Church life

Sunday Church Service

Our main Sunday gathering (starting at 10:00am) consists of an ordered service (or 'liturgy') with singing, prayer, reading, preaching, and response, all of which help us worship God in a thoughtful way. In our Morning Prayer or Holy Communion services, we recognize our sin and need for God's mercy, hear the affirmation of his forgiveness and grace, and respond with sincerity and joy. The congregation are not spectators, but engaged and involved throughout the service.

We meet in-person on Sundays at 10am. For those unable to be present, you can follow the service at our Zoom live-stream. More information can be found here. A service sheet is available for download, and instructions to sign in to the call will be sent out by email. To get on our list, email us at


Sunday FAQs

  • Why do we gather on Sundays?

    We believe that God gathers us in order to meet with us. The purpose of the Sunday worship service is to help us hear the word of God, to praise him, to pray and to love one another, and to equip us to live our whole lives in relationship with Him.

  • What does a Sunday service look like?

    Our Sunday morning service begins at 9:00 am. The pattern we follow each Sunday includes Bible readings, music (traditional, classical and modern), prayers, a sermon, and sometimes Holy Communion (‘Eucharist’ or ‘Lord’s Supper’). The form of service (or 'liturgy') that we use is from the Anglican Prayer Book, and includes English versions of prayers that have been prayed by the church since it was founded by Jesus in the first century AD.

  • How long is a typical Sunday service?

    About 75 minutes.

  • How do I follow along?

    The service sheet will guide you through the service.

  • What denomination is St. John's Richmond?

    St. John's Richmond is a part of the Anglican Network in Canada, which, through the Anglican Church in North America, is part of the global Anglican Communion.

  • What should I do before the service?

    When you walk in you will be met at the door by a person who will greet you and hand you a service sheet or bulletin which will guide you through the service. You can sit anywhere, but closer to the front is better!

  • What do I do with my children during the service?

    Children remain in the service until about 9:15 am when there is a brief prayer and then they move upstairs into their Children’s Church groups. See our Children's page for more information about what happens in Children's Church.

    Children up to Grade 3 must be picked up by their parents after the service.

  • What happens after the service?

    Our Sunday gathering also includes a time to meet and talk over coffee and snacks. Please stay and enjoy the hospitality and friendship. We meet in the Hall. We often offer lectures on special topics, or ongoing catechesis (training on Christian beliefs and living) during the latter part of coffee time.

  • How does Holy Communion work at St. John's Richmond?

    Holy Communion (‘Eucharist’ or ‘Lord’s Supper’) is open to any baptized Christian. Communion is provided at the front of the church, and you may kneel or stand to participate. If you do not wish to receive communion you can either come to the front for a prayer of blessing (cross your hands over your chest to indicate that you wish prayer only) or simply remain seated during this time in the service. If you are unable to come to the front for any reason, but still wish to partake in communion, please let someone know before the service begins so that we can serve communion at your seat.

    Communion for children is at their parents’ discretion. Teachers from Children's Church will return your children to you prior to distribution of communion. Please instruct your child to hold their hands out to receive communion or cross their hands over their chest to indicate that they are to receive a prayer of blessing.