In-Person Worship is Back!

Carleton Memorial is re-starting in-person services on Sunday, September 26! Public health restrictions permitting, the church will resume regularly scheduled Sunday services.

We’re looking forward to seeing you at church again every Sunday at 10:30 am.

Building access & worship protocols

 Entry and exit by the sanctuary door or office door

Areas restricted to back hallway, washrooms and sanctuary only (not the hallway to Morgan Hall)

Bring coats/jackets into the sanctuary (don’t hang the coats up)

We will be recording attendance

Weather permitting we encourage socializing outside in the parking lot and gardens

No hand-shaking, hugs or other physical greetings

Distance between family groups

Please stay in your seat for the whole service

No bulletins, no sharing of hymns books between family groups, no passing of the plate or anything else

In Ottawa, singing is not permitted indoors

Please wear a mask at all times


Visiting a new church for the first time can be a bit intimidating: When do I stand and sit? What should I wear? What will my children do? We want you to feel at home when you come to CMUC. Here are our responses to questions we are commonly asked. Just click on a question for the answer.

We want you to wear whatever you feel comfortable wearing. We are thrilled that you are joining us so come as you are. Some people wear jeans and a t-shirt. Others wear their “Sunday best.” Whatever you want to wear is perfectly fine … you’ll fit right in!

CMUC is located at 740 Melfa Crescent near the corner of Prince of Wales and Hog’s Back Road.

Your children worship with you for the first fifteen minutes of the service. After a conversation with the minister at the front of the church with the other children, they head to Sunday School. At Sunday School, they learn a Bible story, make crafts and play games. They’ll have a great time! There is a nursery available for little ones or if they would prefer to remain with you, there is a special place in our sanctuary with toys and games that the kids can play with while you take in the service from our comfy leather couch.

Don’t worry, our minister will invite you to stand or sit along with everyone else.

If you are visiting with us, we don’t expect you to put money in the offering plate and you are welcome to just let it pass by. If you want to support our ministry and mission, we’d love for you to prayerfully consider giving to Carleton Memorial United Church. You can give by cheque or cash during the service.

No two services are exactly alike at CMUC. We are eclectic in our worship style. That said, there is always music, prayer, scripture reading and a message. Generally, there are three “movements” during the service: a welcoming/centering time, a message, and a responsive time. Sometimes our services are “busy.” Sometimes they are more meditative. But we always strive to be relevant, and provide transcendent and transformative worship experiences.

There are no belief requirements for attendance at CMUC. Our congregation members hold a broad range of beliefs. Whether you have a lot of faith or a little, what matters most is that you come seeking the sacred.