Christ Church, Elbow Park is a very musical parish. You will
experience a large range of hymnody, mass settings, anthems and service
music, and the people of the parish are adept at learning new tunes, texts
and refrains. Service music could be described as "mainstream"
Anglican, honouring beloved, established music as well as more recent
compositions and hymns.
Consisting of a remarkable group of twenty-plus singers, the
Choir of Christ Church provides excellent musical leadership for our worship.
Members of the choir share a love of traditional Anglican music, including
hymns and psalms, anthems, motets and contemporary pieces such as the
work of John Rutter. Most members have prior choral singing experience
and some ability to read music. Several times a year they sing the traditional
service of Choral Evensong in which the sensitivity of their psalm singing
has been praised.
Choir rehearses regularly on Thursday nights, and gathers for a half-hour
warm-up on Sundays before the 10:30am service. Not infrequently, Thursday
evening also include additional fellowship, a pub night or other community
building. To get involved in our music, please contact our Director of
Music, Margaret Newman.
Christ Church is pleased to offer a service of Choral Evensong
on special occasions throughout the year, usually on a Sunday afternoon
at 4:30pm. You are welcome to worship with us in this time-honoured way
of glorifying God in Christ.
A photo of the Gabriel Knew will be posted soon. Description
and specifications here.
Christ Church's tower hosts an Octave of beautiful bells. The
ringers rehearse on Friday evenings, and the bells are rung Sundays for
a half hour before the 10:30 Eucharist, as well as at special services
and occasions such as weddings, and are part of the musical crowning of
high feasts such as Easter, Christmas and literally ringing in each New
is a rare and wonderful art: these are the only bells of their kind in
the province: in fact, the only octave of bells of their kind between
Ontario and British Columbia. The bells are part of the regular music
of the parish, calling the community to worship, reminding the community
that the parish church prays for the well-being of everyone - member or
not - in the community, and that the church works faithfully to give thanks
to God for over 100 years of the privilege of serving in Christ's name.
involved as a bell ringer, please contact
Ruth Lund, our Tower Captain. Experienced and new ringers are both
More About Bells, Our Bells, and Change Ringing
the Arts in Worship and in Community
Christ Church is a proud supporter of music and the arts, and
has a strong partnership with many organizations in Calgary. More will
be posted as this information is gathered together in a form appropriate
for our site.
Christ Church Choir
Lund, Bell Tower Captain
John Bouz, Affiliate Organist
Newman, Organist and Director of Music