MacKay United fired up for the holiday season

By Manor Park Chronicle

Fired up by the success of another Beechwood Night Market in its Memorial Hall on October 29, MacKay United Church’s congregation now looks forward to the holiday season.

Christmas isn’t Christmas at MacKay without a spectacular concert and after a pandemic hiatus, such a concert returns to MacKay on Sunday, December 18 at 7 p.m. “Christmas in the ‘Burgh” will feature violinists from the Vyhovski Springs. pianist Tea Mamaladze, Leane Ward and the Lavoie Family, MacKay’s Rev. Peter Woods and other performing artists from the Ottawa area.

The evening will be filled with the sounds of Christmas–sacred and secular–plus a Christmas Carol sing-a-long. Following the concert, the audience is invited to enjoy refreshments in the Memorial Hall. Free will donations will be accepted a the door to support MacKay’s Mission and Service outreach programs.

Unfortunately, there was no Christmas bazaar this year. Instead, MacKay’s United Church Women provided a bake sale table as part of the Beechwood Night Market. The Night Market was organized with Chris Paton of the Beechwood Market and supported by sponsors — LaMarche Electric, Chartwell. the United Church of Canada Foundation, Minto Construction, Natalie’s Urban Ottawa and Compass Rose.

While waiting for the December 18 concert, MacKay United Church will celebrate its 147th. Anniversary on Sunday, November 13 in a service at 10.30 a.m. There will be a special Music and Meditation Evening on December 6, at 7 p.m.

MacKay’s re-energized Sunday school will present its Christmas Pageant as part of the regular service on Sunday, December 11 at 10.30 a.m. and the traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service returns to MacKay on December 24 when special music will be featured.

For more information on upcoming events at MacKay United Church, check out our Facebook page or the web site or call the office a 613-749-8727 or via e-mail to

This article was written by Eleanor Dunn, communications officer for MacKay United Church.