For those who like a reflective start to the week, this liturgical service of holy communion is just the thing. There is a contemplative atmosphere allowing people to rest in God’s presence. The service includes prayers and a short sermon.
This service follows a more traditional style with holy communion, teaching and hymns. It is structured on the Church of England liturgy. Singing is accompanied by the organ but once a month a band joins in. There is a real sense of community and friendship at this service, where we also think and pray for local, national and international issues. Once every month, children attend their own session during the service. Outside of Sunday morning, some members of this service are engaged in our community through various activities such as dramatizing Bible stories in our local primary school and visiting care homes.
As we accelerate into the twenty first century, the 11.15 offers an informality that many people appreciate. The basic format includes a session of singing praises to God, listening to a Bible reading followed by relevant and engaging teaching. Finally, there is an opportunity to reflect and receive prayer ministry. Each week a contemporary band that involves a wide age range leads our singing. We feel privileged to have our younger members being involved. The service is all up on the screen. Children’s groups happen every Sunday both in the church building and in our adjacent church hall. They are run by a dedicated team with oversight from our Children’s Outreach Worker. The exception is once a month when we have a service designed for all ages so that families can worship together. In this truly inclusive service, our regular worshippers include people with disabilities while our age range is from a few months to the 80s.
In the busyness of modern life, this service is an opportunity to pause mid-week and spend time with each other and God. It includes prayers, Bible readings, a short sermon and holy communion. After the service, refreshments are served during which people relax and get to know each other better.