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Worship Sundays  9:30AM

You are welcome for coffee and conversation after worship service every Sunday.

 

 

 

LOCATION

Oakridge United Church

1296 West 67th Avenue

Vancouver, BC  V6P 2T2

 

Mailing address:

8330 Hudson Street

Vancouver, BC  V6P 2T2 

 

Telephone 604-324-7444

Email  office@oakridgeunited.org

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about Oakridge United Church:

CAN I COME TO WORSHIP JUST ONCE OR TWICE TO SEE IF I LIKE IT?
IS THERE SPECIFIC SEATING, OR CAN I SIT ANYWHERE?
WILL I BE CENTERED OUT, OR HAVE ATTENTION DRAWN TO ME OR MY FAMILY?
IS THERE A DRESS CODE?
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE?
IS THERE ANYTHING FOR CHILDREN ON SUNDAY MORNINGS?
WHAT HAPPENS AT COMMUNION?
AM I EXPECTED TO GIVE ANY MONEY?
WHAT DOES THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA BELIEVE?
IS OAKRIDGE UNITED ACCESSIBLE TO PEOPLE WITH LIMITED MOBILITY?
WHO DO I CONTACT IF....

CAN I COME TO WORSHIP JUST ONCE OR TWICE TO SEE IF I LIKE IT?

Yes! Come on in!
You are welcome to come and get to know us.

IS THERE SPECIFIC SEATING, OR CAN I SIT ANYWHERE?

Please feel free to sit anywhere. If you are uncertain, the usher will help you find a seat.
Occasionally, due to a Baptism or Special Services, certain rows will be indicated as reserved.

WILL I BE SINGLED OUT, OR HAVE ATTENTION DRAWN TO ME OR MY FAMILY?

You’ll be greeted by a host at the door, offered some helpful information and extended a welcome. Guests and newcomers are not identified individually or publicly in worship, but occasionally you might hear people mentioned by name if they are celebrating something special.
You’ll be welcome to join us for coffee, tea and conversation in the downstairs hall after worship.
Every church has it’s own ways of doing things, just participate as you are able or feel comfortable. No one will mind.

IS THERE A DRESS CODE?

No. People wear the kind of clothing and style they are comfortable in…everything from jeans and a sweatshirt to a suit, tie or dressy outfit. Summer brings some folks in sandals, shorts and a t-shirt. What’s important is that you are here - worshipping and comfortable – not focussed on what you’re wearing.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE?

The service has five components – singing, story time with the children, Bible readings, a message (sermon), and prayers. 
The service has a printed bulletin which people follow (its handed to you when you enter the sanctuary). In the bulletin, the words that the people say together at various times during the service are bolded.
Worship is like Lower Mainland weather. It’s not the same all the time.

IS THERE ANYTHING FOR CHILDREN ON SUNDAY MORNINGS?

Children are an integral part of Oakridge United church. God put the wiggles in us and even squirmy children are welcome!
Children sit with the adult(s) they came with until the minister, (Rev. Maggie) invites them to be together up front for children’s time.
After the time up front they are led out to Church School by the teachers, if they wish to participate.
Your children are welcome to stay with you in worship if they wish, as are babies.
You can accompany your children up front during the story time in worship. Our teaching with children centres on the biblical stories, along with prayer, activities, and awareness of the world they live in.

There are baby change tables in our washrooms.

WHAT HAPPENS AT COMMUNION?

The Sacrament of Holy Communion (also called the Eucharist, the Lord’s Supper or ‘the meal’) is a remembrance of the “last supper” that Jesus shared with his disciples before his death. Jesus said “Do This in Remembrance of Me.” And so we do. We remember in the sharing of bread and wine (grape juice). It is a sacred act, connecting us with God and Christ and each other.
The United Church of Canada practices an “open communion table” where all who seek to live as Jesus would have them live, regardless of denomination, are welcome to receive communion, we offer communion to both adults and children. Those who do not wish to participate in communion are welcome to either stay seated or to come forward to the minister for blessing.
The minister always gives instructions so everyone will know what to do.

We celebrate Holy Communion during Sunday worship the first Sunday of each month, using bread/rice crackers and grape juice.

AM I EXPECTED TO GIVE ANY MONEY?

A weekly free will offering of money is taken during the service by the passing around of offering plates. Many people put cash on the offering plate.
Regular attendees give money in a number of ways – through the use of a numbered offering envelope that they bring to church and put on the plate, or by pre-authorized giving (a monthly withdrawal from their bank account).

The money is used to support the church’s ministry. This includes expenses at Oakridge United, and also the national United Church of Canada’s Mission and Service Fund that supports people in need in Canada and around the world.
Tax receipts can be provided for donations over $20 – as long as we have your name and address.

WHAT DOES THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA BELIEVE?

A New Creed is the Statement of Faith for The United Church of Canada. It’s simple and very beautiful.

We are not alone,
we live in God's world.

We believe in God:
who has created and is creating,
who has come in Jesus,
the Word made flesh,
to reconcile and make new,
who works in us and others
by the Spirit.

We trust in God.

We are called to be the Church:
to celebrate God's presence,
to live with respect in Creation,
to love and serve others,
to seek justice and resist evil,
to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,
our judge and our hope.

In life, in death, in life beyond death,
God is with us.
We are not alone.

Thanks be to God.

In 2006 The United Church of Canada authorized A Song of Faith a longer, poetic “Statement of Faith For Our Time” . www.united-church.ca/beliefs/statements/songfaith

You can learn more about the United Church of Canada and its life – go to www.united-church.ca

We can be contacted through the church office (Sharon, our secretary, is in Tues – Fri – 0900 – 100pm) 604-324-7444 or office@oakridgeunited.org

IS OAKRIDGE UNITED ACCESSIBLE TO PEOPLE WITH LIMITED MOBILITY?

There is an elevator to the sanctuary and to the downstairs hall, accessible from the handicapped entrance from the lane off Elizabeth Street, but it doesn't always work. The bathrooms are wheelchair accessible if the elevator is working.