Music at Carleton Memorial

Often it is a hymn or a song that can touch a soul and create a place of spirit-filled “God” moments. Music brings us together and serves as a significant part of the creative and meaningful worship experience at Carleton Memorial United Church.

Director of Music, Kimberley Allen-McGill, directs a non-auditioned choir that could be singing anything from movie soundtracks, to rock and roll hits, folk songs, praise music, hymns and traditional anthems as part of the regular Sunday morning services. Choristers rehearse Thursdays at the church from 7-8:30 pm. All are welcome! No experience necessary.

CMUC is home to professional musicians, who are part of the congregation, and who play as part of our worship services from time to time. Guest musicians are hired to contribute to services also. CMUC welcomes all those who wish to share their talents and gifts as part of the music program at CMUC. Questions? Contact our Music Director: silvercadencemusic@gmail.com; tel. 613-822-1835.

Our Music Director

Since January 2012, Kimberley (Kim) Allen-McGill, has served as CMUC’s music director, where she plans and coordinates music programs, leads singers and musicians and plays organ and piano for worship services and congregational events.

Throughout her life, she has been a passionate, fun loving, musician, song leader, teacher, coordinator and director. Kim began work as a United Church organist and choir director in a rural congregation at age 12, and since then, has enjoyed singing and playing with a number of choirs, groups, teaching private lessons, and working as a ceremony musician.

To Kim, music is a team sport that creates a sense of wellbeing; and also an artistic expression that shows the inside of our soul and our humanity; expresses our spirituality; heals; and is a means to move people and mountains towards greater understanding and a sense of community. Kim considers music one of life’s greatest gifts, and she believes that it is a most precious gift, to have the opportunity to inspire others by giving them the time, education, and opportunity, to sing or play their own song.

As a musician with experience in a wide range of music styles and genres, Kim particularly enjoys contemporary Christian, boomer rock and roll tunes, gospel and jazz standards, and a good old hymn or two. In addition to her work at Carleton Memorial, Kim makes music with her praise band, the FROGs (Fully Rely on God), works as a corporate communications professional, and is the Mom and CEO in a busy household that includes husband Bob, students Reaghan and Murray, and Tigger the cat. Kim joyfully welcomes the opportunity to serve and sing together in the warm, talented, and supportive Carleton Memorial United Church family.

INTERESTED IN JOINING OUR MUSIC COMMUNITY?

Visiting a new church for the first time can be a bit intimidating: When do I stand and sit? What should I wear? What will my children do? We want you to feel at home when you come to CMUC. Here are our responses to questions we are commonly asked. Just click on a question for the answer.

We want you to wear whatever you feel comfortable wearing. We are thrilled that you are joining us so come as you are. Some people wear jeans and a t-shirt. Others wear their “Sunday best.” Whatever you want to wear is perfectly fine … you’ll fit right in!

CMUC is located at 740 Melfa Crescent near the corner of Prince of Wales and Hog’s Back Road.

Your children worship with you for the first fifteen minutes of the service. After a conversation with the minister at the front of the church with the other children, they head to Sunday School. At Sunday School, they learn a Bible story, make crafts and play games. They’ll have a great time! There is a nursery available for little ones or if they would prefer to remain with you, there is a special place in our sanctuary with toys and games that the kids can play with while you take in the service from our comfy leather couch.

Don’t worry, our minister will invite you to stand or sit along with everyone else.

If you are visiting with us, we don’t expect you to put money in the offering plate and you are welcome to just let it pass by. If you want to support our ministry and mission, we’d love for you to prayerfully consider giving to Carleton Memorial United Church. You can give by cheque or cash during the service.

No two services are exactly alike at CMUC. We are eclectic in our worship style. That said, there is always music, prayer, scripture reading and a message. Generally, there are three “movements” during the service: a welcoming/centering time, a message, and a responsive time. Sometimes our services are “busy.” Sometimes they are more meditative. But we always strive to be relevant, and provide transcendent and transformative worship experiences.

There are no belief requirements for attendance at CMUC. Our congregation members hold a broad range of beliefs. Whether you have a lot of faith or a little, what matters most is that you come seeking the sacred.