WHAT TO EXPECT
What to expect on a Sunday morning at Vox!
We know that a lot of people are nervous about going to a church for the first time. It can be tough because you have no idea what to expect. You might be a little worried that things will be weird and you’ll feel uncomfortable. We get that, so we thought that maybe we’d explain what goes on Sunday mornings to you, so you’ll be a little better prepared.
We also know that COVID has meant some shifts in how we do things. We hope this won’t be forever, but for now, here’s what you can expect.
Our Weekend Service takes place Sunday mornings at 10:30 am
With COVID, there are three options for where to find us currently!
We meet on Facebook, with a live community conversation at: https://www.facebook.com/voxalliance
We meet on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-Jo_5JA-go
Both our YouTube channel and our Facebook page offer access to our services after the fact as well, in case you have to work or are otherwise unable to attend during the service.
We also meet in person at “The Loft” behind the Moving Art Dance Studio, at 125 Anne Street South. To find us, pull around to the back of the building and come through the big black door.
Our COVID Policies
In keeping with public health guidelines we observe the following COVID policies:
- We ask that all individuals planning on attending on a Sunday morning complete a COVID self-assessment before they arrive, and stay home if they are feeling at all unwell.
- We ask all those who attend to fill in a contact tracing sheet. This is now required by Simcoe Muskoka Public Health for all churches.
- We ask that all those who attend wear a mask or face-covering over their nose and mouths at all times during the service. The only exception for this is for those leading the service from the front, and only while they are singing or speaking from the stage.
- We have tried to spread out our seating by six feet, and ask that folks sit in household groups.
We thank you all for your cooperation in advance. If any of these is a challenge for you for whatever reason, we look forward to meeting you in our online spaces.
10:30 … ish …
Our service starts at 10:30 am, but many of us struggle to be exactly ‘on time’. Some show up sometime after 10 am to connect before we start. This is a great chance to meet a few people! Transitions can be hard for some of us, so we usually have a countdown timer with 5 minutes notice. This is especially helpful if you’ve got to make a last minute run to the bathroom.
We usually start the service off with a few songs that are a little more upbeat and fun. We try very hard not to take ourselves too seriously, so please feel free to join in with the singing – even if you’re not much of a musician!
After the first couple of songs, we pause for some announcements. Then we take time to sing Happy Birthday to anyone who celebrated their birthday in the last week. After that take a ten minute break. This used to be the time when we grabbed a coffee and a snack, and we hope that COVID will let us do that again some day, but for now, it’s just a chance to reconnect with one another. In case you haven’t noticed, community is pretty important to us at Vox.
COVID has had a big impact on our kids programs. For the time being, we are offering childcare for those children who would find it hard to sit through the service, and invite those old enough to bring along toys or art supplies and hang out in the main space with us. We love the noise and energy of kids – and also hope that this won’t last forever!
If you have a child or youth with a disability, please refer to our Accessibility Commitment page for more information on how we can support you and your child. If your child or youth identifies as LGBTQ, please refer to our LGBTQ Commitment page for more info on that.
After our break we usually spend a little bit more time singing a few songs and sometimes we watch a short video that’s designed to help get our brains chewing on the topic we’re going to be talking about that morning. When it comes time for the sermon, we are fortunate enough to have a teaching team, made up of several members of our leadership team.
Whoever is preaching, they are sure to challenge us with some teaching on the scriptures. Their goal is to keep our attention and get us thinking on our own for the rest of the week. At Vox, we believe that everyone should be able to be included in the conversation. So whether you’ve been going to church your whole life or it’s your first time ever, we use language that everyone can understand.
So hopefully, this helps you have a better idea of what you’re getting into before you actually show up at Vox on a Sunday. We’re looking forward to getting to know you.
If you’d like to know a little bit more about what we believe you can check out our ‘Who We Are’ page