Frequently Asked Questions
- What can I expect when I come to St. James on a Sunday?
- Welcome! You will be greeted by one of our volunteers from the Narthex Guild (that’s what we call our front entrance area) and handed a bulletin for the service. They will show you in and you can take a seat wherever you like.
- During the service follow along in the bulletin. It has guidelines/advice about what to do alongside the text.
- After the service there will be a coffee hour where you can meet new people, grab a hot drink and something to eat. Please come and introduce yourself to one of the clergy.
- Is there parking available at St. James?
- Yes. There is some street parking which is metered. There is also a lot across the street from the church on Cordova which is free on Sundays, it can be accessed through the lane between East Hastings and Cordova Street.
- Can I transit to St. James’ easily?
- Yes. The following buses come within a couple of blocks from the church: 3, 4, 7, 8, 14, 16, 20, and the 95.
- How do I get in if I use a wheelchair or walker?
- There is an entrance on Cordova Street with a ramp into the church and a door into the rectory or coffee hour. When you reach the front steps, ask one of the greeters to let you in. They are happy to help you out.
- I identify as a member of the LGBTQ community, am I welcome at St. James’?
- Absolutely. When you arrive at St. James you will find an inclusive, diverse community. We welcome all people, and consider ourselves to be a LGBTQ affirming congregation; this is a safe place for you to worship.
- Can anyone come up to receive the bread and wine at communion?
- If you are baptized and drawn to Christ, please do approach the rail to make your communion. If you haven’t been baptized, but would like a blessing, simply cross your arms over your chest when you come to the rail and the priest will give you a blessing. If you have not been confirmed or baptized and would like to know more you can speak to one of the clergy to chat through what is involved.
If you have other questions, we’d love to hear from you. You can contact one of the clergy either in person, on the phone of via email, or get in touch with the office at 604-685-2532 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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