We are pleased that you are interested in learning more about Holy Cross. Here is some information about what you can expect if you choose to join us for a service.
Due to Covid-19, public services have been suspended. During this time, services are recorded and posted on our YouTube channel which can be accessed from the Online Church page of this website, and on our Facebook page. Once the crisis has past, regular Sunday services will resume at 8:00 AM and 10:00 AM.
The first people you are likely to meet are sidespeople (greeters) at the door who will welcome you and offer a bulletin which includes the order of service for the morning worship as well as announcements for the coming week. If you need assistance at any time during the service, please speak to a sidesperson.
The 8:00 AM service is a said service (i.e. no music) of Holy Eucharist (also known as communion) and lasts approximately 45 minutes. The liturgy is taken from the Common Prayer Canada book (often referred to as the BCP), the traditional prayer book of the Anglican Church of Canada.
The service at 10:00 AM begins with a processional hymn, followed by readings from the Bible, a short sermon, the offer of prayer and repentance, and sharing in the bread and wine of the eucharist. Week by week, the liturgy alternates between the Common Prayer Canada book and The Book of Alternative Services (often referred to as the BAS); the service lasts approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. Several times per year we have a service of Morning Prayer that does not include eucharist.
Children aged 3 years to 11 years are welcome to participate in our Sunday school program which is held during the 10:00 AM service from September to June, or children may choose to stay with their parents. There is a brief children's time near the beginning of the service when children are welcome to come to the front of the church for a brief chat with Rev. Kyle or Rev. Carmen before departing for their Sunday school classes. If you're lucky, perhaps Rev. Kyle will perform a magic trick! A youth bulletin is available in the narthex (lobby) which children can review during the service or take home with them.
During the offertory hymn, a plate will be passed to collect money that parishioners offer to support the church. Visitors are not expected to contribute unless they want to, so feel free to pass the plate to the person beside you.
Anyone who has been baptised in a Christian church is welcome to receive the bread and wine of the eucharist. Those who have not been baptised are welcome to come forward to receive a blessing. If you require a gluten free wafer, please make your need known to the priest when you are at the communion rail. If you are physically unable to go to the communion rail, please indicate this to one of the sidespeople who will let the priest know and he or she will bring communion to you in the pew.
After the 10:00 AM service has concluded, coffee, tea, and light refreshments are served downstairs in the lower parish hall. This is a great time to meet new people. And to you enjoy some delicious snacks!
During the week, a short Morning Prayer service is said at 9:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Wednesdays, there is a service of Holy Eucharist at 9:30 AM which lasts approximately 45 minutes, followed by light refreshments and fellowship.
Additional services are held throughout the year to commemorate Good Friday, Maundy Thursday, and other special occasions. Ice Cream Sunday is a favourite with the children!
Located at 2828 - 19 Street NW, we are across the street from West Confederation Park (formerly Canmore Park) in NW Calgary. City of Calgary transit bus #105 stops nearly in front of the church, and bus #65 stops two blocks south on Morley Trail.