anna Russell—raised over $1100 for the purchase of a set of handchimes that will make it possible for our young people to develop ringing skills they can later apply to handbells. Well done, Margaret!—Brian Dalton photo
More photos from this concert—including a large set taken by John McFall—are available on the Wesley-Knox Facebook page here.
September 15! Lauren Schmenk, Kate Walker, Mary Anne van de Vooren and Julie Starling put on their skit about the UCW project to raise $18,000 to purchase new tables and chairs for the Wesley-Knox Social Hall. October 20! The entire amount has been raised! The new tables and chairs are now at the church!—John McFall photo