We want you to feel really welcome at St. George's. Come try us out one Sunday! Here's some information you might find helpful before your first visit; and there's additional information in the menu on the left.
Once you've given us a try, we'd really appreciate if you would share your first impressions with us. You can do that here, and you get a free gift to thank you for your thoughts.
Worship at St. George's
9:00 am on Sunday mornings we offer dynamic Anglican worship, using contemporary language (BAS), and offering Holy Communion (the bread and the wine) each week. If you're new to the Anglican Church, you can read more about it over here.
We have three fantastic worship bands: two offering contemporary worship music and the other incorporating modern adaptations of traditional hymns. We don't have a dress code: people wear everything from casual clothing to ladies' hats to the traditional clothing of their own native cultures.
The only thing we ask is that you kindly don’t wear perfumes, colognes or scents to St. George’s. There’s lots of folks in the world who are allergic to scent, and we want them to feel welcome here, too! Thanks for understanding.
What Exactly Happens on Sunday Mornings?
When you arrive at our temporary home, Prince of Faith Lutheran Church, you'll find a Welcome station set up in the entranceway (the "Narthex"). At the Welcome station, you'll find lots of information about St. George's, and you'll meet some helpful Hosts (you'll see them wearing bright red badges) who can help make you feel comfortable and answer your questions.
No matter if you’ve been Anglican all your life, or if this is your first time ever at Church, you are welcome here. And so are your children! Just bring them right into the service with you.
The service lasts just over an hour. We project the entire service onto a screen, so there's no paper to pick up, or books to fuss with.
Early in the service, the Priest will invite the children to come forward for “Children’s Time”, after which they go off to Sunday School. If your children feel comfortable, they are welcome to join in as much as they like. If they prefer to stay with you, there are Activity Boxes available in the entranceway (the “Narthex”) – just ask any of the Hosts for help.
The sermons are about 10 minutes in length. Together with the "prayers of the people" they remind us that faith isn't just about what happens on Sundays. Faith is about how we live our daily lives and how we respond to the world around us.
In the middle of the service we share the Peace with one another: we shake hands and wish each other "peace" (in essence: "I wish you the very best"). You can read more about this ancient Christian practice here.
After the Peace comes the Offertory, when people make a gift of money to support the work of the Church. It is a voluntary, free-will offering. While regular attenders are asked to support the Church financially, a donation not expected from visitors. If you would like to give an offering, guest envelopes are available at the Welcome station in the entranceway (Narthex). We’re happy to send you a tax receipt at the end of the year if you include your full name and mailing address on the envelope or cheque.
The high point of the service is Communion, which comes near the very end. Everyone is welcome at Communion. Click here if you're curious about what happens at Communion, and how to "do" it.
Following the service, we have coffee and tea in the Narthex (entrance way) and mingle as we make our way out the doors and into our lives of faith.
Except on the 5th Sundays...
When there are 5th Sundays in the month, from September to June, we share worship with our hosts, Prince of Faith Lutheran congregation. Worship is at 10:00 am, and it happens more or less the same as our Anglican services - just with a different flavour. Everyone is still welcome though!