Sunday and weekday services
|5.30pm||Holy Communion (second Sundays only)|
We have two or three services every Sunday of the year. You are very welcome to come to any of them, but perhaps would like to know a little about what’s on the menu. Below we try to give a flavour of what they are like.
If you have any questions not answered here please ask us … or better still, come along to see for yourself.
8.00 am Holy Communion
This early morning service is a calm time, held in the chancel. There is no music – it’s entirely spoken. Usually we have around 10 adults in the congregation.
This is always a communion service, but it does vary in one way. On the 1st and 3rd (and 5th if there is one) Sundays of the month the service is in ‘traditional’ language – like the old Book of Common Prayer communion service. On the 2nd and 4th Sundays it’s in ‘contemporary’ language.
10.00 am Parish Worship
Sunday at 10.00am is the main service of the week – and the busiest. The choir and organist are present, so obviously there is music: hymns and so on. We have a mix of types of hymn, both old and new – no hymn selection pleases everyone all the time, but we try!
As this is the service which young families attend, this is the one where our children’s activities happen. We have a creche each week, and children’s groups. You can find out more on our children and young people Sundays page.
After the service most of the congregation stay for a while in church for coffee, biscuits and a chat: a chance to catch up, and of course get to know new members of the congregation.
If you’re new to church and you want to find out more about what goes on at this service see our page ‘First time in church?‘.
Usually the 10.00am service is communion, and it’s always in contemporary language – there are no ‘thees & thous’ (except in the hymns!).
The service lasts about 75 minutes. On average we have about 100 adults and 10-15 children. Everyone is more than welcome to attend.
We are happy to give communion to anyone who is confirmed or who takes communion elsewhere. If you don’t want to take communion, that’s not a problem – you’re free to stay in your seat at that point in the service, or to come to the communion rail with to receive a blessing. And if you can’t get up to the altar rail, we can bring communion to you.
All age service
Some Sundays, the 10.00 am slot holds an all-age/parade service. We often have a band or mini-orchestra present. And 4 times a year we have the uniformed groups with us too (we call it a ‘parade’ service then because the groups parade with their flags).
Because it’s intended for all age groups, the children stay with us, but we still have a creche corner.
It’s tricky pitching a service to people from a wide age range but we try – so the sermons are more like interactive talks. Again these services last a little under an hour.
5.30 pm Holy Communion (second Sundays only)
We do not generally hold an evening service except on the second Sunday of the month when we hold a Holy Communion service, with healing prayer.
Sometimes we do something different. Once a quarter we have a 4.00pm service aimed at families, and hold that in the Trinity Centre where we can feel a little more relaxed (more can be found on the Special Services page). Occasionally we join with other churches from our Anglican cluster or our ecumenical Churches Together group – and we take our turn in hosting and visiting the others. Times like these are advertised in advance.
There are two services that happen regularly mid-week.
Wednesday 9.30 am Open House
Every Wednesday morning in term-time, starting at 9.30am, Open House meets in the Trinity Centre. It’s a group for babies and toddlers and their carers. Some time in the morning, there is a 5 or 10 minute service – a couple of prayers, a story and a song. Find out more about the group on the Toddler Group page.
Thursday 10.30 am Communion
This service is a calm time, held in the chancel. There is no music – it’s entirely spoken, and usually lasts about 40 minutes. Usually we have around 15-20 adults in the congregation.
This is always a ‘traditional language’ communion service – like the old Book of Common Prayer communion service. Afterwards, many of the congregation have coffee together in the Trinity Centre foyer.