When Sunday service was for the birds

On Flower and Bird Sunday, at the Mount Forest church, the birds would be chirping all through the service, their cages surrounded by peonies


There was a time in a lot of churches in Ontario when one Sunday in June was set aside for the birds.

Everyone would bring their favourite cage full of songsters and they would be carefully arranged at the front of the sanctuary.

The minister would often tie his sermon into the hymn, “God Sees the Little Sparrow Fall,” and as often as not the congregation would sing the popular song.

God sees the little sparrow fall,
It meets His tender view;
If God so loves the little birds,
I know He loves me, too…

Better Farming - October 2012