Every Wednesday evening, since last September, there has been a worship celebration at Dunbar Heights United Church. We call it “The Open House”.
At 4:30, anyone who wants to gathers in the church hall, up on the stage, when Cathy (our Children, Youth and Families Minister) has set up a number of spiritual practices. One of our team is there to chat with folks as they wish. Sometimes we’ll find children, other times teens, other times adults.
At 5:00, the children and youth in the Pneuma Voices break off for their rehearsal time. Tonight, there were 18 singers gathered together. They were working on a Taize piece for tonight… and on learning another chorus from Handel’s Messiah. (They’re planning on performing the work next Advent!)
Then… supper! Tonight we had to add another three tables. Let’s see – there must have been 35 people gathered for supper. (It was spanikopita, potatoes and salad, with orange slices for dessert.)
After we’ve eaten, it’s into the worship space for a 35 to 40 minute worship gathering. Every week, Pneuma leads the music, we pray and have reflection on scripture – often a conversation – then communion with rice wafers and grape juice and…
off we go into the night, to meet again next week.
Thirty people gathered tonight. Next fall, we’ll really start inviting the neighbours!