Category Archives: St Giles Event

St Giles Harvest Home Supper

Mark your calendar for Friday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m.

The men of St Giles invite you to enjoy a turkey dinner
with all the fixings, dessert, juice, tea and coffee, in good company.
We are catering for 100 people; so be sure to invite family and friends,
and then get your tickets early.

$20 for adults and $10 for children and students (preschoolers free)

Tickets available from Pat Brush at the St Giles office, 613-235-2551.

are needed to help with table set up, kitchen work, serving, clean up, etc.
Please talk to Bob Fourney if you can help.

Peelers of potatoes and carrots are required for Friday morning, October 17.
Experienced or not, on the job training is provided. Please speak to Ian Stevenson.

Harvest Home

How to Read the Music of a Song and Sing It!

Review by Josh Moskau

To ‘face the music’ gets a surprisingly new twist at Glebe’s St Giles Presbyterian Church. Organist and passionate choir master Desmond Hassell has launched a tutorial avalanche to teach all comers, young or old, rich or poor, the surprisingly simple basics of singing a song straight off the printed score. The philosophy is simple; even Mozart, Verdi and Bach began with ‘do-re-mi.’ Mr. Hassell’s merry cast of choristers is thinking of calling itself “Vocal Chords R Us.” And the donation-driven effort is in aid of the Centretown Emergency Food Centre. Classes have been enjoyed since early March and the action resumes in September.

Desmond Hassell with birthday cake.

Desmond Hassell with birthday cake.

Update: Participants are having a grand time, learning so much and having a lot of fun doing it. They are enjoying it so much that they demanded that the series go beyond the 8-week time frame so that they could continue learning. The class of May 13 broke into celebration as previous choir members of Mr. Hassell’s “interrupted” the session with a cake and much glee for his large-number birthday.

picture of music manuscriptTuesdays ~ 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. (on hiatus for the summer)

An 8-week workshop at St Giles conducted by Desmond Hassell, who has a lifetime experience teaching music reading. No charge for the classes but participants will be invited to make a donation towards the outreach work of St Giles at the Centretown Emergency Food Centre. Classes will be enjoyable and fun for all ages from 10 to 99. Register by calling 613-235-2551 or email


  • Participants will master the skills necessary to sight read music.
  • It would be helpful if participants could come prepared to sing Row Row Row Your Boat, Frère Jacques, and Jingle Bells, and also any favourite songs of theirs.
  • Along the way, participants will learn how to write down, in music notation, all such songs.
  • Participants should bring: a clipboard or hard surface to write on, a pad of lined paper, and a soft pencil with an eraser.
  • They will be supplied with music paper.

Christmas Concert

On December 8, 2013, St Giles hosted a Christmas Concert featuring:

  • Men and Boys of St Matthews Church
  • Girls Choir of Christ Church Cathedral
  • Concert Choir of Glebe Collegiate
  • The Glebelles
  • The Kevin Hassell Strings and Flutes

The final piece had all the musicians and the audience singing the Hallelujah Chorus from The Messiah by G.F. Handel. This video gives a snippet of that event.

National Aboriginal Day of Prayer

Aboriginal Sunday 1

On Sunday, June 16, St Giles celebrated National Aboriginal Day of Prayer.

We confess that, with the encouragement and assistance of the Government of Canada, The Presbyterian Church in Canada agreed to take the children of Aboriginal peoples from their own homes and place them in residential schools. In these schools, children were deprived of their traditional ways, which were replaced with Euro-Canadian customs that were helpful in the process of assimilation. To carry out this process, The Presbyterian Church in Canada used disciplinary practices which were foreign to Aboriginal peoples, and open to exploitation in physical and psychological punishment beyond any Christian maxim of care and discipline. In a setting of obedience and acquiescence there was opportunity for sexual abuse, and some were so abused. The effect of all this, for Aboriginal peoples, was the loss of cultural identity and the loss of a secure sense of self. For the Church’s insensitivity we ask forgiveness.

As part of the policy of the Government of Canada to assimilate Aboriginal peoples into the Euro-Canadian culture we, with other churches, encouraged the government to ban some important spiritual practices through which Aboriginal peoples experienced
the presence of the creator God. For the Church’s complicity in this policy we ask forgiveness.

Gracious God, we know that we are called to respect all of your creation and all nations of your people. We know we are called by you to love as we journey through this life. Forgive us where we have failed in our relations with others and with your entire creation. Help us to learn from our mistakes and to have courage to move forward, free of guilt. Amen.

Photo credit: Fiona Currie