What can I expect?
When you first arrive you will likely notice the informal and non-judgemental atmosphere. You'll be greeted at the door, given a bulletin to help you follow the service, and shown where to find hymn books. You can sit anywhere you want. If you arrive before 10.30 am you'll enjoy listening to the choir.
The service includes music, prayers, readings, and a reflection with a focus on a particular topic. Questions about faith, current events, and making meaning of our lives and our world are addressed. Each week is different, and we expect the unexpected!
The service itself lasts for about an hour, after which many people stay for a time of coffee and fellowship.
What about accessibility?
The main sanctuary entrance is up the flight of rainbow stairs at the corner of Admirals and Lyall. There are street level entrances to the lower levels of the church building. The wheelchair entrance off Lyall Street is a short distance from an elevator that gives access to the sanctuary on the upper level. On a Sunday morning there is someone at the Lyall Street entrance to assist. For any other church events, it would be necessary to notify the office ahead of time of needing to use the street-level access and elevator (or, during the event, to notify someone at the main entrance so that they can assist.)
Access to the Wheeley Hall end of the building includes a ramp. That part of the building includes a wheel-chair accesible/non-gender washroom. This part of the building includes Wheeley Hall (where the Rainbow Kitchen is located), and the Lounge/Multi-purpose Room.
The sound system works very well for most people with hearing difficulties. There are also speakers in the sound-proof family room off the sanctuary.
There are 2 single-user gender-neutral washrooms on the lower level, one of which is wheelchair accessible.
There is a small parking lot off Admirals Road, on-street parking, and other lots nearby. We have a bike rack so you can lock up your bike.
What about my kids?
They participate in the first part of the service, and some Sundays go for a time of learning and exploring that is designed for them. We also have a space in the sanctuary for kids to sit and be creative, and a Family Room directly behind the sanctuary some restless kids (and their parents) prefer.
What do I wear?
In a word, casual. Most people tend to dress in what is comfortable and makes them feel good. Anything from blue jeans to business attire is just fine.
Who attends the Sunday morning worship?
The majority of people are new to the congregation in the last ten years, although a few have been coming for more than fifty years. We range in age from new-born to 95, with many of our older folk present every week and our younger families coming when they can. We come from all walks of life, genders, orientations and all kinds of faith backgrounds.
How can I get connected?
We invite you to explore worship with us in a way that is comfortable for you. If you want to stop by during the week to talk with our minister or church administrator, check out our office hours (below). If you wish to phone or send an email to ask some questions, check out our contact information (below). Or just come by Sunday morning and find out first hand. We look forward to meeting you!