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What Can I Expect on Sundays?


What can I expect when I arrive at
Mountainview for a Sunday worship service?

Upon arrival prior to the start of the 10:30 a.m. service, you can expect to be greeted with a smile and a friendly welcome. Complimentary, individually brewed hot beverages are available in the Narthex, the area directly in front of the worship space (the Sanctuary) and can be taken into the service with you.  An usher, one of Mountainview’s many volunteers, awaits you at the main entry to the Sanctuary.  That person will hand you a bulletin, which is like a program that outlines the worship service (which lasts about an hour) and also contains the various activities and events that take place at Mountainview throughout the week.  You will be invited to have a seat in the sanctuary - our place of worship, which was designed to be welcoming and comfortable. Also, you should know that being comfortable varies from wearing casual clothing to being dressed-up – all are welcome! 

Mountainview United Church sanctuary

Typically, the Sunday service begins with our reading of the Mountainview Mission Statement “Welcome to Mountainview United Church – a spiritual family embracing diversity and offering Christian worship, fun, fellowship and opportunities to serve our community and beyond.”  Announcements are then shared about various happenings regarding Mountainview.

The Worship Service is comprised of the following:

Prayers - occur in two forms. They are spoken together as a congregation, with words being printed in the Bulletin. Also, time for silent reflection about that wChris Lovellhich is personally important is built into the service.

Hymns - songs sung together, accompanied by a piano or organ and led by our choir and new Minister of Music, Chris Lovell. The name of the hymn, the book it is found in, and the page upon which to find it are provided by the Minister and the Bulletin.

Anthems/solos - presented by musicians

Readings - from the Bible and other sources

Children’s time - an interactive time of learning between the Minister and the children, after which the children go to church school where they learn and talk about the Bible readings of the day in a fun manner that includes crafts and games. Monthly, children are welcomed back into the Sanctuary to participate in Communion

Message – commonly called the sermon. The Minister provides comments and context to the scripture readings in a variety of ways in order to engage and inform us, helping us live our faith in a day-to-day manner with hope, joy, and love.

Offering - offering plates are passed into which people place money according to their ability and desire to give. These donations are tax deductible and form the primary source of funding for Mountainview. The ability to give is not a barrier to church attendance - all are welcome!

Following the service is a time of refreshment and casual conversation, occurring in the gymnasium, to which all are welcome.


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