Welcome to the Men of Praise
Interdenominational Christian Male Choir
Woodstock, Ontario

The 2005-2006 choir season itinerary:

Aug 31, 2005 - Season kickoff BBQ at Hickson Pavilion.

Sept 7, 2005 - First Practice night.

Oct 15, 2005 - Annual concert at Chalmers United Church, along with Musica Sacra Chorus from Norwich.

Nov 6, 2005 - 173'rd Anniversary concert at and for Chalmers United Church, Woodstock.

Nov 19, 2005 - Fundraiser concert at Chedoke Presbyterian Church in Hamilton.

Dec 4, 2005 - Sunday morning service at Maranathe CRC Cambridge.

Dec 7, 2005 - Live recording for appearance on "100 Huntley Street".

Dec 17, 2005 - Christmas concert at St Pauls Presbyterian Church in Ingersoll.

Jan 15, 2006 - Sunday evening service/concert at First Presbyterian Church in Seaforth

Mar 8, 2006 - Participation in funeral service for choir member Wilf Kuipers.

Mar 19, 2006 - Afternoon church service at East CRC in Strathroy.

April 8, 2006 - Fundraiser concert for Operation Sharing, along with the Woodstock Choralaires.

April 29, 2006 - Annual Festival of Praise concert, held in London at the Forest City Community Church.

May 6, 2006 - Fundraiser concert for the Christ Lutheran School, held at Community CRC in Kitchener.

May 10, 2006 - Annual General Meeting, end of choir season.

These are pictures of the season kickoff BBQ evening, Aug 31, 2005, held at the Hickson pavilion.

Our new choir photo and poster. The photo was taken in April, 2005, at the end of the season, for use in the new CD cover and this poster.


This poster has the picture of Anneke, John and Peter along with the choir.

Our annual fall concert, Oct 15, 2005, jointly with Musica Sacra Chorus.


Once again, our annual fall concert. We did a combined concert with Misica Sacra Chorus from Norwich.

We recorded a new CD earlier in the year, comprised of a mixture of Christmas and general praise songs. It was released in Oct 2005.


This is the cover of the new CD, along with the notice of its release in our church bulletin on Dec 4, 2005.

With our organist Anneke getting married soon, we put out the call for a new organist on Nov 5, 2005. This call was soon answered by John Lobbezoo who has been in place since Jan 2006.


The ad which was placed Nov 5, 2005 looking for a new orgnist for the choir.

Concert held at Central United Church celebrating the 173'rd anniversary of the church, Nov 6, 2005.


The 173'rd anniversary of Chalmers United Church. This concert also had what are called "the Sons of Central" playing, also called the "Mattson, Morley & Ward Trio".

Fundraiser concert for local ministries held at Chedoke Presbyterian Church, Hamilton on Nov 19, 2005.

The 50'th wedding anniversary of one of the choirs oldest members, Ray Dawson. Nov 27, 2005.

Participating in a Sunday morning service at Maranatha CRC in Cambridge on Dec 4, 2005. Several of our members come from there.

The choir appeared on the Christian TV program 100 Huntley Street, recorded live in Burlington on Dec 7, 2005.


The first picture is the notice in the Maranatha CRC newsletter (Dec 4, 2005) informing our congregation to watch the show on that Wednesday morning (Dec 7), as the choir will be live. The second is a writeup in the local Woodstock paper "The Sentinel Review" a few days before the taping.

Choir member Charlie Ward was the primary person who arranged for the choir to appear on 100 Huntley Street. The choir had to be at the studio around 6:00 AM to get prepped (including makeup!) for the 9:00 AM taping. It was a great experience!

Christmas concert at St. Pauls Presbyterian Church in Ingersoll on Dec 17, 2005. We look forward every year to doing this concert.

A Sunday evening service/concert at First Presbyterian Church in Seaforth on Jan 15, 2006.

In a tragic accident on March 4, 2006, choir member Wilf Kuipers was killed. This is the newspaper notice and program from the funeral on Mar 8, 2006.

Participation in a service at East CRC in Strathroy on Mar 19, 2006.

Benefit concert for Operation Sharing, held at Maranatha CRC in Woodstock on Apr 8, 2006.


The first picture is from the Maranatha CRC newsletter from April 2, advertising the concert. The remainder comprise the program.

The annual Festival of Praise concert held at the Forest City Community Church in London on Apr 29, 2006. The Men of Praise hosted the event this year.


The first picture is the notice of the concert from the Maranatha CRC newsletter on Apr 2, 2006. The second is the poster for the concert. The third is a professional photo taken at the end of the concert.


This is the program for the evening.

The facilities, from the outside:



Forest City Community Church, facing the main entrance Forest City Community Church, from the road.

Some inside shots:




Afternoon arrival of some members. The sanctuary, with theater seating. The stage layout.

Afternoon practice for the individual choirs:






Chatham-Kent Clinton Sarnia St. Thomas Woodstock

Afternoon practice for the mass choir:



Arend Streutker directing. Bill Sluys directing.

Fundraiser for Christ Lutheran School, held at Community CRC in Kitchener on May 6, 2006


There was no official program for the evening, so this one was drawn up after the concert.

Finally, the bombshell of the season, our director John Oosterink announces his resignation. So now, we are looking for a new director...


This ad comes from the Maranatha CRC newletter, on June 25, 2006. This ad ran in several different papers.


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