Christian Worship in the Parish of March

A message from the Rector

 

St John's

We gather at St John’s, 325 Sandhill Road, Kanata, twice on Sundays:  at 9:00 am and 10:30 am (except during the summer months when we hold a single service 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 two choirs based at St John’s South March, the St John’s South March Choir, and the Parish of March Youth Choir; and people of the parish support the music ministry enthusiastically. Both are under the direction of Ms. Laura Hawley.

The St John’s South March 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 held each year on the first Sunday of Advent.  The choir also offers concerts within the community, mainly of sacred works.  Recent 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 Thursday evenings from 7:15-9:00 pm at St John’s.

The Parish of March Youth Choir (PMYC) began in the fall of 2013 and comprises young musicians ages 7-18, 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:

  • 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.

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.

Messy Church – a new approach to Christian community for modern families

Messy Church is an informal but creative Christian Education program for our younger members and neighbours, using activity-based learning – including prayer, song, art and simple inter-generational fun, fellowship and food – as means of communicating the love and word of God to those who like to stay..."on the move".

During the fall and winter seasons, we meet the children where they are, by "being messy" on a Saturday afternoon, beginning at 3:30 pm.

Families come together for this time of fellowship, prayer, games, singing and eating together, providing an opportunity for young children to listen to important stories from the Bible on their own terms.  It is a break from the routine of the orderly and for some a welcome change from more formal forms of community worship.

Evensong

On occasional Sunday afternoons at one of the Parish churches, we hold a 4:30 pm sung Evensong according to the traditional rites of the Anglican Book of Common Prayer.

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.