Worship is a way to create a more open heart. It helps us to deepen ourselves and yet to draw us out of ourselves. Worship happens through music, by singing together, by hearing a traditional spiritual or contemporary music . There are also quiet spaces to allow for reflection and prayer. Through the visual arts, through poetry, drama, and readings from scripture we explore our faith. These all help to stimulate our thinking, raise questions and move us to be engaged and responsive to the needs in our world. In the Celtic tradition and in words from the Iona Community, worship is an expression of our search for wholeness with no division between sacred and secular. Worship happens in small groups, on our pilgrimages, in innovative evening services and on Sunday morning at 10 am.
THE SUNDAY MORNING SERVICE
We begin our worship service at 10:00 am on Sunday mornings, with special services at other times during the year. Everyone will receive a warm welcome in our beautiful sacred space. Please come right in and have a seat. We are happy that you are joining us!
At the main doors, a Greeter will welcome you to Emmanuel. An Usher will give you an order of service or bulletin (hymns, prayers, readings, title of the sermon and announcements). Large print bulletins and a hearing amplifier are available.
Members of the congregation co-lead in the service with our ministers in prayers and Bible readings.
A prayer sheet is available at the entrance and circulated through the congregation to write the names of those you may like us to include in our Prayers of the People, or you could chose to drop your prayer into the Prayer Box.
Our worship is enriched by a diverse ministry of music including a Senior Choir, children's choir, bell choir, guitars and other instruments, youth band and special guests.
We are a church where you can deepen and expand your spiritual life by seeking your own answers to questions about spirituality and religion.
The service usually lasts about an hour. At the end of the service we are all invited to gather for Coffee, tea and juice upstairs in the hall. Visitors are asked to pick up an Orange mug to identify themselves, and someone is sure to come by to chat and answer any questions you may have.
The main doors are wheelchair accessible and there is an area set aside in the Sanctuary for those with wheelchairs and walkers and their families. There is an elevator which will take you to the lower and upper levels. Washrooms are accessible. We have a parking lot and street parking, should the church lot be full.
CHILDREN AND YOUTH
Children stay with their parents for the first part of the service at which time they are invited up to the front of the Sanctuary for a story. They then go with a volunteer teacher to Sunday School. We use Seasons of the Spirit curriculum in our Sunday School program.
The classrooms are on the lower and upper floors via the stairs to the left of the Sanctuary doors. We provide a nursery facility downstairs with a caregiver, but if you want to cradle your baby and toddler throughout the service, crying and squirming are part of their small lives and are quite acceptable during the service. A wall-mounted change table is located in the washroom near the nursery. Please ask if you need directions, someone will be happy to take you.
Worship at Emmanuel is free and open to anyone and everyone! The offering is a free-will offering that enables our church to keep our doors open and provide services and outreach, faith formation, caring and healing, for anyone in our community and our global partnerships. All of our expenses are met by the voluntary free will offering on Sunday mornings and we receive no grants. Some people choose to give their offering through PAR (Pre-authorized remittance), which is arranged through the church office to have a set amount of money debited from your bank account to Emmanuel United Church on a regular basis. This enables the church to receive your donation whether or not you able to attend each Sunday, and greatly helps to prepare the annual budget. This can be arranged or stopped at any time.