Welcome! We’ve compiled some frequently asked questions to help you out.
How do I get to the church? And if I’m driving, where do I park?
Knox is located at the intersection of Lakeshore Rd. E and Dunn St. in downtown Oakville. (The address is 89 Dunn St.) The church’s prominent steeple is visible above the shops that line Lakeshore Rd. and makes it easy to spot from a distance.
Three bus routes either pass the doors or have stops nearby: 2 Lakeshore, 14 Lakeshore West and 17 Kerr. All three have stops at Dunn St.
If you’re driving, free parking is available on Sundays in a municipal parking lot on Robinson St., located just behind the church building. There’s also street parking available throughout the area.
What should I wear?
Some people dress up for church and some people dress more casually. Do what’s best for you. During the summer months we hold one service at 9:30 a.m. Wear something that will be comfortable in the hot weather.
During the rest of the year we hold two services each Sunday. Our 9 a.m. contemporary service tends to be more casual than our traditional 10:30 a.m. service, but you’re likely to find some people in jeans and some people in suits at both services.
What should my kids do?
Kids are welcome to join in our children’s program or remain with their parents. If your kids would like to hang out with the other kids, you can bring them to our children’s area before the worship service begins. (If you’re not sure where to go, just ask one of the ushers to help you find the right room.) The children begin the service together in their own space, and then rejoin the rest of the congregation later in the service. You can learn more about our Young Children and Worship program here.
We also have a nursery for very young children.
What’s the music like?
Our 9 a.m. service features music that’s contemporary, thoughtful, and often eclectic.
The 10:30 a.m. service is more “traditional Presbyterian,” with a choir and organ.
What do you believe?
If you want the short answer, we believe:
- The Trinity—God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit—is central to our faith. God is the Father to whom we come, the Son through whom we come, and the Spirit by whom we come.
- The Bible inspires and guides us in what we believe and how we live. Presbyterians think of the Bible as the written word of God. We consider it the most authoritative source for faith and practice. By reading the Bible, succeeding generations know what God has done and what God requires.
- Worship gives Presbyterians an opportunity to praise, listen, and respond to God. In worship we celebrate two sacraments—Baptism and Communion—which are visible expressions of the gospel given as a way to enter and encourage Christian growth. We encourage active participation in worship through prayer, music, Scripture-based preaching and teaching, and fellowship.
- All are equal in the eyes of the Lord and each person has the ability to provide powerful and effective ministry to others. We support ministry within and outside of the Knox church family. We encourage and help individuals to recognize, develop and use the gifts with which we have all been individually blessed, to minister to the needs of people.
- We strive to be a friendly, welcoming congregation relevant to, and actively involved in, our community.
But what does ‘Presbyterian’ mean, anyway?
Presbyterianism was originally established in Scotland by John Knox during the Protestant Reformation. The word Presbyterian means “elder” and it refers primarily to a system of church government, although it also encompasses the beliefs, doctrines, and identity we hold as part of our denomination.
Unlike some other Christian churches, the Presbyterian Church doesn’t have bishops or archbishops. Instead, we have “courts” that are made up of ministers and elders who together make decisions and carry out the work of the church.
You can learn more about the Presbyterian Church in Canada on the denomination’s webpage.