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
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News and Events...
This Weekend at Wesley-Knox
• Join us on Sunday, November 11th, at 10:30 am for worship led by special guest preacher Barb McGill. This Sunday, Wesley Knox recognizes and pays tribute to all war veterans on Remembrance Day. Service bulletin is available here.
• The Fall edition of the KSC (Kindred Spirit Connection) newsletter is now available. A limited number of printed copies have been set out at the at the back of the Sanctuary. It may also be read online here.
Upcoming Concerts at Wesley-Knox
Grant Us Peace
Wesley-Knox is proud to be the home venue of the Karen Schuessler Singers. At 8 pm on Saturday, November 17, to honour the end of World War I, KSS will perform Ralph Vaughan William’s impassioned plea for peace and understanding, Dona Nobis Pacem (1936) plus music by Ola Gjeilo, Henryk Górecki and Randall Thompson. With soloists Chelsea Van Pelt and Chad Louwerse, and orchestra by London Symphonia. A spectacular evening of music! Full details and tickets on the Karen Schuessler Singers website here. Concert poster available here.
Christmas begins here! Glorious gospel and traditional Christmas music with Denise Pelley, the Wesley-Knox choirs, Stephen Holowitz and band, directed by Karen Schuessler. 8 pm, Saturday, December 1. Adult and seniors tickets $20, students $15, children 6-12 $5, at Attic Books, Lambeth Art Gallery, Tuckey Home Hardware and Wesley-Knox. Purchase your tickets early! This concert is often a sellout...
Calling All Children Who Like to Sing!
The Wesley-Knox Children’s Community Choir program has started. Come out for a year of 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!
Fall Book Study
Announcing a new Fall Book Study: Re-designing Your Life—A Practical Spirituality for the Second Half of Life by Rev. Sheila McGregor of Siloam United Church, London, offers a wonderful opportunity to engage in conversation and reflection on living the second half our lives with spiritual integrity, richness and what Jesus described as the abundant life. Members of the book study are meeting on eight Tuesday evenings 7–8:30 pm, pm, beginning September 25 at White Oaks United Church. Books are available for purchase in the Wesley-Knox church office.
Challenge of Paul Study Series
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 lots more to learn. Why not join the group, 3 pm on Sunday afternoons, when it resumes in October? You will receive a warm welcome!
Walking the Word
Notes from All Over
• A number of people have been asking, “Where was Karen, our Director of Music, this summer?” Karen was in China, in the Shanghai area to be more exact, examining young piano students as part of a new program created in collaboration with Conservatory Canada. She is back at Wesley-Knox now and has lots of stories to share!
• 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. Look for a new schedule in the fall.
•Congratulations to Kennedy Kimber-Johnson and Own Spicer! Both recently played a noonhour organ recital 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 26th years of great music. This year, KSS launched a totally new website. Please take a few moments to check it out here!
Photographers’ Picks and Videofiles...
• On Saturday, April 21, over 450 attnded 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, the Wesley-Knox Mysterium youth choir, and 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. On Sunday, May 6, 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!