The Knitting Pilgrim – May 4

The Knitting Pilgrim 

featuring the Stitched Glass tapestries

Sat, May 4, 2019 @ 7pm: Click here for TICKETS

A one-man play and talkback about the real-life artistic and spiritual journey of Kirk Dunn, who took 15 years to knit a triptych of large tapestries, designed in the style of stained glass windows, exploring the commonalities and conflicts of the Abrahamic faiths. 

There is no other project like it in the world.

Kirk Dunn – Knitter, Performer, Co-Writer


Kirk is a knitter, actor, and writer. He is also a ‘PK’ – a preacher’s kid: the product of three generations of Presbyterian ministers. 

Stage credits include Billy Bishop Goes to War (Ergo Arts Theatre, Carousel); Merlin, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (YPT); Dads! The Musical (Charlottetown, Stirling, Drayton); Romeo and Juliet (Ford Centre); More Munsch (The Grand); The War Show, A Flea in Her Ear, Don’t Dress for Dinner, and The Affections of May (Drayton). 

Kirk has been knitting since 1988. In 1998, he apprenticed with Kaffe Fassett in England. In 2003, Kirk received a Chalmers Fellowship for Stitched Glass, an installation that took 15 years to knit. With The Knitting Pilgrim, he is now exploring the intersectionality of writing, performing and knitting – his most exciting adventure yet.

“Kirk’s work is unique, beautiful and meaningful.” 

– Stephen Kendall, The Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations    Committee, The Presbyterian Church in Canada

“In the knitting world where grey and beige plain sweaters seem to rule, how extraordinary to find this energetic man knitting such detailed and intricate color. I applaud his moxie!” 

– Kaffe Fassett, textile designer

“The Knitting Pilgrim is astounding and the opportunity to engage with it and Kirk’s amazing story-telling talent is a much-needed balm for our age, for any age.” 

– Peter Smith, Project&Creative Director, Canadian Centre for Rural Creativity

Seeking Children’s and Family Ministries Coordinator

Children’s and Family Ministries Coordinator

Do you love God and love young people?
We are looking to hire a part time (approimately 10 hours a week) Children’s and Family Ministries Coordinator who would work with us to facilitate a structured program that includes opportunities for worship, study, mission and fellowship in a manner that is consistent with Presbyterian theology and practice of ministry and that includes the involvement and building of meaningful relationships among the children, youth and adults of our church. We are looking for a candidate who has strong communication skills, creativity and flexibility and the ability to develop leadership in others.

Full job description:  Position Description: Children’s and Family Ministries Coordinator

Pancake Supper Raises Money to Support Syrian Family

Master chef Jim and son work tirelessly all night flipping flapjacks
Master chef Jim and son work tirelessly all night flipping flapjacks

On February 9th, Morningside-High Park Presbyterian Church held its annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper and a record crowd attended the event. Congregation members and friends from the surrounding community gathered in the Fellowship Hall to partake in a menu that included three types of pancakes, sausages, hash browns and fresh fruit salad. While people dined, live musical performances and comedy routines entertained those in attendance. The evening was a perfect opportunity for MHP’s new minister, Rev. Janet, to acquaint herself with her new church family and community. A sincere thank you to everyone who prepared, served, flipped, wiped, washed, dried, set, put away, ran out to buy more supplies, sold and purchased tickets, made donations, counted, took pictures and entertained. There were many people who made this evening possible from those who attended to those who helped but a special thank you to Jim, Janice and Marc for all their work behind the scenes.

MHP has partnered with Rosedale Presbyterian Church (RPC) and Leaside Presbyterian Church in sponsoring a Syrian family and the proceeds from this pancake supper, a total of $1,644, were directed towards this important initiative.

Mark from RPC has provided us with an update about the family that we are helping to sponsor. They are a family of four, with 2 young children, aged 6 and 4. The family is expected to arrive by the end of February, but no date has yet been finalized.

Tri Church Syrian Family Sponsorship Project

The Session and Mission and Outreach Committee of Morningside- High Park (MHP) Presbyterian Church would like to bring the congregation up to date on an initiative led by Rosedale Presbyterian Church (RPC), to sponsor a Syrian family seeking refuge in Canada.

In fall 2015, Rosedale invited neighbourhood Churches, including MHP, to an information meeting about refugee sponsorship.  MHP has a strong history of mission service and therefore the idea of partnering with RPC was presented to Session for consideration.  Session agreed to commit $5,000 to the project and to discuss the idea with the congregation to determine the level of support for the initiative.

Rosedale Presbyterian Church recently received the family of four’s profile and estimated the annual cost of a family to live in Toronto for a year to be approximately $50,760. The fundraising for this initiative is proceeding well with financial commitments from Rosedale Presbyterian Church, Leaside Presbyterian Church and Morningside-High Park Presbyterian Church to date.  The 2015 and 2016 proceeds from Cuppa Change/Don’s Coffeepot will be put toward our $5,000 commitment and donations from the congregation will be welcomed.

If you would like to support this initiative, please address your donation to Morningside-High Park Presbyterian Church and note on the envelope that you would like to support the Tri Church Syrian Family Sponsorship Project and the dollar amount you would like to go toward this initiative.

This is a wonderful opportunity to work with other churches and people of other cultures and to see God’s work in action by helping families transition to life in Canada. For further information about this initiative, please feel free to contact Allan, Sheila, Claire or Kirk.  Email inquiries can be directed to Janet at

For more information

Advent and Christmas Services & Events

There is a lot going on at Morningside – High Park this Christmas season.

Nov. 30 – Advent One

  • Rev. Thomas Kim leads the service at 10:30.  This is Thomas’ first Sunday as the interim moderator for our church.
  • A special Advent gathering will immediately follow fellowship time after the service.  This will include activities for all ages, Christmas carols, and an Advent devotional guide for you to take with you.

Dec. 7 – Advent Two

  •  Rev. Dr. John-Peter Smit leads the service at 10:30. Sermon title: Stories from Bethlehem: Elizabeth, Zechariah and John

Dec. 14 – Advent Three

  • Rev. Dr. John-Peter Smit leads the service at 10:30.  Sermon title: Stories from Bethlehem: Mary and Joseph
  • Caroling at 2:00 pm.  Meet at ramp doors. Contact Janice Craig

Dec. 21 – Advent Four

  • Rev. Dr. John-Peter Smit leads the service at 10:30.  Sermon title: Stories from Bethlehem: Angels and Shepherds
  • At 7:00 pm we will hold our Blue Christmas or “longest night” service.  This quiet and gentle service is especially for those in our community who have experienced the loss of a loved one during in the recent past and for those who find the season of Christmas more difficult.

Dec. 24, – Christmas Eve

  • At 7:00 pm we will celebrate Christmas Eve with a Candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols