8am Sunday - Holy Communion
This is a quiet, said service using the 1662 Book of Common Prayer and is very traditional. There is no music at this service at all, and consequently can feel very prayerful and spiritual. This service is held every Sunday.
10am Sunday - Parish Communion
This is our principal service on a Sunday.
It is held every week and Junior Church runs alongside throughout the year, except during August. On the third Sunday of the month an All Age Communion Service is held – please see the next entry below.
Junior Church, held ‘alongside’ the 10.00 Parish Communion Service, caters for all ages of youngster from two to teenagers at the Old Stables during the first half of the service. This means all ages in the church family join together in greeting and then, by separating, get to hear and receive ‘teaching’ and instruction appropriate to them. The children, and some of the younger ones’ parents, leave to go down to the Old Stables, the Church Hall next to the church on Back Church Lane during the first hymn, they then return in time for the communion and for all to receive God’s blessing as His family together.
At the front of the church there are bags of toys, colouring pencils and work sheets, plus a box of picture and easy reading books, all there to help the children feel comfortable, when they return to church, as part of the worshipping family. These bags are coded for ages, codes are clearly marked, and are in large plastic boxes at the front. There for you to enjoy!
The Communion Service has two readings plus the Gospel for the day, hymns are sung and a sermon is preached; and the service usually lasts about an hour. Members of other churches are very welcome to join us any Sunday, and if you wish to share in the bread and wine then please feel free to do so. If you do not feel comfortable receiving the sacraments, then either bring a service sheet or book up to the communion rail and receive a blessing, or remain in your pew at the appropriate time.
You are especially welcome to meet and get to know people over coffee and biscuits afterwards at the Old Stables every Sunday from about 11.15am. You turn left out of the church door and follow the ‘crowds’.
10am Sunday - All Age Worship - Every Third Sunday In The Month
Every third Sunday in the month, although we do sometimes adopt this service style for Mothering Sunday, Harvest Festival and other Church Festivals, we have a more informal service. At this children lead the readings, including presenting a dramatised reading of the day’s Gospel reading, they also lead the prayers and the service is shorter in length and simpler in language than other Sunday Parish Communions. We also have a music group, not limited to just the youngsters, who accompany two of the hymns instead of the organ. A more recent development is a ‘Children’s Percussion Band’ adding a loud, yet we like to think a joyful, accompaniment to the chorus of the final hymn.
The Music Group meets in church at 9am to run through the hymns and any children wanting to participate in the prayers and readings should meet in the Old Stables at 9.30am. If you would like to find out more about the Music Group, then please contact email@example.com
Children stay with their families for this service in church on these Sundays, but as on every Sunday there are toys and books available in boxes at the front of the church: there for all to use as needed.
Everyone is again welcome to meet and get to know others over coffee, squash and biscuits, in the Old Stables after the service. As before turn left!
6.30 pm Sunday - Evensong
This traditional service with hymns uses the Book of Common Prayer: a sermon is preached, the Canticles, the hymns and the setting are sung, whilst the Psalm is said.
11.00 am Wednesday Mornings
Each Wednesday a short said Communion Service is held, in church, following the Common Worship Order.
This is the same order of service as used on Sunday mornings at 10.00am.