Enjoy complimentary coffee before the 10:00 am service in the Welcome Space located in the church entrance. When you come in, be sure to say “hi” to Colleen Blair, our Hospitality Minister, who will be there to greet newcomers.
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What to Expect
All the doors at Highlands Church are open on Sunday mornings. Talk with one of the greeters who’ll help you with directions around the building and provide information about Highlands and its programs.
Sit wherever you like in the Sanctuary—and you’re welcome to take your coffee in with you. The worship service begins at 10 am with the ringing of the Tibetan prayer bowl and entry of the Christ candle.
There’s a space for families with young children right near the front of the sanctuary, with some quiet activities and small toys. This way, children can see everything that is happening up front and feel included. Parents or grandparents are invited to be with their children. You’ll find activity bags with crayons, markers and colouring sheets available at each entrance.
Most Sundays there’s a time early in the service for children and youth to gather at the front for a story or a question to think about. Then children and youth move together into the 200-wing for Sunday school with their leaders. Programs are provided for all ages. Nursery care is offered for toddlers and babies in the Nursery, if you’d like.
The service combines time for reflection with great music, both for listening and singing. The minister’s reflection, or sermon, is brief and approachable. The theology is progressive and looks for the metaphor in biblical scripture that relates to challenges we all face today.
Offering plates are passed following the reflection, so that you can contribute financially to the life and work of the church. Some of the money goes to fund the ongoing vital life of Highlands United Church and its social action programs, and some of it goes to support mission projects across Canada and around the world. Feel free to give whatever you can. Income tax receipts are issued for identified donations greater than $25.00.
After the service, coffee and tea are served just outside the Sanctuary. You can talk with the ministers, and mingle with the friendly Highlands people. There’s also lots of information and people to answer your questions about programs and events.
If you have very young children, a qualified nursery caregiver is available on Sundays from 9:55 am until the worship service is over. Infants and toddlers three years of age and under are well looked after in a fully-equipped nursery. However, your little ones are also welcome to stay with you during the service.
Highlands parking lot on the north side of the building has eight spots reserved on Sunday mornings for those with limited mobility and there are two additional spots in the south parking lot. 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.