Accessibility

The Danish Lutheran Church of Vancouver, B.C., tries to be accessible to all. If you have a concern, please let us know.

Mobility

Our building is mostly wheelchair accessible. The main entrance in the west end (with the tower) allows step-free access to the Sanctuary while the east entrance allows step-free access to the Church Hall where most of our larger events take place. An elevator connects the two floors. Both floors have wheelchair-accessible washrooms.

If you cannot comfortably negotiate the two steps up to the altar, you are very welcome to receive Holy Communion in one of the front pews or sitting in your walker next to the baptismal font. If you cannot comfortably kneel at the altar, please receive Holy Communion standing.

During the service, we stand in respect of God when we meet Him in the Bible readings and certain other parts of our liturgy. If you cannot get up comfortably, please remain seated; there are many other ways of showing respect.

To reach the Library or the office, you must ascend two steps from the Sanctuary. If that is difficult for you, please let us know, and we will make arrangements.

The Choir Loft (and above in the tower) is not wheelchair accessible.

If you are not able to come to church, please know that we hold monthly services at Dania Home, Dania Manor, and Swedish Assisted Living. Moreover, our pastor can come to your home;

Vision

Our Order of Service is available in extra large print. Please ask the Greeter for a copy as you enter the Sanctuary. We also have some hymns available in extra large print. Again, please ask the Greeter as you enter the Sanctuary.

Hearing

Our sound system includes personal listening devices. Please ask the Greeter for one as you enter the Sanctuary.

Food Allergies & Dietary Restrictions

Our regular Communion wafers contain wheat. If you prefer the rice based alternative, please leave your hands on the railing as the wafers are distributed.

Our regular Communion wine contains alcohol. If you prefer grape juice, please hold a finger over your Communion cup as a signal to the pastor.

Our kitchen processes all sorts of food, and pot-luck contributions are beyond our control. If you have a food allergy, please beware. If you let us know in advance, we may be able to accommodate your restrictions.

If your child has allergies, please inform the Sunday School teacher.

Language & Ethnic Background

We welcome people of all backgrounds; in particular, you do not have to be Danish or of Danish lineage to be a member of our church.

The services on the first and third Sunday of each month and the Kom-Sammen Eftermiddag event are usually in Danish. All other services and events are usually in English. The language of each event should be clear from our calendar. Occasionally, we find ourselves using the language of least resistance, but we intend to be intelligible to all people present.

Religious Background

People of all religious backgrounds are welcome to worship with us. If you are not baptised or do not consider yourself a Christian, you should not participate in Holy Communion: when the congregation comes up to the altar to receive the body and blood of Christ, simply remain seated in your pew.

In our tradition, men do not wear a hat inside the Sanctuary. However, if you usually wear a scull cap or other obviously religious headwear, please follow your own custom.

Web Site

I cannot claim that our web site conforms to any particular web content accessibility guidelines. Such a claim could have legal implications, and I am not a lawyer. However, I do try; if I fall short, please let me know.