What kind of church are you?
St. George Pickering Village is an Anglican parish church in the Diocese of Toronto. We are a part of the Anglican Church of Canada and the worldwide Anglican Communion, a network of national churches in over 85 countries.
What do you believe?
As Anglicans we understand the Bible as the primary source of authority.
We accept the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds as sufficient statements of the Christian Faith.
We practice the two sacraments ordained by Jesus: baptism and holy eucharist (communion)
We continue the tradition of the episcopate, which means we have bishops whose ministry has been handed down from the first apostles
We articulate what we believe in worship, so the best way to get to know us is to come worship with us.
I am interested in having my child baptized. Can you help?
We are delighted to hear this and want to support you in making this important decision for your child. The first step is to get in touch with our priest, who will talk with you about the process.
Can I get married in your church?
Congratulations on your engagement. There are certain requirements for Christian marriage in the church. Our priest would be happy to sit down with you and talk it over, and you are welcome to stop by and see the church.
What are your church services like?
We follow a pattern of gathering together as a community, listening to readings from the bible and reflecting on them, bringing our needs and the needs of the world to God in prayer, and then partaking in the holy meal of bread and wine. As the service ends, we are sent out into the world to tell the good news of God’s love. We love to sing hymns, and every service includes several.You’ll be welcomed at the door and guided through the service with a leaflet.
Is there something for children to do?
There is a children’s program during the 10:30 worship service. Children re-join their parents for communion. We understand that children can’t always stay still and quiet in church, but don’t worry about fussing. There is a room adjacent to the sanctuary where children who need a more relaxed play space can go with their parents if that makes being in church easier. The service is visible and audible in this family room.
Is parking provided?
Yes, we have a large parking lot, right beside our Worship Centre.
Is there music in the service?
Here at St. George’s music is very important to us. Our music director leads us on both the organ and the piano. Our choir joins the 10:30 am service. We sing both ancient, traditional and contemporary hymns.
Can I take Communion?
All baptized Christians are welcome to receive the bread and wine. Everyone is welcome to the altar for a blessing. If you cross your arms over your chest, the priest will bless you. If you feel called to take communion, please come; we will arrange for your baptism as soon as possible, even as soon as later on the same day.
Is the church accessible?
Our Worship Centre has a ramp and accessible washroom. The chairs can be easily moved to accommodate assistive devices and microphones are used for the readings and sermon. The historic Church has one step up into the sanctuary.
How long is the service?
The service in the Historic Church, which starts at 9:00am, is approximately 1 hour. The service held in the Worship Centre is approximately 80 mins, and is followed by a social coffee hour.
What do I wear to a service?
You will find many different styles of dress from jeans and T-shirts to dresses and suits and everything in between. It doesn’t matter what you wear to church. You will be welcome.