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A place to learn, grow, build a relationship with God and make a difference in the world
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News and Events...
The Sunday Ahead
Epiphany continues. Join us for worship at 10:30 am on Sunday, January 22, led by Rev. Tracy Crick-Butler and the Senior Choir. Service bulletin is available here Thursday aftternoon. At 1:30 pm, it’s another Wesley-Knox Jam Session. Details and link to the flyer below. Then, at 5:45 pm, Wesley-Knox volunteers offer their January Out-of-the-Cold hospitality dinner for those in need. A busy Sunday...
• On Monday, January 15, our two new Wesley-Knox drumming groups begin. Full information below…
• The Wesley-Knox Official Board, scheduled to meet at 7 pm on Wednesday, January 18, will now meet at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, January 25, right after a one-hour Council Meeting at 6:30 pm. On the agenda: the proposed 2017 budget and the makeup of various Wesley-Knox committees.
• Get your tickets now—only $6 each, $20 family max—for the Souper Sunday lunch to be served after church on Sunday, January 29. Lunch features homemade soup, buns and dessert, vegetarian option available. Proceeds to support the Out-of-the-Cold hospitality meal program.
• After lunch, at 12:45 noon, stay for Living our Legacy, Giving our Legacy, a one-hour information session by Rev. David Jagger, Stewardship and Gifts Officer, London and Hamiilton Conference United Church of Canada. Session will be repeated at 7 pm, Monday, January 30. Come early on Monday (6:30 pm) and enjoy a delightful one half-hour concert by Shawn and Owen Spicer.
• At 7 pm on Saturday, February 4, the Wesley-Knox Junior Girls’ Choir will sing O Canada when London Lightning meets Moncton Miracle on the Budweiser Gardens basketball court. Choir members are selling tickets for the game—$20 each—to support the choir program. Tickets also available through the church office.
• At 6 pm on Tuesday, February 4, winter sessions of the Shine arts program for children of all abilities begins. For information about this program, visit the website’s Children’s and Youth Programs page here. A PDF version of the registration form is available here.
*here.Has winter and other problems of the world got you down? Take an evening off and bring your valentine to the Wesley-Knox Senior Choir’s Imagine the Love! Dessert Cabaret, Saturday, February 11! Fancy desserts, tea and coffee. Favourite love songs by the choir, soloists and the Four Shades. By popular request, a special guest appearance by the Wesley-Knox Silent Monks. Two sittings: Dessert at 6:30 pm followed by show, or show at 7:30 pm followed by dessert. Tickets, $20 each, available at Tuckey Home Hardware, from choir members or through the church office. Proceeds—matched dollar for dollar by an anonymous donor—to support the Building our Future Growth Campaign. See poster
• Wesley-Knox’s 2017 Annual General Meeting will be convened after church on Sunday, February 12. N.B. This year, the church will print only a limited number of reports. If you are able, please read your 2016 Annual Report and the 2017 Proposed Budget online.
Hand Drumming Classes at Wesley-Knox!
Explore Hand Drumming with percussionist Rob Larose! Rob is no stranger to Wesley-Knox and the Karen Schuessler Singers. He plays djembe, congas and bongos, and now you can too. Rob will offer hand drum lessons in group settings on Monday afternoons and early evenings, starting on January 16.
Session 1, 8 weeks, Mondays January 16–March 6
4:00-4:50 pm class for teens and adults
5:00-5:30 pm class for children ages 8-12
Cost: $70 for the teens and adults for the entire 8-week session, $50 for the children ages 8-12 for the entire 8-week session
No prior experience needed. Hand drums provided but bring your own if you have them. Music of Africa, Cuba, Jamaica and the Middle East will be explored. Super Fun!
Notes from All Over
here!• Our Syrian Family arrived safely on Thanksgiving Day weekend! They are grateful to be here and have been coming to Sunday worship regularly. More information on our special Our Syrian Family page
• Copies of the Advent-Christmas KSC are available around the church. It may also be read online here. Sunday School parents! If you did not receive an In the Loop newsletter by e-mail, please read it online here.
• To suport our Children’s and Youth Community Choir Program, the choirs are now selling Rheo Thompson Mint Cocolate Smooties during choir rehearsals, after Sunday services, and throughout the week from the church office. Only $2.50 each, no tax. Always a wonderful treat and a great stocking stuffer for Christmas!
• From Linda Woods and Laurel Kenney, co-chairs, Bread not Stones, London and Middlesex County…
Our Bread not Stones visit to the legislature at Queen's Park on Thursday, November 24, was a great success! We couldn't have asked for more. We had invited 13 from across the province and from General Council of the United Church of Canada to join us. We were welcomed in the legislature by Chris Ballard, Minister for Poverty Reduction Strategy and Minister of Housing. Seated in the Visitor's Gallery, we watched as our 107 Dolls of Hope were delivered to every MPP’s desk. The dolls truly made an impact—as we knew they would. A CD of Kevin White's new Bread not Stones song was also presented, to Liberal Premier Kathleen Wynne and the two other party leaders, and to Minister Ballard and MPP Sophie Kiwala.
After Question Period, an official photo of the Liberal Caucus with all of their dolls and our group included, was taken. After lunch, we listened as Sophie Kiwala, Liberal MPP for Kingston and the Islands, read a statement about our project in the legislature. She is passionate about ending child poverty. Five of us then had a half hour meeting with Minister Ballard to discuss our mission and ask related questions. Included in that group were UCW Executives and General Council representatives from the United Church of Canada. Minister Ballard was very genuine in answering our questions and asked us to direct any further concerns or questions directly to him and Camille Gooden, his amazing Advisor on Poverty and Housing. Following the meeting, our entire group was given a private tour of Queen's Park.
Upon returning home, we were able to see some of the coverage of Question Period on the Ontario Legislature Channel. The dolls could be seen everywhere! See the photo of our dolls captured by our lead doll-maker, Ann Stokes, of Wesley-Knox, here. Click on the main photo for a full-size version. Many thanks to all for your support of this critical initiative.—LW/LK
• The popular Seniors’ Connection program continues throughout the winter months. Join in the fun, usually Wednesdays at 1 pm, but sometimes at other times when a special speaker or trip has been planned. Check the left sidebar calendar or the Google calendar for latest information.
• Friday Movie Nights are a fun way to spend Friday evenings. Movies are shown in the Centennial Parlour at 7:30 pm. Popcorn and soft drinks are free and there’s decaf and dessert after the movie. A new Winter Schedule will be available soon.
Photographers’ Picks and Videofiles...
More photos of recent events on the Wesley-Knox Facebook page here.
Throughout the year, at almost every Wesley-Knox event, you’ll find Brian Dalton, Brian MscKinnon and John McFall and sometimes others taking photos. Often, within minutes, they are posted to a Wesley-Knox Facebook page. Photos are also archived on a Flickr website and, once each year, John McFall dives into this archive to produce a comprehensive and much-appreciated pictorial review for the Annual General Meeting. Here is John’s 2015 offering, music is by our Wesley-Knox choirs. To view, click on the image below and you will be taken to a YouTube site. Choose full screen, turn up the sound and enjoy!
More videos on the new Wesley-Knox Videos page here.