We are delighted you have chosen to visit us. Worshipping with the St. Paul’s community is both casual and reverent; there is a sense of awe and wonder about God, but with a sense that you are among friends and family in a welcoming place.
Our Sunday services are held at 9 am (about 45 minutes long) and 10:30 am (about 75 minutes long).
Both services follow the same format with readings, prayer, a homily (also called the sermon) and a celebration of the Eucharist (the thanksgiving meal or communion). You are welcome to receive the bread and wine if you are baptized, or a blessing if you’re not.
At the 9 am service, there is no singing. The 10:30 am service is when we sing accompanied by our organ, our piano, and/or our steel pans.
What to expect
You will be greeted by one of our greeters or sidespersons who will offer you a blue hymn book and a folded bulletin, which is a copy of the Order of Service. You may sit wherever you choose.
In the pews are green prayer books – the Book of Alternative Services (BAS). The page numbers in the bulletin are in reference to this green book.
We stand for singing, we kneel or sit for prayer. You are welcome to participate to the level you are comfortable. Nursing mothers are encouraged to stay.
During the service, we share “The Peace” by shaking hands and extending the greeting “Peace be with you” – symbolic of being at peace with God and others.
Towards the end of the service, the priest will extend an invitation to come forward to the altar rail for “blessings.” It is an opportunity to make an individual prayer request, and the priest will pray for you.
What about children?
We offer Sunday School for younger children to attend shortly after the service begins. They return to the service in time for communion when they come together, to the altar rail, and receive communion (or a blessing). After communion, the children return to their parent or guardian for the remainder of the service.
The last Sunday of the month, children remain in the sanctuary with their parents.
Do you have to give money?
The collection taken up during the service helps to support our mission and ministry but is voluntary. We would appreciate if you gave, but there is no obligation.
What happens after the service?
There’s time for fellowship, chatting after the service and light refreshments are often available at the back of the church. We invite you to join us.
What to wear
Our members of the congregation wear a wide range of styles, from casual to dressy to national garments.
We have ample parking behind the church.
There’s an accessibility ramp to the front door of the church and a main floor accessible washroom.