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Union United Church

Montreal, Quebec

 

Music Ministry

Men's Gospel Choir

 

 

 

The Men’s Gospel Choir is an offspring of the Men’s Fellowship Group. Its beginning can be traced to the Father’s Day (1998) service. A group of men wanted to make a “joyful noise in honour of fathers”. The Union United Church family enjoyed the traditional selections of the all men choir. Thus, the choir became a permanent fixture at Union, under the direction of Kimble Sherwood and Joseph McKeown (pianist). At present, the choir is comprised of approximately 22 members, an in-house pianist, saxophonist and a 3-member band. The choir performs every fifth Sunday and Father’s Day church service.

 

The Men’s Gospel Choir is more than a group of older men singing. It is a social outlet for many and also a labour of love. It’s a family - a group that is concerned about the welfare of its’ members. They lift up one another both socially and spiritually. The men pride themselves in singing and working for the church and the Lord. Four hours of choir practice per week is a tall order for men who are long into their 70’s and 80’s but they seldom miss a practice.

 

Since its inception, the Men’s Gospel Choir has performed at:

  • Parkdale United Church in Ottawa
  • Cowansville Penitentiary as part of Black History Month celebrations
  • St. Joseph's Oratory with the Police Brotherhood
  • Phillipsburg’s United Church
  • Union United Church 100th Anniversary Celebration at Place des Arts
  • Oscar Peterson Concert Hall for the launch of Union United Church’s Capital Campaign 2011-2012

Their annual Gospel Concert is held every fourth Saturday in September. The Gospel Choir practices every Saturday from 12:00 to 2:00 pm. The group is looking for male voices from within or outside of the church. All are welcome!