Christian Worship in the Parish of March

St John's

We usually gather at St John’s, 325 Sandhill Road, Kanata, twice on Sundays at 10:30 am.

The celebration of the Eucharistic service is the norm on most Sunday mornings at St John’s and we customarily use the modern language Book of Alternative Services of the Anglican Church of Canada.

Occasionally, St John’s offers Morning Prayer – originally a monastic rite, as directed by the historic Book of Common Prayer. This service dates back to the time of the English Reformation, being a rich and ancient rite, using the mystical language of the Elizabethan era.

The Music Ministry at St John’s in an important aspect of the Church’s life and worship.  Music invites us to glorify God in faithful service, to access and engage with our best selves, form deep connections with one another and the broader community, and to grow in our knowledge of God’s grace. 

There are three choral groups based at St John’s Kanata North; St John's Choir (SJC), the Parish of March Youth Choir (PMYC), and the Young Adults Ensemble. People of the parish support the music ministry enthusiastically. Both are under the direction of L. O'Connor.

St John's Choir (SJC) is an SATB chamber choir of adult singers who share their love of music and their faith through their dedication to the great musical tradition of the Anglican Church. The choir sings regularly in church liturgies including regular Sunday Eucharist Services, Choral Evensong, and our well-loved candlelit Advent Carol Service. The choir also offers concerts within the community, mainly of sacred works.  Past highlights include:

  • Marks of Mission Music Series (2014-2015): a series of five special musical events, each highlighting and engaging one of the Five Marks of Mission.
  • 2014 concert for Holy Saturday featuring Rutter’s Requiem and Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater; in collaboration with the Cantiamo Girls Choir and a professional orchestra.
  • 2013 sang on the stage of Southam Hall at the National Arts Centre as part of Culture day
  • 2012 concert for Holy Saturday featuring Fauré’s Requiem with a professional orchestra  Faure's Requiem 2012
  • 2011 – “Friendship through Music” concert with Kanata Choral Society and Ottawa Hungarian Choir

The St John’s Choir rehearses on Saturday mornings from 11am-12:30pm at St John’s.

The Parish of March Youth Choir (PMYC) began in the fall of 2013 and comprises young musicians ages 7-16, open to all three points of the Parish of March and the community. The PMYC places a strong emphasis on mentorship, and sings regularly in parish liturgies and events and also offers music throughout our local community.  Highlights of the PMYC’s services and events include:

  • Singing at Chartwell Residence twice a year
  • Singing each year at the Week of Prayer for Chirstian Unity service
  • Marks of Mission Music Series (2014-2015): a series of five special musical events, each highlighting and engaging one of the five marks of mission.
  • Spring 2015: appearance at the Kanata North Community Recognition Awards
  • Annual Christmas Concert at the parish Festive Evening
  • 2013 sang on the stage of Southam Hall at the National Arts Centre as part of Culture day

The PMYC rehearses on Thursday evenings from 6:15-7:00 pm at St John's. Please click here for more information.

The Young Adults Ensemble began in the Fall of 2019, with the graduation of a number of singers from teh Parish of March Youth Choir. This dynamic group meets from time to time to rehearse and sing at liturgies and Parish events.

St Mary's

St Mary’s service (2574 6th Line Road, Dunrobin) is at 9:00 am Sundays, with the exception of our Memorial Service which is held on a Sunday afternoon in August at "Old" St Mary's, Pinhey's Point. Please see the calendar for this year's date.

St Paul's

The St Paul’s congregation (1118 Thomas Dolan Parkway, at the old village crossroads in Dunrobin) worships at 11:00 am Sundays, from September through June, again with occasional seasonal variations in start time necessitated during July and August.  Please see the summer service schedule from the Home Page.



On occasional Sunday afternoons at one of the Parish churches, we hold a sung Evensong according to the traditional rites of the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, or the Book of Alternative Services.

Our celebration of these occasional Evensongs illustrates how God calls his people to look both beyond and back, at the same time, when applying Anglican traditions.