Arlene has been calling Churchill Park United her home since September 2008 when she and her husband, Richard, moved into Winnipeg after having lived in a variety of places in Manitoba - Brandon, Ebb and Flow, Ste. Rose du Lac, Russell, The Pas. She participated in a year of musical exploration with the congregation and now provides music direction and accompaniment on contract.
She says she and Richard have always found the United Church to be a strong home base across many moves, an instant supportive family when you move into a new community. It's not just the people but also the theology that attracts them, a theology that always encourages people to grapple with the question of Jesus, "But who do you say that I am?" Also, it's how the music carries the message, the joy, the mystery, the profundity, the celebration.
Arlene lends her many talents --singing, choir directing, piano and organ playing--to sharing this experience of music-making with others at Churchill Park United. She invites everyone to join her in expressing through music the Gospel and their gratitude for the gift of life, it's beauty, its grandeur, its meaning...
Wayne was a member of the House and Property Committee of Riverview United Church for many years and stayed on the Property Committee of Churchill Park United Church once the amalgamation of Rosedale and Riverview United Churches took place.
Wayne paired up with John McNairnay for several years and contracted themselves to the church as caretaking contractors. John and Wayne could be described as "a couple of retired guys who kept the building going."
And now Wayne is solely responsible for the caretaking. The building and grounds are always in excellent condition, thanks to Wayne!