Worship with Us

Worship with Us

You are warmly invited to join our Anglican Church for Worship and Fellowship

 

 

Thank you for checking us out. If you are searching for a church home and family, you’ve come to the right place!

 

Our regular church service starts at 9:30 am. every Sunday morning.

 

The church service is:

    • A more contemporary service geared towards families
    • Service is both spoken and with music including hymns
    • Lay people participate in many parts of the service as greeters, readers, leading prayer, and assisting with communion.
    • We have safety protocols and restrictions in place due to COVID-19 to make our worship space a safe environment.  Please complete the COVID-19 self assessment tool before coming to church as we are working to keep everyone healthy during this unprecedented time.  The assessment tool can be found on our COVID-19 page:

COVID-19.

Other Worship Services

Unfortunately we are unable to continue with our Taizé Service because of restrictions on singing due to Covid-19.  In the past we met weekly for Taizé and it was a meditative prayer time of 45 minutes of song, silence, and contemplation.  Brother John, a Taizé monk, says that a Taizé Prayer Service "is a time to rest in God, to let the words listened to and sung penetrate one's being".


Please come and get to know us.

We would like to share more of what we do in our church service. Some of the things we do can be confusing, especially for newcomers.

This isn’t meant as a comprehensive guide to Christian belief or the Anglican Church. It’s intended to give you some background information so you’ll feel comfortable enough to come along to a church service and begin finding out more about us.

We hope some of the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) will be helpful to you.

Have some questions? Please don’t hesitate to call us. We want to help you in any way we can.

Frequently Asked Questions


Q?

Where is the church located?

A.

Immanuel is situated at 5103 – 46 Avenue, across the street from the Court House. There is street parking with barrier-free access to the main doors of the Church.
Watch for our bright red sign.

 

 

 

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What if I don’t understand the meaning of some of the words used during the Service?

A.

A variety of words used during the service might seem unusual/different for newcomers. Some words are used frequently during Church services and others in conversation. Over time, you will become more comfortable with the meaning and significance of the words you hear.

Some common terms are:
  • Chalice: the goblet from which wine is served
  • Eucharist: service of Holy Communion
  • Gospel: The teaching or revelation of Christ, the record of Jesus' life and teaching in the first four books of the New Testament.
  • Immanuel: God with us
  • Paten: plate from which communion bread is served
  • Purificator: small linen square that the officiant (priest or other helper) uses to wipe the rim of the chalice after each person has taken the communion wine. The purificator acts like a napkin
  • Sacristy: a room where preparations are made for the worship service
  • Sanctuary: the space inside the altar rail
  • Wafer: the unleavened bread used at Eucharist

Q?

What about children in church?

A.

During times that were 'normal', we encouraged children to participate in the regular church service.  At the present time, we are offering a different format.

Our regular Sunday School has changed its format to a Wednesday evening, "Wednesday Wonders'.  This approach assures that the children continue in their Christian education while reducing the risk of any infection to other members of the congregation who gather on Sundays.  Families with children are welcome to join us for a physically distant time of learning and craft time.  We will meet biweekly on Wednesdays from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM.

 

 

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Q?

Worship from a Child’s Point of View.

A.

Occasionally children bring their own perspective, perhaps in a humorous way, to the Church experience.

The following are a few examples heard from Immanuel’s children:

Three year old’s first visit to our church – “Gramma, it looks just like a castle!” she said in awe.

Four year old watching the priest place the veil on the chalice after communion – “Mom, is she going to do abracadabra now?”

Our priest made reference to Jesus being a “fisher of men” - to a little girl who has been fishing – her response: “Yuck, that would be gross!”

Q?

What can we expect of the church building?

A.

 

Immanuel has three levels: the entrance level, the upper level where church services are held and the lower level (called the church hall) where larger gatherings and other church functions can be held.

Most importantly, the church has an elevator for those with limited mobility that goes to all three levels.

Our two washrooms are gender-neutral, one with an infant change table.

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What does the church service look like?

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Our Sunday services usually include an opening procession, singing, Bible readings, prayers for ourselves and others, time for personal meditation, a sermon or pastoral message, and Communion where we share bread and wine in remembrance of Jesus Christ and the Last Supper.  (Unfortunately we will only be sharing the 'bread' at this time due to COVID-19 restrictions.)

A greeter welcomes all those attending the Service, providing a service bulletin, which highlights information pertinent to that Sunday’s worship, e.g. prayer needs. The majority of the service is presented by PowerPoint. The Priest will direct you through the Service.

Please sit where indicated by the markers so that we can be physically distanced.  We usually stand during the hymns and sit or kneel during the prayers, whichever suits your needs for prayer.

 

Q?

How do I dress for church?

A.

There is not a set standard of dress. Our Church is relatively informal – your comfort level is important while understanding the sanctity of the Church setting.

Q?

Are monetary donations collected during the Church Service?

A.

Regular financial givings are important to support our Church and its ministries.

An offering plate is passed mid-way through every Service.

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