Living... to make difference
We have many groups that provide a variety of activities for people to engage in. Some groups meet weekly while others meet monthly. Activities range from purely social gatherings to fun and relaxation to silent meditation. Scroll down this page to see what our many groups do.
There are four teams that serve one weekend a month on a Saturday morning to prepare the altar area for the next day. On Sunday, they care for the silverware and linens. They also arrange the memorial flowers.
This is a social group for the men of the parish and community. Social functions have included movie nights, Annual Mini-putt contest, Challenge contests (wine tasting, cheese tasting, sausage tasting), games night, Pub night out. They meet on the second Monday of the month from September through to June at 7:30 pm in the Lounge at the church, except when an offsite event is planned
The music program at St. Dunstan provides choral and instrumental music for worship services as well as other special events. St. Dunstan Choir members attend weekly rehearsals on Thursday evenings for preparation of music for the Sunday 10:30 worship service under the direction of Music Director, Anna Lynn Murphy and Organist, Carol Smith. There are currently 33 Senior Choir members.
A blend of traditional and contemporary music is offered in weekly anthems, as well as hymns and mass settings which include Schubert, Putter, Picardy, Haas and a contemporary "All Generational" mass setting.
Our Junior Choir rehearse on Sunday immediately following the 10:30 am service and an eager talented group of children enjoy singing at various services.
St. Dunstan is very fortunate to also have within our congregation a committed team of talented instrumentalists including not only fine pianists, but accomplished musicians who play harp, flute, cello, trumpet, violin, clarinet, guitar and percussion. They assist us regularly to provide additional music to enhance the liturgy and support the choir. We are grateful for these gifts which they share.
The St. Dunstans Church School operates during the regular school year (September June) and offers religious education in a fun and interactive environment. We offer programs for children from senior kindergarten to grade 8, and often have our post grade 8 students return to assist with the younger children. We meet Sunday mornings during the 10:30 am worship service. We follow a weekly service program that includes opening prayers, bible stories, crafts, songs and snacks. We have an annual Christmas Pageant and Year-End Music recital, as well as special guests that visit throughout the year, such as our Story Lady and Father Richard. Each new year brings with it a new theme, new stories and songs.
This Group meets from September through June, on the first and third Mondays of the month, at 7:30 pm in the worship space at the church. This time together consists of fellowship, quiet music, teaching, listening to a short taped talk, 25 minutes of silent meditation and is followed by a brief period for discussion and questions. The group includes long-time meditators, as well as newcomers to the practice of contemplative prayer a practice that calms the mind, and centres us, while seeking God in our inner silence and stillness. The group setting provides support for the personal practices of contemplative prayer of both experienced meditators and newcomers, alike.
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT
This is a free family friendly movie night on a Friday night about once a month. Concession goodies are available for purchase. As St. Dunstan Church is fully copyright compliant, we pay copyright fees to show these movies
HOME BIBLE STUDY
This group meets every other week in members homes to study scripture. We use materials that relate to the readings each Sunday and close with light refreshments.
PASTORAL CARE GROUP
The Lillian Horrox Pastoral Care group knits, crochets and sews items which are distributed to patients at the Rouge Valley Health Centre Centenary Site. Members work at home and then bring the finished items to a pot luck lunch held on the second Wednesday of each month
READERS AND SERVERS
This group consists of members of the congregation who assist at the Sunday worship services. There are various positions which include reading scripture, processing the cross or being an acolyte (candle bearer) and assisting the priest set the altar for the Eucharist. Names are kept on a roster and a duty schedule is drawn up. Training is provided.
This group meets monthly for the purpose of holding events to raise money for other, worthwhile charitable groups: activities that we would like to support as we cannot do that work ourselves. This group holds a few social events as well as catering funeral receptions in order to raise the funds for the groups they wish to support. In the process of their work they have a great time together.