If you do not attend church, or if it has been a long time since you attended, or if you are of a different faith, you might be unsure about what it’s like in today’s church. Here is a guide to what you’ll find on Sunday morning.
No matter what faith background you have, you are welcome to attend a church service at Christ Church and Redeemer. If you would like to just observe, we won’t mind. All Christians, regardless of denomination, are welcome to participate in the service – it is our faith and trust in Jesus Christ that binds us into community. If you are visiting the area and just want a place to worship for one or two Sundays, or if you are someone seeking a congregation to join, we would love to have you in our church.
If you’re not sure which service to attend, here are some questions that will help you:
There is no dress code for church – you are welcome as you are. Many people wear “business casual”, but our parishioners are a diverse group in terms of what they wear.
It’s best if you can arrive about ten minutes before the service. Greeters can guide you if you are unsure about anything, and there are always a few empty seats toward the back for those who may feel bashful.
We start off with some morning announcements, before launching into the service itself which traditionally runs like this:
The Anglican church service can be confusing for a newcomer to follow.
the 10:30 am service in Gananoque, the words to the service,
including the parts the congregation has to say, as well as the music, are projected onto a
screen. The overall order of service is printed in the bulletin, or
program, that will be handed to you as you enter the sanctuary. The
details of the service are printed in the green prayer book (Book of
Alternative Services) found in the rack in the pew in front of you and is used at the 7:45am and Wednesday services.
The hymns or music can be found in the blue book (Common Praise) found in the rack in the pew in front of you for the 10:30am service. As the flow of the service jumps about in the prayer book and into the hymn book at the 10:30am, it is easiest to just follow what’s on the screen. All services takes a about one hour.
high point of the service is the communion, where we come to the front
of the church to eat and drink the wafer and the wine that represent
Jesus’ body and blood. If you have been baptized in any Christian church
you are welcome to partake of the sacrament of communion. If you do not
want communion, you are welcome to come forward for a blessing from the
priest – simply hold your arms over your chest - or you can remain in
your seat and enjoy the music. Once a month there is a Service of the Word, which is run by the lay readers team and does not include communion.
If you are visiting our church, please do not feel obliged to put something in the collection plate – it is our privilege to welcome you as a guest. If you decide to join our congregation, you will have an opportunity to learn about options for contributing to the church at the time you receive a formal welcome. If you do decide to contribute, you can use an envelope in the back of the pew – we will send a tax receipt for donations of $20 or more.
the service on the 4th Sunday in Rockport, and after every 10:30 a.m.
service in Gananoque, everyone is invited to gather to socialize,
perhaps find a new friend or two, and enjoy some coffee and sweet
treats. If you have seen anything that you are curious about, have any
questions, or want to offer some comments, this is a great time to