We realize you might have lots of questions, and we're happy to be as clear and as helpful as possible. Check out some of the most frequently asked questions below. If you've got a question that we haven't answered, feel free to email us!
Q. I'm interested, where do i start?
A. The best way is just to come out to a worship gathering, see what we're all about, and get to know some people. If you've got questions, find someone with a lanyard, they'll be happy to help!
Q. What happens at your worship gatherings?
A. Check out our "What to Expect" page here.
Q. Are you going to ask me for money?
A. Nope! We don't "pass the hat" or ask people who are undecided about following Jesus to give in any way. Yes, Deep Water is supported by those who are followers of Jesus and consider it their home church. If that's you, you can find more giving info here.
Q. What if I don't believe the same as you and I just want to check it out?
A. We would love to have you! Deep Water is all about people who want to have a chance to come and check things out without being pressured to make some sort of decision or commitment. You're warmly welcomed to come and observe and (if you want to) participate. You'll find others here who are doing the same thing.
Q. Where does the name Deep Water Come from? what does it mean?
A. It's sort of a metaphor for being a follower of Jesus. Back in the day thousands of people would come to hear Jesus preach and to watch him do miracles. Sometimes at the end of the day, he would get into a boat and head out across the lake. His closest disciples didn't just sit on the shore and listen to him, they would get right in the boat and travel out to the deeper waters of the lake. To us, Deep Water speaks of following Jesus anywhere, no matter what. It's also a nice nod to our oceanside location and to the fact that most of the time we feel like we're in over our heads.
Q. How do I get my questions about God, Jesus, church, the bible, answered?
A. You're welcome to come out to a worship gathering any time or just sit down with one of the staff sometime to talk. You can contact the office to set up an appointment. We also run Alpha several times a year. Alpha is a great, pressure-free environment that gives you a chance to explore those questions. You can learn more about Alpha here.
Q. Why do you do this stuff?
A. We believe that we were created to have a relationship with our creator, that Jesus is the hope of the world, and we want to help people discover that relationship and that hope.
Q. What's with the singing?
A. Followers of Jesus have been singing together for centuries. We consider singing together about Jesus an act of worshipping him. It might seem weird, and it's totally fine if you choose not to participate in this (or any part) of our time together. The lyrics are always projected on the screen, so if you'd like to sing or just follow along you're welcome to!
Q. I already go to a church. Should I start coming here instead?
A. If you currently attend a solid Bible-believing church, our recommendation is that you stay there and help it become the best it can be. If you're unable to continue attending that church, we welcome you to consider making Deep Water your new home.
Q. I don't live in Halifax. Is there a way I can be involved in Deep Water?
A. Sure, move to Halifax! Seriously. It's a great city. If that seems a little over-the-top, you can always listen to the podcast. On top of that, come visit sometime, recommend us to family or friends who may live here, and pray for us regularly.
Q. Are you connected to a particular denomination?
Q. What's the technical theological mumbo jumbo for what kind of church you are?
A. We're protestant, evangelical (but not scary evangelical) and theologically Wesleyan with roots in traditional Methodism.