Allow Us to Introduce Ourselves
If you're coming to us for the first time, here's what to expect...
Where is Community of Christ, Scarborough Congregation located?
Scarborough Congregation is located at:
10 Eppleworth Road
When does Scarborough Congregation hold services?
Weekly. Our congregation meets every Sunday, with special accommodations made during the summer months (June - August) due to holidays, etc.
Standard Sunday Schedule:
9:30 a.m. - Doors open
10:00 a.m. - Sunday School*
11:00 a.m. - Worship
– Coffee and Conversation following the Worship Service
*From July 1 until after the Labour Day weekend the congregation observes summer hours. There is no Sunday School during the summer months. Doors open at 10:45 a.m.
What does a standard worship service look like at your congregation?
Expect variety! Because the services are planned by a variety of people, and the service leadership and participants change from week to week, no two services will ever be exactly alike. Some will be more traditional, others more contemporary, and most somewhere in-between. All will provide an opportunity for you to share in music, scripture, and challenging words of hope, faith, and the love of Jesus Christ.
Each day at the Community of Christ Temple in Independence, Missouri, USA, a prayer of supplication is offered for a different country throughout the world to promote peace and justice. On Sundays we take the opportunity to honour the practice of offering a prayer for peace during our communal worship service.
The presider, or the person responsible for organizing and overseeing that week’s worship service, will welcome those in attendance. During this time, attendees are given the opportunity to talk about noteworthy events in their lives, request prayers, or alert the congregation to opportunities for service and fellowship in the community. A prayer for those in need and other concerns will be offered.
The congregation will sing two to four hymns at each worship service. Most of these hymns will come from our most recent hymn book, Community of Christ Sings! At times, hymns or worship music from other sources will be used. In these instances, words will be provided.
The Call to Worship is an opportunity to centre the mind and prepare for the worship service. It invites us to settle into this sacred space. This may include a special hymn, a call and response, a meditative question, or a scripture reading.
Proclamation of God's Word has long been a foundation of Christian worship. The sermon is one way of proclaiming God’s Word during our worship service and may take the form of preaching, testimony, drama, music, or multimedia presentations.
In addition to the Prayer for Peace, a standard worship service will include a number of prayers, including Invocations, Benedictions, prayers of supplication, and occasionally Administration through the laying on of hands for healing or comfort.
Each week tithes and offerings are collected during the service. In addition to a collection for the general operating funds of the church, certain offerings may be requested for special projects or a specific missional goal. Patrons are invited to specify which projects or mission initiatives they wish to financially support by indicating their preferences on their offering envelope. Programmatically, the Offertory may include a reading of scripture, sharing of a story, or a video about various projects conducted at the congregation, mission, or world church level. A collection plate is passed around the congregation to collect these funds. During the Offertory, individuals have the opportunity to contribute their loose change to our Change for Change fundraiser for World Accord.
What does a communion service look like at your congregation?
Communion Sunday (also referred to as The Lord's Supper, Sacrament Service, Eucharist, etc.) usually takes place on the first Sunday of every month. Community of Christ congregations worldwide regularly celebrate the Lord’s Supper as an opportunity to reflect on the life, teachings, death, and resurrection of Jesus. It is also a chance to recommit ourselves to following him. During communion, ordained ministers of the church serve bread and grape juice as symbols of Jesus’ body and blood.
Camps & Retreats
Camping has historically been an important part of our faith tradition. From the early days of church revivals to today, Community of Christ offers spiritual camps and retreats for families and individuals of all ages. Each summer, members and friends of Community of Christ in Ontario and further afield gather at our campgrounds (Erie Beach, McGowan's Lake, Camp Noronto, and Ziontario) for Kids Camp, Junior High Camp, Senior High Camp, Canoe Camp, and Reunions (also referred to as Family Camps). Other retreats are offered throughout the year, such as the Thanksgiving Retreat, Women's Retreat, Retirees' Retreat, Fastathon, and Yuletide Retreat.
FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions
Dress on Sunday leans towards business casual; however, you will find people dressed in their “Sunday Best” and others in blue jeans, a t-shirt, and flip flops. Wear whatever makes you feel most comfortable. Come as you are!
Yes! Children are an important part of the Scarborough congregation and are always welcome in both Sunday School and our 11:00 a.m. worship service. We cherish the ministry shared by persons of all ages, and this includes our children.
Worship services typically run for approximately one hour, from 11 a.m. to Noon. Some programmatic elements may shorten or lengthen the service by a few minutes.