The practice of the presence of God!
The work of the people!
God’s Party!

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What to expect on Sunday morning

When you arrive at SBUC for worship, there is a small parking lot off the lane from Gray Ave, and plenty of street parking on Rumble and Gray. Whether you enter from the west door off the lane, or the east door from Gray Avenue, you will be met by greeters who will provide you with a service bulletin. If you are visiting for the first time you can look for our official welcomer who wears a big yellow welcome badge The welcomer can show you around and answer any questions you have, or introduce you to others. If you are an introvert, you can also sneak into the back of the church quietly; however, we can’t promise that you will go unnoticed.

Our worship is outlined in the service bulletin and on the overhead at the front. You can follow the friendly people around you for cues on when to participate. As a general rule, the bold print in the bulletin, is for everyone to say together. Hymns come from the two hymn books in the pew, and we usually stand to sing. The hymns marked with an “MV” are from the spiral bound hymn book, “More Voices.” The hymns marked with a “VU” are from the larger red hymn book, “Voices United.”


Offering is collected during the service, and visitors envelopes are available just inside the front and back sanctuary doors.

Prayer and visitation requests

There are prayer request forms and visitation request forms available at the front or the back of the church. These forms can be filled out and placed on the offering plate and will be given to the minister. If you filled out a prayer request form, the minister will include it in the Prayers of the People during worship. Information on the visitation request form will be passed along to a member of our pastoral care team.


Communion is celebrated on the first Sunday of each month at SBUC. Our communion table is an open table. Anyone of whatever faith, denomination, communionage or condition is invited to take communion. On occasion the Sunday School children and youth rejoin the rest of the congregation to take communion. At South Burnaby we use a variety of methods to serve communion. When we serve in the pews, you will be served while seated, first the bread then the grape juice. Coming forward you will come to the front and be served both the bread and the juice at the same time. Once a year, Communion involves having several stations available, following the same process as coming forward. If you prefer, you may always be served at your seat.

Reading The Lesson

It is a tradition at South Burnaby for members of the congregation to read the scripture lessons at Sunday worship. The lessons may be from the Old Testament, the Gospels, the Epistles, and a Psalm (which might also have musical interludes). If you are reading the lessons, you will be provided with the lesson in advance. A member of the Worship Ministry co-ordinates the readers each month so if you would like the opportunity to read the Scriptures during worship please contact the office.