Sunday Morning Worship

Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. we gather as a diverse community of people to celebrate our faith in scripture, song, prayer, and time for silence. Children join their parents for the first part of the service. Following the service, the congregation meets in the Community Room for refreshments and conversation.

What to Expect on Sunday

Welcome to Northlea United Church! If you haven’t taken part in a service of Christian worship before, or not for a very long time, or if you are used to a tradition of worship that is different from the United Church of Canada, here are few things you can expect at Northlea… Expect to be greeted and welcomed! Expect casual dress – or dressing up for special occasions! Expect to fit in if you bring your coffee with you, or come by while walking the dog – all God’s creatures are welcome! Expect the church, on all levels, to be accessible for those with mobility assists such as walkers, wheelchairs, and scooters. You should also expect that, if assisted hearing devices and large print hymn books will improve your experience of worship, we have them – just ask!

Worship at Northlea seeks to be thoughtful, creative, relevant and richly symbolic. It is also relaxed, personal, and experimental. Through worship we express our faith together, and open ourselves to God’s word of life for us each day.

The Sacrament of Communion is celebrated regularly through the year as a part of Sunday worship. The Sacrament of Baptism is held regularly throughout the year. Please contact the church office for more details.

The Nursery is on the main floor, down the hall from the sanctuary, where experienced, caring child- care givers will look after your infants and toddlers if that helps you participate in the worship service. On the other hand, infants, toddlers, and children of all ages are welcome as part of our worship service in the sanctuary as well!

Following the first part of the service each Sunday, many of our school-aged children and youth go with their leaders to “Cool Church” (Sunday School), which is held in the downstairs hall. Children who are visiting are welcome to join in!

Teenagers have their own Youth Group that meets in the Youth Room to discuss faith, spirituality, personal challenges, and ethical issues in ways that are rooted in the real world, drawing from popular music, current affairs, and the core beliefs of the United Church.

After the service, everyone re-connects in the Community Room over refreshments.

Special Sunday Services

The Sacrament of Holy Communion is celebrated regularly as part of our Sunday service, as well as on other occasions such as Maundy Thursday and Christmas Eve.

The Sacrament of Baptism is held regularly throughout the year. Please contact the church office for more details.

Seasonal Celebrations

At Northlea we mark the rhythms and seasons of the church year, from the anticipation and joy of Advent and Christmas to the reflective opportunities of Lent and the newness of Easter life.

Often, at Northlea, we worship with others! Each Christmas the North Leaside community joins us for an outdoor evening of Carolling in the Pines, and a meaningful and sensitive The Longest Night service is held for those who find it challenging to celebrate at that time of year. Also at Christmas Northlea hosts the Children’s Pageant and the choir’s Candlelight Service. Leading up to Easter, during Holy Week, on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, we worship with our friends and neighbours of Leaside Presbyterian Church. We also share worship with Leaside Presbyterian during the months of July and August!