Each Sunday there is a traditional Holy Communion service at 8am without music or singing. There is also a service at 10am which involves the choir and music and takes the form of Holy Communion except on most third Sundays of the month when there is a family service. Also on the first Sunday of the month there is is a more informal celebration of Holy Communion, giving us a chance to try new things. When there is a 10am communion service our children’s group, Team JC, meets nearby in the Parish Rooms and joins us just before we receive communion. Tea, coffee and biscuits are served after the 10am services when there is plenty of time to meet new people and ask more questions. There are also services each Sunday afternoon or evening which vary each week - see below.
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Sunday services taking place in the next fortnight
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Holy Communion at 8am (BCP)
This early morning communion service uses the traditional language of the Book of Common Prayer. There are no hymns, and there is a short sermon or talk. The service takes 40 minutes.
Team JC at 9.45am
Team JC (Our Sunday School) is for children aged 3 to 11 and meets on Sundays during term time, except when there is a Family Service (usually the 3rd Sunday of each month). Starting with breakfast in the Parish Rooms at 9.45am and finishing in the Church at 11.15am, there are stories, games and craft.
Holy Communion at 10am
The communion service that is usually on the second, fourth and fifth Sundays uses modern language liturgy from Common Worship and includes hymns along with a sermon. During this time our children’s group, Team JC, meets nearby in the Parish Rooms and joins us just before we receive communion. The service lasts about an hour and a quarter and refreshments are served afterwards.
First Sunday Communion at 10am
This service usually takes place on the first Sunday of the month and is a more informal celebration of Holy Communion, giving us a chance to try new things. During this time our children’s group, Team JC, meets nearby in the Parish Rooms and joins us just before we receive communion. The service lasts about an hour and a quarter and refreshments are served afterwards.
Family Service at 10am
Usually on the third Sunday each month there is a shorter and more informal service which includes drama, a mix of contemporary songs and hymns and a short talk. This lasts about 45 minutes and refreshments are served afterwards.
Holy Communion with Prayers for Wholeness and Healing.
This service of Holy Communion usually takes place on the 3rd Sunday of the month (6.30pm in Summer and 4pm in winter) and has a focus on prayers for healing. It includes hymns and a short talk and is held in the South Chapel.
This usually takes place on the 2nd Sunday of the month (6.30pm in Summer and 4pm in winter) and lasts an hour. Using the liturgy from the Book of Common Prayer this service includes an anthem and musical settings sung by the choir along with hymns and a sermon. To find out more have a look at our Choral Evensong service sheet.
A said service using the Book of Common Prayer which usually takes place on the 4th Sunday of the month (6.30pm in Summer and 4pm in winter)
A Taizé service involves sung and chanted prayers, meditation, a period of silence, and liturgical readings. This takes places on Sunday afternoons/evenings several times a year in the North Chapel and lasts about 45 minutes. Download a past service sheet to give you a better idea about this service. Find out more about the Taizé Community here.
H2H at 6.30pm
(Highway to Heaven) All are invited to our café-style worship led by our youth group, Aftershock. H2H takes place in the Parish Rooms at 6.30pm on the 1st Sunday of each month. Cake, coffee and tea provided. All welcome – young and old!