Frequently Asked Questions

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1. What if I’m not baptized?

Baptism is a very personal thing. We do not require that you be baptized to participate fully at Rideau Park. At the same time, should you feel this is something you’d like to pursue, you are invited to discuss it with one of our ministers.

2. What if I happen to come when they are serving communion?
You will hear us say “Everyone is welcome at the table.” That means that, if you are seeking to follow in the way of Jesus, you are welcome to join in. If you want to observe the first time, that is also fine by us. There is no pressure either way. Like baptism, receiving communion is a personal choice.

3. Is there a preferred time of year to start going to church?
When you feel the urge to come then that is the right time for you to check us out. Some people join us for special occasions like Christmas, Easter or when they start a family. There is no reason better than another, or a better time than now.

4. I’m not “United”.  Can I still come to Rideau Park?
The United Church of Canada started out as a merger of several denominations and at Rideau Park we too are a community with a diversity of backgrounds. In fact, we bet if you asked 10 of our church members if they were brought up United, 7 would say “No”. We are open to anyone who is on a spiritual journey. Come out and see if Rideau Park is the place to call your spiritual home.

5. Is Rideau Park the right church for me?
We can’t really answer that question for you. But we can tell you that it’s the right place for us, and we welcome others to join us. Why don’t you try us on for size by coming to a service or contacting one of our ministers today? You may discover that Rideau Park is your spiritual home, too!

6. Why attend Rideau Park? What might you find here that could help you on your spiritual journey?
During the season of Lent a few years ago, an initiative from the Spirituality Group called The Belonging Project asked members and friends of the congregation that very question. They were asked: what drew you here? What experiences from your time here do you treasure? What keeps you coming?

Responses to The Belonging Project were collected into a booklet, which is available by clicking on the link below. We hope that the reflections of the members and friends of Rideau Park will give you some idea of what it is like to be part of this community.

View the Belonging Project booklet.      

7. What is the United Church Of Canada?
In 1925 a distinctly Canadian expression of faith was born when the Methodist Church in Canada, the Congregationalist Church and most of the Presbyterian Church of Canada joined together. It was a bold vision of ecumenical witness that gave life to this new reformed, protestant denomination. Since its beginning, the United Church of Canada has been the largest protestant denomination in Canada. The United Church is known for its concern for social justice and its encouragement of personal faith expression and growth.

Go to the United Church of Canada site