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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
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News and Events...
This Sunday at Wesley-Knox
It’s Environmental Sunday! Two services...
• Join us for worship at 10:30 amled by members of the Faith in Action Committee and the Senior Choir. Service bulletin available here on Thursday.
• At 7 pm, join us for our first-ever Taizé worship service. Fulll details below.
• At 5 pm, a hard-working Wesley-Knox team offers its monthly Out-of-the-Cold hospitality dinner for those in need.
Special note for Sunday School/Children’s Worship parents
• The latest In the Loop newsletter is available here. Also, copies of the Easter KSC Newsletter continue to be available for distribution by District Visitors. It can also be read online here.
• Kevin White’s Bread not Stones song is now available on YouTube. Listen to it here!
New! Taizé Worship at Wesley-Knox
On Palm Sunday, the music that the choir (and hopefully, you) sang during the distribution part of our Communion service came from the ecumenical Taizé monastic community in Southern France. Each year, this community welcomes thousands of young people (and some older) to share in their unique style of worship and draw near to God. Tiazé worship is built around the repetition of short, easy-to-learn songs (the ones used on Palm Sunday were all in Voices United, but there are hundreds more), scripture readings, short prayers and silence. The overall idea is to open each worshipper’s heart to God and let God flow in.
People experience Taizé worship in a variety of ways. Many find it powerful and life-giving. Wesley-Knox will host its first-ever Taizé worship service one week after Easter, at 7 pm on Sunday, April 23. We hope you will be able to take part.
Spring Study Series: Christian Practices
This spring, join Rev. Tracy for a study of Christian Practices. Learn how each of us might incorporate these practices into our spiritual lives. An Animate journal is available for this study (order from Karlene Kimber at the Resource Centre, 519.434.6427) but it is not necessary for participation.
Meetings are on Wednesdays, 7:00–8:30 pm, in the Centennial Parlour
• March 29: Prayer – Oriented Toward God
• April 5: Food – Eating with Jesus
• April 12: Worship – Seeking God’s Presence
• April 26: Sacraments – A Tapestry of Tradition
• May 3: Money – The Joy of Sharing
• May 10: Service - Needs Right Around You
• May 24: Community – An Unexpected Family
Green Team Rain Barrel Project
Saving rain water that would otherwise go to waste is another great way to look after God’s Good Earth. On Environmental Sunday, April 23, members of Faith In Action Committee’s Green Team will begin selling rain barrels. These barrels will be $55 each plus the cost of any accessories you might choose to add. Pickup will be at the church, 9 am–1 pm on Saturday, May 20.
Hand Drumming Classes – Session 2
Explore Hand Drumming with percussionist Rob Larose! Rob plays djembe, congas and bongos, and now you can too. Rob offers hand drum lessons in group settings on Monday afternoons and early evenings:
Session 2, 8 weeks, Mondays, March 20–May 8 has begun, but new people can be added. 4-4:50 pm class for teens and adults, 5-5:30 pm class for children ages 8-12. Cost: $70 for the teens and adults for the session, $50 for the children ages 8-12.
• Save the date! On Saturday, April 29, the Senior Choir will host its 23rd Annual Turkey Dinner. Always spectacular! Full details on the poster here.
here.• At Sunday, April 30 worship, right in our sanctuary, members of the Wesley-Knox Junior Choir will present their musical Elijah—God’s Faithful Servant, complete with costumes and sets. Then in afternoon, at 2 pm, it’s a CCC (Children’s Community Choirs) Showcase featuring a repeat performance of the Elijah musical plus songs by the Cherubs, the Primary Choir and the Mysterium youth choir. All welcome to come and enjoy the music and learn what the CCC program is all about. Freewill offering only. See poster
• Friday Movie Nights are always a fun way to spend a Friday evening. Movies are shown in the Centennial Parlour at 7:30 pm (7 pm on Family Movie Nights). Popcorn and soft drinks are free and there’s decaf and dessert after each movie. New May-June schedule available here.
• A Really Advanced Notice! John Dominic Crossan, the highly respected Jesus scholar and author of over 20 books on the historical Jesus and Early Christian Movement, has accepted an invitation to offer four-lectures on God and Empire at Wesley-Knox United Church this year on the weekend of October 20–22. Keynote lecture on Friday evening, remaining three lectures on Saturday finishing by 3 pm. Dominic will also offer an open Question and Answer session Sunday morning and the sermon at 10:30 worship. More information as plans come together.
Notes from All Over
• Just before Christmas, Richard Yake and his team of sixty (60!) enthusiastic volunteers were able to raise $4012 for the 2016 Salvation Army Christmas Kettle (SACK) campaign. Well done!
• At the Tuesday, February 28 Pancake Supper, Wesley-Knox Men and their friends served a record number of guests (at least 300 and possibly 350—many had to line up to get in) and raised over $1200 for the Community Breakfast Program.
• Cathie Banks advises that there is still lots of wool available. Knitters! Please take wool home and do your magic! Knitted articles can be left on the large table at the back of the sanctuary.
• Wesley-Knox recently sponsored the resettlement of a family from Syria. They all arrived safely on Thanksgiving Day weekend! They are grateful to be here and have been coming to Sunday worship regularly. More information on the Syrian Family page here!
• To support the Children’s and Youth Community Choir Program, choirs continue to sell Rheo Thompson Mint Chocolate Smoothies during Thursday rehearsals, after Sunday worship, and throughout the week through the church office. Only $2.50 each, no tax, and always a wonderful treat!
• 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, one 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
Photographers’ Picks and Videofiles...
here to see a composed, professional-looking choir getting ready to sing love songs. Then click here to see the slightly dishevelled choir after the monks’ performance. (You knew it was them...). Also click here to see folks enjoying their desserts. Note: the Cabaret raised over $3000!On Saturday, February 11, some 200 enjoyed the Imagine the Love Dessert Cabaret hosted by the Senior Choir to raise money for the Building our Future Growth Campaign. While the program featured songs about Love, there was also a guest appearance by the Silent Monks of St. Wesley and St. Knox performing their now-famous Hallelujah Chorus. On the right, the the monks in full flight. Click
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 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 2016 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!