What to expect on Sunday

We have two services each Sunday and Communion or Eucharist is always offered. Our 10:30 service has music with our organist/pianist and choir. At present our Sunday School has not restarted but children are always welcome at the service itself.

We offer a staffed Nursery for children 3 years old and under.

What to expect when you get inside

When you enter the church, either from the main entrance or the church hall entrance, you will be given a bulletin with the details of the service. The bulletin directs you to one of three books in the seats or pews. We have a blue hymn book, a small red Book of Common Prayer and the contemporary green Book of Alternate Services.

We try to make the flow of the service clear and understandable even if it is your first time with us.

Where to sit

You may sit wherever you like, there is no assigned seating.


St Bart’s church itself and hall are all on one level and accessible from either of the two entrances on MacKay St. We have two accessible washrooms in the church hall
We have no designated spot for wheelchairs but they are welcome in the aisle or near the front of the church by the piano. Walkers too are welcome and people often store them in the small room next to the church, the vestry. The sidespersons will help with storing them and retrieving them.

Communion itself is offered at the front of the church. You may receive the bread or wafer from the priest who will be standing at the front. It is all on a single level with no steps. The wine is also offered if you wish but that is entirely optional.

The Priest will come to anyone with mobility issues in the pews or seats.

Audio assistance — we have a number of sets of audio helpers that will receive the sound from the speakers and play them into earphones. You may use our earphones or bring your own. Just ask the sidesperson for one of the receivers.

Gluten free wafers are available, please indicate this to the priest when he/she comes to give you the wafer.

How to Take Communion

When the time to take communion arrives you are welcome to come forward to the altar rail. The sidespersons will give you a signal. There are three steps up to the altar rail where the majority receive communion. Every Sunday the Priest also comes down to give communion those who prefer to remain on the main level.

You may stand or kneel to receive communion. The priest will place the communion wafer in your hands and you are meant to eat it right away. Another person will come with the cup of wine. It is best to help the chalicebearer by gently guiding the cup to your lips. If for any reason you do not wish to drink the wine just cross your arms or shake you head. Be assured that by taking just the wafer you have received the full communion.

If you do not wish to take communion but would like the priest to give you a blessing come forward, standing or kneeling and cross your arms as the priest comes to you and he or she will give you an individual blessing.

Gluten free wafers are available, please indicate this to the priest when he/she comes to give you the wafer

Children Receiving Communion

Children are welcome to receive communion with parental approval. (It is not necessary to be “confirmed” to receive communion.)

What should I wear?

Long gone are the days when only your “Sunday best” would do. For the most part, we simply suggest comfortable clothing.

Learn More

We encourage you to ask questions or seek more information. Please introduce yourself to our clergy if we have not already greeted you. Our Rector will be happy to respond to email ( queries or phone calls to the church (613-745-7834).


About St Barts

St Barts is a member
of the Anglican Church
of Canada and is in the
Anglican Diocese of Ottawa

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  • Phone:
    (613) 745-7834
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  • Address:
    125 MacKay St.
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Canada K1M 2B4