Your First Visit to St. Paul’s

Visiting St. Paul’s for the first time?

Our Sunday Worship Service is at 10:15 a.m. Most people arrive about 15 minutes early, but we have space for latecomers.  Our parking lot is large, but if it is full, feel free to park on Sybella Drive or at the YMCA next door.

There are two entrances from Rebecca Street. The west door (the door facing Rebecca St.) has a ramp at the entrance. The back door, or the door on the west side, opens to our lift, with an attendant for those needing this service.  Our east door, or garden entrance, leads to the sanctuary via stairs, or continue a few feet further south to enter through our Watt Hall (gymnasium) entrance. The door off Rebecca Street is the most accessible or worship as it goes right into our sanctuary, with no stairs.

Is the church on a bus route?

Yes. Oakville Transit route #14 stops outside the YMCA, which is next door to our church.

How many people will be there?

About 100, except in summer (and we won't ask you to stand up and introduce yourself!).

What should I wear?

Come dressed comfortably. Some of our members still wear suits and dresses, but many are casual and jeans are acceptable. You - not your clothes - are important to us.

Once inside, what happens?

Look for our greeters or ushers, stationed inside the church doors. They will happily direct you to the sanctuary for worship or to the nursery for your little ones, 0-2 years old. The nursery is optional.  We have trained child care workers on staff in the nursery room.

We have three different choirs that do a wonderful job of leading us in song and praising God with their music. We have an adult choir, a children's choir, and a youth choir. The adult and children’s choir rehearse at 9:15am. The youth choir is currently on hiatus.

Our music director and the congregation are blessed with an organ, a keyboard and a grand piano made by Steinway. We also have many musicians in the congregation that share their talents. (We are currently fundraising for a new organ.)

Children are always welcome to be in worship with their families. Alternatively, after the passing of the peace, we have programming for children age 3 to grade 6. We have a separate classroom for ages 3 to grade one and grades 2-6, alternate activities and classrooms.  Grade 7 and up are in worship with alternate programming (discussion groups or field trips) happening through the year.

Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of every month.  You are welcome to join us, regardless of age religious affiliation, or non-religious affiliation. The table is open to all.

An offering is received during the service that helps towards the expenses and mission of our church.  You are invited to give as you are able, but are not obligated to give. However, we do appreciate donations, and a tax receipt will be provided if you provide your name and address.

There are headphones for the hearing impaired, large print bulletins, cushions on every other pew, back supports for those who need them, and activity packets for children who remain through the service .  If you need anything, please ask a greeter or usher.

There are several areas both at the back and front, for those confined to wheel chairs. The church has wheel chairs and walkers, but the ushers are very comfortable with storing your walker during the service and returning it to you at closing. We usually have someone outside the ramp door at the Rebecca Street door to assist people from their cars or to bring them out a church walker or wheel chair. We also have ample handicap parking.

Expect the service to run about an hour, and after worship, the minister greets people as they leave.

We welcome all to coffee time in Watt Hall (large Gym) after the service (lemonade on the lawn on nice days in the summer). Just follow the crowd.

For more information about the service, please check out our bulletins or talk to one of our greeters.  You can also call the office, Monday to Thursday, 9am-2pm and on Friday, from 9am-noon.

Location

We are located at 454 Rebecca Street, between Dorval and Fourth Line, just west of the YMCA. Rebecca Street runs parallel to the QEW, and it is the first main artery north of Lakeshore Road and the lake.