Our theology and worship are vibrantly progressive, inclusive and diverse. We have a simple Sunday morning liturgy that involves prayer, music, choirs and congregational participation and we enjoy thought-provoking sermons. Worshipping at Emmanuel is meaningful and rejuvenating.
Communion generally occurs on the first Sunday of the month. Occasionally communion is served to us in the pew by our elders, and at other times we walk forward to the communion table to receive communion from the minister assisted by the elders. Children are invited to take communion.
To give new parents time for worship, we have a paid child-care worker to run Cradle Care who with the help of members takes care of newborns to age 3. Sunday School is for children aged 4 to 12. Older children are involved as teachers or teacher assistants. Children attend the first part of the church service, and after a children’s time, they leave the service for a Sunday School experience, complete with music, crafts, and stories.
During Holy Week, we have additional worship services on Monday, Thursday, and Good Friday. Easter Sunday starts with a sunrise service in Waterloo Park, breakfast in the church, followed by a worship service where we celebrate Christ’s triumph over death with beautiful music, singing and prayer. On Christmas Eve we have a family service in the evening and a candlelight service that ends at midnight.