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Christmas at Ryerson 2015


Christmas 2015

First United

Bringing Christmas Cheer to First United Church    Christmas is soon upon us, and First United has a special request for support for their Christmas programming. While many of us await the Christmas season with anticipation and good memories, it can be a challenging time of year for many people, particularly those facing health, addiction, family or economic issues. Their goal is to make Christmas a peaceful, loving, abundant and joyful time for as many people as possible, and for that they need our help.

Please consider the requests below and let them know if you can help them make this Christmas special for their folks.

Christmas Dinner    On Christmas Day 350 people will come to First United.  They will be providing a beautiful turkey dinner with all of the fixings.  It costs them $1,600 to make this a reality.   You can help them by funding part or all of the meal or donating entire parts of the meal. Here is what they need;

  Quantity Total Cost
Turkeys (20lbs or more) 35 $875
Yams/Sweet Potatoes 150 lbs 100
Onions 50 lbs 35
Cranberry Sauce 12 Litres 120
Dinner Rolls 30 dozen 100
Pies 60 $300

Christmas Treats   After enjoying their Christmas meal, each diner receives a goodie bag with treats that bring comfort and joy. It will cost them $4,700 to make this happen.  You can help by funding part or all of the treat bags, or donating the full quantity needed of one or more of the items.  Here is what they need;

  Quantity Total Cost
Chapstick 350 $500
$10 gift card* 350 3500
Candy canes 350 50
Chocolate bars 350 175
$1 scratch tickets 350 350
Mandarin oranges 350 $70
            *Timmy’s or McD’s $4645

Christmas Cheer   In the days leading up to Christmas, trees go up in the Sanctuary, Women’s Area, and Thrift Store. Staff  have extra treats on hand to lift spirits and bring people together. It will cost them $420 to make this happen.  You can help by funding part or all of their Christmas treats & decorations, or donating the full quantity needed of one or more of the items.  Here is what they need;

                   Quantity Total Cost
1 large & 2 small real trees, stands & decorations 3 $350
Candy canes 450 $70

Christmas for Families   They want Christmas at their Social Housing buildings to be welcoming and meaningful for their residents, many of whom are families with dependent children. Staff have extra treats on hand to lift spirits and bring people together. It will cost them $260 to make this a reality.  You can help by funding part or all of their Christmas treats & decorations, or donating the full quantity needed of one or more of the items.  Here is what they need;

                   Quantity Total Cost
2 small real trees, stands & decorations 2 $200
Candy canes 200 30
Mandarin oranges 160 $32

Natalie Anne Lanoville
Manager of Resource Development

First United Church
Community Ministry Society
320 East Hastings St Vancouver, BC V6A 1P4
T: 604.681.8365 ext. 104


The Season in Silence and Song

Advent candles

Women’s Advent Service

A time aside filled with poetry, silence, song, readings, and medieval chant. Music offered by Convivia, a four voice a capella singing group.  Come and be part of this brief respite before the busyness of the season overtakes us.All are welcome

Friday, December 4 at 7 pm

Reception to follow



(Please note that the December 1st session of Tuesdays at Ryerson has been cancelled.)


programs brochure


Ryerson Choral Scholarships for 2016-17

Ryerson United Church is pleased to announce its highly successful Choral Scholars Program is continuing for a 6th consecutive year.

The Choral Scholars Program provides up to two scholarships of $2,000 each for eligible Grade 12 students (2017 Grads). Selected scholars also gain the opportunity to sing with an acclaimed and semi-professional choir with a wide ranging, primarily classical repertoire.

Please see the Choral Scholars section under Ryerson Music


SFU choir

Saturday, Dec 5th at 7 pm

Winter Winds

The SFU Choir presents C.P.E. Bach’s timeless Magnificat, in an unusual arrangement for choir and organ.

And the new SFU Chamber Choir is performing the Western Winds Mass by John Taverner. The Mass is based on a well-known song from the middle ages, made famous in the film The Other Boleyn Girl.   Tickets at Brown Paper Tickets.  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2461097   $10 students/$20 general


BC Boys Choir

Sunday, December 6th at 3 pm:  British Columbia Boys Choir in concert


Tickets: BCBC 1-888-909-8282 www.bcboyschoir.org



The Ryerson United Church Choir welcomes you to Chantez Noël, a concert of festive carols and seasonal works on Dec 13th at 2:30 pm in the warm acoustics of our sanctuary. Chantez Noël will be a jubilant part to the Christmas celebrations. Please join us!

Benjamin Britten: Hodie & Welcome Yule

S. Bach BWV 16: ‘Herr Gott, dich loben wir’

F. Handel: Rejoice Greatly (Messiah)F. Handel: For Unto Us a Child is Born (Messiah)

P. da Palestrina: Hodie Christus Natus Est

Scheidt/Bach: O Jesulein Suß

Francisco Guerrero: A un niño Llorando

Bob Chilcott: The Twelve Days of Christmas

Welsh Carol: Suo Gan arranged by Stephen Cleobury

Mack Wilberg: Ding Dong Merrily

Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets (brownpapertickets.com) and at the Ryerson office as well. $20 General Admission (all students & children FREE!)


Marcus Mosely Christmas




Dec 20 2015 – 7:30pm

The Singing Heart 

Phoenix Chamber Choir

The award-winning Phoenix Chamber Choir is proud to present “Listen”, our 33rd concert season. Be delighted and moved by songs that are anything but typical – we will share exquisite human expressions of life, love, joy, and longing through music.

Phoenix’s annual Christmas concert is a “must-see” event in Vancouver, warming hearts and ringing in the season year after year.  This year, The Singing Heart, includes brand new Christmas music as well as many of our old favourites.  We also welcome a guest youth choir to join us for the final inspirational piece featuring a mass choir and handbells.

K-12: $0 (please email tickets@phoenixchoir.ca to reserve these FREE tickets) 

Post-secondary: $10   Seniors: $20    Adults $25


high spirits

High Spirits Choir

January 31st, 2016 at 3 pm 

High Spirits Choir is a community choir based in Vancouver, BC. We sing an eclectic, uplifting and sometimes demanding repertoire that includes gospel, classical, jazz, show tunes, modern/contemporary, love songs, and world music.

Our repertoire is often up to eight-part harmony, and includes polyrhythms and interesting harmonies. Our conductor, Ieva Wool, brings her distinctive and often cheeky sensibilities to every song, so that the High Spirits version of a piece is uniquely our own.

On January 31st our repertoire will include a good variety of choral music – a few jazz pieces, a cheeky piece from the Swingle Singers Series, a piece by Leonard Bernstein, a fun and energetic piece from the movie Slumdog Millionaire and lots more.

Ticket prices are as follows: $20 at the door, $15 advance, $12 seniors/students Free for children 10 and under


Your One and Only Life: The Choral Music of Stephen SmithYour One and Only LIfe 2016

Saturday, March 5, 2016 at 7:30 pm

On March 5, 2016, we celebrate the choral music of one of Vancouver’s best-loved pianists and composers, our own accompanist Dr. Stephen Smith. Your One and Only Life (named for a song by Nova Scotia’s Susan Crowe) see Elektra together with The Vancouver Men’s Chorus and the director Willi Zwozdesky. Familiar songs, stunning compositions, and a world premiere are on the program as both choirs celebrate the arrangements and original compositions of our treasured colleague. (March 6 in Victoria)


$30 – Regular
$25 – Senior
$15 – Student (with valid ID

Tickets are available through the Elektra Women’s Choir office at 604-739-1255



Chor Leoni:  Sea to Sky

Friday April 8 and Saturday, April 9, 2016  at 8pm
Ryerson United Church

All seats reserved.
Section A $40 | Section B $35 | Section C $30 | Student with ID $10 (inclusive of fees)

with the young men of the PROMYS Honour Choir 

Vancouver: A place where the city meets the water and the mountains meet the sky. Chor Leoni’s Sea to Sky explores the elements of nature in a program you will love. Music by Lauridsen, Ešenvalds, Kodaly and Tormis, rub shoulders with pop songs and spirituals, all sung in honour of the stunning place we call home.


In the Abbey Garden

Abbey Garden 2016

Saturday, May 7th at 7:30 pm

In the Abbey Garden. From Holst’s breathtaking Ave Maria for double choir to Rachmaninoff’s Six Choruses for Women’s Voices and Brahms’ Psalm 13, experience Elektra’s foray into some of Europe’s most beautiful choral music. The artistry of our guest ensemble, the Borealis String Quartet, and Elektra’s celebrated sound combine to deliver a winning combination for audiences in two cities.

Tickets are available through the Elektra Women’s Choir office at 604-739-1255


$30 – Regular
$25 – Senior
$15 – Student (with valid ID)


Here is a video of Deb’s sermon preached at the BC Conference Celebration of Ministry. Her sermon begins at 34:00 (34 minutes from the beginning).


Check out this video.  Leadershift interviews Debra on collegial relationships.


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A Ryerson Wedding

Magee Wind Ensemble

Magee Wind Ensemble