A place to Breathe
Taking time out of our hectic lives to slow down and tap into something greater than us is a critical part of a spiritual practice. In the Christian tradition, God is found in relationship with one another and with the world. Time together in Church brings us prayerful practice, a sense of connection with God and with each other, and the opportunity to be filled with Spirit.
The Sunday service is where we all gather to celebrate and explore 21st century Christian spirituality, and commit to making the world a better place. We know that it can be a little intimidating arriving in a strange place for the first time. But we assure you that we’ll do everything we can to help you feel welcome. We invite and welcome anyone and everyone into our worship space. Bring your questions, your longing, your fears and your hopes, and release them. Our Sunday services are held at 10:30am in our Sanctuary at the corner of West 15th Avenue & Burrard Street.
The worship service generally starts with a musical meditation, followed by a welcome and an opening prayer. When you enter the church you’ll be given a bulletin that contains an order of service that outlines the hymns and what will take place during that service. The sermons incorporate scripture, current events, key issues of our time like ecology and social justice, the latest in psychology and science, and focus on opening our hearts. Words to the songs are projected onto a screen at the front of the Sanctuary, so no need to fumble through the hymn books; however, singing is optional.
Also included in the bulletin are announcements of the activities happening around CMUC that day and in the coming weeks.
We welcome all ages! Children gather with their families in the main Sanctuary for the start of community worship which includes choral music and congregational singing, opening prayers and passing of the peace. Then about 15 minutes into the worship service, all children are invited to the front where a child is invited to come forward and light the Christ Candle. Children then have the option to leave with our Children’s Church staff for age-specific programming explained in the Children and Families section.
Coffee and Conversation
Following the service we offer coffee and further community connection in the Great Hall in the Centre for Peace, across the back lane from the church. You will be greeted warmly, treated with dignity, and your privacy will be respected. Our congregation includes long-term members, spiritual seekers, and skeptics.
We have a level access door to the Church Sanctuary on the west side of the building (opposite side from Burrard street). You can get there from the lane or up the sidewalk from 15th Avenue. Handicapped parking spots have signs posted in the lot next to the Centre for Peace, and the Centre for Peace is fully accessible with an elevator and wheelchair friendly washrooms on each floor. There is also a bus that stop right in front of our Centre for Peace (which is across the back lane from the church), every 15 minutes on Sunday morning.
If your visual impairment means you can read a large text document, please speak to an usher or greeter. We have the worship bulletin printed out in large print each week for this purpose.
We have audio aids for those who have trouble with their hearing. Just ask an usher when you arrive.
Street parking is free in the neighbourhood. We encourage people to park south of 16th Avenue, where there’s always lots of street space available! There are limited handicapped parking spots in the lot next to the Centre for Peace. There is no parking allowed in the laneway behind the church; cars parked in the lane are subject to tickets from the City and/or towing.