Community Worship Services

A new monthly opportunity for the whole community to come together for one service to worship the Lord.

Please join us at the next Community Worship Service on Sunday, January 22, 2023.

The wood floors in the Cathedral Social Hall are being replaced, so please enter and exit the Cathedral by the Nave doors. Children's activities will still take place in the Council Chamber and refreshments will be served following the service.

What to Expect


The service will start at 10am. There will be prelude music from 9:40am. We recommend coming a bit early to have a chance to find a seat and get settled.

Where Should I Park?

We are reserving the parking close to the Cathedral for the elderly so, if you are able-bodied, please park in the lots across the street below Glencairn and Cairnwood Mansion. If those lots are full or if you're happy to have a bit more of a walk, you can park at Glencairn or at the college.

Format of the Service

This worship service will start with a children’s talk, then have an interlude at which time children go to organized activities in different rooms, and then everyone who is not helping with looking after children stays for an adult talk.

Children Will Come Forward for Their Talk

Children will be invited to come sit closer to the chancel during their talk so that they can be closer to the minister to be able to see visual aids, answer questions, and just be in a special and different part of the church. There will be extra mats on the floor to make things comfier. Parents are welcome to come forward and sit with their children on the floor or in the choir stalls nearby.

If you have young children, please don't worry about your children making noise or being wiggly. We want you and your children at the service. We hope that you'll try bringing them forward for the children's talk and, if you decide that it's just not working to have them up there on a particular day, there are plenty of easy ways to discreetly take your kids out of that area.

We will be reserving the first few rows of the church for families with young children so that it's easier for you to bring your children forward for their talk.

What will the children do during the adult talk?

After the children's talk, elementary-aged children will be invited to go to the council chamber and other areas of the cathedral beyond the main church space to pick from a range of supervised activities. Children will generally be divided up by activity instead of by age-group. The activities will include storytelling, arts & crafts, games, active outside play, and more.

If your child is younger than 5, we will not be able to look after them for you at this service. You are invited to bring them to the children's activities areas and help them participate as much as they would like to. You can also make your own private arrangements with a grandparent or friend to look after your children under 5 for you during that part of the service.

What will happen after the service?

Please collect your children from the Council Chamber and Undercroft and then come get some refreshments in the social hall or outside in the cloister (if the weather is good). Meet people you haven't met before; catch up with old friends. There will be tours of the organ on offer. The loft above the Social Hall will be open for high-school age and up to use as a place to hangout after the service.

Who is invited?

Everyone—children, teens, adults, seniors, newcomers.

What should I wear?

The minister will be wearing a robe but people are free to wear whatever they feel comfortable in. Some of our regular attendees like to dress up to come to church; others like to come in more comfortable clothing. Whatever you choose to wear, there will probably be someone else wearing something similar.

What COVID protocols will be in place?

Face coverings (masks) are now optional for all our services. Last service we tried to have a designated area in the back of the church for people who wanted to mask and only be around people who are masking. In practice we did not manage to keep that area separate and we don't think we will be able to again and so we are not promising a dedicated masked area for this service.

Any other questions?

If you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to call (215 947 6225) or email us (

How to Get Involved

This service will have many opportunities to get involved in helping to make it a rich community worship experience. Here are some of the areas we will need help with:

  • Greeters – helping people find what they are looking for
  • Snacks contributions, set-up and clean-up
  • Supervisors and assistants for children’s’ activity “stations” – mixed ages
  • Musicians to sing with children
  • Art/craft projects leadership, set-up and clean-up
  • Discussion leaders
  • Families to help with chancel set-up, ushering, etc.
  • Maybe more, as plans get clarified

Please contact Nina at or 215-947-6225 ext.206 to learn more and describe where you would most like to volunteer.

We look forward to how this new church service will blossom into worship that will serve many people together.

Upcoming Community Worship Service Dates in 2023

  • January 22nd
  • February 19th
  • March 19th
  • May 21st
  • September 17th
  • October 29th

We are not offering Community Worship services in November, December, April, or June because we will already be gathering as a whole congregation in that month for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, or New Church Day. And we are not offering Community Worship Services in July or August because a lot of people are on vacation in those months.

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Live-streaming & Connecting Online

The Community Worship Services will be live-streamed for those who cannot attend in person. Go to or click on the upcoming service video block below.

After the service there will be a chance to connect on Zoom with other people who watched the service. It will be at 11:00 am and will last for about an hour. This is the group that normally meets on Zoom to discuss the Informal Family Service. All are welcome. Join the meeting using this link: or this meeting ID: 88119217055

January 22, 2023, 10:00 am at the Bryn Athyn Cathedral
"I Give You a Future" (Jeremiah 29:11) - Rev. Derek Elphick

This is the only service offered on this date (NO Informal, Young Children's or Adult Service).

In our first service back in September of last year, the theme of the day was how the Lord gathers His flock, and we considered some of the reasons why we, as a church community, might feel scattered and lost. In our second service in October we talked about re-building that which was lost and what that might look like in our own lives and collectively as a community. This upcoming service will conclude this opening three-part series by considering the future. What are the Lord’s plans for us as individuals and collectively as a church community? What role do we have in laying the foundation for a future that doesn’t repeat the mistakes of the past? As before, this wonderful community will be coming together with volunteer musicians to provide special, celebratory music, volunteer parents and staff to provide an engaging children’s program, and many volunteers providing delicious home-baked refreshments afterwards.

Please note: access to the Cathedral Social Hall is currently blocked due to the floor being replaced which means ushers and greeters will be directing you in and out of the sanctuary via a different route. We have figured out a way to still do all the things we want to do. There will just be a little less elbow room.