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Welcome

 

We would love to have you join us in-person on a Sunday morning! Below, you can find some information about what you should expect on a typical Sunday at Arlington Woods.

If you have a question that isn't included below, simply give us a call at 613-596-9390 or email us at Info@ArlingtonWoods.ca and we'll get back to you!

When you visit with us, be sure to drop by our Welcome Centre in the lobby to receive a free gift!


What's new since COVID?

We ask that all people self-screen using the screening tool below before joining us in-person. Wearing a mask is no longer required at Arlington Woods Church. Of course, if you prefer to wear a mask at this time, you can continue to do so. Please also remember to respect other's space and comfort levels during this time.

For those choosing to remain at home, our service is livestreamed on Youtube and Facebook on Sundays at 10am. If you're joining us from home, say hi to us in the live chat on Youtube!

For families with kids remaining at home, we offer weekly kids videos so your kids can experience worship and teaching suitable for their age. We also send out a weekly KIDZONE email with a few simple discussion questions so parents can chat with their kids about what they learned. Visit our KIDS PAGE for more info on what we have for kids in-person and online. 


How loooooong is it?

Our Sunday service begins at 10am and concludes by 11:30am. Of course, there's no need to rush out! There are often opportunities to pray, worship or to visit with people over a cup of coffee in our new White Pine Café. Our Evergreen Hall (Gym) is also open for kids to run around and play after the service


Will I be comfortable?

We don't want attending church to be a painful experience. Seating is comfortable and our sanctuary is air conditioned. From the front row to the balcony, there are plenty of places to sit. We do, however, try to keep several of the back rows available for those with special needs or for parents with young children.


What should I wear?

The majority of people who attend Arlington Woods tend to dress casual or business casual. What matters most to us is that you're here, whether you choose to wear a suit or shorts.


As a first-time guest, where can I go to have questions answered?

If you're a first-time guest, you can visit the Welcome Centre in the lobby. Before the service, we always have volunteers there who can answer any questions you have. We also would love to give you a small gift that includes a coffee mug & welcome brochure. Our church has a number of volunteers who welcome people at the door, and all of our volunteers or pastors can be identified by our name badges, so feel free to speak to any one of us if you have any questions or concerns.


Do you offer anything for my kids?

Arlington Woods loves you and your children! When you arrive with your kids, please visit the Welcome Centre in the lobby to check-in your kids and receive child security tags. If you are bringing your child to the nursery, you can receive child security tags there as well.

Kids of all ages remain with their parents for the first 15-20 minutes of the service and then will be invited to head downstairs.

Preschoolers are welcome to be a part of our fully-staffed nursery that currently runs twice a month. The nursery is full of toys, slides, and even a ball pit and we even have songs and a Bible story! 

Kids grades JK-6 can be a part of KIDZONE for 'Jump Up Worship' and a fun video-based curriculum featuring animated stories and skits.  After the video teaching, kids get into age-specific groups to chat about what they learned and to do crafts and activities.

At the end of the service, we ask parents to come downstairs to the KIDZONE on Nursery area and wait at those entrances. We will ensure that the parent/child security tags match before releasing them back into your care.


Is there parking?

We have plenty of parking spaces available in our large parking lot and along the street at the front fo the building. We also have a bike rack for those who like to bike to church.


Can I get to Arlington Woods by OC Transpo?

If you're travelling by OC Transpo, the 82 (formerly 172) stops at McClellan and Camwood (right next to our church building). The 82 also covers Bayshore Shopping Centre and Algonquin College (Baseline Station). You can view the route map here (PDF).


Is your church wheelchair accessible?

Yes, our building is wheelchair accessible with push-button entrance on the main floor. The lobby, sanctuary and fellowship hall are all located on the main floor by using our side entrance by the parking lot. We also have an accessible washroom with push-button access.

To access the KIDZONE area in the basement or the church offices upstairs, you are welcome to use our elevator.

For elevator access, please speak to someone on our welcome team or one of our pastors (just look for our name badges) and we'll make sure the elevator door is unlocked.


What are Small Groups?

Here at Arlington Woods, we think it's important to get plugged into a small group where you can dig a little deeper into the Bible, discuss it and discover ways that it can apply to your life. It's also a great opportunity to get to know each other better over some coffee and snacks.The majority of our small groups meet in people's homes during the week. Please visit our Small Groups page for more information or to find a group near you.


What does a typical service at Arlington Woods look like?

Singing:

During the service we'll take some time to express our love and thanks to God by singing together with our worship band. While we often ask people to stand during the singing (kind of like how a crowd stands up to cheer for their team when they score a goal), worship isn't a marathon and you're more than welcome to sit down at any time.

Saying hello:

During our time together, we'll often take a break for a couple of minutes for you to welcome someone or be welcomed to our church. During this time please be respectful of other's space and comfort level when saying hi.

Pastor Mike will often encourage guests to fill out a Welcome Card which are available at the back of each seat so that we can get to know you and your family and thank you for visiting with us. You can also complete our Online Welcome Form. Any information you share is kept confidential and only shared with office staff. We won't send you spam email or call you while you're eating dinner. You can also let us know if you have any prayer requests on the Welcome Card as well. 

Giving:

At some point during our service, there will be an opportunity to worship God by giving to support our church and the work we do in our community and around the world. We're a registered charity, so everything that we do is only possible because of the many generous people who support us on a regular basis! 10% of what is given goes to support several local helping organizations and mission projects around the world. Of course, you are under absolutely no obligation to give.

If you would like to give, the best way is to make a secure donation online at any time that's convenient for you. If you would like to give cash or a cheque, there are envelopes available in the back of each seat. Simply fill out your name and address, place your financial gift inside and place it in one of the wooden offering boxes located by the exit doors. 

If you are interested in financially supporting Arlington Woods on a regular basis, you can request your own giving envelopes by contacting giving@arlingtonwoods.ca. You can also set up either direct deposit or choose to set up a recurring donation online. God bless you for your generosity!

Sharing from the Bible:

Each week, the pastor will share a relevant, Bible-based talk. If you don't have a Bible, don't worry, most of the main points and Bible verses will be up on the big screen. Incidentally, if you want a Bible of your own or would like a book to help answer questions you might have about the Christian faith, we can give you one! Just ask one of the pastors!

Prayer:

Following the pastor's talk, we generally conclude our time together with some prayer and a closing worship song. Sometimes Pastor Mike simply leads out in prayer from the stage, at other times he might encourage you to come up to the front if you would like prayer for a specific need or situation in your life. Of course, you're more than welcome to stay in your seat, but we always like to give you the opportunity to be prayed for.