What to expect here

927ExpectMembers_405969144We are excited you are coming to worship with us! But in case you are wondering, here are some things to expect the first time you come.

Parking: We have a large parking lot located behind our building, lots of room!

Entrances: There are two entrances to our building. Our front door has a drive through car port, for bad weather days or for those with mobility issues. Our secondary entrance is direct from the parking lot. Use either one!

Fragrance Aware Policy: We are a fragrance aware church facility. Some people have severe reactions to scents in hairspray, aftershave, colognes, perfumes, creams, etc. Out of respect for the health and wellness of these people, please make a conscious effort to refrain from using scented products in our church facility.

Accessibility: We are committed to complying with the Accessibility Standard for Customer Service under The Accessibility for Manitobans Act. We aim to meet the communication needs of our members and visitors, accommodate the use of assistive devices, welcome support persons and service animals, and ensure a barrier-free access to our services and facilities. We also inform the public when and why an accessibility feature is temporarily unavailable. We welcome feedback – customer service feedback forms are available on the counter in the narthex.

Washrooms: The washrooms are near the west exit (parking lot entrance), with additional washrooms in the basement.

Greeters and Bulletins: When you come for worship someone with a friendly smile and handshake will give you a bulletin. The bulletin will help you follow along with worship, and point you to the right place in the red or blue hymnbook.

Liturgy: We are a liturgical church. This means our worship follows the same pattern that Christian worship has followed for 2000 years. It also means that worship is participatory. The congregation is an integral part of worship. The congregation sings, prays, listens, responds, shares the peace, and celebrates communion.

Sharing the Peace: This is an opportunity to stand up and greet the people around you with a handshake and often the phrase “Peace be with you.” If you aren’t familiar with ‘sharing the peace’ you might find this moment in the service awkward, so you only need to shake as many hands as you are comfortable with or none at all.

Music: We have a variety of music from organ, to piano, to contemporary. And everyone is encouraged to sing along. Sing with gusto or listen along – whatever you are comfortable with.

Communion: All are welcome for communion, regardless of which church you attend or what denomination you are. The table is God’s table! If you are unfamiliar with communion, it is a time for worshippers to come forward to receive bread and wine. An usher will direct you forward to railing at the front of the church. The pastor will come with the wine and say “The Body of Christ given for you.” Hold your hands out and you will be given bread. And then another server will come along and offer you wine or grape juice. This will be in individual glasses or a common cup. The server will say “The Blood of Christ given for you.” Hold your hands out and you will be given wine!

Offering: We collect offering each Sunday. If you are visiting, don’t feel obligated to put anything in the plate. However, if you do wish to participate in the offering, you are the sole judge of how much to give – we have no expectations of any specific amount being given.

Play Room: Children are welcome to stay in worship at all times, noises and all! However, if parents needs a moment’s sanity, we do have a play room off the back of the sanctuary with windows looking in and sound from the service, so that you can stay connected to worship.

Air Conditioning: Yes! We have A/C for the those hot summer Sundays!