Welcome! Thank you for walking though our front door – even if it is a digital one! We do invite you to join us (in person) on Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m. for worship and gathering in community.
We know that coming to a new community for the first time can be a bit intimidating, so we want to let you know a little of what to expect. You will find us up a gravel driveway off Shawnigan-Mill Bay Road, next to Frances Kelsey School. There is parking behind the church, and the buildings are accessible for those in wheelchairs or with walkers. We worship “in the round” on padded chairs and no one has “a claim on a pew” or on any particular chair. There is no particular dress code and you will find dress ranging from “Sunday best” to “Sunday most casual”. The service includes congregational singing and responses, a children’s time, scripture readings, a sermon, an offering time, and prayers. About 15 minutes into the service, children are invited to go out with a leader to “Godly Play” sessions in the hall. Every third Sunday of the month, we have “Music Mosaic” with a local musician offering their songs and talents along with some theological reflection connecting the music and the theme for the day. Every Sunday after the service, all are invited to join in the church hall for refreshments and conversation.
We believe that all are called to be on a spiritual journey and what matters is not where a person is on that journey, but actually being on the journey itself. Therefore, we seek to welcome all people regardless of the state or stage of their spiritual life, their struggles and failures. At Sylvan United Church you are welcome no matter the state of your health, finances or personal life. You are welcome no matter your age, race, gender, sexual orientation, or physical ability. We hope that in all that we do God’s unconditional love is experienced first and foremost.
We are serious about exploring our relationship with God, Creation and other people. At the same time, we have a lot of fun while doing so! We enjoy each other’s company and hope always to be a blessing to one another and to the communities around us.
Peace be with you.
Maggie Enwright, Minister
They meet and greet new and returning congregants every Sunday in the narthex. The doors swing wide to welcome all; each is presented with an order of service, hymn book and offered a friendly handshake! Guests are invited to sign the Welcome Book and directed to available literature or newsletters.