worship at grapeview
Our Sunday worship gathering at Grapeview is a key connection point for our faith community. This is a time of celebration, reflection and re-focusing. It is a time to express our faith through singing songs and through prayer. Scripture is read and explained as we focus our attention on the good news of God’s salvation through Jesus Christ and what it means to walk in the Spirit as children of our loving Father. We follow the seasons of the Christian calendar and celebrate the Lord’s Supper on the first Sunday of each month.
What to expect when you visit
The main entrance to the church is via the double doors under the covered drive-through. When you enter, a short stairway down to the right will take you to our kids classroom area, as well as to male/female washrooms (an accessible unisex washroom is on main floor at back of auditorium). A short stairway up to the left will take you to the main floor foyer. To the left you will find our Snack n Chat Bistro with coffee and tea. To the right you will find the main auditorium and our nursery room.
Our music team begins by leading a song as people are gathering into the auditorium (about 10:30am). This is followed by a welcome and 2 or 3 more songs interspersed with prayer and the reading of a Psalm. The music leader will invite you to stand or sit from time to time. There will be some communal announcements and a time to collect offerings (financial contributions to the church budget and charitable activities), with a couple more songs interspersed.
This preparation time is followed by the morning message from our pastor, or other designated speaker (usually about 25-30 min). The music team will then lead a song that is often a response to the issues raised in the message. The pastor will pronounce a departing benediction, that is followed by an opportunity for further singing and prayerful reflection, as desired by individuals. The whole program is typically about 75 minutes.
On the first Sunday of each month, the serving of the Lord’s Supper is included as part of our program. We have an open table, meaning all persons who desire to live a godly life in relationship with Jesus are welcome to participate, no matter your church background. Children, accompanied by parents, are also welcome.
Following the program, we welcome all to stay and join in conversation in our Snack n Chat Bistro. There’s more coffee and tea, as well as savoury and sweet snacks to munch on. Pull up a chair and get to know someone.
What to wear?
We’re not very uptight about how people dress. You’ll find dress casual is pretty common. But you’re just as likely to see a 20-something wearing a jacket and tie, or a 50-something wearing shorts with shirt hanging out.
kids on Sunday
At Grapeview, your kids are a welcome part of our community. We want them to feel that way! They are welcome to stay with you through the morning program, or to join one of the opportunities mentioned below that begin after the opening segment.
Nursery (Newborn to 2)
A nursery with visible access to the auditorium is available where moms and dads can let their little one play or sleep – and even listen to the morning message through a speaker in the same room.
A qualified, security-screened volunteer is always scheduled in the nursery should parents prefer to enjoy the morning service child-free. Free play is encouraged under volunteer supervision, but story cards are sometimes also employed to meet young developing minds with the truths of Jesus’ love for them.
Grade Five and under
Following the opening segment in the auditorium, your children are invited to participate in a ‘kid friendly’ time on our lower level that better connects with their growing minds. We recognize that parents are their children’s primary spiritual guides, so our kids time serves as a supplement as you guide your children through the week.
Usually kids have a “take home” that is intended to help parents engage their kids in what they did and help carry deeper conversations through the week. We use crafts, activities, drama, games and creative resources to communicate the content of Bible stories, and to apply that content to their young lives. We recruit teachers who have a passion for children as we strive to help kids ask the right questions. Our goal is to help kids discern for themselves how faith is important as they grow. As would be expected, all teachers are police and vulnerable sector screened.