What to expect at a Commons Worship Gathering.
Time & Location: 6pm on Sundays – 128 Hughson St. N.
Our worship gatherings happen 6pm on Sunday evenings at 128 Hughson St. N. in the Hooper Law Building. We are right in the heart of downtown Hamilton, just one block north of Wilson St and one building south of Cannon St across from the Spice Factory.
At our worship gatherings we strive to engage the mind and the senses in an encounter between God and ourselves. By combining ancient Christian practices and freshly created rituals, liturgy, music and visuals we experiment to find new connections between our worship and our everyday lives. We recognize the inspiration of saints, mystics and popular artists throughout the centuries.
Our gatherings are often not very predictable. There may be things to look at, touch and do, a chance to wander around and explore, write things down or simply sit still. Meditation, discussions, readings, thoughts and prayers may be said, written or read. The Music could feature a folky mix of acoustic guitar, violin and djembe, or it could be all synthesizers and drum machines creating an experimental hum.
Although the most obvious part of our worship gathering is the style, the experiment goes much further. It’s an event which questions what a worship experience can be, what kind of things it can contain, what kind of issues can be explored and what kind of questions can be asked. Multiple voices are valued as we seek to learn from each other in our times of teaching and discussion. Check out our Teaching Segment Page to see some of our notes from past Gatherings.
Before the Gathering:
The unofficial time to arrive on Sunday is at 5:30pm. Some people come early to visit with their friends, grab some coffee, or just soak in the beautiful atmosphere of heritage windows and our grand front parlour room. No one was ever told they should come early it just organically happened and our community has whole heartedly encouraged the trend.
The Kids Zone:
Our gatherings are very child friendly and we try to intentionally include our kids in our times of worship and discussions whenever possible. We also recognize that Kids really want to have their own time of community, creativity and learning. “The Zone” is a chance for our kids to be mentored by some amazing (and super cool) adults that want to see our children grow up knowing that God and their community loves them very much.
Free Sunday Parking:
We have a good sized parking lot right beside the building and additional free street parking on Sundays. Lots of people like to ride their bikes and we are just off the Cannon Street Bike Lanes. A number of bus routes also come very close. The Barton and Cannon bus lines would be the closest but we are also not that far of a walk from King St, or the MacNab Bus Terminal.
Our meeting space is wheel chair accessible from a ramp at the back of the building. All our events are on the main floor and there is a wheel chair accessible bathroom.
Even though we really believe that the Church is the people and not the building, we are very fortunate to be meeting in a beautiful old building with lots of original moldings, stained glass, wonderful lighting and and grand furniture. We often describe our self as “A church on the move!” so we hold things like buildings lightly but we are thankful for where we find our self in the moment. We are also thankful that the owners of the building hold their things lightly, sharing them with us and letting us know that nothing in their building is sacred, they feel that the everyday scratches and marks of being used add character and charm to the space.
Summer Gatherings at Beasley Park:
For the Summer we like to change things up by meeting outside at Beasley Park. We meet right beside 55 Elgin St (affectionately nicknamed Fort Elgin). Bring a blanket or a chair to be comfortable. If it rains we just head inside to Fort Elgin. Although we have never been accused of being formal, these park gatherings are very creative, laid back and inter generational.