Newcomers to Grace

If you’re new to Grace, here are some answers to frequently asked questions:

What time is the service? Do I need to arrive early?

Sunday worship starts at 10:30 am.
There’s plenty of parking, but some do choose to come a bit early to meet a few people, listen to the choir rehearse, and simply centre themselves in preparation for worship.

What is your worship style?

We are a part of the Presbyterian Church in Canada.  Our worship service is a blend of traditional and contemporary music; our preaching is based on the Bible.  We make use of large screen electronic projection to support the sermon and congregational singing.

What’s happens in a typical service?

Our Service usually includes:

  • Words of welcome and a call to worship
  • Congregational singing.
  • Congregational news and current events from the Pastor
  • A musical interlude during the collection of the offering (free-will)
  • Children’s time and prayer.  Children (JK – Grade 8) may exit for Sunday School.
  • Prayer for the needs of the congregation
  • The sharing of God’s Word by the Pastor
  • Prayer, followed by a closing song and scripture.
  • A prayer team is available after the service.

Do I need to dress up?

Not unless you want to! Be comfortable, casual, and ready to worship.

What activities do you have for children and youth?

We have:

  • A children’s program during the worship service
  • Nursery services are available during the service
  • Kid’s Club on Fridays
  • Grace Youth Group (GYG) on Tuesdays and Fridays
  • Vacation Bible School during the summer

Is your building wheelchair accessible?

Yes!  We have power doors at the main entrance to the church.  Our bathrooms are wheelchair accessible and there are no stairs to climb.

What else happens on Sunday mornings?

Prior to the worship service (0930-1010), there is an adult teaching time (Sunday School) that is open to all. 

After worship, refreshments and conversation takes place in St Andrew’s Hall.   Once a month we have a pot-luck sandwich lunch.  Please join us so we can get to know you better.

What opportunities are there for personal growth?

Grace Church has a number of small groups and is always starting new ones. If you are interested you can contact smallgroups@graceorleans.ca.

There are also a variety of ministries and ministry opportunities for people to get involved from Men’s, Women’s, Youth, Children’s, and Senior’s Ministries, to Out of the Cold.   Please browse the site for more detail.

Our expectation is that anyone entering into a leadership position will have been at the church for at least six months first and then complete our safe church policy application.  The harvest field is ripe and we are praying for the Lord of the harvest to raise up labourers for his fields.

How often do you celebrate communion?

Communion is generally celebrated on the first Sunday of every month.

All who follow Christ as Saviour and Lord are invited to claim their place at the communion table.  But the Scriptures teach us that we must be mature enough to have faith “to perceive the body and blood of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:29).  Membership in a Christian church can be a good standard of determining who should partake and who should not.

What about baptism?

Baptism is an opportunity for us to fulfill Christ’s command to be baptised, and also to act out what He has done for us in washing away our sin.  We believe that salvation is by grace, through faith, whether we are baptised as adults or children.  Baptism for adults is an outward sign of an inward work already done by Christ. For infants it is an outward sign of their inclusion in the covenant community on the basis of the faith of their parents, claiming the promise that the Holy Spirit will work in the child’s life in such a way that they ultimately will profess their own faith in Christ.  Baptism is a sign of faith in the power of God to save (Colossians 2:12).  Usually the minister pours or sprinkles water on the person’s head; however Baptism by immersion may be arranged.  If you are interested please contact the Pastor (pastordan@graceorleans.ca).

How can I make a contribution to the church?

Jesus commanded his disciples to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15, NIV).  This ongoing mission requires resources – willing servants and financial support.  We believe that tithing is a normal expression of our faith and gratitude to God for all He has given to us in Christ.  You are always welcome to lend a hand and there are many opportunities to do so.

Should you wish to contribute financially and receive a tax receipt, offering envelopes are available in the pew backs.  Alternatively, a safe and easy way to support our work is found at Canada Helps.org. 

Should you desire to give regularly, we would be happy to provide you with a box of offering envelopes or arrange for a PAR (pre-authorized remittance) form. Simply speak to one of our Elders, or one of our greeters and they will take care of your request.

May God bless you for your generous support.

If you still have questions?

Please feel free to contact the Pastor (pastordan@graceorleans.ca), or our church office (admin@graceorleans.ca), with any questions you have about Grace Presbyterian Church.