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 and there are distinct liturgical “seasons”. Our Church year starts in Advent as we prepare for Christmas, then we move through Epiphany to Lent as we prepare for Easter. For 50 days we celebrate the wonder of Easter taking us through to Pentecost and the Festival of the Trinity. We then have a season called “ordinary time” where we focus on our Christian growth.
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.
Other random points:
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”)