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11:45 Cathedral music team

Musicians Paul Macdonald (guitar), Nat Fetter (drums), Tom Fetter (harmonica), Dr. Willis Noble (piano) and Gary Barfitt (guitar) are part of the 11:45 music worship team at Christ Church Cathedral.                                                            Gisele McKnight photo


Music dominates wardens, treasurers day

By Gisele McKnight

Music was the theme of Wardens and Treasurers Day March 14 at St. John the Evangelist Church in Nashwaaksis. A crowd of well over 100 enjoyed a morning of music worship, complete with instructions on how to form and grow a contemporary music ministry.

Hosted by the Rev. Brian Spence and Archdeacon Patricia Drummond, it also featured a talk by Bishop David Edwards and a primer on finances by diocesan treasurer Irene Adams. A soup and sandwich lunch was plentiful, delicious and appreciated.

The 11:45 music team from Christ Church Cathedral performed, and members spoke about the importance of music as a form of worship and encouraged all present to investigate how to launch a contemporary music ministry.

“”We frequently go home with a song in our hearts,” said Dr. Willis Noble. “Songs will always be a chief part of our theology… We feel better when we sing. We live longer when we sing.”

Dr. Noble stressed that perfect, professional music is not the aim.

“Don’t apologize for your voice. Don’t apologize for your instrument,” he said.

The cathedral worship team was the vision of Bishop Bill Hockin when he arrived from Toronto as dean in the late 1990s. He wanted to create a shorter, non-traditional service, later in the morning, which was simple and easy to follow.

The music for that service began with a piano and three vocalists and grew from there.

“To me it’s all about worship. It’s not entertainment,” Kathleen Snow, a member of the group, told the crowd. “We meet God through music. It’s been a gift and a blessing.”



Gisele McKnight is the communications officer for the Diocese of Fredericton.

Diocesan Communications
31 March 2015