Time & Location:
Community Room of St. John’s Lutheran Church
104 Hughson St. N. (Downtown Hamilton on the corner of Wilson & Hughson)
4pm – Coffee Connect
4:30pm – Worship Gathering
For all the details of what is happening during our spring gatherings CLICK HERE. There are a few weeks where we are switching up the time and place, so make sure you check out the details of What/Where/When things are happening this spring.
When & Where:
Our worship gatherings happen 4:30pm on Sunday afternoon at 104 Hughson St. N. in the Community Room of St. John’s Lutheran Church. We are right in the heart of downtown Hamilton on the corner of Wilson St. & Hughson St. N. near Living Rock, The Spice Factory and Dr. Disc.
What to expect at a Commons Worship Gathering: (New Pictures coming soon)
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:
Feel free to come early at 4pm to be part of our Coffee Connect time. There will be Coffee, Tea, Snacks along with Games, Colouring Stations, and Activities for people of all ages.
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:
There is free street parking on Sundays right on Hughson. 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 with a Elevator right off the front door on Wilson St.
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 character and history. 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.
July & August – Summer Gatherings at Beasley Park:
For the Summer we like to change things up by meeting outside . We will be meeting Sundays at 6pm right beside Beasley Park at 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.