The Church of Saint James the Apostle was
established in 1876 as a small country parish in the Diocese of Ontario.
The choir was formed ten years later, and in 1896 the parish became part
of the newly established Diocese of Ottawa.
names of the early organists are intertwined with parish history. Among them was
Miss Annie Tomkins (of the family after whom Tomkins Hall is named).
She married Mr. Johnson Clapp, after whom Clapp Lane is named. Over the
years we have been blessed with caring and able choir directors and members who
have helped to build and maintain a strong musical presence within the parish.
We welcome new members and hope that they in turn will help to ‘lead in
the music of worship to the glory of God’.
The choir is a group of committed
Christians, a part of the parish family, whose aim is to provide a musical
setting for the worship of God. When
we sing at a service, we are not ‘performing’.
In this context Saint Augustine said, “Anyone who sings, prays
twice.” Of course we try our very
best to be excellent musically, but that is only a means to an end; our efforts
should reflect our belief, not simply a desire to perform at a high technical
Most of the choir’s efforts are devoted to the Holy Eucharist, also known as Holy Communion, the Mass, or the Lord’s Supper, celebrated every Sunday. Every Eucharist is a remembrance and celebration of Easter; we commemorate Christ’s sacrifice in crucifixion and his resurrection.
The Choir family is a welcoming, supportive group. During the year we get together for two or three social activities such as a summer barbeque, pool party, Christmas party etc. We remember birthdays and other celebrations of our members by signing and giving cards. If anyone (or a member of their family) is sick, we make sure to send a card or flowers. We remember our choir family when we are on vacation by sending postcards. We try to keep communications open by keeping in touch with members we may not have seen for a while.
As members of the wider congregation, the choir takes part in such activities as the parish picnic, garage sale and Christmas Fayre. Members of the choir also act as lectors and Eucharistic Ministers and in other worship activities as the service requires.
Choir members also take part in community events such as Dickinson Days, Christmas in the Village and in the Manotick Musicale. We assist in fun/fund-raising for the Parish by putting on or arranging musical presentations.
The Choir sees itself as a family within the family of the Parish of St. James the Apostle, Manotick, a loving, sharing, caring and inclusive community. New members are always welcome. If you’re interested in participating, don’t be shy! Join us at one of our practices on Thursdays at 7:15 pm.