FAQS

Why and what ...

WHY DO YOU STAND UP FOR SOME BITS AND SIT DOWN FOR OTHERS?

We stand to start the service to show respect to the minister leading the service and to each other. We stand to sing hymns, and songs from the Bible (sometimes called canticles). We also stand for certain readings from the Bible (the Gospel) which are specifically about Jesus or contain his teaching. This shows how important we think this is. We stand to listen the great prayer of thanksgiving over the bread and the wine at a service of Holy Communion.

The rest of the time we sit!

WHY DO SOME PEOPLE WEAR ROBES?

In order to take a service in an Anglican church you have to have permission from the Bishop. Robes have always been a traditional way of spotting the person with the permission. The robes are different depending on the type of service being taken and who is wearing them (eg Bishops have different robes to vicars). Robes don’t make a difference to the person underneath they are just part of our tradition and heritage.

Choirs often wear robes, but they are more like a uniform.

WHY DO YOU SHAKE HANDS DURING THE SERVICE?

Anglicans shake hands during a part of the service called “the peace”. Christians believe that Jesus was the Prince of Peace and the only person who can bring peace into our troubled world. To remind us of that belief and to show unity and openness to each other we shake hands, hug or kiss everyone else there often saying “peace be with you”.

WHY DO YOU GIVE MONEY DURING A SERVICE?

Churches rely solely on donations to stay open and functioning: there is no money budgeted to churches from a central organisation. The local community pays for the local church.
A freewill offering is taken during the service, but not everyone will put something in as often regular attenders support the work of the church through standing orders, or using envelopes that allow us to receive gift aid on donations.

WHAT DOES YOUR LOGO MEAN?

Our Benefice logo symbolises some deep truths about the Christian faith. We can see in it reference to the Trinity. God the Father, creator of all things and the foundation of the tree of life encompasses under its branches the Son – the alpha and the omega. The Holy Spirit, the dove, has the Father and the Son in the spread of its wings. The circular feel of the logo reminds us that the Trinity is a circle of love. Here is no hierarchy, but a relationship. If you would like to learn more about the Christian faith, please contact the Rector.

RANDOM THOUGHTS ….

You won’t sit in “some-else’s seat”

You are allowed to talk before the service

The coffee after the service is often surprisingly nice

Feel free to laugh at the vicar’s jokes

Christians are normal people (who get things wrong, have bad days and are generally not “perfect”)

Yes, pews really are that uncomfortable …