Caring Friendly Inclusive
Nelson United Church is a liberal,
located in the heart of downtown Nelson, BC
we are hosting a live-stream service
Please join us.
We gather to encounter the mystery of the Spirit and celebrate God’s gift of life. Our primary worship is Sunday morning at 10 am; people gather for some singing at 9:45. We are now live streaming our worship on our Nelson United Church YouTube channel.
What to know:
- Please wear whatever you like — we’re pretty casual. Be comfortable, be who you are!
- Our Wheelchair Accessible entrance is located by the parking lot at the back of the church by the lane. Otherwise, most people use the red doors at the corner of Silica and Josephine Streets.
- During our worship service, you do not have to stand during hymns and prayers if you are more comfortable sitting. An asterisk * in the worship outline indicates when to stand if you choose.
- There are two hymn books in the pew holders, Voices United (hardcover) and More Voices (softcover).
- We like to introduce any guests or newcomers, but if you don’t want to be introduced in this way, please let the greeter know.
- Sometimes people want to make an announcement. We ask that you use a microphone. This will ensure that everyone will be able to hear you well.
- We have a T-Coil hearing system that works with many modern hearing aids.
- We are a scent-free church: Please refrain from wearing perfumes, colognes, aftershaves and all other scented products to church. There are members with allergies to these products which, for some, can result in migraines, nausea, or hives.
- Children are very welcome. We have a Sunday School for younger children (link to “Children and Youth” page). There is a nursery located just before entering the balcony, and a family washroom downstairs in the hall.
- We celebrate baptisms. Baptism and communion are the two sacraments celebrated in the church. A sacrament is a rite in which something physical and earthy is used as a means of a special blessing. In the case of baptism, water is used to initiate and welcome someone into the Body of Christ at whatever age—children, teens or adults.
- After worship, we gather downstairs in the Church Hall for coffee, tea, or juice and for conversation and fellowship.
All are welcome at our table — none are turned away
Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of the month and on Holy Season Sundays, such as Easter, Christmas, Pentecost.
We serve homemade bread made by a member of our congregation and offer a gluten-free alternative; grape juice is used rather than wine out of respect to those who would not be able to use fermented juice. Communion is served by coming forward: a person goes to a communion server at the front, takes a portion of bread from the plate of bread and dips the piece of bread in the chalice of juice and then eats it. All are welcome regardless of age and religious experience! We offer a gluten-free bread option.
Children and Families are Very Welcome
From September to June, we provide an interactive Sunday School for children that is rooted in the story and the Church year. Children gather for worship with everyone and then leave for Sunday School following storytime that occurs near the beginning of the worship service. You are welcome to accompany your children to Sunday School or remain in the sanctuary for worship. A quiet space with activity packs is available in the sanctuary when there is no Sunday School.
A Nursery is located upstairs, just before entering the balcony. It is a quiet place with toys, books, cribs and comfortable chairs. We welcome infants and their parents to this space. The room has a speaker so the service can be heard and you can also see the worship through the window. There is also a “Children’s Corner” in the front right-hand side of the sanctuary where children may sit and look through a book or play quietly with their parent. There is a “family washroom” with a changing-table, downstairs off the Church Hall.
There are many ways to share your gifts and talents within our Church Family.
• Participating in Sunday morning worship,
• Working with children and youth,
• Reaching out with Pastoral Care,
• Helping decorate the sanctuary
There are opportunities to work together in a spirit of community.