Our time together begins at 5pm on Sundays, but if it's your first time visiting us, we recommend coming a few minutes early. If you're coming with kids, aim for 10 minutes early so we can show you and them around and answer any questions you might have.
About our Sunday gatherings…
We take part in COMMUNION every week. At some point during the gathering everyone, including children, will be welcome to come forward and partake in the bread and cup. We are “rippers and dippers.” We rip a piece of the bread and dip it into the grape juice and then eat it right away. We invite anyone forward who is seeking an encounter with Jesus Christ. If you’re nervous, join the line after a few people have lined up; take a peek at what’s going on.
During the sermon the speaker may invite people to PARTICIPATE IN DISCUSSION. Feel free to engage this as much or as little as you like. It’s okay to speak up. It’s okay to say nothing.
We’re CASUAL, EASY-GOING, and RELAXED. Please feel free to grab a coffee or use the bathroom during the gathering.
If you’ve brought CHILDREN with you, you’ve come to the right place. Kids, along with their energy and personality, are welcome here. If kids make noise, that’s okay. If they spill a drink, that’s okay.
We have a NURSERY. There are care-givers present for the entire gathering.
CHILDREN from JK to grade 5 will be dismissed during the gathering. After dismissal they are typically split into their own programs (JK-SK & Grades 1-5). Depending on what they’re up to, they may return to join everyone for communion. As a parent/guardian you are free to decide if your child will participate in communion.
If you’re visiting on the first Sunday of the month it’s likely we’re going to have a shorter gathering and a POTLUCK afterwards. You are very welcome to stay and eat with us. Don’t worry at all about not bringing anything.
We do not take time during the gathering to receive DONATIONS. There is a table at the front of the room where you can, before or after the gathering, give financially if you like. Everything we do at AVC is supported by the generosity and commitment of those who attend the church. We are a registered charity with the Canada Revenue Agency and you will be receipted for donations. There are envelopes at the table outlining how you can designate your contribution to different funds and goals at AVC.
How do people GET INVOLVED in Sunday gatherings? Who does sound? Who sets up the chairs? Who cleans up in the kitchen? Who brings snacks? Who helps with the kids? How do people know who is involved and when? Pastor Aaron would be happy to answer these questions.
We rent our facilities so we have limited control in what we can do, but if you have any ACCESSIBILITY issues or questions, please contact us.
Our church has GUIDING VALUES that we use to shape our environment, evaluate what we’re doing, and push us forward. These values are unique to our church, context, and what we believe God has asked us to do here in Ancaster. Please take a moment to read through our Guiding Values.
We have several different WAYS WE CONNECT, learn, and serve throughout the year: small groups for prayer, support, and encouragement, community projects and events, study and learning groups, retreats, and more.
AVC’s LEADERSHIP TEAM is comprised of women and men who are tasked with providing leadership, oversight, and administration for the church. AVC is also a part of a national denomination of churches. Rev. Aaron Gerrard (BRE, MTS) has been the PASTOR at AVC since the church’s inception in 2011. Aaron and his wife, Shalene, have three kids and live in Ancaster.