Our services

How we worship

There is a wide range of services on offer across the Benefice from quiet said services of Holy Communion to busy invigorating family services with everything in between too. What is common to all our churches is the warmth of our welcome to everyone. There are no reserved seats in our churches so please feel free to sit where you like.

Evensong (Traditional language)

When you arrive at the church you will be welcomed and given a hymn book and a prayer book.

We start the service with a hymn and then say sorry for God for the things we have said and done that have hurt or wounded others or ourselves. We then say a psalm which is a sort of poem/song from the OT that Jesus would have used in his worship. We then listen to readings from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible interspersed with two more songs from the Bible called the Magnificat and the Nunc Dimittis. There is a sermon of about 10-15 minutes and then prayers for the needs of the church, the world, our community, and those who have asked for personal prayer if they are poorly or bereaved. All this is interspersed with 3 more hymns and a collection is usually taken in the last hymn for the work of the church.

The whole service lasts about 45 minutes.

Holy Communion (Traditional language)

When you arrive at the church you will be welcomed and given a prayer book.

During the service we offer various forms of prayer: adoration, confession and a special prayer for the week, as well as prayers for the needs of God’s world and his people. We hear readings from the Bible and sermon of 10 – 15 minutes will be preached. A collection is taken for the work of the church. The Minister leading the service offers prayers over bread and wine to celebrate the life and sacrifice of Jesus and to remind us of what he did for us. The bread and wine which is then shared out among everyone who is baptised. Please come up to the rail at the front of church, and if you do not want to have the bread and wine please bow your head for a blessing.

The whole service lasts about 40 minutes.

Holy Communion/Benefice Holy Communion (Modern language, sung)

When you arrive at the church you will be welcomed and given a hymn book and an order of service. Children are welcome at services and for younger children there are toy bags available for their use during the service or areas where they can play alongside.

There will be 4 hymns dotted through the service and we offer various forms of prayer: adoration, confession and a special prayer for the week, as well as prayers for the needs of God’s world and his people. We hear readings from the Bible and sermon of 10 – 15 minutes will be preached. Half way through the service we are invited to share the Peace with each other. Generally, people shake hands or hug one another and say “Peace be with you” and it symbolises our acceptance of each other just as we are. We also sing other bits of the service – the Gloria (a hymn of praise to God) and the Sanctus (again acknowledging how special God is). The choir helps us in our singing.

A collection is taken during the third hymn for the work of the church and the Minister then leads the long prayer of thanksgiving for the life and sacrifice of Jesus during which s/he blesses the bread and wine which is then shared out among everyone who is baptised. Please come up to the rail at the front of church, and if you do not want to have the bread and wine please bow your head for a blessing.

The whole service lasts about an hour and there are refreshments and a chance to chat after the service.

Holy Communion (Modern language, said)

When you arrive at the church you will be welcomed and given an order of service.

During the service we offer various forms of prayer: adoration, confession and a special prayer for the week, as well as prayers for the needs of God’s world and his people. We hear readings from the Bible and sermon of 10 – 15 minutes will be preached. Half way through the service we are invited to share the Peace with each other. Generally, people shake hands or hug one another and say “Peace be with you” and it symbolises our acceptance of each other just as we are.

A collection is taken for the work of the church and the Minister then leads the long prayer of thanksgiving for the life and sacrifice of Jesus during which s/he blesses the bread and wine which is then shared out among everyone who is baptised. Please come up to the rail at the front of church, and if you do not want to have the bread and wine please bow your head for a blessing.

The whole service lasts about 40 minutes.

Family Service

These are relaxed and informal services involving children as much as possible. The services contain prayers, Bible readings, a confession, the Lord’s Prayer, and plenty of singing, often with vigorous actions! There is no sermon but at three points in the service there may be a sketch performed by the young people, a game appropriate to the theme of the Sunday, and a simple unravelling of the Gospel for the day, with plenty of visual explanation. We use inventive and expressive ways of offering prayer to God.

The whole service lasts about 40 minutes.

Morning Worship (Modern language)

When you arrive at the church you will be welcomed and given a hymn book and an order of service.

We sing lots of hymns in this service (usually 5) and the hymns are interspersed with times of prayer, readings from the Bible and a sermon of about 15 minutes.

During the service we are invited to share the Peace with each other. Generally, people shake hands or hug one another and say “Peace be with you” and it symbolises our acceptance of each other just as we are.

Towards the end of the service a collection is taken for the work of the church during one of the hymns. The whole service lasts about 40 minutes.

After the service refreshments are served and everyone is invited to stay and chat, catch up on news and meet newcomers.

Matins (Traditional language)

When you arrive at the church you will be welcomed and given a hymn book and a prayer book.

We start the service with a hymn and then say sorry for God for the things we have said and done that have hurt or wounded others or ourselves. We then say a psalm which is a sort of poem/song from the OT that Jesus would have used in his worship. We then listen to readings from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible interspersed with two more songs from the Bible called the Te Deum and the Benedictus. There is a sermon of about 10-15 minutes and then prayers for the needs of the church, the world, our community, and those who have asked for personal prayer if they are poorly or bereaved. All this is interspersed with 3 more hymns and a collection is usually taken in the last hymn for the work of the church.

The whole service lasts about 45 minutes.

Messy Church

When you arrive at church you will see lots of buggies and pushchairs, chatting parents and loads of kids. Someone will smile, offer you coffee and introduce you to other parents. The children have craft activities to do based on the theme of the day and the parents have a chance to catch up on news and parental stresses!

After about half an hour we start our act of worship with lots of songs, actions and fun. We then listen to a Bible story and get involved with the story. We say our prayers and share the peace together. All the children come up to the holy table for a blessing. We end our service with lots more singing.

After all that activity we share the food that everyone has brought and go home tired but full of happiness.

Family Praise and Worship

This is a lively family and child friendly informal service, using modern language, songs and some traditional hymns. The service is led by lay people and all ages are welcome to come and join us in praising the Lord. The service starts at 10:00 AM and will be on the third Sunday of each month.

Refreshments are served after the service and the whole service lasts 40 minutes.