Frequently asked questions

When should I arrive?

The Sunday morning service starts at 10 a.m. If you come early, enjoy a coffee and meet new friends in “The Nook” beginning around 9:30. In the sanctuary at the same time, there’s a continuous slide show of St. John’s events and announcements projected on a screen at the front. Just before 10, someone will highlight three particular announcements with what we call “Hot Flashes.”

After the service, stay for coffee and goodies in Celebration Hall on the main level. There is juice for children. The cookies go fast! Hospitality and good food are hallmarks of just about everything we do at St. John’s.

What should I wear?

We care about you, not what you’re wearing. You’ll see everything from golf shirts to dress jackets, though not often ties. For women it’s equally casual to dressy. Kids show up in tee shirts and runners, or the prettiest dresses.

Tell me what a service is like

It’s easy to follow along: the words to songs and prayers appear on a big screen up front. Language throughout the service and in all the music is inclusive, meaning we never say “he” when we mean “everyone,” and we refer to God in words that aren’t restricted to male images.

The service begins with a centring time where anyone may come up and light a candle for someone who is in their heart. We sit or stand for prayers.

Music varies from classical, old hymn favourites and pop, to catchy rhythms and the best new music from modern composers.

There’s a Children’s Time at the front; most Sundays children then depart for “The Game” (God and My Education) with their leaders. Some Sundays, the entire service is designed interest both children and adults too. Occasionally, a short video, a skit, or a special performance illustrates the day’s theme.

May I bring children?

Of course. A professional caregiver looks after our youngest guests in the BabyZone upstairs, or you may choose to seat them beside you during worship. After Children’s Time, children may go out to The Game. Learn more here.

Stairs are a problem for me

There is a reserved parking space for vehicles showing the blue sticker, in the front parking lot off Chapel Street. The building is fully accessible and has an elevator to reach the sanctuary and upper classrooms.

I need to talk to the minister

Our minister would love to talk to you. Please click here to learn more.