Worship

Worship is at the heart of church life and underpins all the activities that take place.

The main focus of our worship is the 10.30 service on Sunday mornings, when around 100 people of all ages come each week to worship together. On most Sundays we celebrate a family Eucharist, and during term time the children from Sunday School and Sunday Youth join us at the communion rail, and afterwards tell us some of the things they have learned in their sessions.

On the second Sunday of every month in term time the 10.30 service takes the form of a Parade and Family Service, when the uniformed organisations come and celebrate their achievements during the past month, and often are presented with awards that they have earned. This is a shorter and less formal service and there is no Sunday School on those weeks.

Every Sunday there is also a said service of Holy Communion at 8.30am in the Lady Chapel, and for this we use the older form of service, known as Order Two in traditional language. There is no 8:30 service on Xmas day in 2011.

During Lent we hold a mid week service of Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel in the evenings, and this is followed by a Lent Group. Many people come to both, but some come to just the service and some to just the meeting. Anyone is welcome to join us at either or both.

We also hold occasional service of prayer in the style of Taize. These are held in the Lady Chapel and use Taize chants, which are mostly short verses from the Bible, sung several times. At the heart of the service is a time of silent prayer, and we use plenty of candles and pictures to focus on. For more details of Taize and it’s style of worship visit www.taize.fr and click on ‘English’