Music has always been an important part of Christian worship, and at Good Shepherd, we value the strong musical tradition of the Church. We enjoy singing and how music helps to lead us in our worship by providing a sensory and emotional context for the various themes we explore in our liturgy. Our Minister of Music, Jason Barnsley, takes the lead in our musical expressions of prayer and praise, and we look forward to the ongoing development of our capacity in this important area.
Leading the congregation through the liturgical musical pieces and providing the foundation for the hymns we sing, our vocal choir performs a vital role in our 10:00 am Sunday service. Along with this leadership, the choir also performs an anthem from time to time during which we all can sit and listen while the lyrics wash over us. During the seasons of Advent, Christmas, and Easter, the choir becomes even more prominent as special services are held with music at the centre.
Rehearsals are open to those who are interested in serving in this capacity. During the academic year (Sep-Apr), the choir practices on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm. After Easter, when things become more relaxed, the choir meets for shorter rehearsals after the 10:00am service on Sunday.
If you would like to know more about the vocal choir, please contact Jason Barnsley at [email protected].
A new addition to the musical opportunities at Good Shepherd, we now offer a beginner's handbell choir. Under the direction of Anne Hergott, President of the Alberta Guild of English Handbell Ringers, and chair of the Bow River Handbell Musicians Society (BRHMS), this choir is open for anyone interested in learning this amazing instrument. No prior musical knowledge is necessary! Though not yet in the rotation for playing on Sunday mornings, the handbell choir will be offering concerts from time to time.
Rehearsals are held on Thursday evenings at 5:30pm until mid-June. Following the summer break, keep your eyes open for announcements about when the choir resumes practices in September.
For more information, please contact Wanda Costinak at [email protected].