There are usually two main services on a Sunday one at 10:30am and one at 6:00pm. Refreshments are served after the morning service. The usual pattern is set out below.
We have seasonal service such as Advent, Christmas, Lent, Holy Week & Easter, Harvest, Remembrance. More information about these are avaialable at the time.
10.30 Sunday Morning
Celebration Communion has an informal feel. Music is led by our orchestra, the serving team is usually made up of young people and the talk and prayers aim to engage all ages but particularly young children. Most months the service is followed by a ‘bring and share’ church lunch to which all are welcome.
Parish Communion has a formal liturgy with a robed choir to lead our singing, substantial readings from the scriptures and a thoughtful sermon to help us reflect on what we have heard. Times of silence contribute to the prayerful atmosphere of this service into which the noise of babies and toddlers is welcome. For younger children Little Saints meets during the first part of the service with us joining together again in time to share communion.
The same as the previous week but most months the Children’s Choir leads our singing.
Parish Communion as on the second Sunday
6.00 Evening Services
The jewel in the crown of the Anglican choral tradition is Prayer Book Choral Evensong and we are pleased to be able to maintain this much loved tradition, one of the few churches in the area able to do so. Psalms, canticles and an anthem are sung by the choir and an organ voluntary is played at the end of the service. A short homily is usually given reflecting on the theme of the day’s readings.
Parish Evensong from the Book of Common Prayer has the same shape as Choral Evensong but with a simpler musical setting allowing the congregation to join in with most of the singing.
Sung Eucharist is an opportunity to share in communion in what is sometimes called a ‘High Mass’ setting. The priest leading the service chants the prayers and incense is used as part of engaging all our senses with the act of worship. The choir leads the musical settings and usually sings an anthem
Taizé Prayer is a service of quiet contemplation, prayer and meditative singing. Drawing on the music from the ecumenical monastic Taizé community in France this very simple service has no sermon, rather an extended period of silence follows the bible reading. A variety of musicians play for this service.
Fifth Sunday Morning and Evening
A fifth Sunday of the month creates the space for something a little different. The morning service will usually reflect the season in a creative way and the evening service offers the opportunity for something like Celtic Prayer, a Healing Service, Bible Study or a Songs of Praise. We are always experimenting and seeking new ways to help people encounter God. If you have something you would like to try please contact our Rector who will be pleased to explore this with you.