Can I take communion? +
If you are baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in any Christian church, you are welcome to receive communion regardless of your age or denominational background.
What about Music? +
Music is an integral part of our worship at 10:30 a.m. If you like music, and you are interested in learning more about singing, you are welcome to come to a music rehearsal on Thursday at 8:00 p.m. John Hunter is the Organist and Music Director, and Donna Conforzi is the pianist. We participate in leading the 10:30 liturgy in a range of music styles and traditions, but we aim to offer our gift of music to the praise and glory of God. We welcome all ages to participate.
What liturgical resource is most commonly used? +
St. Hilary's uses the Book of Alternative Services (Anglican Church of Canada) as the primary liturgical resource for worship. The website for the Anglican Church of Canada provides some background on the development of the Book of Alternative Services for the Canadian church.
What if I don’t feel comfortable taking communion? +
Then come forward for a blessing; or simply stay seated where you are
How do I take communion? +
Simply hold out your hands, open, to receive the bread and consume it. Whether you drink from the common cup or not, hold the base of the chalice to hear the words of administration. If you are drinking from the cup, guide the chalice to your lips.
Can I pick up a disease from the common cup? +
Research from microbiology has shown that there are more germs passed through opening a door, picking up a hymn book, or shaking hands, then there are through the sharing of a common cup. The saliva in our mouths has the ability to be a natural disinfectant for most germs. However, if you have been diagnosed with a virus or flu contagion, it would be respectful to others if you elected not to receive the common cup.
What do I do at The Peace? +
After the general confession the priest pronounces the absolution; that is, the assurance that we have received peace from God through the work of Christ on the cross. The next thing we do is offer that peace to one another, not only as a reminder of our peace with God, but also as a gesture of restoring peace with one another. St. Hilary’s is generous in exchanging the peace. When you are approached by someone who says, “Peace be with you,” or “The peace of Christ,” you can simply shake their hand and respond, “Peace of Christ.” Feel free to move around and share that peace with others, even if you don’t know them.
Can I get married at St. Hilary's? +
If you are interested in celebrating the blessing of your Marriage at St. Hilary's, we are delighted to support you. Please speak to the clergy on Sunday to indicate your intentions -- note, that we do require a minumum of sixty days notice before the date of your wedding. The clergy typically meet with a couple at least three times, and require that you participate in a pre-marriage counselling resource. We have several resources to recommend that couples of all ages have found helpful. The idea is to not only prepare you for this significant celebration at St. Hilary's, but to provide you with a foundation to support and uphold a healthy married life together after the celebration is over.