Frequently Asked Questions
  • What exactly do you do?

As a Christian church, we are called to love God and love others, so that over time, we are able to love selflessly like Jesus does. This comes from being formed over time in prayer, Scripture, and community. We set aside time on Sundays to focus on God and to allow the stories of God's redemption to sink into our hearts. This involves listening to readings and teachings from the Bible.

We also pray together, because prayer is the foundation of a relationship with God. Our liturgies are rich with references to the Bible and prayers written by ancient and modern followers of Jesus. We share Communion (consecrated bread and wine) as a sign of God's healing work through Jesus and of the unity and service that forms our lives. We sing together because it's another joyful way to pray.

Outside of Sunday mornings, we do our best to support one another, to continue in personal and corporate prayer and discipleship, to trust God, to serve our community, to continue the work of love and justice that Jesus began, and to grow closer to God.

  • There are churches everywhere. How do I decide where to go?

The wide variety of Christian denominations reflects historic disagreements, movements of people, and variations in theological emphasis. As a whole, followers of Jesus have often been better at fracturing than uniting. Every denomination will have a different emphasis in its worship, theology, and expressions of faith. But what makes a Christian church is not its building or music or length of sermon, it's Jesus Christ: God incarnate, fully human and fully divine; crucified, risen bodily from the dead, returning some day to restore all of Creation.

Unfortunately, every church will fall short of what it should be. So it's important to see choosing a church like becoming part of a family rather than curating an experience. It takes prayer, time, intention, patience, and the willingness to be transformed.

That said, if you would like help discerning which corner of the family of God to consider, our pastor is happy to help you find the best fit, no strings attached :)

  • What if I don't know what I believe?

That's what we're here for, not to give you a set of doctrines, but to be a family of people seeking and being sought by God. A relationship with God is a lifelong journey best undertaken within a praying, learning community of faith.

  • Do I need to be an Anglican?

Not at all. "Anglican" is just a name for the historical and theological flavour of our church, which is part of the much larger fellowship of followers of Jesus around the world and through time. You are welcome here if you identify with this expression of faith, if your experience is in another church, or you have never been to church at all.

  • Is the building accessible?

The main floor is accessible via a wheelchair ramp to the front door. We also have a large, accessible, main-floor washroom.

  • What about my kids?

Children are welcome to participate fully in the life and worship at St. Columba. Children learn and grow in their faith by being part of the worshiping community, and we understand that wiggles and noises are an integral part of the life of our church. Please feel free to bring snacks and quiet activities to help them along.

We build intergenerational and youth- and family-oriented programs in response to the needs of our context and congregation as they evolve. Please contact us if you have any questions.

  • Where do I park?

Our parking lot is right outside the door. In case the lot is full, ample parking is available along 50 Avenue.

  • What do I wear?

Whatever you feel comfortable in. Some people choose to dress up a little, while others prefer casual.

  • How can I get connected? 

Come for worship or contact the pastor or any member of the congregation.

  • I want to have a wedding, funeral or baptism. What do I do?

Talk to the pastor. Each of these has specific legal and/or church requirements. Please contact us before you set a date, and we will be happy to work with you on your specific pastoral needs. These sacraments are available to all.