What to expect on Sunday
Currently we are having one service only at 9:30am. This will continue through the summer. In the fall we hope to get back to our regular two services.
Children are welcome however until the fall, at the earliest, we won’t have nursery facilities or Sunday School.
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.
There are three steps up to the altar where the majority receive communion. Every Sunday the Priest also comes down to give communion those who prefer to remain on the main level.
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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) queries or phone calls to the church (613-745-7834).