New to St. Nick's?

Welcome! We're a friendly neighbourhood church in Birch Cliff, serving and praying with our neighbours and inviting people into relationship with God's love and joy, known in Jesus Christ.

Trying a church for the first time can be a bit daunting, so we hope you'll find these notes helpful. You can also ask our sidespeople (greeters), our priest or anyone you meet here about our services and our life together. Or feel free to get in touch if you have any questions!

Where is St. Nick's?

You can find us in the heart of Birch Cliff at 1512 Kingston Rd. We're on the north side of Kingston Road at Manderley (just east of Warden). We have plenty of free parking. Get more detailed directions.


What are your COVID-19 protocols?

Everyone over age 2 has to wear a mask when they're in the church building, except for the readers and the priest when they're standing at the lectern. Everyone entering the church needs to self-screen. Please stay home if you're feeling unwell.

You'll find hand sanitizer in various places throughout the building. You'll need to use it when you come into the church, and before and after you receive Communion.


What should I wear?

Wear whatever makes you comfortable. Don't worry about what you look like – we'll be happy to see you no matter what!

What happens when I get there?

You may want to arrive a few minutes before worship begins. A greeter will say hi and give you a bulletin to help guide you through the service. They'll be happy to answer any questions you might have. Find a seat wherever you feel comfortable.


How will I know what to do?

We usually stand to sing and sit to listen to the readings and the sermon. You can follow what others are doing. Your bulletin includes the words to the prayers and, at 10:30, the hymns. We say some of the prayers together (written in bold type), and some are said or sung by the priest. If you don't feel comfortable joining in, don't worry.

If you feel lost, you can always ask someone. We're happy to help!


Do I have to give money?

We take a collection every week to support the work we do in our church and in the wider community. It's completely up to you whether you'd like to contribute. We're grateful for anything you might choose to give, but don't feel like you need to.


Can I receive Communion?

All baptized Christians are invited to receive the bread and wine (only bread during COVID) at Communion. Everybody can come forward for a blessing, indicated by crossing your arms over your chest. You can also choose to stay in your pew.

When it's time for Communion, the congregation goes to the front of the church, row by row. During the pandemic, you'll step toward the priest while maintaining physical distance and hold out your hand to receive the wafer. Then you'll move to the left, away from the priest, where you can remove your mask, consume the wafer, replace your mask and sanitize your hands. We're not sharing the common cup at this time.


What does "Anglican" mean?

The Anglican Church is one of the branches of Christianity. The whole Anglican family worldwide has more than 80 million members in 165 countries. We're part of the Diocese of Toronto, which includes more than 200 church communities in the GTA and beyond. Learn more about who we are and what we believe.