Music is an integral part of worship at Eden United Church. Our music program is built on a foundation of a music director, organist, and leaders of each music group, which includes our 25-voice Eden Choir, our Eden Bells aPeel, which is a handbell choir, and our folk group, Edenfolk. Working as a committee with our minister, our leaders select and present a wide variety of music that enhances both regular worship and special occasions at Eden with the goal of making our services inspirational, dynamic, and meaningful.
The Eden Choir rehearses every Thursday night from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., September to June. The choir leads the Sunday services most weeks throughout the year, and occasionally sings for other community events. In addition, the choir hosts the annual "Eden Church Choir Festival", bringing choirs from around Mississauga and the GTA to join together for an evening of choral music.
Eden Bells aPeel have been part of the church for almost 30 years, and they rehearse every Wednesday evening from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., September to May. In addition to playing each month during the service, they also participate in various festivals, workshops and community events.
Edenfolk are a group of singers and instrumentalists, including guitars, drums, and saxophone, who meet on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m., and once a month, they lead the music ministry by providing contemporary Christian music for the service. They also perform on other occasions throughout the year in the community.
All three music groups come together several times during the year to share the music leadership: in September for Welcome Sunday; before Christmas, to present a Lessons and Carols service; and on Easter Sunday.
During the summer months, our organist, soloists from all music groups, and other talented members from the congregation provide the music during the services in July and August.
If you are interested in receiving more information or in perhaps joining one of these groups, please e-mail the office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All are welcome.
As a new initiative to help make Eden a welcoming place for young families, Eden will now be providing nursery staff. The Nursery provides a safe and welcoming atmosphere for children ages 0 – 2 while their parents participate in worship.
In January, 2013, we introduced a new curriculum in Sunday School – Godly Play. Godly Play is based in the Montessori-style of teaching and holds at its foundation the belief that children are spiritual already, but like many adults, do not have the language to speak about their faith. Godly Play encourages children to engage with our Christian stories of faith where they are at in their own lives. Godly Play encourages children to ponder how the stories of our faith touch their lives and where they might be in the story.
Those who lead Godly Play also feel their own faith deeply nourished in the teaching of it, but also in hearing the children’s insights and responses. It is a wonderfully rewarding ministry.
For more information about Godly Play, please go to the website: www.godlyplay.ca
About once a month the children are led in music by one of our Sunday School leaders. She teaches the children a song that they then sing at the end of the worship service as the sung blessing. Our goal is to give our children a repertoire of music that will also deepen their faith.
If you would like more information about our Sunday School, please contact the church office at email@example.com, or see us after church.
The Eden Youth Group is for all youth Grade 7 to 12. We focus on friendship, fellowship, outreach, and participation in the church community. Oh yeah... and we have an amazing time doing it!
Activities: Hanging out, music, games, 30-hour Famine, worship, swimming, crafts, camping, mini-golf, Christmas Baskets, guest speakers, sleepovers, skating, parties, church events - and lots more!
How to Join: Come try us out - attend an event. For more information, contact one of the leaders below.
Youth Leaders: Terri Hill and Alison Andrew
Communion is a symbolic meal that is open to everyone. It's a reminder of Jesus' last supper with his followers and continues as a sign of God's enduring love.