Welcome to Wesley-Knox!
Moving in the Spirit...
A diverse, welcoming, caring and active faith community
A place to learn, grow, build a relationship with God and make a difference in the world
Thank you for visiting our website. If you are a Wesley-Knox member looking for information, we hope you will find it here. If you are a visitor, we hope you will take time to look around and learn about our church. For additional information, please contact us, or better yet, visit us on a Sunday morning. You will receive a warm welcome!
Come this Sunday at 10:30 am!
We’re at 91 Askin Street in Old South London...
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You will receive a warm welcome.
News and Events...
This Weekend at Wesley-Knox
• On Saturday, February 23, 6–9 pm at Wesley-Knox, join your friends at the 2019 OSCO (Old South Community Organization) Chili Cookoff. Full details in the poster availabe here.
• Join us on Sing on, Brothers Sunday, February 24, at 10:30 am for worship led by Rev. Tracy Crick-Butler. Music by the Junior Boys Choir and the men and boys of Mysterium and the Senior Choir. Service bulletin is available here.
• Advance notice! Friday, March 1, is Movie Night at Wesley-Knox. Join friends old and new, 7:30 pm in the Centennial Parlour, for a screening of The Princess Bride. Popcorn and soft drinks free. Decaf and dessert after the movie.
• Also coming soon: On Sunday, March 3, the Souper Sunday lunch in support the Out-of-the-Cold meals program, followed by a special gathering in the Centennial Parlour for those new to Wesley-Knox and wishing to learn more about the church. Then on Tuesday, March 5, the annual Pancake Supper in support of the Community Breakfast program, followed by an Ash Wednesday Eve service.
Two Wesley-Knox members have been working overseas...
• Jane Roy, along with Denise Pelley, Carol Campbell and two members of the Sisters of St. Joseph have just returned from working with CASS, Canadian Aid for Southern Sudan, in Gordhem, South Sudan. We hope to share a report on their work soon.
• David Knoppert, as part of COMMIT, the Canadian Outreach Medical and Mission Team, is working with NPH (Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos—Little Brothers and Sisters) in Nicaragua. Learn all about their work in their latest newsletter here.
Learning Opportunities at Wesley-Knox
Finding I Am Bible Study
This is a 6-session bible study by best-selling author Lysa TerKeurst. Join in to:
• find freedom in difficult circumstances by learning how to shift from “slave mentality” to “set free mentality”,
• discover how Jesus is the key to satisfaction by learning the crucial significance behind each of his “I am” statements.
• trade feelings of emptiness for the fullness of knowing who Jesus is, and
• grow in biblical literacy by explorating the Gospel of John.
Revised meeting dates and times are Tuesday, January 29, February 5, 19 and 26, and March 12 and 19, 7-8:30 pm. (Note that the February 12 meeting was cancelled because of poor weather, and the March 5 meeting was cancelled to not interfere with Pancake Supper and an early As Wednesday service.)
How Jesus Became God
Challenge of Paul Study Series
Our 2018 video-based study with John Dominic Crossan, The Challenge of Paul, went well with 28 people involved and an average of 21 people attending each session. What did participants in the group learn?
1) If you want to understand Paul, you need to put his words into 1st-century context.
2) Paul was not anti-Semitic. He was a proud Jew. Paul was homophobic, but so was everyone else in his day—and he was wrong. Paul was anti-slavery, at least to the extent that he believed Christians should not own slaves. Paul believed in equality—especially when it came to celebrating communion.
3) Not everything commonly attributed to Paul was actually written by Paul. His authentic letters include Romans, Galatians, 1 and 2 Corinthians, 1 Thessalonians, Phillipians and Philemon. Later letters, written in Paul’s name, often softened his radical views to make them more acceptable to prevailing culture.
4) Acts is actually an extension of Luke and was written well after Paul was executed. It is the story of how Paul and the early Christian movement moved from Jerusalem to Rome where the future of Christianity would be.
5) Jesus taught in the countryside. Paul headed for cities. His first converts were likely “God-worshipers”—gentiles who supported a synagogue but were not Jews.
6) There’s still more to learn. Why not join the group, 3 pm on Sunday afternoons, when it resumes later this spring? You will receive a warm welcome!
Calling All Children Who Like to Sing!
The Wesley-Knox Children’s Community Choir program has started again. Come out for the remaining four months choir fun! Great songs, choir friends and gym! Rehearsals are on Thursdays. Primary Choir - Grades 1-3, 5-6 pm, Mallory Brennan, Director. Junior Boys’ Choir - Grades 4-7/8, 4:45-5:30 pm, Junior Girls’ Choir - Grades 4-7/8, 5:15-6 pm, Mysterium - Grades 8/9-university, 6-7 pm, Karen Schuessler, Director Let Karen, Mallory or Mary Bee Haworth know you’ll be coming, or just show up! Parents can register with Mary Bee during their children’s rehearsal time. See you there!
Notes from All Over
• Congratulations to Kennedy Kimber-Johnson and Own Spicer! Last summer, both played individual noonhour organ recitals at St. James (Anglican) Cathedral in Toronto. Wesley-Knox music people are making a mark far beyond the walls of our church! Something to be proud of...
• Wesley-Knox is proud to be the home venue of the 50-voice Karen Schuessler Singers, this year celebrating its 26th year of great music. Last year, KSS launched a totally new website. If you have not yet seen it, please take a few moments to check it out here!
Photographers’ Picks and Videofiles...
• Last April, over 450 attended the Karen Schuessler Singers performance of Missa Gaia/Earth Mass with Denise Pelley, Paul Grambo, the Wesley-Knox organ, Steve Holowitz and band, and a total of 91 singers from KSS, the Wesley-Knox Senior Choir, and Wesley-Knox Mysterium youth choir, plus the New Celebration Dancers. This was a special benefit concert to thank Wesley-Knox for providing KSS with rehearsal and performance space for the over 25 years. It raised nearly $6000 for Wesley-Knox. Missa Gaia/Earth Mass has become KSS’s signature work. Besides in London, the choir has performed Missa Gaia/Earth Mass in Detroit (Christ Church Episcopal, three times), and in St. Thomas, Woodstock, Fergus (Hamilton Conference UCC weekend) and Hamilton. A few weeks later, the choir performed it again at Knox Presbyterian Church in Kincardine. That was its 21st performance! (Saharsh Cherian/Pixelesque Photography photo)
More photos of these events and other recent events on the Wesley-Knox Facebook page here.
Throughout the year, at almost every Wesley-Knox event, you’ll find Brian Dalton, Brian Mackinnon, John McFall and sometimes others taking photos. Often, within minutes, they are posted to the Wesley-Knox Facebook page. The photos are also archived on Flickr and, once a year, John McFall dives into this vast archive to produce a comprehensive and much-appreciated pictorial review for the Annual General Meeting. Here is John’s 2017 Pictorial Review, music is by our Wesley-Knox choirs. To view, click on the image below. You will be taken to a YouTube site. Choose full screen, turn up the sound and enjoy!