About University Chapel
Attending A Morning Service
Each Sunday we gather to experience God through musical worship, prayer, teaching and fellowship. To help you feel more at home in our service, here is a brief outline of some of the core aspects of our Sunday service and its symbols.
University Chapel provides programs for children from newborns to high school students during the service. To sign-in your small children, look for a welcome table in the Church foyer. Children and Youth will begin the service in the sanctuary with the adults and then be dismissed partway through for their own activities. Please see our Children's Ministry and Youth Ministry pages or read the weekly bulletin for more information.
In our sanctuary the cross is front and centre. It represents the centrality of the saving work of Christ, who made a full and sufficient sacrifice of himself to bring us to God. Through him we gather and celebrate in worship before our holy and gracious Father in heaven.
The wooden lectern in the centre of the platform was made by one of our members. From it we proclaim the Word of God. It reminds us that God speaks to us through his Word so that we can follow him in the power of the Holy Spirit.
The hangings represent our connection to the eternal, universal church. The colors change with the changing seasons of the church calendar (Christmas, Lent, Easter, etc.) based on traditions that go back to the early church. We also structure our teaching plan (the sermon series and home group curriculum) around the church calendar.
When we worship, God is the audience and we are the “performers”. The worship team is not performing but rather leads us as we rejoice before God. We’re on the stage and God is the audience enjoying our praise. It is beautiful to God not because of the sounds we make but because of the hearts we bring.