The Amazing Grace Project is proving to have been a resounding success, with close to 450 videos received so far and more than $18,000 raised in support of ministry in the Canadian North.
As the responses pour in, the world is seeing a glimpse of Anglican church life across Canada: boisterous churches, small churches, grey-haired churches, rural churches, churches with squirming babies, churches with wooden beams led by full-voiced rectors. What a privilege it is to peek in on this world.
The Amazing Grace Project encouraged Canadian Anglicans to sing “Amazing Grace” on Nov. 23, record their rendition, and send the video to the national office, where it will be included in a documentary, put online by Christmas. Singers were also asked to donate a toonie for Council of the North, the group of financially assisted dioceses in Canada’s north.
Here’s a quick cross-Canada tour of some (of the many!) notable videos:
- Begin with lapping waves and a keen choir on Gabriola Island, B.C.
- Glimpse inside Christ Church Cathedral in Whitehorse, Yukon.
- Meditate along with a labyrinth video from Ponoka, Alta.
- Launch in with a rousing “1, 2, 3!” at Turtle River Parish, Sask.
- Watch cute kids play recorder and xylophone in Winnipeg, Man.
- Hear soloist Marjorie Elanik sing in Inuvialuit in Inuvik, N.W.T.
- Listen to the Diocese of the Arctic Synod sing in Iqaluit, Nunavut.
- Sway with the steel drums in Toronto, Ont.
- Check out the rapping in Montreal, Que.
- Appreciate the sweet voices of the Diocese of Fredericton Mothers’ Union
- Hop to a sunny Nova Scotian beach
- Stop by a musical picnic at St. Paul’s Church, Charlottetown, PEI
- End on a windy Newfoundland wharf
Don’t see your video online yet? General Synod staff are still working to process your submissions, both uploading them to the website and including them in the documentary, which will be released by Christmas. CalledAmazing Together, the film will be hosted by Lynne Samways Hiltz, wife of the Primate, Archbishop Fred Hiltz.
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