FAQ

  1. I’m not part of any church. Can I come to your church? 
  2. I have small children. Can we attend services? 
  3. What should I wear?
  4. Can I come and talk to the minister?
  5. Can United Church people believe whatever they want? 
  6. What does the Highlands congregation believe about the Bible?
  7. What does Highlands, and the United Church of Canada, think about other churches and religions?
  8. Can I have my child baptized?
  9. Can I get married at Highlands? 
  10. When is the next Flea Market and what donations does it take?
  11. How do I get to Highlands by car?
  12. Is Highlands wheelchair-accessible?
  13. Can we rent space at Highlands?


I’m not part of any church. Can I come to your church? 

All are welcome, regardless of faith, creed, gender, disability, sexual orientation, age. All are welcome. Our motto is: Whoever you are, whatever you want to ask, you are welcome and accepted.

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I have small children. Can we attend services?

By all means. Highlands is family-friendly, and your children may either remain with you during services (there’s a special space at the front pew in front of the pulpit with things to keep little hands busy) or you may take advantage of Sunday nursery care. There are also a number of Sunday School opportunities.

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What should I wear?

There’s no dress code. Comfortable and casual is the norm. On warm days during the summer, wear shorts if you’d like.

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Can I come and talk to the minister?

Absolutely! Phone the church office at (604) 980-6071 and set a time for tea and conversation.

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Can United Church people believe whatever they want? 

The United Church does not direct people in what to believe. We are more interested in providing a safe and open place for people to ask their questions than providing rigid answers. Highlands is a place to find accompaniment and support on your faith journey. There is a United Church creed and a contemporary Song of Faith that helps us explore spirituality and faith. Have a look at Our Vision to learn more.

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What does the Highlands congregation believe about the Bible?

Some Christians believe the Bible is the literal word of God — dictated from God’s own mouth, without error. We do not. We try to understand the Bible in its historical context, but also ask what it might have to say to us today. We believe the various books of the Bible were written by faithful people, in particular historical situations, and often for particular communities of faith. We take the Bible seriously, but not literally.

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What does Highlands, and the United Church of Canada, think about other churches and religions?

The United Church of Canada views the religious practice of all people of goodwill with respect and gratitude. We believe the spirit of God is at work in many different faith communities. God works in our world by a mysterious Spirit that knows no distinction at the doorway of a Christian chapel; Buddhist, Hindu, or Sikh temple; Aboriginal sweat lodge, Muslim mosque or Jewish synagogue.

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Can I have my child baptized?

In all likelihood, yes. Parents meet with the minister to talk about the meaning of baptism and to review the questions that will be asked. Baptisms are usually set to accommodate the requesting family while also respecting worship themes.

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Can I get married at Highlands? 

We welcome everyone who wishes to be married at Highlands, including:

  • same-sex couples
  • previously divorced people
  • couples of different religions

We have a marriage workbook and encourage you to be part of designing the wedding service. Call the church office at (604) 980-6071 to make an appointment.

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When is the next Flea Market and what donations does it take?

The next Gigantic Flea Market is October 15, 2016.

The Gigantic Flea Market occurs annually on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Your donations of good used clothing, sports equipment, household stuff, paintings, working electronics and almost everything else you can think of are welcome—as long as they’re in good shape and worthy of resale and reuse.

We often have other themed sales throughout the year such as a Spring Sale or Antique and Collectibles Sale if we find that we are overstocked on particular items.  Watch the website for upcoming sales or call the church office for more information.

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How do I get to Highlands by car?

Google Map: 3255 Edgemont Boulevard, North Vancouver

From Vancouver via the Lions Gate Bridge or from West Vancouver along Marine Drive: Head east in North Vancouver along Marine Drive. Keep in one of the two most left-hand turning lanes on Marine Drive. Turn left at the first set of lights and head north on Capilano Road. Stay in the right hand lane to the top of a small hill. When you see a water fountain, turn right onto Ridgewood Drive. Continue to the 4-way stop at Edgemont. The church is on the corner of Edgemont and Ridgewood Drive.

From Vancouver and Highway 1 via the Second Narrows Bridge: Cross the Second Narrows Bridge heading north. Follow Highway 1 in North Vancouver up the “cut” past the exits for Lynn Valley, Lonsdale and exit at Westview Drive. Travel north to the third traffic light, and turn left at Queens Ave. Continue past the William Griffin Recreation Centre and turn right on Edgemont Boulevard. Proceed through the Village and the church is just across the street from the Edgemont Market grocery store.

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Is Highlands wheelchair-accessible?

Highlands’ parking lot on the north side of the building has several spots reserved on Sunday mornings for those with limited mobility. In the sanctuary, there are a number of spaces specifically designed for wheelchairs and walkers. Greeters will help you find those. There’s also an extra wheelchair in the foyer for you to use.

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Can we rent space at Highlands?

Highlands is a hub of activity year round and the church supports dozens of community groups through the rental of space. Rental space is limited for new long-term programs but short-term and one-off events such as concerts and public forums will be considered. For more information and availability, contact the Church Office at churchoffice@highlandsunited.org with all the details of your event or program.

Got more questions? If these answers aren’t the ones you’re looking for, just email churchoffice at highlandsunited.org or give the church office a call at (604) 980-6071.

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