We know that visiting a church for the first time can seem stressful when you don’t know what to expect. And, if you’ve never been to a church before, you might wonder if you fit in here at all. Here are some of the basics to give you a feel of what to expect if you do decide to join us for Sunday morning worship. Of course, if you don’t find the answers you are looking for here, then please contact us for more information.
We are a family-friendly community
- We define family very loosely here. Families can be married couples with kids, or extended families. Families might be blended or single parent homes. Families might be couples with no kids, and also single people with a community of good friends they know from church. We are working toward a seamless cross-generational experience for all of our members and visitors.
- We have people of all ages and backgrounds here – from newborns to those going into their 9th decade. We don’t have a Sunday school. Instead, all of us worship together – young and old.
- During our worship service we have a time for kids to come to the front for their own message related to the readings for that Sunday. We also try to include our younger generations in worship wherever we can.
- Kids make noise. They squirm around and they giggle and they cry. That’s ok. They’re kids. We do provide toys, books, and colouring materials to occupy them. And if that’s not enough, we even have a place for them (and you) to hang out if you feel they need a break from worship.
We are laid back, but traditional
- You will see people smiling. Our pastor jokes around. We sometimes make mistakes. But, we also follow traditions from our roots – our pastor wears robes most Sundays, we have organ music once a month (and a band once a month, too), we celebrate Holy Communion most Sundays (and you are invited to join us in that). We use a projector and screen every Sunday to make it easier to follow the service. The worship service lasts about an hour, and we stay for coffee and snacks after.
- We have different ‘flavours’ of worship to try to meet the needs of our members. Generally speaking, this is the monthly rotation we stick to:
- 1st Sunday: Traditional style – our music is played on the organ and our choir will often sing. We usually celebrate Holy Communion.
- 2nd Sunday: Contemporary style – our music is led by a band with piano, guitar, and several singers. We use less formal language and invite our youth to take on more leadership roles. We usually celebrate Holy Communion.
- 3rd Sunday: Service of the Word – this Sunday, we don’t celebrate Holy Communion. Our music is played on the piano, and the service itself is somewhere between traditional and contemporary. Often this service will be a few minutes shorter than normal.
- 4th Sunday: Blended style – this service is traditional, but more upbeat. We have piano and often guitars leading the music, and we usually celebrate Holy Communion.
- 5th Sunday: ??? – the style of the service will depend on the season and the mood of our worship planners. We may have a very informal service with just guitars and other instruments playing, or it might be quite a traditional service. We may or may not celebrate Holy Communion.