At Erin Mills United Church (EMUC) we gather to worship each Sunday at 10 am. This is a traditional service. People arrive early to connect with friends, reflect and centre themselves before worship. Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of every month.
EMUC also holds a mid-week service from 6:45 pm to 7:15 pm on Wednesday. This is a small casual service which focuses on prayer and Communion. The first Wednesday of each month is a Taizé service of prayer through singing. Take a break in the middle of our busy week to reconnect with God and renew your spirit through prayer and quiet meditation.
Sunday Vesper services are offered on certain Sundays starting at 7:00 pm. These special evening services focus on a chosen theme and are musically based. Guest musicians perform with our Director of Music, Len Feldman and have been well received. In the past, there has been Jazz, Gospel, Taizé, and healing services.
Who Can Worship?
All are welcome to come to worship. Come as you are. Dress is as varied as the people themselves…anything from jeans to a suit and even shorts in the warm weather are fine.
What to Expect in Sunday Worship
EMUC is the only church in Erin Mills with a church bell which rings at 11:00 am every weekday and on Sunday. Listen for it to welcome you to come in for an hour or so of worship and share a special time with God.
The building is open concept with bright welcoming worship space. It is air-conditioned with comfortable chairs and some pews. The church is often decorated with flowers or with special decorations in the various seasons of the church year. There is an excellent sound system and much of the service is projected onto a screen so the service is easy to follow.
Upon entering the church, there are greeters who welcome you at the door. Ushers will ensure you receive a bulletin containing the order of the service and will help you get seated. You may sit anywhere you like.
The service is planned by the worship team with the minister and contains a mixture of traditional and innovative elements to enhance the experience for all who attend. There is time for prayer, music, story telling, Bible readings, inspiring messages, welcoming and sharing, and a social time with refreshments. The format of worship services is varied using homilies, shared conversations, music, drama, videos, dance, creative readings, art and photography and other imaginative media.
On the first Sunday of each month and every Wednesday, Communion is celebrated. Communion is open to all ages and people of every Christian tradition who follow the teachings of Jesus. Grape juice is served with bread or rice crackers. Communion is served by various groups or committees in the church assisting the minister. It is received at two stations, one at the front and one at the back of the church. The bread is received followed by a vial of juice. Sometimes the tincture method is used dipping the bread in the wine before eating it.
There is a ‘quiet’ room where people with infants or toddlers can go and still see and hear the service, without fear of their children disturbing others. A diaper-changing table is available in the wheelchair-accessible washroom on the main floor, just through the door near the coffee area.
Children are welcome to stay with their parents during the service or they may choose to go to EMU Club where special children’s programs and activities occur at the time of the sermon. Depending on the number of children, this may be held in the ‘quiet’ room or in the lower level.
After the service, coffee and refreshments are served at the back of the church. This is a social time to connect with people. The minister and a ‘welcome’ person are available to answer questions of newcomers and visitors. A guest book is also available for newcomers and guests to register.