What is a morning service like?
Our Sunday morning, the service begins with a welcome, celebration of the previous week, announcements, an opening song or two, and a short teaching point pertaining to giving. Then, we resume worshipping thru music and take time to hear God speak. After the music, there will be a Bible based message before we close the service. Our services are 90 minutes long on average.
There is an opportunity at the dismissal of the service for prayer. Please approach one of our pastors and either they will pray with you or have one of our team leaders pray with you.
On the first Sunday of each month, we celebrate Communion together - also called the Lord's Supper. Guests are welcome to participate in communion. We participate with the understanding that one has established a relationship with God.
If I come as a guest, what will happen?
Coffee is served prior to the service until 10:10am. We will welcome you to our service and give you a visitor pack as a gift to you from us. We will help you find a seat if you require assistance. We ask that you make yourself at home. If you need to leave the room at any point during the service (for washroom, water, tissue, children), you are welcome to do so. You are also welcome to bring your morning beverage into the auditorium with you.
We are expressive in our worship-singing, clapping, praising, moving. Feel free to enter in however you feel comfortable. If the whole church experience is new to you or it’s been a while, you are welcome to sit or stand and just take it all in.
Things will be low key for you. We won’t ask you to stand and introduce yourself. We won’t ask you to share any personal information beyond your basic contact info. Make yourself at home and enjoy.
Do you have a kids’ program?
Our Echo Kids program has resumed. Children and preteens ages three to twelve will be dismissed for time together in Room #209 following the worship thru music. A slide will appear on the front screen to indicate the start. There are also two self-serve rooms available for parents with children infant-2 years. The nursery is located at the back of the auditorium and includes a change table, rocking chairs, and a few toys. The Echo Kids toddler room is located next to the single use washrooms in Room #212.
Clipboard activities and a suitcase of quiet toys are also available at the back of the room. You are welcome to bring additional quiet toys/activities for them to enjoy.
Joining us on livestream? Check out the Echo Kids page on our website which gives access to the "Minno Kids" church at home option.
Are cell phones permitted in your service?
Yes! In fact we want you to bring them! Just put them on silent mode please. Use them for your Bible, use them to take notes if you like, and use them to interact during the service through chat on our Facebook or Youtube live streams.
How do I get in and out of your building?
The main entrance off of 10th Avenue South is open on Sunday mornings as well as the rear entrance through the alley, off of the wheel chair ramp. All other entrances are locked for security purposes and to honor the spaces rented by our tenants.
Do you have wheelchair accessibility?
Yes, there is parking and a ramp in the south rear entrance off the back alley. We also have two single use washrooms adjacent to the auditorium.
What should I wear?
We are casual in attire. Jeans are just fine or if you enjoy dressing up, we do that on occasion as well.
How can I give?
Tithes and offerings will be received through e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org, or can be deposited in a basket located near the back of the room at any time.
What if I have some questions while I’m there?
We are happy to answer your questions. Ask one of our ushers or one of our pastors or any of the congregation for what you need. If they can’t answer, they’ll make sure to find someone who can.
What if I am interested in membership or water baptism?
Talk to one of our pastors or fill out the form located on our website under "Sign-Up" and someone will get in touch with you.
What denomination is the church affiliated with?
We are affiliated with the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel. For more information, go to our website under “About Us.”
How big is your church?
We have approximately 60 people that call New Life their church family.
How long have you been around?
The church received its charter in June of 1986.
How is your church involved with the community?
We are involved by renting out building spaces to community daycares and other groups. We have volunteers who assist at Street Angels, the Salvation Army, the Mission Thrift Store, the Cranbrook Food Bank, and other organizations. We encourage people to get involved in their community through extra-curricular activities as well. All of our mid-week events at New Life are optional opportunities to get connected with others who will encourage you on your faith journey.
What other kinds of meetings do you have?
We have a youth/young adult events, ladies’ and men’s gatherings, prayer times, online meetings, and worship nights.
You have a really large, historic-looking building, can I take a look around?
We really enjoy taking people to look around. So if you’re curious, ask one of our ushers and we’ll take you on a tour. Please don’t wander unattended as some spaces are reserved by our tenants.
The prayer room is open (Room #210) on Sunday mornings for anyone who needs a quiet place during our gatherings. It is also open on weekdays from 9am-5pm except for statuory holidays.
What if I am concerned about the spread of infectious diseases when gathering?
People who would prefer physically distanced seating are welcome to move their chair where preferred or request assistance to set up seats near the back of the auditorium.
Hand sanitizer is available throughout the building. Disinfectant wipes are also available in our washrooms for your convenience. Masks are optional.
If you are joining us from home, our livestream countdown begins at 9:55am. In the event of a livestream failure, we will do our best to quickly start a new stream or switch to a "Facebook Live" stream via cell phone to keep you connected. Please feel free to engage through the chat with others.