On the third Sunday of the month is our Common Worship communion service, where the focus is on receiving bread and wine. At his last supper with the disciples, Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of me”. The service includes a mixture of traditional hymns and modern worship songs, led by our organist and pianist and the choir. Intercession prayers are led by members of the congregation. There are three reading from the Bible, using the Revised Common Lectionary. The sermon, around 12 minutes in length, focusses on the readings and the practical application for our lives. Sunday Club is available for children, who leave after the first hymn and a blessing. There is an area in the church for parents and younger children. Refreshments follow the service.
Family service with communion.
On the first Sunday of the month at 9.30 is the Family Service with communion. This service is designed for all members of the family to worship together. It is often attended by members of the girls and boys uniformed organisations. We feel it is important that it is a communion service and that the children can come to the communion rail for a blessing. It is less formal than some of the other services, with robes only being worn for the celebration of communion. The music is a mixture of modern worship songs and traditional hymns. Children and young people are involved in leading the prayers and presenting the Bible reading. The talk on the reading is intended to include the children. Refreshments follow the service.
On the second and fourth Sunday of the month the services are Common Worship Morning Prayer. These are led by members of the congregation. The music is a mixture of traditional hymns and modern worship songs, led by our organist and pianist and the choir. Members of the congregation lead the intercession prayers and read the Bible readings, taken from the Revised Common Lectionary. The sermon is delivered by either clergy or the lay minister. Sunday club for the children is available on the second Sunday. (On the fourth Sunday there is a Family service at St. Mary the Virgin Fryerning at 11.15.) Refreshments follow the service.
On Wednesdays at 11 a.m. is the Book of Common Prayer said communion service, held in the St. Edmund chapel. This is a service using the traditional liturgy of the Church of England. It includes a short reflection on the readings of the day. The service is around thirty minutes in length.