FAQ

FAQs
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How long is your Sunday service?

It starts at 9:30 am, but be sure to come early (9:00 to 9:15 is great) to grab a cup of coffee, and to have time to register your kids in our Sunday School program.
The main service is over by about 11 am, after which we hope you will join us for snacks and mingling afterwards. That is also the best time to visit our Welcome Table to find out anything you’d like to know about us and what events are coming up. 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, we encourage you to come as you are, and to feel comfortable that way. According to the Bible, “…The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outside appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). Also, “… 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, and would not feel judged by others in what you wear. Our people generally dress in a way in which they feel both comfortable and respectful. In other words, feel free to wear anything ranging from shorts and a t-shirt to something more dressy, 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.
For those who need it, we have a separate Nursery area for parents of children aged 2 and under, with closed-circuit broadcast of the service.

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Why do you meet in a theatre?

Why not? Traditionally, many churches and other places of worship are based out of large buildings, cathedrals, or temples. There is something very special about meeting in such a place that is holy and dedicated to God, and we are entirely in support of that.
However, 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, even in people’s homes.At Community of Hope, we hope that our theatre location offers some benefits (perhaps you can think of more!):

  • a central location that everyone can find easily
  • a casual, comfortable setting (with nice seats!)
  • and a big screen!

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What denomination are you?

This question is easy to answer simply, but a little trickier to answer more completely. To start with the simple answer, we are a Grace Brethren church, which is a type of non-denominational Christian church that recognizes Jesus Christ as the Son of God 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 ceremonial traditions that don’t help us in our connection with God.
Going a little deeper, we belong to a fellowship of other Grace Brethren churches throughout the world. We are technically not a denomination, but belong to a group of independently-led churches who share a similar history (i.e. Grace Brethren) and faith. Our members represent a variety of Christian denominational backgrounds, and one of our “parent” churches is Baptist. If these details interest you, come to one of our
Discover Hope luncheons to learn more about our church and how we came to be.

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Will you ask me for money?

The weekly offering we collect is for our members to support the work of the church. Just like a home or business, we have various practical expenses that need to be covered by those who regard Community of Hope as their home church. We also use a portion of our offering to support local and international missions to help 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.

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