What to expect:

Deep Water is fun, relaxed and passionate.  People are here because they want to be.  At Deep Water you'll find people who have been following Jesus for years, people who have been following him for just a little while, and people who aren't sure what they believe yet.  Deep Water is made up of people from all over, from all ages.  There are hard core sporty types and people who are all artsy and creative, people who look like they just stepped out of a catalogue and people who have tattoos and piercings. people who come from healthy places and people with mental illness, people who struggle and people who are broken.  Wherever you are on your journey, you can feel welcome and at home here.  

 

What not to expect:

Boredom.  We think going to church should be fun, engaging and useful, and that making Jesus boring is a sin.  We work hard to make sure things are clear and understandable, and we do our very best to make sure that Sunday mornings are a great experience.

Rituals.  Sometimes some folks will stand when we sing. Some people will put their hands up and some won't.  Some people will close their eyes if someone is praying, but there's no right or wrong thing to do. If you want to get into it, cool. If you want to just sit back and relax, great. Just do whatever you're comfortable doing.

Fancy Pants.  We're not really a “get all dressed up and go to church” sort of crowd. Some folks will be rocking their business casual, but most of us will just be in jeans and t-shirts. Just wear whatever you're comfortable in!

Pressure.  We want to give you space to just check stuff out. We won’t ask you for money, push you to do or say anything, or point you out as a new person. We will be friendly, open, and glad to meet you.

Perfect People.  Jesus is helping us to become more like Him, but we aren’t there yet. We have flaws and issues, and we readily admit it.

To be the only First-Timer.  We get lots of first-time attendees at Deep Water, and we love to have them. We've structured things to make checking Deep Water out as easy as possible.

 

 

Where to park

There's parking on both sides of Fuller Terrace and on most of the side streets.  Please be courteous to our neighbours and avoid blocking driveways or narrow street entrances and exits.  Alternatively, there's a pay-by-the-hour lot behind the Cyclesmith on Agricola Street, which you can find here.

Come on in

Our main entrance is on the corner of North Street and Fuller Terrace.  There's an accessible entrance just a little further up North Street from there.  If you've got kids you'll be signing in to either Upstream (our kids' program) or Puddles (our nursery), you're welcome to use the entrance on Fuller Terrace, and we'll be happy to get your kids checked in for you.  Children are always welcome to attend the gatherings with their parents if they'd prefer!

Someone from our Host Team will greet you at the door, and help you find a seat if you'd like!  Our Host Team members all wear matching lanyards, and if you have a question or need anything they'd be more than happy to assist you!

Grab a coffee

We have free coffee and tea in the cafe, and you're welcome to a cup if you want!  Our Coffee Bar staff will be happy to serve you.

And have a seat!

Once the gathering starts we want you to feel free to worship however you feel most comfortable.  If you want to stand and sing at the top of your lungs or you're more comfortable sitting quietly and listening or your somewhere in between, that's all okay!  We'll be sure to let you know what's happening, who's on stage and what's coming up next.

 

 

 

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.  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 and 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, and 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 all 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.  Why all 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 come 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 get connected at 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?

A.  Yes.  We're a member of the Atlantic District of the Wesleyan Church.

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 Methodismv