FAQs
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How long is your Sunday service?

It officially starts at 10:15 am, but come early to grab a cup of coffee, and to have time to register your kids in our Sunday School program.
 
The service is over by about 11:30 am, after which we hope you will join us for snacks and mingling afterwards. You can also visit our Welcome Table for further information about us and any upcoming events. We definitely aim to make you feel welcome!

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What should I wear?

As the saying goes,”No shirt, no shoes, no service!” But seriously… beyond that, please come as you are.
 
According to the Bible, “…People look at the outside appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). And, “… let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe” (Hebrews 12:28).
 
We hope you will be led by these Bible verses. Our people generally dress so as to feel both comfortable and respectful. In other words, feel free to dress up or dress down, as you see fit. We don’t have a dress code.

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Can I bring my kids?

Absolutely! We have a great kids’ program and a family-friendly atmosphere. We are sure that you and your kids will feel comfortable and have a great time.
 
We have a separate Nursery area for children aged 2 & under. Parents are encouraged to leave their little ones with our awesome volunteers. Nursing mothers are welcome to stay in the Nursery as much as their baby needs.

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Why do you meet in a theatre?

Well, as of March 16, 2016, we no longer meet in a theatre, so this question may now be a little moot. However, please consider some food for thought regarding any church meeting place.
 
Jesus clearly pointed out that “Where two or more are gathered in My name, there I am in their midst” (Matthew 18:20). In other words, we the people ARE the church. It doesn’t matter where we meet; it only matters THAT we meet. Indeed, churches throughout the world meet in a variety of settings. At Community of Hope, we have met in people’s homes, in a movie theatre, and now in a wonderful new church building space. We plan to keep “being the church,” regardless of where we meet! 

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What denomination are you?

The simple answer: we are a Grace Brethren church, a type of Christian church that recognizes Jesus Christ as the Son of God, the risen Messiah, and our Saviour, and that follows the Bible as the Word of God to all mankind. You could say that we are a fairly “mainstream” Christian church. We try not to get hung up over specific rules and ceremonies that don’t help us in our connection with God.
 
Going a little deeper, we are technically not a denomination because we do not have a centralized leadership or common set of traditions. Rather, we belong to a fellowship of independently-led Grace Brethren churches throughout the world who share a similar history and faith. Our members come from a variety of Christian denominational backgrounds, and one of our “parent” churches is Baptist.
 
If these details interest you, come and learn more at one of our upcoming Discover Hope luncheons.

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Will you ask me for money?

We collect weekly tithes and offering from our members to support the work of the church. Just like a home or business, we have real practical expenses that must be covered by those who regard Community of Hope as their home church. A portion of our giving also goes to local and international missions to support others in need.
 
If, as a visitor, you feel moved to contribute to the work of our church, we will appreciate your gift very much. However, we do not ask or expect guests to give financially.
 
But… please do fill out a Visitors Form, so that we can remember your visit and have a way to get to know you better. (We also have a habit of delivering yummy home-baked cookies to visitors who let us know how to find them!) We keep all information confidential and do not solicit donations.