WHAT’S A SERVICE LIKE AT A CHURCH OF ENGLAND CHURCH?
Anglican worship follows a pattern called “liturgy”. This means the services have a beginning and end, shape and form. Everyone is invited to participate in the service by saying prayers out loud together and by singing together.
All Anglican worship is based on the Bible and pretty well everything that we say and sing comes from verses of Scripture. The services reflect our belief in God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Holy Communion is open to all and is at the heart of the Church’s life.
Anglicans have a “liturgical year” where the great stories and beliefs of the Christian faith are celebrated.
Our services are a blend of words, music, movement, gesture and silence. They are the best we can make them in order to reflect the beauty and holiness of God. Our services are welcoming and hospitable, inclusive and aware of the needs of our communities.
There are lots of different styles of Anglican worship. Some services use the Book of Common Prayer which was written in 1662 and uses the English of that time. Other services are much more relaxed and use modern English and up-to-date worship songs.