reopening from COVID

August 29, 2021
Church Reopening September 12, 2021

Dear members of Kensington Church Family,

The Session is inviting people back to worshipping in the building God has blessed us with, assuming the corona virus levels remain low in Montreal. Our reopening committee has been hard at work keeping on top of changing recommendations, and implementing ways to reduce the risk to people’s health. We would like to thank them very much for all their hard work.

This return is reminiscent of a passage from Ezra. He writes about Israelites returning from exile to Jerusalem. With great celebration they start to rebuild the Temple (considered the house of God). Ezra 3: 12 “But many of the priests and Levites and heads of families, old people who had seen the first house on its foundations, wept with a loud voice when they saw this house, though many shouted aloud for joy”. The weeping is because they realize that it will not be as glorious as it was. The joy is at having a temple again.

It will be a bit like that with us. Many of you have said how much you are looking forward to coming back again; to seeing people… but it will not be the same. The reopening committee has put together a protocol (attached below) to ease and help ensure a safe reopening of our Church.

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SIDE copyWelcome to Kensington Presbyterian Church!

 We are a Christian community worshipping in the heart of NDG — since 1896! The community of NDG has changed a great deal since then, and so have we.

Our worship is open and joyful, both contemporary and traditional.  In mission we support the Depot (local focus) and help fight the effects of COVID (international focus). The kids of Kensington are important to our community, since they have their own vitality and gifts to brings to the church.

You are welcome!

Sunday Worship at 10:30 a.m.

Thanksgiving Letter

I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
Psalm 9:1

Being thankful is an awesome thing. It redefines reality. It changes the focus from what we don’t have to what we do – and this is a big difference. It makes a world of difference to you, allowing more joy to bubble up. It also makes a difference to the world. (please continue reading, or look to the bottom for a pretty PDF version)

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Easter Letter

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart,
in the company of the upright, in the congregation.
Great are the deeds of the Lord,
discovered by all who desire them.
They are established for ever and ever,
to be performed with faithfulness and uprightness.
He sent redemption to his people;
he has commanded his covenant for ever.
Holy and awesome is his name.
Psalm 111: 1-2, 8-9

The world is moving towards Easter… through Lent. That’s the 40 days (plus Sundays) leading up to the big day. It’s when we focus on remembering the sacrifice and suffering of Jesus, the suffering of the world, and our role. I’ve heard some people comparing this COVID year as one long extended Lent.

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Growing Hope

Our senior Sunday school class has invited us to support the planting of Olive trees this year.

The olive tree is pretty amazing: growing in poor soil, producing precious fruit, living for over a thousand years, and being a symbol for peace. Sadly, hundreds of thousands of olive trees have been destroyed in this area since 2001 – depriving the farmers of their income and traditional way of life. This project will help right an injustice. The Presbyterian Church in Canada is partnering with the YM/YWCA of East Jerusalem, and their goal is to plant 8 000 trees a year, at $30 a tree.


Kensington in The Presbyterian Record

This article appeared in the May 2014 issue of The Presbyterian Record – written by Roland De Vries about changes at Kensington Church over the past number of years. (To the right is the front cover of The Presbyterian Record from June 1964 – 50 years ago.)


Change has been in the air at Kensington, Montreal, over the past six years as the congregation has adopted global and contemporary songs in Sunday worship. While we still sing many traditional hymns, there are new melodies, harmonies and rhythms rising into the air from sounding board, vocal cords and even the djembe.

Presbyterian Record cover June 1964Change has also been in the walls and in the ground and in the pews and in the programs and in the financial outlook. So here’s just a sampling of changes made in our congregation’s life over these past years, beyond the embrace of new musical expressions. Changes made in a spirit, I would say, of faithful common sense. Read More