New to St. George’s

St. George’s Memorial Church is a downtown community church serving and praying with our neighbours from all over the city. All are welcome to join in activities, events and prayer!

If you’re visiting us for the first time, you will be greeted by our sidespeople (greeters) at the back of the church. Our priest or anyone you meet here will be happy to tell you about our services and parish community. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions!

We’re located on the north east corner of Centre and Bagot streets in Oshawa. We have parking behind the church off Bagot street, parking on Bagot and Green P parking lots on Athol and behind the Library.

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All COVID restrictions have been lifted. Masks are no longer required, but we’re all at different comfort levels, so feel free to keep wearing your mask. And please stay home if you’re feeling unwell.
You’ll find hand sanitizer in various places throughout the building.

Wear whatever makes you comfortable. Don’t worry about what you look like – we’re happy to have you join us!

If you arrive a few minutes before services begin, a sides person(greeter) will welcome you 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 where you feel most comfortable.

Just follow along! We usually stand to sing and sit to listen to the readings and the sermon.  Your bulletin includes the words to the prayers and hymns at the 10:00 service. We say some of the prayers together (written in bold type), and some are said or sung by the priest or choir. Join in as you feel comfortable. 

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.

All baptized Christians are invited to receive the bread and wine 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, guided by our sides people. You’ll stand or kneel at the altar rail and either hold out your hands to receive the wafer, or cross your arms over your chest if you’d like a blessing instead. There is an accessible Communion station on the main floor as well.

We drink the wine from a common cup, or chalice. If you’d prefer not to receive the wine, you can go straight back to your seat, or you can cross your arms over your chest when you approach the chalice bearer. Intinction (dipping the bread in the wine) isn’t permitted — it’s far less safe than the common cup.

Anglican theology has always held that communion in one kind (just the bread) constitutes full participation in the Eucharist.

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. 

It is a great privilege to gather, share stories of faith and worship God on this beautiful territory, which we now know as Oshawa, but which has been the site of human activity – and therefore storytelling and worship – for many thousands of years.

We wish to honour the ancestral guardians of this land and its waterways: the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.  The treaties that were signed for this particular parcel of land are collectively referred to as the Williams Treaties of 1923. Today many Indigenous peoples, including the Metis Nation continue to call this land home and act as its stewards, and this responsibility extends to all peoples, to share and care for this land for generations to come.