We’re delighted that you’re exploring the community of St Dunstan’s. We’ve tried to answer questions you might have as you think about visiting. If we’ve missed something, feel free to email Jeremy or call us (250.472.1172). You may get the answering machine, but we’re pretty good at calling back!.
You're also welcome to email Jeremy to let him know you’re coming. That way, he can look out for you at the start, and come and say hello.
No matter who you are, we'd love to welcome you. We recognize that walking into an unfamiliar place, among unfamiliar people, can be intimidating, but we think you’ll find us pretty relaxed.
On the way in, someone on our welcome team will offer you a leaflet with all you need to know, and will be very happy to answer questions or or show you to a seat. During the service, Jeremy always tries to explain what’s going on for those who may not be familiar.
We aim for a balance of liturgical and informal – of reflection and family fun. 10am services last about 1 hour 10, and you can find out more about them here.
Yes, absolutely! We love children and enjoy the noises and wriggliness of young life. You’ll often see a toddler in Jeremy’s arms, and he usually does something aimed specifically towards kids before they go out to their groups (around 15 minutes into the service). There’s also a play area at the back of the main church space, with comfy seats, babies' toys and kids' crafts. There is step-free access for strollers around the side of the church, signposted from the main parking lot (while we await a new ramp for the front door).
We are really keen to improve our welcome towards those with accessibility challenges, and are working on a ramp at the main entrance as well as accessible washrooms. The current step-free access to the main church is around the side of the building (signposted from the main parking lot). Our current accessible washrooms are in our annex building (adjacent to the main church building).
We welcome everyone to participate in this moment of remembrance if they feel it reflects their walk towards Christ, no matter your age, whether you’ve been baptized, or anything else.
(Communion is a ‘meal’ we share during the service - a bite of bread and a sip of wine - to remember Jesus's death on the cross, to thank him for the new life he offers us, and to express our unity as members of his family. It’s something Jesus himself asks us to do. You can read more about it on Wikipedia!)
Your presence is all the gift we ask for, especially if you're a visitor – we’re just glad you’ve come. To those who are members of the community, financial giving is one way of expressing our commitment to God and God's people, as well as being necessary to the church’s survival. Many people give online, and there is a basket which goes around during worship for anyone else, but there’s absolutely no pressure for anyone to put anything in.
You may have noticed the cross in our logo – you’ll find the real thing outside the front of the church.
The cross is the main ‘logo’ of Christianity, representing the best news the world could ever hear – that a loving God is making everything right with the world. Through his death on the cross, Jesus defeats death and the evil that created it, offering his boundless grace and forgiveness. Through his resurrection, he demonstrates the new world into which he invites all who trust in him.
The actual cross in our logo was bent into its current shape through an act of vandalism and caused quite a lot of hurt at the time. However, we have come to recognize a graceful sense of movement and energy in the new shape– imperfect as it is - of burgeoning life, coming up out of the ground. It reminds us of the ‘original’ cross, where God stepped into all the brokenness of humanity, and redeems it into something beautiful. Through it, “in some mysterious way that would be hard to explain, everything was going to be more wonderful for once having been so sad.” (Sally Lloyd Jones).
Of course. If there’s anything you would like prayer for, just email Jeremy. He would also be more than happy to meet up with you if you’d prefer that.