What To Expect On A Sunday
Welcome At The Door: On Sundays, volunteer greeters are available to you at the front door. If you feel comfortable doing so, please let us know that you are visiting or new, so that one of us can orient you to the building, show you to the washrooms and coffee, make you a temporary name tag, and so on—whatever you need to help you feel at home.
Children Are Welcome: When children are present, there is always someone ready to provide leadership for the children in a children’s area. Children are also welcome to stay in the service. There is always a children's time in the service, and a candle is lit for children and youth. Cuddly soft toys are available for children to hold, if they wish.
Reconciliation Candle: The candle is lit each week and recognizes the relationship with the Penticton Indian Band and the reconciliation needed in the community of faith and with Indigenous peoples.
Dress is Casual: Come as you like! Pajamas? A suit? Something in between?
Worship Time, Coffee, and Fellowship: Coffee is available at 930am. Please feel free to bring coffee, tea, juice, or sweets with you into the sanctuary. Service begins at 10am, as indicated by a gentle bell ringing around the building. Because we love fellowship, there is coffee and tea following worship, too!
Comfortable Sanctuary: Often there are tables, supporting people to sit and enjoy their coffee during the service. There are also chairs near the front of the worship space. If you prefer to sit on the floor, stand for the duration, or walk around, you are very welcome to do that, too. All are welcome to bring coffee, tea and goodies into the service.
How We Gather in Worship: The service's information is all provided through PowerPoint, with three screens available for viewing. There is no bulletin (written guide). People sit in chairs around the Communion Table and lectern stand, or sit at tables. Any which way is appropriate. We do not all stand for every hymn, but those who choose to will move to the side so as not to affect visibility for those who remain seated.
The Offering comes after Prayers of the People. Of those choosing to make a donation, some use PAR (pre-authorized remittance), some use envelopes, and some just place money in the plate. Those with PAR and envelopes receive a tax receipt.
Communion (sharing of bread and grape juice) is held the first Sunday of the month and it is by intinction (dipping of gluten-free bread into the grape juice).
At the end of the service, participants stand or sit in a circle and sing the benediction.