Arts & Life
Canstar Community News
If you’re in the Glenelm neighbourhood on Sunday mornings and enjoy church bell music, does the Big Red Church ever have an opportunity for you.
Every Sunday morning at 11, um, bells, the church at 127 Cobourg Ave. plays hymns and songs as a gift from the church community to the surrounding neighbourhood. The sessions average about 15 minutes in length and have featured such standards as How Great Thou Art and For the Beauty of the Earth.
"The Big Red Church has decided that in this time of COVID-19 that they are going to play some songs and hymns on their carillon each Sunday at 11 a.m. for the neighbourhood not only to enjoy but also, as Lexx Jefferson, a long time member of The Big Red Church, put it, ‘to ring the bells with songs to touch base with the neighbourhood, that we know you are out there and that we are here as a church community as well’," said church member Sherryl Koop.
"The songs are to be a gentle reminder that Jesus is with us even though we cannot be together. Something that we hope brightens our day and brings the Son into focus."
Koop, who also serves on the board of the Glenelm Neighbourhood Association, said the community’s reaction has been enthusiastic.
"Soon after the bells tolled this morning, the reaction on the Glenelm Neighbourhood Association’s Facebook page was swift with comments like ‘(has) anyone else drawn to the beautiful bells playing at The Big Red Church right now?’ and ‘every time they play and I catch it, it makes me happy!’," Koop added. "There were also many likes and shares on Facebook."
The church is happy to take requests, Koop added. Visit its contact page at thebigredchurch127.com to suggest a song you’d like to hear.
In normal times, the church and the Glenelm Neighbourhood Association would be deep in plans for many events, Koop said. The two groups share movie nights in the park, potluck suppers, mornings out for parents, pancake breakfasts and community garden boxes, which cost $10 per season. The church kitchen is also licensed as a community kitchen, so it can host many additional gatherings.
"Obviously right now it’s a little more interesting and challenging," Koop acknowledged.
"(But) the church, which serves as the community club for the neighbourhood, is super gracious in allowing them (Glenelm Neighbourhood Association) to meet there."
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