What to expect on Sunday

Please note that, due to concerns around the spread of COVID-19, Knox Metropolitan United Church is currently closed to the public.


What to expect on Sunday Mornings

We know that showing up to a new church can be nerve wracking. At Knox-Met there are many different ways to engage in our community, but Sunday Services is a good place to start – the rest of this page will make clear what to expect on Sundays, and you can check out the  Events page for non-Sunday morning information or the Labyrinth page and our whole Children & Families section for details on those programs. 

“I come to worship because I enjoy thinking and talking about how spirituality can help me navigate the physical world and all its baggage”

– Cecilia

Sunday Worship starts at 10:30 am year round. All are welcome and you are invited to come as you are – There is no dress code or expectation of belief or participation.  

Please enter using the large wood doors on Lorne Street or the wheelchair door around the corner on Victoria Avenue.  Greeters will offer you a bulletin which contains an order of service and prayers for worship, along with announcements and information about other happenings in the Knox-Met community.

There is a children’s story mid-way through worship, after which children are invited to go to classes for their own learning. There is also a colouring centre at the front, left side of the sanctuary.  At any time, children (or anyone) are invited to sit and colour, or take materials back to their seat. 

Prayers bring ancient and modern ideas together with shared words and times of silence. Belief of any sort is not a pre-requisite to participate, we like to think of services as a place in which all our answers are questioned!

Portions of the Bible (and occasionally readings from modern wisdom) are read weekly, we take this seriously, not literally. From ancient words of another time and place (that was full of its own cultural assumptions) we seek to find inspiration and challenge to live lives of deeper connection and beauty today. A reflection follows which we hope is thought provoking and interesting. Our minister or guest speakers always welcome follow up questions, and thoughts. Find them after the service and chat over a cup of coffee. We consider what is said on Sunday the beginning of a conversation, never the final word.

“We come to worship at Knox-Met because of the wonderful music and great fellowship.”

– Stewart & Gilda

Throughout the year worshipers are treated to special music during worship—the majestic sound of the 4000 pipes of the organ, the choir, vocal solos, brass bands, stringed instruments and the occasional timpani —music is a passion and connection to the divine for many at Knox-Met. 

Communion takes place during regular worship at various times through the year.  Knox-Metropolitan practices an open table, meaning that all are welcome to participate, member or visitor, infant or elder, believer or doubter or anything between and beyond.

There is coffee, cookies and conversation in the Lower Hall following every worship service