Sunday Morning

Sunday morning is the time that we gather as a community to give praise to God and to be equipped to live out our faith by caring for the earth and its people.

We do our best to create an atmosphere where
 
everyone is welcome.  

Here are some frequently asked questions about Sundays. 

If you can't find what you are looking for here, contact us.


For a flavour of what you might experience, here's a recent sermon:


  What time does the service start?
It starts at 10:00 a.m., but people begin to arrive any time after 9:30 — and to be honest, some people don't get there until after 10 — no problem!

How long will it last?
Most often our services are an hour in length, although on Sundays when special things are happening, they may be a few minutes longer.

What do I wear?
Whatever you are comfortable in. Some people like to dress up for church. Others don't. The important thing is to be here, not what clothes you are wearing.

How do I know what to do when I arrive?
A member of the church will be in the entrance way to greet you. They will hand you a bulletin, that outlines what happens in the service, and perhaps a hymn book (depending on which hymns we will be singing that Sunday.) Then you can make your way into the sanctuary - the place with the pews. We have very comfortable pews - and lots of them! - so sit anywhere you like.
If you have a question, the person handing out the bulletins is a good person to ask.

What happens during worship? 
Our service begins with announcements of various church events, the sharing of celebrations and  concerns. Next is a time to greet      

one another. Most people get up and move  around so they can shake hands with lots of people during this time. When the music starts, it's time to return to your seat and the formal part of the worship begins. During the service, we sing a variety of hymns, both traditional and modern, using two different hymn books, Voices United and More Voices. The choir helps us with singing and often has an anthem to  enhance our worship. 

We listen to readings from the Bible. They are from a 3 year cycle of readings called the Revised Common Lectionary that is used by a number of churches including the Anglican, Catholic and Lutheran. The readings set the tone and theme for the service. The sermon will be based on them.
After the sermon, we take up the church offering. The money is used to fund the work of the church. It takes about $100,000 to fund our local church for the year and we also give money to support services in the community and around the world. People give to the church in various ways and it is perfectly acceptable to let the offering plate pass you by.
On the first Sunday of the month, we celebrate communion where we remember the meals Jesus shared with his friends, by sharing bread and juice (not wine) together. Everyone is invited to participate in communion, but it is fine not to do so, too.

What about children?
We love to have children and youth of all ages join us for worship and we don't segregate by age. 
Infants and toddlers up to 3 years of age can
       a) sit with their parents/caregivers 
       b) play with their parents' supervision in the lounge area where the service can be seen through the windows, or in the upstairs nursery. Both places have speakers so parents can listen to the service while the children play.   There is also a small play area at the front of the sanctuary.
Older children and youth are invited to be part of the service. The library located to the left of the front doors contains a number of books that they may enjoy reading or looking at during the service. 
      The 4th Sunday of each month is  The Child Within.   These services 'for the child within' will have a different feel from our usual services. There won't be a sermon. There will be singing. There will be movement. There will be storytelling.  Maybe even arts and crafts as part of the community worship experience.

What about coffee?                                                                                     
It has been said that the church runs on coffee and certainly coffee time is an important part of what happens on Sunday morning. After the service, everyone is invited to join us for organic, fairly traded coffee, or juice, served in the lounge next to the sanctuary. This is a good time to meet people, to get to know what is happening, and to have your questions answered. 

Check out This Week to find out what is happening this Sunday at Castlegar United Church.


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