Sunday worship at St. Margaret’s starts at 10 am and usually lasts about an hour and fifteen minutes. We are a Eucharistic community so each Sunday the service follows a general pattern which includes hymns, Bible readings, a sermon, prayers, Eucharist (communion) and community announcements. During the sharing of the Eucharist the congregation stands in a circle around the altar to receive the bread and wine/grape juice or a blessing.
When you arrive at St. Margaret’s you will be greeted and given a bulletin that outlines the service and has all the speaking parts for the congregation written in it as well as the hymns we will be singing from the hymn book(s) you will be given. You also may be invited to make a name tag to wear during the service.
After the service the priest greets people at the door and all are encouraged to come downstairs to the parish hall for coffee, tea, juice, refreshments and a social time. If you are bringing children to the service there is a church school for children of all ages from September – June. Children generally stay in the service for the first part of the service and are dismissed about 5 minutes in. They go downstairs for Sunday School and then come back upstairs to take the Eucharist with their families. There are also some children who choose to stay in the whole service with their families. Soft toys, books and colouring supplies near a play mat are available for children during the service.
If you are unfamiliar with the rituals and customs of the Anglican church please just relax and let the congregation carry you in worship. If it takes a few weeks to get used to the way we do things don’t worry.
St. Margaret’s is an inclusive community that welcomes people of all ages, backgrounds, races, sexual orientations, and abilities. We value being a community where diverse images of God are explored and questions are always welcome.