First Metropolitan United Church has made renovations to improve accessibility of most of the church’s spaces. We are committed to assisting those with special needs in taking part in all of our church activities.
Accessible parking slots are available in the parking area on Balmoral Road. The Balmoral Road entrance to the building is barrier-free. There is an elevator accessing the second floor and a universal access washroom on each floor. All rooms where presentations and workshops will be held are barrier-free, with the exception of the Sanctuary balcony and Room 223. In the sanctuary, there are a number of seats reserved for those using walkers and wheelchairs.
First Met has a LISTEN hearing assistance system. The equipment we use is 1. a stethoscope, which means the person is required to remove their hearing aids and 2. is a loop-type, which means it goes over their head and they are required to have a T-bar in their own hearing aids. Each of these types of hearing aids plug into a power transmitter which we supply. Please ask the greeter for assistance if you need seating close to the front in order to lip-read.
We produce large-print versions of all orders of service for those with visual needs. The use of PowerPoint presentations has largely eliminated the use of handouts, though an occasional speaker may use them. Large print versions may be made available provided that we have advance notice of your needs. Special seating can also be arranged so that you may read the screens more easily.
For those with environmental sensitivities:
First Metropolitan is a smoke-free, scent-free church. This policy extends to the use of flowers for decorating the church. However, we rely on the goodwill of congregation members and guests to comply with the scent-free component of the policy.
For those with special dietary needs:
We do our best to accommodate the needs of guests with restricted diets or medical food allergies. At refreshment breaks, special muffins and cookies for those with gluten, dairy, peanut and tree nut intolerances and restricted diets are available from a special refreshment table. Look for the sign when going for refreshments. First Met is a nut-free church: please do not bring any lunches or snacks including peanuts and tree nuts to the church.