Welcome to OEFC. Here are a couple of questions you might be asking.
What's a typical Sunday service like?
Our contemporary worship service (Main Auditorium) usually involves a band and a variety of songs. You might hear some on Christian radio but all of them point us to Jesus. Our traditional worship service (Fireside Room) is more intimate, usually with a piano and worship leader or a small team of singers. Different styles and volumes, for different tastes. Don’t worry if you don’t know the songs… feel free to come and listen—or sing along with us as the songs become more familiar! The words are always on the big screens above the musicians. You may hear someone share how God has been working in their life, as well as a time of prayer for something or someone in the church, community or world. Finally, you'll hear a 30-40 minute message from the Bible that encourages and challenges us to keep our eyes on God. - Hide
How long is an average worship service?
Our services usually run between one hour and one hour and fifteen minutes in length.- Hide
What should I wear?
At OEFC you will find people in jeans and t-shirts or golf shirts, shorts, skirts, and even the odd suit. - Hide
While we use PowerPoint to communicate aspects of the message, especially Bible passages, we encourage people to follow along in their own Bibles or Bible apps. If you don't have a Bible and would like one, just request one at the Information desk and we'll provide you with a free one. If you'd like to download a Bible app, a popular one is YouVersion Bible App - Hide
What about my kids?
We want to offer kids a fun and safe environment to learn about Jesus. We have something for every child from newborn to grade 6. During our service, preschool children will sing, play games, and interact with each other as our teachers help them learn more about Jesus, and how He wants to walk with them through their lives. Kids often consider it the highlight of their week. In the summer months (July and August) Kids in grades 1-6 are welcome to join their parents in the main worship service to experience worship with their families. But for the rest of the year parents and guardians can sign their children in for Sunday School at the beginning of the worship service. - Hide
What kind of protocols do you have in place to make sure my kids are safe?
When you drop your kids off, they will be checked in using our child registration system. You will be given a label with a unique code on it that corresponds to a code your child has. No one but you, or someone you designate, can pick up your child, and no one can get access to our children's ministry areas without clearance or a pickup label. We care about your children’s safety and security. Furthermore, all of our volunteers are trained in child safety and obtain a Vulnerable Sector/Criminal Records Check before being brought onto the team. - Hide
Where do I drop my kids off?
When you enter our main doors you can turn left to access the nursery (infants up to 36 months). For children ages 3 through Grade 6, turn right and head towards the back of the building (follow the signs). If you are visiting with us for the first time, we want to welcome you! Please come and talk with anyone at one of our information desks and they will help ensure your children are properly registered and orientated. For July and August, children in Grades 1-6 are welcome to sit with their families in the Main Auditorium. More information about our children's ministry can be found here
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How can I be contacted if my kids need me during the service?
When you register your children you will be given a tag with a coded number on it (ie. ZA8P) that matches a code on the name tag that your child wears. Should you be needed, that code will be displayed on the large screen in our Main Auditorium. If you choose to make OEFC your church home, we will issue you a barcode tag for your keychain with a permanent pager number (ie.1234) that we will use to page you via the large screen. - Hide
What about my teenagers?
During our worship services, teenagers are invited to join us in the main service. It's what being part of a community is all about! - Hide
Am I expected to give money?
The simple answer is no. If you would like to, you may, but giving of our finances and serving in the church in some kind of ministry is for those individuals and families who eventually call OEFC their church home. But if you are visiting, please do not feel any obligation to help provide for the ministries at OEFC. At any point you desire to, we would be grateful for your investment. While many people choose to give to our church regularly from their bank account or credit card (PAD - pre-authorized debit/credit), others put cheques or cash in an envelope in the offering box at the back of the Main Auditorium or Fireside Room. - Hide
You have a coffee bar?
We do! Regular and decaf coffee and tea is free, and it's good! And for $3 our baristas will make you the best specialty coffee in town! We use Level Ground
coffee for our specialty coffees. Yup, that's Direct Fair Trade. - Hide
What time does your worship service start?
At present we have one service that starts at 10:00. - Hide
How can I get connected to the church community?
You can reach our church office via email ([email protected]
) or phone (403-938-3311). Staff emails can be accessed under the "About" menu button. On Sunday mornings you can speak with one of our volunteers at the Information desks near the front doors. They can help you find the information you are looking for. During the week, community happens best in our Growth Group
ministry, where you can meet with 8-12 others to continue your spiritual growth. Our Ministry to Women
offers places of connection for women. . - Hide
What does Evangelical Free mean?
The term "evangelical" comes from the term "evangel" and refers to the good news of Jesus Christ. Jesus is at the heart of our faith and life and we want to encounter Him, love Him and share the good news that He has come to set all people free from the prison of sin, shame, condemnation and death.
The term "free" has to do with how we organize ourselves. Years ago in Scandinavia, state and church were enmeshed. All citizens--regardless of what they believed--were considered to be members of the church. The Free Church started from a belief that a relationship with Jesus based on biblical truth is the proper basis for our faith and membership in a local church. The term "free" also highlights the freedom each local church has to govern itself. We are an interdependent association of churches that desire to live for and proclaim the name of Jesus. You can find more about that here - Hide
If you have more questions please contact us via email or phone 403-938-3311.