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Welcome!

We hope that your experience at Really Living as a first-time visitor will make you feel right at home —  whether you’re a long time churchgoer or have never been to church before.

FIRST-TIME VISITOR’S INFO

What time should I arrive?

Our main service begins at 11 am. We suggest you come about 10 minutes early to get familiar with the facility and find a place to sit. A member of our welcome team will greet you at the door, provide you with a program, and help you find answers to any questions you may have.

Before our main service, we also offer Bible study classes for adults, youth, and children, starting at 10 am.

What can I expect?

Our usual service lasts about an hour-and-a-half and involves three main elements: music, prayer, and a sermon.

MUSIC

We typically open with a live music session of about three or four songs, also known as our “praise service”. It incorporates a contemporary blend of upbeat and meditative music. The congregation is invited to sing along if they wish. Lyrics are displayed on a large screen at the front, and many attendees choose to stand as they sing. You should feel very comfortable to either sit or stand, and to either sing along or simply listen.

PRAYER

Our prayer time most frequently involves one person praying out loud while everyone else listens. During this time some members of our congregation choose to gather and kneel together at the front of the church in what we call a “Garden of Prayer”, but others prefer to kneel where they are, or simply stay seated.

SERMON

Our main feature is the spoken message, or sermon, that is shared by one of our pastors or occasionally a guest speaker. It aims to challenge and inspire us with Biblical truths that are relevant to our daily experiences. Expect to laugh, contemplate, enjoy multimedia, feel encouraged, and leave with something to think about.

Is there anything for my children?

During the school year parents have the option to send their children (aged 3-10) to Kidzone during the sermon. This high energy Bible-exploring program happens in the gym and involves various stations including crafts, stories, music, snacks, games and more. There is also a nursery playroom available for ages 0-2, if needed.

Please note that on the first Saturday of each month, children stay in the worship centre for the full service in a special family-friendly service that we call “Family Sabbath”. Also, during the summer months of July and August, Kidzone goes on a brief hiatus to give our volunteers some time off.

What should I wear?

Come as you are! Some attendees dress up a bit. Others are very casual. We want you to feel comfortable. People will not judge you on the basis of what you wear at Really Living — they’ll just be glad to see you!

How do I get there?

We currently meet at Harmony Baptist Church while we eagerly anticipate the construction of our own facility.

Harmony Baptist Church is located at 1763 Upper James Street, on the south end of Hamilton across the street from “The Egg and I” restaurant. There is plenty of free parking in front of and behind the church.

We are also accessible by bus. Use the HSR trip planner tool and the address above to help you plan your route. You will arrive in front of  “The Egg and I,” directly across the street from our church. Please be careful in crossing! When leaving, there is a bus stop that can be accessed right at the front of the church’s driveway.

Is there anything else I should know?

ACCESSIBILITY

Harmony Baptist church is all on one level. It is wheelchair accessible with automatic exterior doors. There is an accessible bathroom at the end of the main hallway. Our welcome team members will be happy to assist you with any other access needs that you may have — please let them know if you require any assistance.

POTLUCKS

Approximately once a month we host a potluck lunch in the gym immediately following the main service. Due to the fact that a significant number of our members follow a vegetarian lifestyle, you will not find many dishes containing meat, however you’ll definitely experience a smorgasbord of amazing flavours and variety! We hope that if you come on a potluck weekend you will stay for the meal — first-time guests are never expected to bring food.

PEANUT ALLERGIES

Due to severe allergies of some of our members we request that you do not bring any food items containing peanuts into the facility.

CONSUMPTION OF FOOD AND DRINK

Our host church has requested that no food or drink be consumed in the building except in the gym. Thank you for helping us to honour their wishes!

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