Music is and has been an integral part of our Sunday worship services. We agree with The United Church of Canada’s Statement of Faith, “A Song of Faith” which states:
“Grateful for God’s loving action, We cannot keep from singing.”
Our dedicated Choir members sing in our Sanctuary every Sunday to express their faith, and lead the congregation in praise and prayer through music.
A Worship and Music Committee meets during the year to review, plan and make recommendations for all aspects of our worship services.
In June 2017, our Choir, Voices United in Praise, Young Singers, and Children’s Voices sang in celebration of our 179th Anniversary as a church in north Oshawa. They also joined voices at Easter, Welcome Back Sunday, and Christmas.
Special music for the liturgical seasons complements our Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving, All Souls, Remembrance, Advent, and Christmas Sunday and Eve services. Summer services commence with a Hymn Sing of favourite hymns identified by the congregation.
We are thankful for the instruments donated by our members over the years: a 5 foot Yamaha Baby Grand Piano, a 2 Manual Conn Organ, and a Yamaha Clavinova in our Sanctuary.
A Samick piano in our Lower Hall accompanies the delightful singing of our children during Sunday School. Children’s Voices also sing in the Sanctuary during the year, and perform their pageant “The First Christmas” on Christmas Sunday. Carols are included for the congregation during the pageant and the children sing solos and duets and have an opportunity to play the piano.
The Yamaha Baby Grand Piano is a generous gift from Bonnie and Blake Grundy, dedicated in March 2017. It is an inspiration to all who have the opportunity to play this instrument and fill our Sanctuary with glorious sound.
We are blessed with marvelous acoustics in our Sanctuary which enhance the sound of our blended voices, and we are inspired by beautiful stained glass windows honouring members and families who have worshipped at Kedron.
Our Choir has participated in Massed United Church Choirs. In October 2017, at Simcoe Street United Church for the Celebration of 200 years of Methodism in Durham, and every April for Spring Sing at Northminster United Church.
Kedron United Church was home to two wonderful community choirs: The Notables and Nuance Vocal Ensemble who rehearsed in our Sanctuary, and performed concerts during the Christmas season and in the Spring. In June 2016, The Notables retired; and Nuance is currently on hiatus. In June, Kedron has hosted the Recital for the Grade 10 Performing Arts students from O’Neill Collegiate, many who sing their first solo in our Sanctuary.
The long tradition of sharing our Sanctuary and expressing our faith through music continues.
Barbara Clarke, Music Director, February 2018