What do I need to know about coming to Knox United Church for the first time?
Presumably, first time visitors to Knox are arriving to a worship service on a Sunday morning. Maybe this will help you feel at home:
Sunday morning worship begins at 10:00 a.m., with most people arriving at about 9:55 a.m. Most services are over by about 11:15.
There is ample parking in the lot behind the church, or on the street.
Do let someone in the narthex (the lobby area) know that you are visiting, as you collect an order of service. It is important to us to know who you are. There is a guest book there for you to sign, too, if you so wish.
We are not in the practice of passing the offering plate or basket around during the service. Instead, there is a box – just by the door into the sanctuary – which is labelled offering. If you are able to give an offering, just drop it in that box as you enter. The box will be brought forward during the service, for dedication. We thank you for any offering you are able to give.
If you have children, there is an area near the front and off to the east side, where children are welcome to be comfortable, with quiet toys and activities. Most of the time, there is someone who will take children to the other building, to do an activity. Sometimes they stay in the service the whole time. We are comfortable with the happy noise of children in the area.
There is a time for Children of All Ages, during the first part of the service. At that time children (of all ages) are invited to join on the steps at the front, for the conversation. (Everyone else listens in, too.)
If you require a headset to enhance hearing please speak to one of the ushers as you enter the narthex, and he/she will be pleased to assist you.
We generally celebrate the sacrament of Communion on the first Sunday of each month. In the United Church all are welcome at the table – including children, if they wish. If you prefer not to take communion you are welcome to remain in your place.
Many people prefer to remain seated during the final piece of music, the Postlude, but it is intended to be music to usher people out – so feel free to move at that time.
Everyone is always invited to come across to the Fellowship Centre, to enjoy a cup of tea, coffee or juice, a cookie and conversation, after the service.
We welcome everyone to come along and worship with us, and to come back and get involved, if you are so inclined. We have pamphlets available about the various programs at Knox. We hope you feel at home.