Sunday Morning Services
are open to All
Nelson United Church is a liberal,
located in the heart of downtown Nelson, BC
Sunday morning worship
We gather to encounter the mystery of the Spirit and celebrate God’s gift of life.
The time begins informally at 9:45 a.m. with congregational hymn singing to familiarize new hymns or sing favourites. Worship formally begins at 10:00 a.m. in the sanctuary and is about 1¼ hours to 1½ hours long.
What to wear? Whatever you like — we’re pretty casual. Be comfortable, be who you are!
Most people enter our church through the red doors at Silica and Josephine streets. If you have difficulty with stairs, use our level-access by the parking lot at the back of the church off the lane, come in through the arched door and foyer and then into the sanctuary.
You will be met by Greeters. An Usher will offer you a hand-out with announcements and the worship outline; you may sit wherever you are comfortable.
Standing/Sitting During our Worship Service
During our worship service, you do not have to stand during hymns and prayers if you are more comfortable sitting. When you are invited to stand is marked by an asterisk * in the bulletin.
All are welcome at our table; none are turned away.
Holy Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of the month and on Sundays, such as Easter and Christmas. 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.
After worship, we gather downstairs in the Church Hall for coffee, tea, or juice and for conversation and fellowship.
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.
Partner Serve Give Back
Nelson United Church works in partnership with community groups in the Nelson area and internationally.
- The Nelson Community Food Centre
- Kootenay Refugee Coalition
- Interfaith Climate Action Collaborative
- Bienestar Guatemala Outreach Program
There are also many ways to share your gifts and talents within our Church Family. From participating in Sunday morning worship, working with children and youth, reaching out with Pastoral Care, or helping decorate the sanctuary; there are opportunities to work together in a spirit of community.