Our regular Sunday morning services at Esquimalt United are central to the work of our congregation and give a rhythm to the life of our community. Singing and praying, listening and learning, reflecting and keeping silence help us to connect more deeply with our Creator, and with one another. The different themes explored each week are usually determined by the season of the church year, and by local and world events.
Long before the 10.30 am service, the church is already filled with activity! In the Family Room at the back of the sanctuary the Connections group gathers at 9.30 am to learn, share and ponder issues of faith. Upstairs in the sanctuary the choir and musicians gather at 9.45 am to prepare to lead the singing, while downstairs preparations are underway for the Roots and Branches program for children and youth.
Everyone worships together for about the first twenty minutes, after which school age children can attend their own program. Younger children usually remain in worship with their families; there is a soundproof family room for if they are restless, and from where their caregivers can see and hear the service.
Our service ends around 11.40 am, and coffee, tea, and juice are served in the lower hall immediately afterwards. Everyone is welcome to stay for refreshments and conversation; it's a time to chat with old friends and make new ones.