Its natural to have questions...
fortunately we've got some answers.
Please review the topics below for answers to the most typical questions.
We know that attending a Church for the first time can seem a bit daunting. This list of questions and answers has been assembled to help put your mind at ease when it comes to some things you may be wondering about.
Also, one of our friendly parish clergy would be very happy to meet with you or have a chat on the phone in order to ensure all your questions are answered and that your first visit to Christ Church is a great one.
Q: What time are the weekly services ?
Sunday at 8:00 am – Traditional Said Eucharist
Sunday at 10:00 am – Choral Eucharist
Sunday services includes worship through prayer, reading of scripture, music, and the celebration of Holy Communion (Mass). The 10am Sunday service is usually followed by coffee and refreshments in our main hall, which is a great to time to meet new friends. In addition to the Sunday services there are weekday services on Tue, Wed, Thu and Fri. Details on all our services times can be found here.
Q: How long are the services?
About an hour, but it can vary a bit during the holidays or for special events.
Our Sunday 10am service is followed by coffee and refreshments, so if you have the time please join us and get to know some of the members of the Christ Church parish.
Q: Who can take Communion?
All persons baptized in any Christian denomination are welcome to take part in Communion.
Those who wish to take Communion go up to the altar in turn, guided by the Sidespeople. You may stand or kneel to take Communion, as you are able. If you do not wish to receive Communion, you are still welcome to come to the altar for a blessing. Visit our page about the Eucharist for more information.
Q: I was raised Catholic (or some other faith), am I welcome to attend services?
All persons, regardless of past or current faith affiliations, are most welcome to attend services at Christ Church Stouffville. Current members of our Parish come from a wide variety of backgrounds and faith traditions.
Q: How do I follow along in the service?
When you arrive you will receive a copy of the day’s bulletin which contains the entire order of service, making it easy for you to follow the various sections of the service.
Prayer books (green) and hymn books (blue) are available in the pews. The hymn numbers are listed in the day's bulletin and also on the boards at the front of the church. During prayers, some people prefer to stand, others kneel or simply sit with their heads bowed; please do whichever you find most comfortable.
Q: Is there specific seating, or can I sit anywhere?
Please feel free to sit anywhere you wish.
On some occasions, such as baptisms or confirmations, certain rows may be reserved for the families, but otherwise there is no special or reserved seating.
Q: Will I be asked for a donation?
The collection plate is passed during the service, however the decision to donate is entirely up to you, as is the amount.
Our Parish, its facilities and our community ministries are entirely supported by voluntary donations, so all donations are graciously received and very welcome. Further details on how you can help to support Christ Church is available on our Giving page.
Q. What will my children do while I am attending services?
All ages are welcome at Christ Church.
We encourage families to bring their children to the services, our parishioners are very understanding of families with young children. We have many options for children during services, including a Nursery for children of toddler age and younger. Sunday School is available at the 10:00am Sunday service; it’s a great opportunity for your children to meet other kids, share in some fun activities and of course, learn.
You are also most welcome to have your children sit with you during the service.
Q. What should I wear?
Christ Church does not have a dress code for the Sunday services.
Dress however you want, be comfortable!
When you attend services at Christ Church you will see a mix of everything from business suits to golf shirts and everything in between. The thing that matters is that you join us and enjoy the services.
Q. Where can I park my car?
We have ample free parking, both at the front and back of the building.
Q: Is Christ Church wheelchair accessible?
Yes, Christ Church is fully wheelchair accessible at both the main and rear entrances of the building.
If you have access and/or mobility requirements please let us know and we will make arrangements as required in order to help facilitate your visit to Christ Church.
Q. I am dealing with a personal issue, can I speak with a Reverend/Priest?
Yes. The clergy at Christ Church are here to help parishioners and community at large with a range of personal issues, both spiritual and practical.
If you still have questions or would like to chat with one of our clergy prior to coming for a visit please contact the Parish office.