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!
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You will receive a warm welcome.
News and Events...
This Weekend and Beyond at Wesley-Knox
• Lots happening this weekend. On Friday, April 20, it’s Movie Night, Murder on the Orient Expresss with Kenneth Branagh and Penelope Cruz. Free popcorn and soft drinks. All are welcome. On Saturday, April 21, it’s a Creative Workshop in the moning (see list below) and, at 8 pm, a special Karen Schuessler Singers performance of Missa Gaia/Earth Mass to say “thank you” to Wesley-Knox for 25 years of support. For this performance, KSS will be joined by members of the Wesley-Knox Senior Choir and the Mysterium Youth Choir—over 90 voices in all, plus New Celebration Dance. Full details in the poster here. Then at 10:30 am on Sunday, April 22, join us for Earth Day worship led by members of the Reaching Out Committee, special speaker Rev. Janet Fredette, and the Senior Choir. For service bulletin, click here. The Challenge of Paul Study Group continues at 3 pm, and at 5 pm, the Out-of-the-Cold team offers its once-a-month hospitality dinner. Busy!
• Looking ahead, on Saturday, April 28, it’s the Senior Choir’s 24th Annual Turkey Dinner. Almost always a sellout, read everything you need to know about this great event on the poster here! Update! This event is now sold out!
• Special note: The new Spring-Easter KSC Newsletter continues to be available, both around the church and and in the Centennial Parlour for distribution by District Visitors. You can also view it online here.
New Creative Workshops and Summer Daycamps!
This is for kids and other young people! This year, Kim Stark and Wesley-Knox are offering an exciting series of Creative Workshops and Summer Daycamp Programs:
Weekend Creative Workshops
• Animation Station-Flipbook Fun!—Saturday, April 7
• Puppet Palooza! Make your own Muppet-style puppet—Saturday, April 14
• Honey, I Shrunk Monet! Creative Arts workshop—Saturday, April 28
• Make a Mod! Toy Design Workshop—Saturday, May 5
• The Great Invention Challenge! Mini-maker Workshop— Saturday, May 12
• Animation Station-Zoetropes!— Saturday, May 19
• Klee for Me! Paul Klee Style Puppet-making Workshop)— Saturday, May 26
Adventure Camp—July 9–13
Creative Arts Camps
• Animation Station—July 16–20 • Puppet Palooza—July 23–27
• Arts Alive!—Juy 30–August 3 • Imagie That! Tinker Camp—August 13–17
Challenge of Paul Study Group
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) There’s lots more to learn. Also, in these sessions, we take time to discuss questions about the faith in general. So far we’ve explored why bad things happen to good people (and vice-versa), our understandings of Holy Communion, and more. Why not join this group, 3 pm on Sunday afternoons? You’ll receive a warm welcome!
Notes from All Over
• At the end of January, the five Wesley-Knox members who were part of the team that took part in the 2018 trip to Gordhim, South Sudan—Glen Pearson, Jane Roy, Maggie Logan, Mary Bee Haworth and Hannah Haworth—have all returned home safely. Along with the other work that was done, members, led by Denise Pelley, conducted an arts and music camp that attracted some 600 children. To catch the flavour of what went on, click here, here, and here to watch some short videos provided by Glen Pearson. More in Glen Pearson’s London Free Press article reproduced in the Spring Easter KSC available here.
• Friday Movie Nights are a great way to unwind after a busy week and spend some time with new friends and old. Free popcorn and beverages during the movie, decaf and dessert afterwards. New Spring Schedule is available here.
• Wesley-Knox is proud to be the home venue of the 50-voice Karen Schuessler Singers, this year celebrating 25th years of great music. In January, KSS launched its totally new website. Please take a few moments to check it out here. Then plan to come to the April 21 performance of KSS’s signature work, Missa Gaia/Earth Mass. See note and poster above!
Photographers’ Picks and Videofiles...
• Over 180 from London, all over Southwestern Ontario and as far away as Ottawa; Akron, Ohio; and even Lanaconing, Maryland (she flew in!) attended the John Dominic Crossan lectures on God, Empire and Violence offered at Wesley-Knox on the weekend of October 20-22. A full report will appear in an upcoming Kindred Spirit Connection newsletter.
• All of our photographers were either out-of-town or singing in the Senior Choir at our 2018 Easter service, so we’ll continue to show you this picture of the Wesley-Knox Annual Christmas Concert with Denise Pelley, the Wesley-Knox Senior, Mysterium and Junior choirs, Stephen Holowitz on piano, Ron Fox on organ, and band, all directed by Karen Schuessler! Below, a panoramic shot taken during a quieter number. Click on photo for full screen. For more photos, click here, here, here, here and here! Christmas joy—and a testament to the fact that our church really does have an impact on our London community! (Saharsh Cherian/Pixelesque Photography photos)
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 a 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!