Words of Welcome
Words of Welcome
We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, widowed, gay, confused, rich, comfortable, or dirt poor. We extend a special welcome to those who are crying newborns, skinny as a rake or could afford to lose a few pounds. You’re welcome if you are Old Ottawa, New Ottawa, not from Ottawa, or just passing by. We welcome you if you can sing like Pavarotti or can’t carry a note in a bucket. You’re welcome here if you’re just browsing, just woke up or just got out of prison. We don’t care if you’re more Christian than the Archbishop of Canterbury, or haven’t been in church since little Jack’s baptism. We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast.
We welcome keep-fit dads, hockey moms, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or still addicted. We welcome you if you’re having problems or you’re down in the dumps or if you don’t like organized religion. We’ve been there too! If you blew all your money on the horses, you’re welcome here.
We offer a welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can’t spell, or because grandma is in town and wanted to go to church. We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both. We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down their throat as a kid or got lost on the 417 and wound up here by mistake. We welcome tourists, seekers and doubters, bleeding hearts...and you!”
Julian of Norwich is part of the Anglican Church of Canada
The Anglican Church of Canada define themselves as a people seeking to know, love, and follow Jesus in serving God’s mission. We invite you to join us. Canadian Anglicans are a diverse community. We worship in small chapels and large churches. Some of us worship with guitars and drums, while others prefer organs and choirs. We speak many languages.
The Eucharist (also known as the Lord’s Supper or Communion) is a central part of many Sunday services, but many Anglican congregations also meet for services throughout the week. Anglican services also follow a pattern that begins with the gathering of the community, then listening to and reflecting on the Scriptures. The community then brings the needs of the world and the community to God in prayer, and the group partakes in the holy meal of bread and wine, before being sent forth into the mission of daily life.
What is the ‘Anglican’ church?
The Anglican Church in Canada traces its roots back to the Church of England, and today it is an independent, self-governing church in communion with the other 44 churches of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The Anglican Church in Canada includes more than 500,000 members in nearly 1,700 parishes, and like Canada, the church has become culturally diverse. On any given Sunday the tradition of common prayer is expressed across Canada in many languages, including Inuktitut, French, Spanish, and Cree.
From the Anglican Church of Canada: We invite you to read more about our beliefs, our organization, our history and what to expect by visiting our website at: www.anglican.ca
The Julian of Norwich Anglican Way of Life
Julian of Norwich was a Christian Mystic whose spiritual journey was inspired by viewing the world God loves through a window into the community and a window into the sacred. Julian served God by serving neighbourhood.
In the same way, Julian of Norwich Anglican Church is a community that strives to follow Jesus with an active gaze through a window in to the sacred and a window in to the neighbourhood. We are guided by the commandments to love God with our heart, mind, and soul and to love our neighbour as ourself.
For more information on our Way of Life and Guiding Principles, please download the
New Membership Information Package
Is There a Program for Children?
At Julian of Norwich the whole community worships together; from one year old to 100 years old. We have a children’s area at the back of the church that has a variety of books and activities for our younger parishioners. Each week there is a children’s bulletin that is geared to those from age 3-14 and includes games, colouring pages, and other activities that are linked to the scripture readings heard during the service.
At different times throughout the year you may find one of our older leaders guiding the children in that area with some seasonal art project or activity. Younger parishioners are welcome to make themselves comfortable in the Children’s Area or at the pew where the adults that they brought with them are sitting (or both areas ~ they can move around during the service).
What is the Music Program?
Music at Julian is lead by a team of musicians who are part of the parish community. We have a variety of musicians whose goal is to enhance the liturgy with music that the congregation is encouraged to sing. Some weeks you will hear piano and viola and other weeks you may hear guitar and percussion instruments. Throughout the year (about every six weeks) there is an invitation for attendees to participate in a choir that will aid the music on a particular Sunday. Open Choir Sundays usually include a practice after the 10am service the previous week before.
What about Accessibility?
Julian of Norwich Anglican Church is fully wheelchair accessible, via the main church entrance (7 Rossland Avenue), as well as via the hall entrance (located east of the main church entrance).
Audio headsets are available to assist the hearing impaired at every service. Our greeters can provide you with a headset and instructions. Alternatively, you can pick one up from the small table behind the last pew on the right side of the main sanctuary.
Free parking is available in the parking lot near the main church entrance, at 7 Rossland Avenue and two handicap spots at the 9 Rossland entrance. Additional free parking is located on the opposite side of Rossland Avenue, at Elizabeth Wyn Wood Secondary Alternate School.