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How can I connect?

The easiest way to find out about St. David’s United Church is to come to a church service on Sunday mornings at 10:30am. There is nothing to do ahead of time, just show up.  First time and longtime attenders are treated the same. 

You can also contact the church office: talk to the minister or the connections coordinator. They would be happy to chat on the phone, meet for coffee, come for a visit or welcome you at the office.  

And… check out the upcoming events – most of these are open to all who might be interested.

What can I expect at the Sunday Service?

When you arrive, you will be greeted and given an announcement sheet. You are free to sit anywhere you like.   The details of the service are usually projected on to screens - unlike a number of United Church's St. David's does not print a paper bulletin.  

Most Sundays, the adults and children begin church together with announcements, singing, scripture and story. Then those interested in being involved in Sunday School go to their classes, while others stay and share in a further time of singing, reflection and prayer.  

Most services last about an hour.

After church, everyone is invited to share in an informal time of visiting and refreshments.

What about kids?

People of all ages and abilities are welcome to be part of the church community.  

Most Sundays, there are special programs for children aged three and older. But every one of all ages and abilities is welcome to be part of the entire church service. 

There is a family-friendly worship and play circle in the sanctuary.  And there is a separate room (with a TV to watch the service) that families can use if they want more privacy.

Is the church building accessible?

People of all ages and abilities are welcome to be part of the church community.  

The church has a good sound system and hearing assist devices are available.

There is special needs parking near the west and south doors.  The worship space and reception area are easy to access without having to climb stairs.

Do I have to give money?

Certainly not. Just sharing in a church service is gift enough.

if you do want to make a donation, there will be a voluntary offering taken during the service to support the ministry of the congregation and mission work beyond St. David’s. Guests and newcomers should never feel obligated to give. In fact, everyone is free to give according to their own circumstances and desires.

Are there any special rituals I need to know about?

Other than an invitation to stand (as one is able and wishes) during times of singing, there are no patterns that should catch a guest by surprise.

About once a month (usually first Sundays), the congregation is invited to share in communion - a ritual common to almost all Christian churches where Jesus' last supper is remembered.

Everyone is invited to participate in all aspects of the church service.  

What is communion like at St. David's?

Communion (sometimes called The Last Supper, Eucharist) is a reminder of the last supper Jesus shared with his followers just before his arrest and crucifixion.

It is an act of remembrance. Jesus told his followers to share meals like this as a way of remembering him.

It is an act of spiritual nourishment. Jesus told his followers to view the bread and wine as nourishment coming from him, even if his body would be broken and his blood poured out.

It is an act of unity. By sharing from a common cup and loaf, we are symbolically united with each other and with our Christ.

At St. David's, as in other United Churches, we use non-alcoholic grape juice in place of wine.  Usually the bread is gluten-free. 

St. David's practices an open table, where all who desire to share in this act of remembrance, spiritual nourishment and unity are welcome to partake, regardless of their age.

Visitors, people from other churches, those long-time and new to this church and those who are exploring the place of faith in their lives are welcome to share communion at St. David's.