Your First Worship Service
Your First Worship Service
What should I wear?
Wear whatever you feel comfortable in. “Smart casual” or “business casual” is a good place to start, but you’ll find people dressed in many different styles at St. Anne’s, from jeans and t-shirts to shirts and ties.
What happens when I arrive?
A member of our Welcome Team will greet you and give you a bulletin with the details of the service. Feel free to ask any questions you might have.
Where do I sit?
Please sit in the marked spots to preserve physical distancing. You are welcome to sit in any of the pews.
How do I participate?
The bulletin includes everything you will need: prayers, readings, hymns.
Do my children stay with me?
Yes. In normal times, we offer a Children's Table with a specially trained Children's Host.
How will I know what to do?
You might be wondering when to kneel, sit, stand, or say “Amen.” Just relax and follow what others are doing. You may see people bowing or crossing themselves at certain times, but this is a personal choice. Do what feels comfortable for you.
Does St. Anne's use incense?
No. Incense is an ancient, beautiful, and prayerful tradition. It is not our practice for the comfort of worshipers who need a scent-free space for allergenic reasons, and also for the preservation of the paintings.
Do I have to put money in the collection plate?
St. Anne's no longer passes the collection plate. Making a financial contribution is completely voluntary. We welcome a financial offering during the worship service to support our ongoing mission and ministry. If you would like to contribute, you can use one of the envelopes for visitors you’ll find in your pew. Please place your offering in the Donation Box at any time before, during, or after the service. If you prefer to give online, you will find other options on the Donate webpage.
Can I receive Holy Communion? What do I do?
You are welcome to receive communion at St. Anne's. You are also welcome to come forward for a blessing. If you prefer, you may also choose to stay in your seat during this part of the service. It’s up to you.
When it’s time for communion, a member of the Welcome Team will stand in the centre aisle and direct people to go forward to the altar, row by row. Follow those ahead of you to the front of the church.
The priest will place the communion wafer in your palm for you to eat. If you prefer a gluten-free wafer, please ask the priest.
At this time, we are not able to share the wine at Communion.
If you have mobility concerns and would like communion brought to your seat, please confirm this with the Welcome Team.
What happens after the service?
We encourage you to greet your friends and fellow worshipers outdoors after you leave the building. We would love to get to know you.