Frequently Asked Questions
Have you been looking for a church? Are you wondering if the Merging Waters Pastoral Charge might be the place for you? Many people have questions and concerns, but not everyone knows someone who can address them. Perhaps we can help by answering some of the most common ones that newcomers have. If your specific question or concern is not raised here, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will do our best to help you further.
1. When is your worship service and how long does it last?
We get together, from September until June, on Sunday mornings at 10:30 either at Union ( 24 Maple Street in Ste Anne de Bellevue) or Beaurepaire United Church in Beaconsfield (25 Fieldfare Ave in Beaconsfield)- check the event calendar to keep track of where we are! Our services normally end around 11:30 at which point we get together for coffee and sweets. It is a wonderful time to reconnect with friends we might not see at any other time. Some, however, have a very busy weekend schedule, and they run off right after service! We have two services in July at 10 a.m. at Beaurepaire and in the month of August, we get together at Union on Wednesday evenings instead- summer weekends are just too busy!
2. I have not been to church in ages. What do people wear these days?
Church, you will find out, has changed over the years! You can come in anything you feel comfortable with- jeans, a dress, a three piece suit, even a jogging suit! Bottom line, you are welcome just the way you are.
3. I am not a member of the United Church, or even totally sure of what I believe in. Can I still worship with you?
Absolutely! Union Church welcomes everyone, regardless of religious background, marital status, age, race or sexual orientation.
4. What is your service like?
There are never two alike, that is for sure! Music is a big part of life at Merging Waters. Musical boundaries are stretched and diverse genres of music add feeling to the expression of faith. Our tastes extend from contemporary to the traditional, often at the same service! Our minister does not preach, but rather helps us understand scripture and readings through her “Applications for Today”. Don’t worry about not being able to follow along; you will be given a bulletin upon arriving that has the entire service written out for you.
5. I have young children and I am afraid they will be bored or disrupt the service.
We have a dynamic “kids program”. It is creative, fun and engages children and tots on Sunday mornings. Children are welcome at every church service. To begin, they can sit with their parents or at tables at the front where they can draw and color as they listen. During Children’s Time, they gather in Adair Hall with a leader to do a craft or activity related to the theme of the year- this year the theme is Peace.
6. Your website states that you are an affirming congregation. What exactly does that mean?
On April 28, 2002, Union church became an Affirming Congregation of the United Church of Canada- the first Church in Quebec to do so! This means we welcome the full participation of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgendered & heterosexual people in all aspects of our ministry. Bottom line, everyone is welcome!
7. What if Sunday service just is not for me? I see that you have many other activities listed on your website. Can I pick and choose what to attend?
Absolutely! God is not only present on Sunday mornings, so why should that limit you? We have movie nights, monthly Coffee and Blues evenings, meditation, zentangling, book club…. We are a busy place! And if you do not find exactly what you are looking for, why not let us know? Perhaps something is in the works and just not posted yet.
8. How can I get more information?
Contact the Church Office or email us. We will do our best to help you further.