Here’s some more detail about what happens in our regular services. The pattern does change particularly around special seasons like Christmas and Easter, so do check here for specific times!
Sunday 8 AM
This is a quiet, peaceful service on the first Sunday in the month. It lasts about forty minutes and includes two readings from the Bible, a short address by one of the ministers, some prayers, and Holy Communion. This service uses the modern language of the Church of England’s Common Worship book.
First Sunday of each month – Bread & Wine
All ages stay together in church for this service, which is shorter and more informal, lasting about forty-five minutes. There is a short talk, some hymns / songs led by our informal worship band, and Holy Communion. Younger people are often specially encouraged to assist with parts of the service. Afterwards there is ‘Tea and Toast’ in the Church Hall – tea, coffee, squash, and toast with lots of different toppings!
Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth Sundays of each month – Parish Communion
This service uses the modern language of the Church of England’s Common Worship book.
This lasts just over an hour, with two or three bible readings, a sermon / talk, prayers, and Holy Communion. We sing hymns or songs led by our choir and organ and are invited to join in singing some other parts of the service too. There are children’s groups which go to the Hall for part of the service for their own worship and activities before joining the service in church for Holy Communion. Do come over to the Church Hall, where tea, coffee, squash, and biscuits are served after the service.
Our evening services use a variety of different styles of service – something for everyone! You’ll need to check the calendar, but the general pattern is:
First Sunday evening of the month – Evening Worship
This quiet, reflective service lasts about half an hour and includes a couple of Bible readings, some prayers, some quiet time, and a short address.
Second Sunday evening of the Month – Choral Evensong
Evensong uses the traditional language of the Church of England’s Book of Common Prayer. The choir leads much of this traditional worship, creating a beautiful, reflective atmosphere for our own thoughts and prayers. There are two bible readings, a short address, and some congregational hymns.
Third Sunday evening of the Month – Reflective Communion
Holy Communion is shared in a reflective, informal atmosphere. We leave space for our own thoughts, and we use meditative words from the Iona Community as well as the Church of England’s modern Common Worship service. There’s a bible reading and a short address.
Fourth Sunday evening of the Month – Evensong
Evensong uses the traditional language of the Church of England’s Book of Common Prayer. Some parts are sung. There are two bible readings, a short address, and some hymns.
Fifth Sunday evening of the Month – Compline
This comes from an ancient service said by monks to end the day. There’s plenty of time to be still, a short bible reading, and time to pray quietly in our own hearts. It lasts about fifteen to twenty minutes – a perfect, peaceful way to end the day.