Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the questions about The Meeting Place church experience that we get asked from time to time.
If you've got questions, just let us know!
I haven't been to a church in a long time. Like maybe never. What should I expect?
It's probably going to feel a lot like you're visiting a movie theater (which you are at our Avalon Cinema campus), but our volunteers are friendlier, far more casual, and don't wear polyester. One of them will probably offer you a program as you enter that contains information about that morning, as well as other events and opportunities being offered.
Signs will direct you to different areas so you can grab a Tim Horton's coffee (free!), drop off kids if you have them, and head to a theater where a band will be probably be playing a song you've heard before.
It will be a little dark in there - it's a theater experience - but our ushers will help you find a seat if you need a hand.
For the next hour, you can just sit back in a super comfy chair and enjoy the experience! If for any reason you need to leave early, that's not a problem.
I'm all out of gaberdine. What should I wear?
At The Meeting Place Church in Nanaimo, the dress code is ... wait for it ... wear whatever is comfortable for you! You'd have a hard time finding a tie on a Sunday morning at The Meeting Place, but if ties are your thing feel free to throw one on. Or two. Just don't feel like you have to dress up to show up!
What will the actual service be like? Am I going to be weirded out?
Nanaimo churches each have their own flavor, and The Meeting Place is truly unique. There will be a song or two played by a great band, maybe a video, and then a short talk by an entertaining speaker. At some point the band will sing two or three songs that are more interactive, and if you feel like it you can sing along. A lot of people just sit and listen. We incorporate the best in multimedia, video, drama, and music to present topics that are totally accessible to people who don't come from a church background. We don't do weird.
Will I have to say anything, sign anything, or give anything?
Nope! We promise. You will never be put on the spot, singled-out, have to say anything, be pressured to sign up for anything or offer your personal information. We value your anonymity if thats where you're at.
Is this a Christian church, or something else?
Although the media and style are different from many churches on Vancouver Island, The Meeting Place Church in Nanaimo is committed to the truth about Jesus Christ as revealed in the Bible and through history. We believe in the truth of the Bible as God's wisdom for our lives and its importance in addressing the most fundamental human questions about life, death, purpose, meaning and love.
How long are the services?
I have kids. Will there be something at your service for them?
You bet! We have a fun-packed and exciting children's program including Teeny Tiny Tots Place nursery for ages 0-23 months, Tiny Tots Place for age 2 - 3 years, Tots Place 4-5 years, Jr. Kidz Place for Kindergarten to Grade 1, and Kidz Place from Grade 2 to 5. With over 100 volunteers working in our Kidz Place programs, your children will have a ball and be well looked after.