Scripture is full of references to musical activity; therefore, music is an integral part of St. Lambert United Church worship. The Church is blessed to have many members
who are willing to share their time and their God-given musical talent. It is also blessed to have a fine Organist and Choir Director, Ron Bourne (B.Mus., McGill University).
The St. Lambert United Church bell choir, known as the Village Ringers, is made up of
people both from the congregation and from the larger community who have an interest
in bell ringing. They ring four octaves of handbells and three octaves of hand chimes.
Their director, Jérôme Savoie, is an enthusiastic music teacher, skilled in playing a
variety of instruments. Under his expert guidance, the Village Ringers have performed
with the Choeur Pratt & Whitney Canada and the Montreal Welsh Male Choir.
While most of their ringing is done in the church, the choir also participates in handbell
festivals where they join with many other choirs, all ringing the same selections. These
festivals are held every two years in Ontario and each spring in Vermont. Attending
these festivals and events gives the bell choir the opportunity to make new friends, to
learn new techniques, to ring new music and to share their interest in bell ringing with
The choir, with approximately a dozen volunteer singers, is the backbone of the Church’s
music program. Sunday after Sunday, they present music to complement the worship
service. Accompanied by the pipe organ or piano, they lead the congregation in the
singing of hymns. At most services, they also perform anthems to uplift and inspire the
congregation. Their repertoire includes classical, gospel and contemporary selections.
The choir also participates, along with other church choirs and musical groups, in the
annual Gift of Music concert just before Christmas.
The choir practises for two hours weekly on Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and
also for an hour at 9:30 a.m. before the Sunday worship service.
Anyone who would like to join the choir should speak with Ron Bourne (514) 812-3576 or
call the church office for an appointment.
In March 2012, W.o.W! (Words of Worship) was formed to offer alternative forms of music
for the congregation. The selections they play range from mild rock to blue grass, and from
country to old, beloved hymns. The band have performed approximately a dozen original
pieces of music as well.
The band join in worship about once a month. W.o.W! have also taken part in worship at
Wall Street United Church in Brockville and at Greenfield Park United Church on the
occasion of their 100th anniversary celebration. The band have also played at The Native
Friendship Centre of Montreal.
|"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the lands! Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!": Psalm 100
St. Lambert United Church
|The United Church of Canada
L’Église Unie du Canada
Copyright © 2016 - St. Lambert United Church