The Woodwark Student Bursary Fund was established by the Reverend Kenneth Woodwark and his wife Ida in memory of their parents. The objective of the fund is to provide financial awards to one or more candidates who are undertaking full-time studies directed toward full-time service in the United Church of Canada. Preference is given to candidates who are members of Woodroffe United Church and, failing that, first preference is given to candidates within the Ottawa Presbytery. Consideration shall not be limited to candidates for the ordained ministry.
The fund is administered by the Memorial Sub-Committee of the Woodroffe United Church Worship Committee.
Whether it comes from professional musicians or two 6-year old vocalists, music enriches our worship of God. The Ministry of Music is led by our Director of Music, with the participation of the Senior Choir and numerous other individuals. A rebuilt three manual Keates pipe organ was installed in 1982. Chimes were added to the original 37 stops in 1991. A 4-octave set of hand bells and numerous other instruments enrich our music. We sing from Voices United, the music resource for the United Church of Canada.
In 2012, the chancel was renovated extensively to enhance the acoustics and provide a more flexible concert space.
Woodroffe United Church Choir
The choir has existed since the church was founded. Some former members stayed in the choir for as long as 40 years, and even now we have members who have been in the choir for over 25 years. In addition to providing music for worship, the choir took part in the Latvian Organ Festival in 2002. In recent years, the choir has commissioned music from composers including Eleanor Daley, Christine Donkin, Mark Sirett and Michael Spassov.
In 2012, the choir was joined by Caroline Leonardelli, harp and some additional singers for a Christmas season presentation of Benjamin Britten's Ceremony of Carols and other Christmas music. The concert also featured Mosaic, a versatile vocal quartet who are also choir members. Since 2013, the Woodroffe choir, the choir of the Church of St. John the Evangelist and the Strings of St. Johns have presented joint concert before Christmas nt both churches.
Realm of Endless Joy
On Sunday, June 3, 2012, our choir premiered Realm of Endless Joy, composed by Christine Donkin with words by our own Wesley Dearham. The anthem was commissioned in memory of Peter Curd, who sang bass in the choir for many years.