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Casavant Organ Rebuild

Plymouth-Trinity's Casavant organ was rebuilt in 1987. The following article appeared in the January 30, 1987 edition of The Record newspaper:

Restored 1907 organ will have a whole new sound

By Laurel Sherrer

SHERBROOKE--For organist Pam Eby, playing hymns at Plymouth-Trinity Church has been a bit of a struggle in the past few months.

The pipe organ, installed in 1907, has been undergoing a major restoration job since September, and Eby has had to accompany liturgical music on the piano—something she finds very unsatisfying.

"I'm very unhappy playing the piano," she says.  "You can try to lead (the congregation) but you can't.  It doesn't have the sustaining power of the organ."

It won't be long, though, until Eby and the whole Plymouth-Trinity congregation will be hearing the organ resounding through the church again.  And it will probably sound better than it ever did.

A $67,000 restoration job is in its final stages now, and an inaugural concert should be taking place in April.

The church has enlisted the services of Guilbault and Therien, a firm that makes, repairs and restores pipe organs.  The craftsman started dismantling the organ in September, and since then they have cleaned and voiced "a couple of thousand" pipes, according to Guy Therien of the company.

TRUE ORGAN SOUND

Therien says what his company is doing to the organ is "giving back its true organ sound".  The instrument, he says, was built at a time when the emphasis was on a sturdy, long-lasting product, rather than a well-crafted instrument.

"They were building mass-produced instruments without taking into account craftsmanship and the artistic aspect," he says.  "They were not taking into account the sound of the organ, really."

The organ has served the church well up until recently.  But over the past 10 years or so, its use has become more and more limited as, one by one, whole ranks of pipes would become unplayable.

"The organ was at its last stage of reliability," says Therien.  "The action was not reliable so we decided to have the organ completely rebuilt and tonally revised."

In taking apart the organ, the restorers found some of the wooden pipes were cracked, metal ones had been pinched instead of properly tuned, and repairs had been made with masking tape.

As well as working on the pipes to make them sound better, Guilbault and Therien have installed an electronic system for activating the pipes.  With the old mechanical system, there was a delay between the pressing of a key and the emission of a sound.

TRIED ORGAN

Eby tried the organ recently, although the restoration job is not quite complete.  She says is has a completely different sound now.  "It's super," she exclaimed.  "It's a nice sound."

When the organ is fully restored, says Eby, it will likely be used for more than just church services.  The inaugural concert will feature the renowned Jean LeBuis, an organist from Val d'Or.  A concert series has already begun, featuring organ, chamber ensemble and choir recitals, all inspired by the restoration of the organ.

The fund-raising efforts for the projects are continuing, says Plymouth-Trinity minister Martyn Sadler.  So far, about $50,000 of the $67,000 needed has been raised.  Sadler says he's been surprised by the people's willingness to donate to the cause.

"People were willing to give to this project because it's a concrete thing," he says.  "This remains and there's a permanence to it."

Even the people outside the congregation gave significant amounts to the project, he said.

(The Record, January 30, 1987.)

 

Next Sunday

November 17, 2019

Children's Sunday

Worship:
10:30 AM

with children's church

News & Events

Come celebrate Advent with us!

Come celebrate Advent with us, here at P-T on Saturday, November 30, from 9 a.m. to noon!

There will be crafts, music, storytelling and cookie-making. Light refreshments will be offered.

This is a family-friendly event, but children must be supervised. Please RSVP.... See you there!

Freewill offering to cover the materials.

In the run-up to the event, organizers would gladly accept donations of small jars, felt, Christmas tissue paper, pine cones, acorns, ribbons and bells.

What’s up for young people in the region?

What’s up for young people in the region?

CLIMATE CHANGE

A group of United Church of Canada folks and friends marched with youth worker Shanna in the Climate March on Friday, September 27th.

The United Church of Canada has published some Climate change ideas and tips : Fridays for Future is a youth-led movement.



YOUTH FORUM

Our region holds regular youth events! Check in with our youth worker, Shanna Bernier, for schedules....

RENDEZ-VOUS

Rendez-vous brings together youth (entering grade 9 and up to any age), young adults, and their leaders from across the country for a celebration of vibrant music, inspiring speakers, and dancing like there is no tomorrow. At this three-day event, you will
celebrate the bold faith of The United Church of Canada with hundreds of your new best friends
explore how brave space creates opportunities to learn, to share, and to celebrate new relationships
experience the brazen grace of a living community of hope and inclusion.

The next Rendez-Vous will be held from August 11 to 14, 2020 (next year!), at the University of Calgary.

Organizers are already recruiting for Home group leaders and workshop leaders. You’ll find more details here.

Children's church and the role of our community

Plymouth-Trinity United Church
October 8, 2019

Dear parents, grandparents and friends of kids at P-T,

Last May, our Education and Outreach Team helped organise (almost) weekly Children’s church activities at Plymouth-Trinity. Our goal is to provide a safe, educational, worshipful space for kids to be kids and also to experience church. Georgia Barratt-Lamey has been engaged as Children’s church/Sunday school leader, to be accompanied by a parent or other adult volunteer.

Each week children’s church is offered, we will spend the majority of time downstairs engaging in music, stories, prayer, crafting, games and free play with the children, and usually provide a healthy snack. We will join the congregation upstairs during the celebration of Holy Communion which the children are encouraged, but not required, to participate in. The programme materials come largely from the curriculum The Whole People of God.

Children’s church is geared to children aged 3 and up and we will adapt as best we can to the ages in the group. We hope to be able to lead worship upstairs a few times during the year, as well as hold a few special events, like the Saturday Advent gathering (November 30th this year) and a spring Picnic!

For our programme to continue we need help: Georgia, plus coordinator Shanna, cannot do this alone. We need other adults (parents, grandparents…) to help with the supervision and ensure the safety of all participants. There is a sign-up sheet on the table at the back of the sanctuary. You will all be contacted personally and we would like each family to designate an adult helper every couple of months.

For little ones under 3, or on Sundays when Georgia is not available, Hazel Innes and Sarah Stratton Ashby are usually present at the colouring table in the sanctuary. We deeply appreciate their ongoing support and care for our children. They will hand out clipboards for the older children who can sit with their parents, grandparents or other family members.

Fall schedule for Children’s church:
October: each Sunday except October 13 (Thanksgiving)
November: 10th, 17th, 24th
December: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd

For the children’s ministry:
Shanna Bernier, coordinator
Georgia Barratt-Lamey, part-time teacher
Samuel Vauvert Dansokho, pastor

Call for nominations

The General Council Nominations Committee has launched a call for nominations for several vacancies.

People across the church are invited to express their interest, or nominate others who have the gifts to serve well in these leadership roles. The Nominations Committee welcomes hearing from anyone, and particularly encourages those from groups which have been traditionally marginalized in our church, including (but not limited to) youth and young adults, Indigenous and racialized members, those active in francophone ministry, and people who identify as disabled.

You can find United Church job and volunteer opportunities here. Check back regularly!

Children at P-T

Join us at Plymouth-Trinity for a family-friendly worship experience. Many Sundays feature a carefully planned children's church program, intended for those 3 and up. We also have a children's corner in the sanctuary with craft supplies and helpful volunteers for younger children, and for all kids on the Sundays when there is no children's church. Check the calendar elsewhere on this website to find out the schedule!

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