Hi! We know that trying out a new church can be a little daunting, and we want to make that as easy as possible. Below are some common concerns we know you might be wondering about, if you don't find your answer here, please email the office with any additional questions, we'd be happy to answer.
What should I expect at a service?
- Our 8:30 Sunday service is our most traditional service. It uses the original Anglican Prayer Book, the Book of Common Prayer which we have been using in some form in the Anglican Church since the mid-1500s. So be prepared to hear dost and propitiation, and for it to be quieter with a classic feel. Our 10:30 Sunday service hosts our wonderful choir and is the more contemporary of the two Sunday services. It also has our Children's Programming and a coffee hour afterwards. If you're looking for something a little more off the beaten path and wish to have some great theological discussion, our weekday services at 7pm on Tuesday and 10am on Wednesday might be what you're seeking. They are smaller groups services with lots of lively conversation and a more relaxed feel.
Are there opportunities for socializing?
- Yes! We're so glad you asked. Coffee hour happens most Sundays after the 10:30 service, and is a great place to get to know others. As well, St James Westminster hosts many events that will allow you to check out the church in a more social setting. We also have groups from a ladies lunch group to a bridge club to a youth program and lots in between. Keep checking the calendar for upcoming events or contact the office for details.
Do I need to be Anglican to come?
- Not at all. We welcome any and all seekers, from those just starting their faith journey to those who have long established traditions. To participate in Communion you do need to be baptised, but you are more than welcome to come forward to recieve a blessing or just stay in your seat. You may notice that we move around a lot. This is Church Calisthenics! But feel free to participate in the way that makes you feel best and closest to God. And if you're not sure, you can always ask the person sitting next to you, we're more than happy to help you figure out what the heck is going on.
What about a special event? Like a baptism, funeral, or wedding?
- If you're a guest or attendee of one of these kind of events, please feel welcome to participate or not as you see fit. We will give explicit instructions, we understand every place is different. If you're interested in having one of these events, please contact the office for more information.
We know trying something new is tough, and going into a new place is hard, but we hope you will feel a warm welcome at St James Westminster.