I’m New

Thank you for visiting with us on our website today. We know that being new anywhere can take you out of your comfort zone, so here is some information about UPC that we hope will make your visit with us enjoyable. First of all, relax. You will find a comfortable atmosphere here. We wear comfortable clothes, laugh and celebrate together and we just invite you to feel at home here.

What To Expect?

We gather every Sunday morning we have 2 services:  we have our Mandarin services at 9:30 am and our English language service at 11:00 am .

Stay for our coffee hour following the English speaking service so that you can get to know us even more.

We are a community that welcomes people from all walks of life including the LBGTQI community.  You are welcome no matter where you are in your spiritual journey.

Children start off in the main sanctuary with the adults and then leave for children’s programming.

Infants – Age 3.  We have a nursery and can provide care for infants.  However, we do like to know in advance if you need this level of care.

Music – We are blessed with a robust music program led by our music director.  Music forms an important part of our worship and we incorporate modern and traditional music.

Communion – We celebrate The Lord’s Supper approximately 6 times a year.  Check the calendar.

What to wear?
Please come to worship in clothes that you find comfortable. Some people come in suits or dresses, others in jeans and t-shirts.

High Tech
Both worship services make use of projection screens for words, pictures, videos and live projection at the front of the church.

What do you believe?
We are drawn to the life and teachings of Jesus. We are Christian. We try to follow Jesus in the Way of Love and through Love we see and experience God. We are of the Presbyterian denomination of Christian followers. While at one time great stock was put upon denominations, those distinctions matter much less today. We strive to be a Presbyterian Church that is truly a Community Church.

We invite you to join in this community as we follow Jesus, hoping to create something beautiful in this world, through Love.

What is there for kids?
We have a variety of programs for young people. Our regular ones include:
• Nursery: Programme is offered Sunday from 11 am until noon upon request.
• Sunday School: which runs during the 11 am service.
• Vacation Bible Camp: Every summer we offer a one week programme for children ages 4 – 12 based on a Bible theme.

How do you protect vulnerable people and are you accessible?
We have a policy called Leading with Care that was developed by the Presbyterian Church in Canada. It includes such aspects as police checks, training, and having multiple adults involved in the delivery of programs. Click here to see the complete document.

The church is accessible.

How do I get involved?
Please see What We Do or Giving Back.

What does UPC look like?
Please see our gallery.

How do I arrange rentals, baptisms, weddings and funerals?

Baptisms
Presbyterians baptize children because we believe that event signifies that God’s Spirit is engaged in the life of a child even before they can comprehend or name such activity. We also offer baptism for adults who have come to know Christ and want to serve Christ in their daily lives. Baptism is usually carried out once the family of a child or the adult seeking baptism has demonstrated a commitment to serving Christ.

Rentals of Space and Facilities
We are blessed to have rooms for large or small groups and can offer accommodation to many community groups and organizations. Feel free to contact our church office for rates and policies regarding the use of our building for charitable and non-charitable organizations.

Weddings and Funerals
We provide ministry beyond our own membership. Our desire is to offer a loving and caring environment in which people, going through major transitions in their lives, will feel supported and encouraged whether the occasion may be happy or sad. You are welcome to call the church office or The Rev. Marty Molengraaf to explore the next steps in proceeding with a critical event in your life.