It is our hope that you will feel comfortable worshiping with us. Dress is casual, please come as you are. Feel free to participate in whatever way you wish: sitting, standing or kneeling as you are able, listening or joining in the hymns or responses as indicated. Our services follow the six seasons of the church year (Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, and Pentecost) and the lectionary, a set list of Bible readings for the year.
This information is intended to give you an idea of what to expect during a Sunday church service. Our services reflect our affiliation with the Anglican Church of Canada and the United Church of Canada. We do this by blending some of both traditions within each service. The order of service is contained in a printed bulletin and is also displayed on the overhead TV screen at the front of the sanctuary.
Our paid clergy alternates between a United Church minister and an Anglican priest. Rev. Elaine Julian is currently our minister and brings thoughtfulness and justice to her ministry with us. Please check our calendar page for details on the upcoming services.
Once a month we have a Eucharist or Communion service. This will be resuming in a limited form in October 2020 following a pause due to COVID-19. As with other Sunday services this service is a blend of both Anglican and United Church traditions. Bread and both wine and grape juice are served at the front of the church. [Note that COVID-19 means we are not able to serve juice or wine for communion, wafers only for now.] You can choose wine or juice by moving to the appropriate server after receiving bread from the minister. If your mobility or other reason prevents you from coming to the front but you would like to receive communion please mention this to the greeter or minister before the service and the elements will be brought to you in your seat.
As a congregation we enjoy singing together. Hymns are generally selected from either the red Voices United hymn book or the spiral bound More Voices hymn book and other sources. They range from contemporary to traditional each week. Words are normally displayed on the overhead screen; those who enjoy reading music will find the hymn books distributed in the pews. Feel free to sing or just enjoy the music and remember that we are all called to make a joyful noise! At this time however For now hymnbooks have been removed due to COVID-19 and in-person worship allows only quiet humming with a mask on, while music leaders sing the hymns.
Please sign our guest book when you arrive the first time or two. [COVID-19 protocols state that a sign-in list is mandatory each time you enter the building]. If you are from the Port Hardy area, please fill in the "Welcome" contact card in the greeting area. If you would like to receive a charitable donation receipt for any offering you care to make please use one of the visitor envelopes available from the greeter and fill in the contact information. As a visitor/newcomer you are in no way obligated to make a donation. If you would like to become a regular donor ask the greeter to direct you to the envelope secretary who can set you up with donation envelopes or a pre-authorized remittance.