Worship Times

 

Sunday Worship: 

 

10:00am worship service

           and

a children's programme

 

Please join us at

4960 - 48th Avenue. 

 

   All are welcome. 

 
Connect
Deepen
Engage
 

Facebook: 

https://m.facebook.com/ladnerunitedchurch

Instagram: 

https://www.instagram.com/ladnerunitedchurch/

               

 

 



Location

Ladner United Church
4960 48th Avenue
Delta, BC
V4K 4X6
Google Maps

St. Stephen's United Church
9696 Ladner Trunk Road
Delta, BC
Google Maps

Click here for St Stephen's United



Home » Are You New ? » Q & A about Ladner United Church

Q & A about Ladner United Church

CAN I COME TO WORSHIP JUST ONCE OR TWICE TO SEE IF I LIKE IT?

WHO ATTENDS LADNER UNITED CHURCH? WHAT ARE THEY LIKE?

HOW LONG DOES THE SUNDAY SERVICE LAST? 

IS THERE SPECIFIC SEATING, OR CAN I SIT ANYWHERE?

WILL I BE CENTERED OUT, OR HAVE ATTENTION DRAWN TO ME OR MY FAMILY?

WHAT HAPPENS WHILE I SIT IN THE PEWS BEFORE THE SERVICE?

IS THERE A DRESS CODE?

WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE?

WHAT ABOUT WASHROOMS AND HANDICAP ACCESS?

 IS THERE ANYTHING FOR CHILDREN ON SUNDAY MORNINGS?

WHAT HAPPENS AT COMMUNION?

WHAT IS “THE PASSING OF THE PEACE?”

AM I EXPECTED TO GIVE ANY MONEY?

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE WORSHIP SERVICE?

WHAT DOES THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA BELIEVE?

WHO DO I CONTACT IF....

IS LADNER UNITED ACCESSIBLE TO PEOPLE WITH LIMITED MOBILITY?

IS THERE PARKING? 

 

 

CAN I COME TO WORSHIP JUST ONCE OR TWICE TO SEE IF I LIKE IT?

Yes. We are a friendly neighbourhood church located in the heart of the historic Ladner Village. Our motto is “A heart for God in the heart of the Village”

We encourage guests to come to see if Ladner United ‘feels’ good for you, or suits your hopes of a faith community or where what you are seeking on your faith journey can be found.

We have people who have been involved here all their lives and others whose involvement began more recently when they moved to ‘the-well-kept-secret’ of Ladner. People come here who have grown up in other denominations or who have never had any experience of a church at all. You do not have to fill anything out or pass any kind of test – just come.

We desire to be attentive to the whole person throughout the spectrum of ages and abilities, including, body, mind and spirit.

There is lots of seating, the service is easy to follow and the building well marked.
 

 

WHO ATTENDS LADNER UNITED CHURCH? WHAT ARE THEY LIKE?

People who attend Ladner United are young and old, varied in economic resources, single, gay, lesbian and heterosexual, married and attend with or without their partner.

Like the demographics of Ladner, those who attend Ladner United are a mix of people who are unemployed and employed, farmers, fishers/hunters, pensioners, students, retired/semi-retired professionals, healthcare workers, teachers, skilled trades people, service industry folk, counsellors, musicians and singers, house husbands and wives, and people with healthy and ailing bodies.

Ladner United is attended by people of diverse beliefs and religious backgrounds, and people who grew up in various Christian denominations, or without any experience in the church at all.

All are welcome.
 

 

HOW LONG DOES THE SUNDAY SERVICE LAST?

Usually about one hour and 15 minutes. If something special is happening, such as the Celebration of Holy Communion or a baptism, worship can be extended by about another 15 minutes.

 

IS THERE SPECIFIC SEATING, OR CAN I SIT ANYWHERE?

Please feel free to sit anywhere. If you are uncertain, the usher will help you find a seat.  In our new building, all of our seating is on very comfortable chairs.
Occasionally, due to a baptism or special services, certain rows will be indicated as reserved for family so they may sit together.

 

WILL I BE CENTERED OUT, OR HAVE ATTENTION DRAWN TO ME OR MY FAMILY?

You’ll be greeted by a host at the door, offered some helpful information and extended a welcome.

Guests and newcomers are not identified individually or publicly in worship, although occasionally you might hear people mentioned by name if they are celebrating something special i.e. an anniversary or birthday or maybe have been members in the past moved away and come back to visit.

People participate in worship at their own comfort level. If you have not been to a Sunday church service before, things will seem strange – it’s like a new language. Participate as you are able and as you feel comfortable to. That includes sitting and standing. No one will mind and no one will think you are odd.

At the beginning of the service – we pass the peace of Christ to each other, shake hands and say hello – people may introduce themselves to you – regular attenders have name tags and we can arrange to get one for you if you like. They are likely to ask your name as well.
 

 

WHAT HAPPENS WHILE I SIT IN THE PEWS BEFORE THE SERVICE? 

You will notice people doing different things. Some people sit quietly and pray in the seats. Some people talk with their neighbours. Other’s read the announcements either on paper or the power point screen. Before worship our church can be a bustling place as people also get ready to help lead in worship, i.e. Choirs etc.

 

IS THERE A DRESS CODE? 

People wear the kind of clothing and style they are comfortable in…everything from jeans and a sweatshirt to a suit, tie or dressy outfit. Summer brings some folks in sandals, shorts and a t-shirt. What’s important is that you are worshipping and comfortable – not focussed on what you’re wearing.

 

WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE? 

The 900am service has five components – singing, story time with the children, Bible readings, a message (sermon), and prayers. There is a Church School program that they attend after the story time with our two teachers Joan and Shirley.

All the words for the service, including songs, are projected onto a PowerPoint screen and two side televisions.

Music is led by our Music Minister. At times video clips or bits or movies are used for worship as well as well as images of art. The 900am service is a cross generational mix of people who like both the early time which allows other things to happen in their day i.e. soccer or the simpler format. For music at this service the Music Minister directs people to sit or stand.

The 1100 am service uses at times a service bulletin – or the PowerPoint or a combination of both. When a bulletin is used there are often parts of the service where we say something together or respond. Those parts are bolded in the bulletin as well as there is an indication to stand as you are able.  Most times all the words for the service, including songs, are projected onto a PowerPoint screen and two side televisions.

There is no program for children during this service and at both services children and youth are encouraged to be a part of worship and the gathered community.

There are two hymnbooks we sing from – Voices United (VU) a burgundy-covered book, and More Voices (MV) a coil paper backed book. Hymns are identified in the bulletin by numbers. There are prayers, bible lessons and a message.

There are numerous choirs at Ladner United: The 11:00 am Choir ‘Voices of Spirit’ (primarily adults with a wide variety in music backgrounds, and welcoming of all who love to sing). Various people’s musical gifts and abilities also find their way into worship. We also have a hand chime choir and a Family Choir which will be part of the 9am service.

At both services worship proceeds unannounced. If you speak, or stand or sit out of sync with what the rest of the worshippers are doing – don’t fret and don’t worry – we’re a pretty friendly and relaxed group of people. It happens occasionally to everyone.

Worship is like Lower Mainland weather. It’s not the same all the time so there is some spice and surprise but also lots of regularity like the rain.

A new addition to the sanctuary (worship space) is a quiet room – entered off the main entrance to the left – it is a place for parents to take active children or babies if they need a break. It’s a place to go if you are feeling moved and start crying and need some privacy. It’s a place if you wish to nurse a child though that is perfectly acceptable in our worship space. It has comfortable chairs and a couch as well as a glass window to see what is happening in the service and a speaker with volume control so you can hear as well.

After each service, people are welcomed to the Celebration Center (the church hall) where coffee and tea and juice is served as well as whatever people have brought in the way of food is shared. This happens after each service and is prepared by a rotating roster of church people based on letter of last names.
 

  WHAT ABOUT WASHROOMS AND HANDCAP ACCESS?

Our building is 100% accessible. There is a ramp at the front and all washrooms have accessible. There are lots of washrooms in our new building. There are also designated places in the sanctuary for wheelchairs with regular chairs beside those spots. As the property of the church is still under construction outside there is not yet accessible parking.

IS THERE ANYTHING FOR CHILDREN ON SUNDAY MORNINGS?

Children are a very integral part of Ladner United church and they are always welcome.

During the 900am service children sit with the adult(s) they came with until the minister, (who prefers to be called ‘Jim’ by people of all ages) invites them to be together up front for a story time. Sometimes this is more like a conversation and sharing time.

After the time up front they are lead out to church school by the teachers, if they wish to participate. They meet in the church hall for stories, and activities until you pick them up after the worship service.

Your children are welcome to stay with you in worship if they wish, as are babies. Nursing needs are well accepted within the worship space.

You can accompany your children up front during the story time in worship and when they go to church school. Our teaching with children centres on the biblical stories, along with prayer, activities, and awareness of the world they live in.

There are always two adults present during the children’s program. All of our church volunteers who lead any programs undergo a criminal records check and are known to the leadership of the church community.

During the 1100 am service there is no church school and so children stay in worship with the adult(s) they came with.

We understand children are children, so their noise level and behaviour is different than adults. It depends on your comfort level how you navigate your children’s needs during the service.

Your child may stay in church, even if their body is busy and they want to speak to you about something. If they or you need a break from sitting and listening, the quiet room is available as is the church hall for running around in.
 

 

WHAT HAPPENS AT COMMUNION?

The United Church of Canada practices an “open communion table” where all who seek to live as Jesus would have them live, irregardless of denomination, are welcome to receive communion.
The Sacrament of Holy Communion (also called the Eucharist, the Lord’s Supper or ‘the meal’) is a remembrance of the “last supper” that Jesus shared with his disciples before his death. It is remembered in the sharing of bread and wine (grape juice). It is a sacred act connecting us with God and each other.

We celebrate Holy Communion during Sunday worship about every 6 weeks, using bread/rice crackers and grape juice. Instruction is always given as to how communion is to be served (either while sitting in your pew or by coming to the front if you are able). Adults, children and “inbetweeners” are welcome.
 

 

WHAT IS “THE PASSING OF THE PEACE?”

The First Letter of Peter ends: “Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to all who are in Christ” (1 Peter 5:14). During worship on most Sundays people are invited to stand as they are able and briefly greet their neighbour in peace.

One person extends their hand and says “The peace of Christ be with you” and the other takes the person’s hand and responds “And also with you.”

You might see some people who know each other well offer ‘the peace’ with a hug or kiss. We both wish to practice the passing of the peace as a way of embodying the common love we share in Christ, while at the same time respecting varying needs for personal space. We encourage each person to indicate their comfort level in the way they wish to be greeted. Usually extending out one hand is a clear enough message that you prefer to greet with a handshake.

 

AM I EXPECTED TO GIVE ANY MONEY?

A weekly free will offering of money is taken during the service by the passing around of offering plates (looks like a bronze Frisbee). Regular attendees give money in a number of ways – through the use of a numbered offering envelope that they bring to church and put on the plate, or by pre-authorized giving (a monthly withdrawal from their bank account). Some people put cash on the offering plate.

Those who give money on a regular on-going basis do this to support the church’s ministry. This includes expenses at Ladner United, and also the national United Church of Canada’s Mission and Service Fund that supports people in need in Canada and around the world.

By registering regular givings through the use of envelopes (issued through the office) or pre-authorized givings (PAR), there is assurance of receiving a yearly charitable tax receipt to be submitted with your income tax. Some people give weekly and some on other schedules. That means that not everyone will put something on the plate each Sunday.

The word “free will” is the key. You don’t pay to go to church. Giving is actually a response of gratitude to God for God’s grace and love. If you wish to make an offering – that choice is up to you and no one will judge you either way. For guests and newcomers, there are one-time envelopes in the pews.

 

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE WORSHIP SERVICE?

Again it’s up to you. All are welcome to share refreshments and community time in the Church Hall (the other side of the building – follow the crowd). Tea, Coffee and juice are served, as well as whatever light snacks people have brought. Some sit at tables, others stand and mingle or observe the gathering quietly. Others visit, introduce themselves and talk. It’s a very informal time.

Some people leave immediately following worship and go to the next thing in their day.

 

WHAT DOES THE UNITED CHURCH OF CANADA BELIEVE?

The New Creed  is the Statement of Faith for The United Church of Canada. It’s simple and very beautiful. For more about the United Church of Canada and its life – go to www.united-church.ca

A New Creed

We are not alone,
      we live in God's world.

 

We believe in God:
      who has created and is creating,
      who has come in Jesus,
          the Word made flesh,
          to reconcile and make new,
      who works in us and others
          by the Spirit.

 

We trust in God.
 

We are called to be the Church:
      to celebrate God's presence,
     to live with respect in Creation,
     to love and serve others,
     to seek justice and resist evil,
     to proclaim Jesus, crucified and risen,
          our judge and our hope.

In life, in death, in life beyond death,
      God is with us.
We are not alone.

 

     Thanks be to God.

 

 

WHO DO I CONTACT IF:


• I WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT LADNER UNITED CHURCH,
• I WANT TO KEEP ATTENDING
• I’D LIKE TO DISCUSS SOMETHING PERSONAL WITH THE MINISTER?

The best thing to do is call or email our minister, Jim Short – minister@ladnerunited.org or 604-946-6254 (office) or you can text him or leave a message on his cell 778-887-6236. He’ll arrange a mutually convenient time to get together with you either at your home, in his office or a neutral location. You can also chat with him by phone or email.

We have other staff that is very caring, skilled and, approachable.  They can be contacted through the church office Susan, our assistant, is in Monday to Friday 9:00am to 1:00pm) 604-946-6254 or office@ladnerunited.org