How we "do church"

We Worship.

Service begins with the gathering of the community, then listening to and reflecting on the Scriptures. The community then brings the needs of the world and the community to God in prayer, and the group partakes in the holy meal of bread and wine, before being sent forth into the mission of daily life.

When you come you will notice that common prayer is an important part of how we worship together. Our services draw from a tradition of set prayers in the Book of Alternative Services (BAS).

We love to Sing….(however not during the pandemic Covid-19)

The church has a rich tradition of music. We sing a selection of songs and hymns which change every week. The songs are posted at the front of the church, and come from two books, Common Praise (CP) and Songs of a Gospel People

 

The Seasons of the Church.

Our services follow the six seasons of the church year. Advent is immediately before Christmas. Christmas extends into the new year. Epiphany is after the Christmas season , Lent is the 40 days leading up to Good Friday. Easter is around Easter Sunday. Pentacost is the time immediately after Easter. Our prayers, bible readings, and order of service follow these seasons.

 

Church Symbols.

When you come to church, you’ll see that Anglican worship is enhanced by the presence of symbols. Our worship space has symbols of our two sacraments—an altar or table for the Eucharist and a font for baptism. Our church also has a cross, the symbol of Christ’s death and resurrection, and candles, which remind us of the light of Christ and the fire of the Holy Spirit.

What you can expect.

We encourage first time visitors to contact us ahead of Sunday service. That way, we’ll look for you and make sure you are welcomed and made comfortable in our church. But don’t worry. If you just show up, that is perfectly fine too!

There are two entrances to the church. The main entrance, from 5th Avenue features large wooden doors. Directly inside, past the bell on display and through another set of doors, you will see our greeters.

If you have mobility challenges, you may prefer to enter from the King’s Hall entrance. This door is next to the main church doors and has a large cross-shaped window above it. You will enter into King’s Hall, our events area. Doors along the wall to your left will lead to our greeters, without having to climb stairs.

Introduce yourself to one of the greeters (they will be distributing information to people as they arrive.) The greeters will provide you with a Sunday Service bulletin that lets you know the order of the service, and all the songs, readings and prayers. The greeters will also be happy to introduce you to a member of the congregation who can sit with you and answer any questions you have during the service.

Past the greeters, you will enter the part of the church where we worship. It is called the sanctuary, with an altar at the front, and benches, called pews, for sitting. Sit anywhere you want in the pews.

The Service.

Just before service, announcements are often read. You will see our clergy rushing around preparing for the service. Music will probably be playing. A bell will ring, and the first song will be announced. The ministers leading service will form a procession down the centre aisle of the church toward the alter. Then the service will begin.

Our normal services last about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

 


Praying.

During the service, you may be asked to stand, sit or perhaps kneel to pray. Feel free to participate however you are able. You will also see that some people may stand for certain prayers while others may kneel, and that’s okay in our church – we all come from different traditions and we accept that while we may pray a little differently from each other, we all pray to the same God. That’s why we say we are a church for all people.

 

The Sermon.

During the service, someone gives a sermon, which is a talk, usually related to the bible reading in that day’s service.It may be a minister, a member of the congregation, or a guest who gives the sermon.

The Lord’s Supper.

The Eucharist (also known as the Lord’s Supper or Communion) is a central part of our Sunday services and it takes place around the altar. Visitors are welcome to participate, or can approach the altar and ask for a blessing during Eucharist. To signal you are requesting a blessing, simply kneel and cross your arms in front of your chest.

After a final blessing by the minister, the service ends how it began, with a song and a procession, this time from the alter to the back of the sanctuary.

We celebrate.

After the service, we gather in the hall for refreshments. We celebrate special occasions with a meal, like our Harvest 100 Mile potluck. Join us for coffee or tea, and spend some time in conversation. We would love to meet you and learn more about you.