Welcome to Lawrence Park.
If you’re church shopping, we hope you’ll come by to sit in on one of our two services.
Sunday mornings, we gather at 10:30 a.m. for a service which usually runs about an hour. We have two ministers, Rev Dr John Suk, and Rev Stephen Milton, who preach and preside. We also have a large choir of up to thirty singers. They are under the direction of Dr Mark Toews. They lead us in hymns, and wow us weekly with beautiful anthems and solos chosen from the best of traditional Christian music.
Our sermons are based on scripture readings and what is happening in the modern world. Politics, heartache, joys and challenges of every day life, we talk about all of it. We are a progressive church with a strong social justice focus in our sermons, and in our church activities. We also believe that everyone should be welcome at our church. That means people who are long time Christians sit next to people who are not so sure, or are atheists. We welcome all kinds here, and we get along. You can see video versions of our sermons by clicking here. This is a good way to get a sense of what we tend to talk about.
Sunday night: Soul Table: We also have an evening service called Soul Table. It is aimed at people who want a less formal atmosphere than Sunday mornings. We open the doors at 5 p.m., when we serve a free dinner, before the talking begins at 5:40 p.m. Each week, we get together to talk about a particular theme, and we invite guest speakers about half of the time to share their expertise and experiences. Rev. Stephen and Rev. John give talks on spiritual topics like thanksgiving, thin places, new year’s resolutions and forgiveness. Our speakers share their knowledge about the environment, social justice and urban issues. After each talk, we invite the attendees to join in group conversations and Q&A.
If you’re eager to explore your spirituality and to get a chance to talk, Soul Table may be for you. People of all faiths attend, and we have a great house Band, Jesse and Friends, who sing secular songs related to each night’s theme. To learn more, please visit our Soul Table website, www.soultable.ca.
Children On Sunday mornings we have provide nursery care for the little ones, and we have a thriving Sunday school program, run by Sharon MacDonald. Each week, the kids join us for the first part of the service, receive a children’s time sermon from one of the ministers ( short and geared to kids), then they go upstairs to be taught by our Sunday school teacher Amye Sagar. It is a warm program focused on learning Bible stories, and learning about nature and meditation. We also offer confirmation classes each year for the older children ( 12 and up). To learn more about the program, pleae contact Sharon MacDonald, [email protected]
We hope you’ll drop by and take a look for yourselves sometime soon. We’d love to meet with you and get to know you. If you would like to talk to one of the ministers before or after coming, they would love to hear from you. Stephen can be reached at [email protected] and John at [email protected]
We hope that you find what you are looking for. Peace be with you. - Rev. Stephen Milton