Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
If it’s been a while, or a very long time (or never) since you walked into a church, you might feel a bit nervous or even intimidated to come through the doors.
Gale would like you to know that you are a welcome traveller on the journey regardless of your “church/no church” experience or background. You’ll meet people who are both long-haulers (have made church a part of their lives forever) as well as people who have ventured on this spiritual journey more recently. All share a curiosity about how God’s love and Jesus’ message applies to everyday life. The weekly sermons feed, encourage, inspire, and sometimes challenge listeners to live the life God wants for all people.
We know that family life is very busy, so if Sunday isn’t possible for you, check out our monthly Friday evening Messy Church. Dinner is even included!
Here are some answers to some common questions:
What time should I arrive: Anytime between 10:15 and 10:30 will get you here on time! Chat with others, reflect on your own, or catch up on church activities by reading the announcements on the screen before things get started.
Parking: We have a large lot and plenty of spaces around the church as well as a covered portico where you can drop off a passenger before parking if you wish. Handicapped parking is available closer to the door.
What should I wear: No special expectations here. Wear what makes you comfortable – we don’t require formal dress or head coverings. (But if you want to wear either, that’s ok!) You will find people dressed in jeans, in dresses, wearing ties, or no ties with casual tops. Shorts in summer.
As you enter: There is a large welcoming narthex where people often chat before the service. You will see two open doors that lead into the sanctuary where the service is held. There are greeters who will say hello and help you find a seat if you wish. (very comfy cushioned seats!) If you have time before or after the service, there’s a library next to the sanctuary if reading is something you enjoy.
Accessibility: There are designated wheelchair locations in the sanctuary and parking spots in the lot. There are washrooms available, also wheelchair accessible.
What about children: Jesus said to bring the children to him, and so Gale does. Children are welcome in the sanctuary, as well as at the communion table. Sunday School is held during the church service. Children are invited (but not required) to leave the sanctuary with teachers after the children’s story. There is a nursery for younger children, but if you prefer, you can keep your child with you. Or, you can go into the nursery and still watch the service through the window. Church volunteers go through a police check.
Music: Yes, there is singing, and the words are on a screen for all to read. There’s a choir and a praise band so the music is varied and included to strengthen the day’s message. Expect to see the minister frequently leading with guitar while the music director plays piano or clavinova. Sometimes other instruments are involved in special musical presentations.
Offering/Giving: Gale recognizes that “giving” happens in a variety of ways, including monetary, as well as the gift of talent and time. There is a donation plate inside the Sanctuary Doors available for those who are able to financially support the church. The donations help pay for the staff, including our minister, as well as the costs of running a facility. If able, you just place your donation into the plate before you sit down. If you put the money inside an envelope with your name and address on the outside, the offering will be recorded for an income tax receipt.
Order of Service
Although things can change, a typical service is as follows:
Call to worship
Reflection (often music provided by choir)
Pastoral Prayer and Lord’s Prayer
Offering, Prayer, Hymn
Benediction, Sending Hymn
Coffee hour: There may be coffee, juice, and cookies available after the service. Everyone is welcome to stay and visit.
Need to find us? Join us in our location 10 Barnswallow Drive at the corner of Barnswallow Drive and Church Street West (Highway 86) on the northwest corner of Elmira, ON., Canada.