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Helen Koshman looks over some memorabilia from the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church choir in the 1950s on Sunday at the Cosmo Senior Citizens Centre as part of the church's 100th anniversary celebrations.
Helen Koshman has many good memories with the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church choir from the 1950s.
“We used to go singing at Christmastime to the homes and we went to the Government House in Regina to sing for them,” she said. “It was an awesome time.”
Koshman was one of the people who attended the 100th anniversary celebrations of the Moose Jaw church on Sunday.
Historical items such as old photographs, guest books and newspaper articles were on display in the afternoon at the Cosmo Senior Citizens Centre.
Koshman said looking at the displays was “awesome.”
“It’s just overwhelming. It’s just, wow,” she said. “The history…so many memories.”
She added another good memory of the choir was at Easter time when the choir sang until 4 a.m.
“You know what, we weren’t tired because the singing just kept us up,” said Koshman.
One of the photos on display was of the choir in the 1950s. Pictured in the photo were Koshman, her mother, her sister, her aunt and her sister-in-law. Next to the photograph were a few awards.
“We won all these awards,” she said. “That was cool.”
She said her grandparents and her parents had involvement with the church. Her family ties to the church go back to before the church burned down in the 1930s. Koshman herself wasn’t born until that time period.
“That’s a long time ago,” she said. “They named the ladies’ aid, St. Anne’s, after (my mom).”
Father John Bingham, priest of the church since September 2010, said the ladies’ aid was active for three decades. There used to be 20 or 30 women cooking perogies and cabbage rolls in the kitchen.
“The ladies’ aid made a big impact in the community,” he said.
He said the church is multicultural. He added the church service Sunday morning went smoothly. There was the Bishop, five priests, four sub-deacons and a deacon helping make things work.
“Because it’s our 100th of course we have lots of visitors, people whose parents or grandparents had been at our church. When you spend 100 years of course you get quite a number of people,” said Bingham. “
Bingham is the 33rd priest to serve at the church over the last 100 years. While he said 130 people identified themselves as members of the church in the early 1960s, now there are around 20 self-identified members.
However, on a typical Sunday, there are between 30 and 40 people at the church service.
“We’re not really trying to build a large congregation of hundreds of people. We I think are better served if we keep our numbers to where we can interact as a family and encourage other Orthodox churches to grow,” said Bingham. “What I would like to see, honestly, is that if we could get to somewhere around 50 people that came each Sunday.”