Funeral Songs Open Mic – Ash Wednesday

Funeral Songs – Open Mic
Ash Wednesday – February 26th at 7pm.
Fort Elgin (the little house beside Beasley park at 55 Elgin St).

We’re all Gonna Die! (someday)
Ash Wednesday is the day on the church calendar where we are invited to reflect on our own morality. Ashes to ashes and dust to dust is a part of life. The Commons invites you to a “Funeral Songs” open mic at Fort Elgin (55 Elgin St). We are asking people to come with a song, story or poem that you would want shared at your own funeral. How we want to be remembered in death says a lot about what we value in life. We will also be offering to place an ash cross on the forehead of anyone who would find that meaningful (if that doesn’t fit you, don’t worry you are still welcome to come and participate in the open mic).

FAQ:

  • CAN I SIGN UP AHEAD OF TIME?
    Please Do! Just comment below and we will add you to the list.
  • CAN I JUST WATCH?
    Yes. If you want to just come and watch that is just fine.
  • CAN I SIGN UP LAST MINUTE?
    Yes, just talk to Randell when you arrive.
  • WILL THERE BE A PA & MIC?
    Yes, we will have a mic and an input for your instrument.
  • DO I NEED TO BRING MY INSTRUMENT?
    You are welcome to bring your own but we will have a keyboard and an acoustic guitar their for anyone wanting to use those.
  • WHERE CAN I PARK?
    There is some street parking on the North side of Elgin just past Cannon St.
  • CAN I BRING MY KIDS?
    Children our welcome but use your own best judgement if something like this is appropriate for your young person.
  • IS THIS A CHURCH THING?
    Yes and No. Yes a church is organizing it and Ash Wed is part of the church calendar but we aren’t trying to trick anyone into “going to church.” Everyone is welcome to come as they are and share what they need to share.That is why it is an open mic and not a concert. We want to be present for a diversity of voices and expressions. To find out more about The Commons visit: http://hamiltoncommons.ca/
  • I HAVE ANOTHER QUESTION. WHO SHOULD I TALK TO?
    Contact our open mic host: Randell Neudorf – randellneudorf@gmail.com

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Good Friday & Easter Sunday

Good Friday Gathering
10am – Friday March 30th, 2018
128 Hughson St. N

Good Friday is a strange day because it doesn’t really feel that “Good.” It is really a day of Lament and reflecting on the sad journey that brought Jesus to the cross. This year, The Commons Good Friday Gathering is an interactive experience where we will be journeying through the Stations of the Cross using art installations, songs, and story telling. Everyone is welcome, even if “church” isn’t usually your thing.

FAMILIES: This is an inter-generational gathering but parents need to make their own choices about whether their kids are able to handle hearing the story of Jesus’ death. The art being used is more symbolic than literal, but their is still a weight to the images and stories.

Easter Sunrise Service
7am, Sunday April 1st, 2018
At the Fountain in Beasley Park

St. John’ Lutheran Church & The Commons invite you to start your Easter Sunday outside with a Sunrise Service around the Fountain at Beasley Park. It will be a short 30 minute Liturgy of Prayer, Songs, and Communion.

Afterwards we are all heading inside to St. John’s Building for breakfast together (104 Hughson St N. at Wilson St.).Beasley Park & St. John’s are both wheel chair accessible.
Free street parking at both locations.

Easter Sunday Potluck Supper
6pm – Sunday April 1st, 2018
128 Hughson St. N

At The Commons we like to celebrate Easter Sunday with a big Community Potluck. Easter is all about Life & Celebration, and the best way we know how to live into that is to feast together. No singing, no teaching, no tricks, just people coming together as a community to enjoy a meal together. Everyone is welcome (even if church isn’t your thing), just bring some food to share.

ACCESSIBLE:
Wheel chair ramp behind the building at 128 Hughson St. N.

PARKING:
We have on site parking and lots of street parking

INTER-GENERATIONAL:
People of all ages and walks of life are welcome