Guests and Visitors
Our Church community includes members of many ages, races, cultural backgrounds, income levels, family structures, and sexual orientations.
You are welcome here.
What to Expect When Worshiping In-Person:
Our parking lot is located off of Paisley St. The #10 bus stops right outside our Parking Lot Doors.
On Sundays, the order of service is printed in a leaflet, which you will be given by a greeter as you enter. On Wednesdays, we follow the order of the Book of Common Prayer. Anglican services use call-and-response prayers, and the community speaks some of our prayers together. Bold text indicates parts of the service that are spoken in unison by the congregation.
There is no dress code. Some of us wear our "Sunday Best" to approach God; others wear our everyday clothes, knowing God welcomes us just as we are.
What to Expect in the Remote Chapel:
The Chapel is usually open 15-20 minutes before the service begins. In this time you might overhear the tech team making sure the system is working properly, or musicians practicing. Closer to the service time, you might hear or join in chatter among those who have gathered.
For some of us, the chance to see familiar faces is a joyful occasion. Some would rather see than be seen. Make the choice of camera on/camera off that is right for you. Your kids, pets, and clutter are welcome, and it is a privilege for us to see a glimpse into your life. But please do turn off your camera if you will be moving around a lot, or otherwise creating visual distraction for others.
At the 9am service, you are welcome to unmute and contribute to the discussion and to the prayers. To prevent lag, please mute in the remote chapel when we are singing together. For the 10:30 service, participants will be muted by the host to minimize background noise.
Anglican Liturgies have always used call-and-response, and invited the community to speak some of our prayers together. The full text of the service is published in the weekly email bulletin on Fridays. You do not need to have that with you in order to participate. It is our normal practice to present the text of prayers and hymns on-screen during Remote Worship on Sundays. We regret that this may not always be possible, and is not part of our usual Wednesday practice. Bold text indicates parts of the service that are spoken in unison by the congregation. In the Remote Service you are free to say as much or as little of the service aloud (mic muted) as you choose.
There is an elevator that moves between three levels.
Parking lot entrance. Separated by 6 steps from the main hall
Main Hall. Kitchen, Hall, Offices, and accessible washrooms are located on this level.
Sanctuary (worship area). The Lady Altar and congregational seating are all one one level. Choir Pews and the High Altar are on a raised stage with 3 steps. Communion is served at the main level.
The Sanctuary uses several microphones to amplify voices leading worship. Headphones allowing for greater amplification are available by request.
Are beloved of God, and very welcome members of our worshipping community. We delight in their curiosity- it's fine for them to move around the space, we will all keep an eye out for their safety. We delight in the ways they use their voice to express their joys and their needs. We understand if you need to duck out of worship to meet those needs. But we hope you'll come back.
We do not currently have a Sunday School. Children and parents are invited to worship together.
At 9am there is space for children to play, and room to colour or create. With the permission of the artists, some of the pictures created during worship are displayed in the "Up and Coming" gallery located in the elevator.
at 10:30am there are colouring sheets and crayons available at the back of the Church. With the permission of the artists, some of the pictures created during worship are displayed in the "Up and Coming" gallery located in the elevator. Near the lady altar there is a carpeted area where smaller children can wiggle, crawl, rest, or play.
All of our worship strives to include:
Beauty (through music, language, architecture & art)
Wonder (a sense of awe, and awareness of Divine Power - the language we use to talk to and about that Divinity varies between our services)
Community (among those who are gathered together, and a sense of the deep connectedness of the whole human family)
Hope (that the world we know is not the only way it could be. And that through both human and Divine action, this world can and will align more closely with the peace and justice of the Reign of God).
Tradition (We are connected with a world-wide Anglican communion. We share common creeds and prayers. We seek wisdom in Christian Scriptures. We operate under the authority of the Bishop and Canons of the Diocese of Niagara, and the Anglican Church of Canada)
Room for Doubt (We all come to worship with different questions. But we believe there is something good and important about asking those questions together.)