Following a long-standing tradition of the Winnipeg Mennonite Children’s Choir, the WCC performed on Dec. 2nd at Christkindlmarkt at Fort Garry Place, as they have done since the choir’s founding. This annual Christmas market is a product of the German Canadian Congress, celebrating German Christmas traditions. The weekend long event features entertainment, merchandise tables and a bakery/coffee house.
The choristers performed 12 selections; six German, 3 German and English and 3 English songs. We were appreciative of the involvement of Ernie Dyck, father of chorister Julia, who accompanied us on the guitar for Hey Little Bull a Latin-American selection.
The German Canadian congress provided the choristers with an Advent Calendar with chocolate treats for each day leading to Christmas.
Caroling at Bethania Personal Care Home
On Dec. 6th the choir presented a Candlelight Service at Bethania Personal Care Home. The Service was comprised of Hymns and Scripture readings telling the Christmas story. Two choristers, Nicole Friesen and Marianne Sawatsky read the Bible verses in both German and English and the Choir and Congregational songs were also sung in both languages.
The service was followed by a wonderful refreshment table, prepared by the Bethania dietary department, and an opportunity for families to visit and interact with residents of Bethania.
The Winnipeg Children’s Choir has been caroling at Bethania annually since its founding, carrying on the tradition of the Winnipeg Mennonite Children’s Choir. This special service was a joy for the choristers to experience.
Ukraine Project Fund Raising Children’s Choir Concert
The Winnipeg Children’s Choir, together with the Ukrainian Metropolitan Cathedral of Sts. Vladimir and Olga Children’s Choir, directed by Miroslava Paches, presented a Ukrainian/German/English concert on Dec. 16th at Bethel Mennonite Church.
This concert was a fundraising event for the Mennonite Family Centre in Zaporizhzhya, Ukraine. The Centre’s purpose is to develop and deliver health and social services based on Christian values from a Mennonite perspective.
The two choirs both have a historical connection to the Ukraine and proceeds from this concert will support the work of “The Right to Life for Children with Special Needs” in that community. The choristers and directors were pleased to be able to participate in this program to help children in another part of the world.