Frequently Asked Questions

WORSHIP SERVICES

When are your worship services?

Our weekly worship service takes place every Sunday starting at 10:30am.

Our Jazz & Reflection service on Saturday afternoons, starting at 4:30pm and ending at 5:15pm. We also offer other Music For The Soul concerts. Check the schedule for upcoming dates.

We hold special holiday services on Good Friday and Christmas Eve. Service times will be announced on the website.

What are your services like?

At Beach United we enjoy an informal style of worship that is biblically based. Our Sunday services include hymn singing, scripture readings, reflections on the scripture and prayer. We celebrate Holy Communion together on the first Sunday of every month, and everyone is welcome to participate in this sacrament.

Through our services we hope to create an atmosphere of exploration where people can make connections between their daily lives and their beliefs. Questions, doubts and curiosity are encouraged as part of our ongoing spiritual lives.

Click here to learn more about the United Church of Canada’s beliefs.

Does Beach United offer baptism?

Yes, we baptize children and adults. You do not need to be a member of the congregation. Please contact the church office if you would like to learn more.

What should I wear?

Our congregation is very informal. Some people like to dress up for church, others feel more comfortable in casual clothing. Whatever you wear, you will be welcomed!

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

What children’s programs do you have?

During Sunday worship services, there is a nursery staffed for very young children. Older children participate in activities related to the theme of the weekly worship service. We also involve young people in special events, such as environmental clean-up days and our Christmas Marketplace.

WEDDINGS

Can I get married at Beach United Church?

Yes, we conduct weddings at Beach United. Contact the church office to discuss your wedding plans with one of our ministers and to arrange the rental of our main hall.

Can I rent your church hall for my wedding, even if it isn’t a Christian ceremony?

If you are from another denomination or faith, you may rent Beach United’s main hall for your ceremony. Contact the church office to discuss the arrangements.

HELPING PEOPLE

Do you visit congregation members?

Yes, we have a number of volunteers from the congregation who faithfully visit those who are in hospital or confined to homes. Also, our ministers offer confidential pastoral care to those who are grieving, struggling with depression or critically ill. Please contact the church office to request a visit.

How do you help people in your local community and around the world?

Beach United is part of the Interfaith Lunch Program. Four congregations and one synagogue in the Beach neighbourhood provide a community lunch five days a week, from October to May. Beach United offers lunch on Thursdays. Anyone is welcome at this lunch. Guests include those living in poverty and on social assistance, as well as people who feel socially isolated. Many people from the congregation and the neighbourhood support this lively program.

As part of The Beach Cares, we are working in partnership with St. Aidan’s Anglican Church and members of the community to help a Syrian refugee family get settled in Canada.

Our Housing & Homelessness Group explores ways to help more people find safe, affordable housing.

Beach United’s Knitting for Shivering Children group knits and collects warm “pneumonia vests” and blankets that are donated to Canadian Food For Children. This charity distributes the vests and blankets to poor communities in South America and Africa.

What are “pneumonia vests”?

Pneumonia vests are knitted for children who live in climates where it is hot during the day but cold at night. The vests keep the children warm at night and protect them from illness. Beach United’s Knitting for Shivering Children group knits and donates the vests to Canadian Food For Children, which distributes them to poor communities in South America and Africa.

STAFF AND FINANCES

Who is on staff at Beach United?

Our minister is Karen Dale. We also have a director of music, an operations manager, a part-time office administrator and caretaking assistants. See our Meet Our Staff page for more information.

How is Beach United Church funded?

All of Beach United’s programs, building expenses and staff are funded by donations from congregation members. We also contribute 10% of all donations to the United Church of Canada’s Mission & Service Fund, to help support United Church programs across Canada and around the world. We do not receive funding from any other sources.

How can I help support Beach United financially?

You can donate cash in the offering plates during Sunday worship. If you wish to make a regular commitment, you can contact the church office to request donation envelopes or to arrange for a monthly “PAR” contribution directly from your bank account. You can also donate online via Canada Helps.

What is PAR?

PAR stands for Pre-Authorized Remittance. It’s a simple way for you to make regular donations to Beach United. The amount of your choice is donated directly from your bank account each month. To arrange this, contact the church office.

Is Beach United a registered charity?

Yes, Beach United is a registered Canadian charity. Our charitable business number is 118980291RR0001. Donations to Beach United are eligible for a charitable tax receipt. For more information, visit the Canada Revenue Agency website.

STAYING IN TOUCH

How do I sign up for Beach United’s newsletter?

Our weekly “eSpirit” message, sent by email, shares a message from our ministers about the upcoming Sunday service. You can subscribe online to eSpirit.

To update your eSpirit subscription, contact the church office.

Our weekly “Heartbeat” newsletter contains news and updates about church activities. It’s attached to the eSpirit email message, and printed copies are also available in the church on Sundays.

Is Beach United on Facebook and Twitter?

Yes! Our Facebook page shares prayers, social justice news, inspiring ideas and spiritual insights. Visit us on Facebook at facebook.com/beachunitedchurch

You can also follow Beach United on Twitter at twitter.com/@NewBeachUnited