faq

If you are looking for a church home, we are glad you’ve decided to look in our direction. St. Mary’s Road United Church is a warm, friendly and inviting place, with a serious commitment to outreach and ministry, wonderful children’s and youth programs, thriving music programs for all ages, and so much more.

 

This FAQ helps you learn more about who we are. If you have any additional questions, we invite you to call the church office at 204-257-0678.

We hope to see you soon!

When are your worship Times?

As we emerge from COVID, we are worshiping at 11:00 in the Journey Sanctuary. Children's programming is offered at this time as well. 

Can my children come with me to worship?

Yes! whether you choose to have your child attend our worship path called "613 Kids", or bring them to worship with you either is fine. We do offer a range of programs for every child's age.

For newborns and children up to 2 years old a nursery area is provided that is staffed by our caring volunteers.

For ages 2-4 years old, we offer a program called "613 Tots" in which young children, through stories, songs, and crafts, come to understand the church as a place of care and love.

For children aged 5-grade 7, we offer programming that focuses on the stories and foundations of our faith. 

For youth in grades 7 and up we have a variety of youth programs including junior and senior youth who meet to wrestle with faith and explore what our faith calls us to in the world. 

Do you celebrate communion?

Yes, communion on the first Sunday of each month.

May I participate in communion if I am not a member?

Yes. We understand communion as gift of God to all Gods people. We will tell the story of the table and if you connect to that story and spirit then you are welcome to choose to participate.

At worship, as a guest/new comer, will I be made to introduce myself or be singled out in any way?

No. We understand that many people come to worship for many reasons if you come to quietly connect with God we honour that and celebrate that. If you are looking to connect with others we trust that will happen before and after worship at your comfort level.

Do I need to give offering to come?

No. The offering received by the church is given by people who have chosen to commit themselves to the ministry of this community. if you are not yet at that point please know that you are still welcome to worship with us.

What do I need to be baptized?

Baptism is a celebration of faith and community. In baptism the parents of a child (or the individual) say before the worshipping community that they believe in God and in Jesus as the Christ. they commit to exploring their faith in the context of the church. if you are interested in pursuing baptism call the church office at (204) 257-0678 to arrange for a meeting with one of our ministers. 

I'm thinking about getting married in your church. What can you tell me about your churches wedding requirements?

For the church, weddings are opportunities to thank for the gift of love. We would be honored to be involved in your wedding if you share in this understanding that we are coming together in worship. The cost of the service is $600. No pre marriage classes are required. If you are interested in exploring the possibility of being married at St. Mary's Road United Church, please contact the church to speak to one of our ministers. For more information visit our "Weddings" page.

Do you have Sunday school for adults?

Not on Sunday mornings but we do have a wide range of adult study groups throughout the week, from our Thursday night dinner/discussion group to Tuesday afternoon book club to a traditional bible study on Friday morning we hope one of these groups will speak to you. For details talk to our minister Philip Reid.

How else can I be involved in the congregation?

St. Mary's Road has a variety of small groups and you are welcome to participate in those interest of to you. For a complete listing or to obtain a small groups directory, look through our "Programs" page or call the church office, or drop by anytime normal office hours.

What does St. Mary's Road United Church believe

As a congregation of the United Church of Canada, a good overview of our beliefs can be found on the national churches website: http://www.united-church.ca. What we would say more briefly is that we are community that asks lots of questions about God and faith. We strive to live more justly in the world, more gently in creation, and with greater integrity in our personal lives.