We're Hiring: Lead Accompanist

We are a vibrant, open-hearted, community of faith seeking a dynamic, skilled pianist providing excellent musical accompaniment in worship and community activities. We are a community that is revitalizing and growing, and are seeking the right person to join our team and assist in deepening community’s connection and spiritual growth.

St. George's is an open-minded, fun, energetic, and encouraging place to work. In addition to wonderful working conditions, remuneration includes:

  • Monthly salary - $728 per month
  • 4 weeks paid vacation
  • Additional honoraria for weddings, funerals, and special services

If you are passionate about music, spiritual connection, and making a difference in people's lives through song, we invite you to send your cover letter and resume to or drop off a paper copy at 505 6th Street on or before July 31st.

Experience with sacred music an asset, but not required.

Start date: August 31st, 2016.

Click here for full position description.

Anne Bateman, Our Music Director

An Announcement from the Ministry and Personnel Committee

The following announcement was read on Sunday December 27th by Malcolm Horne, an Elder of St. George's Council and Chair of the Ministry and Personnel Committee.

Good morning. My name is Malcolm Horne, and I’m an elder of St. George’s Council and the chair of the Ministry and Personnel Committee.

It is with some regret that today we announce that Anne Bateman, our Music Director has given church council her notice of resignation. Anne has received a position in Winnipeg as a Hearing Aid Practitioner intern that begins February 1st of this year. This means that Anne’s final service with St. George’s as its Music Director will be January 17th.

Anne began as our Music Director three years ago. Over that time as a congregation we have enjoyed and appreciated her depths of musical knowledge, her skill as a conductor, and her passion for music. While we are saddened by this news, we are truly happy for Anne to have this new position and begin this exciting new chapter in her life.

In the interim, Eve Mark our accompanist has agreed to take on the duties as Music Director, and St. George’s will have a new accompanist, Kristopher Benoit on a week-by-week honorarium basis beginning the first Sunday in January while Eve takes a few weeks off. In the New Year, the Church Council will begin to assess the music ministry to discern the best way for us to move forward as a community of faith.

We’ll have a chance to say a more formal goodbye for her final service as Music Director on January 17th. In the meantime, we give thanks to God for Anne’s ministry with us, and wish all of God’s blessings for her future. Thank you.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact a member of the M&P Committee (Malcolm, Ula Nieuwejaar, or Gerry Haist).

We're Hiring: Part-Time Associate Musician

St. George’s United Church in Courtenay requires a pianist/organist for one Sunday per month Sunday worship at 10:30 AM and for Choir practice the preceding Wednesday at 7:30 PM.

This position pays $ 20.58 /hour based on a maximum of five hours per week which totals $102.90/ week.

Your goal is to use all musical talents to communicate a lively and exciting spirit and to involve the congregation in spiritual development leading to a deeper sense of worship through music.

Qualifications preferred for this position are: Royal Conservatory of Music level 8 minimum, experience as an accompanist; experience playing a piano in a church setting preferred.

A complete job description with all duties is available online by clicking here or at the church office Tuesday-Friday 9-noon at 506 – 6th Street, Courtenay.

Resumes can be submitted to the church office or by email to (please use in subject line: Church Musician)

The position will commence as soon as possible upon hiring a suitable applicant.

  • Location: St. George’s United Church, Courtenay
  • Compensation $20.58/hour based on maximum of 5 hours per week
  • This is a part-time job, generally one Sunday/month
  • Principals only. Recruiters, please do not contact this job poster.
  • Please do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests.

A Little Intro to the Psalms

Image from the Introduction to the Psalter from  Evangelical Lutheran Worship .

Image from the Introduction to the Psalter from Evangelical Lutheran Worship.

At St. George's we're beginning our worship and sermon series on "The Psalms and the Life of Faith" that will run through the whole week of August. It's sure to be an interesting series, with two great guest preachers book-ending the series.

If you aren't too familiar with it, the book of Psalms is found in the Bible, and is the book containing prayers, hymns and meditations of the people Israel, the precursor to both contemporary Judaism and Christianity. It's something of a compilation songbook, containing the treasured poetic pieces read and sung in worship. They range from praise and giving thanks to God, to laments, anger and distress directed at God and others. "Psalm" itself means "praise."

Many are said to be "of David," implying King David as the author, as David in known by the tradition as a musician himself and lover of music. While this may be possible, it is likely that the Psalms are from a variety of authors and editors, as it contains pieces from all parts of Israel's history. They have been a fixture in Jewish and Christian worship since the beginning.

The Psalms have been a treasured spiritual resource for Christians and Jews for centuries. One reason that this is the case is because it seems to contain the whole breadth of human emotion. The great 4th century theologian Athanasius once wrote that "in the words of this book the whole of human life, its basic spiritual conduct and as well its occasional movements and thoughts, is comprehended and contained. Nothing to be found in human life is omitted" (Ad Marcellenium). It's a sort of "greatest hits" of the human experience that speaks deeply even to our own centuries later. They were mostly meant to be sung, not read. Even now, Reformed Christian traditions like the United Church of Canada often have parts of their hymn books devoted to the Psalms, and a Psalm is always read in worship (not always the case at St. George's).

Not only is it a "greatest hits" of the human experience, it also represents a sort of "greatest hits" of theology and the Bible. The great reformer Martin Luther once said that the Psalms "might well be called a little Bible. In it is comprehended most beautifully and briefly everything that is in the entire Bible" (Luther's Works, 35:254) and the other great reformer John Calvin said that "there is nothing wanting which relates to the knowledge of eternal salvation" (Commentary on the Psalms). The Psalms, in effect, are a kind of summary of the story of the whole Bible in relation to God--you find their themes everywhere else in the scriptures.

And that's why we're diving into them this month, in the hope that the same Spirit that has spoken through them to our ancestors in faith might do the same for us. Take a moment to read our texts leading up to Sunday service. Enjoy the poetic language, the metaphors, the vivid imagery. But, perhaps more importantly, listen for where they are speaking to you, your life, and our world. "Find in it also yourself," as Martin Luther once wrote, "as well as God himself and all creatures" (Luther's Works 3:257).