FAQ

Got questions? Most of the most common ones asked are answered here:

Will I/we be welcome?
St. Martin's seeks to actively welcome all persons, whatever your age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, financial status or mobility. Everyone, for example, is welcome to receive communion - no exceptions.

Do we have to dress up?
Some people do. But lots of folks just come as they are. Either way, we'd be glad to have you join us.

What about our kids?
Everyone is welcome at St. Martin's, but we make a special effort to welcome children. We even sharpen the crayons. For little ones, there's a nursery staffed by a trained child care attendant. Teenagers hang out in the Junior or Senior Youth rooms. And for the rest, we offer Bible Adventures, our fun and informative Sunday School program.
If you are worried that your children might be noisy, bring them anyway. We don't mind.

Are you accessible?
The parking pad nearest the door is reserved for those who need it. An enclosed lift gives access to every floor. The washroom on the main floor is accessible. And moveable seating means that no one has to sit in the aisle. Infra red hearing devices are also available.

Why two services?
Partly because we can't seat everyone at the same time. But mostly because we want to offer two different worship experiences. The first service (at 9:30) is quieter and more traditional, with familiar hymns and order of service. The second service (at 11) is livelier, with more contemporary music and a simplified order of service. And with more young families and children, it's quite a bit noisier too!

Are people friendly?
Every church thinks of itself as friendly, and St. Martin's is no exception. Here, our friendliness is genuine but gentle – we're not going to get all up in your face if you just want to be left alone. If you're outgoing, you'll find lots of people to talk with. If you'd rather not attract any attention, we're okay with that too.

Are you going to tell me what I have to believe?
No. We can't find any evidence that Jesus demanded more of his followers than that they love one another. That's about as far as we're willing to go, too.

Are you a Bible-based church?
At St. Martin's, we don't take the Bible literally, but we do take it seriously. Every Sunday, our worship leaders seek to make the Bible's teachings relevant to our daily living.

Will I have to give money?
If you are visiting with us, we don't expect you to contribute financially – we're just glad you came. If you attend on a regular basis, you'll soon hear that generous giving of time, talent and treasure is an important expression of Christian faith, not just on Sunday, but every day of the week. You can decide on your own when and how much to give.

Why does your church look like a school?
50 years ago, when St. Martin's was built, the plan was to add a "proper" worship space at a later date. When the time came, though, the congregation decided not to bother. As a result, our building is not pretty, but it is extremely functional. And it is widely used by the community – everyone from AA groups and fitness classes to piano concerts and public forums.

Do you walk the walk or just talk the talk?
Individually and as a congregation, we are actively involved in our community and the world. Our sponsorship of refugees is active and ongoing. We converted a good part of our north lawn into a community garden. We generously support The United Church of Canada's Mission & Service Fund. We volunteer in the inner city and contribute clothing and food to a variety of agencies. But there is much to be done, and we are always open to new projects.

How often do you serve communion?
Typically, on the first Sunday of the month from September to June.

Why do the website colours change throughout the year?
For centuries, colours have been used to distinguish liturgical seasons to help draw the attention or worshippers to the rhythms of the liturgical year. The colours symbolize concepts associated with the seasons. Purple is the colour of royalty and repentance. Blue is associated with the expectation of Christ. Black stands for Christ's death, while white stands for Christ's light. Gold represents the majesty of God. Red is the colour of fire and celebration. Green is the colour of growth. Orange symbolizes endurance and change.
(source: Canadian Church Calendar)

What's the best thing about St. Martin's?
Everyone has their own answer to this question. For some, it's the music, for others, it's worship, community, children's programming … the list goes on. Why not come and decide for yourself?