Worship within the United Benefice

With three churches there is the ability to provide a wide and varied range of services; there will undoubtedly be a time, a venue and a style of service that will help you.

St Mary would describe itself as a Village Church. It is small, quite intimate, “middle of the road” in churchmanship terms. The priest and choir wear robes except at the All Age Service; Leading, Reading, and Leading Intercessions, as well as Serving, and Ministering the Chalice are shared ministries with members of the congregation.

St Bartholomew is a magnificent 20th Century building, light and airy and suited to ceremonial. The churchmanship would be described as traditional... but with a smile. Priest and servers are robed. Hymns will be both traditional and modern. Lots of members of the congregation are involved in the various ministries available to them.

Holy Cross is a village church, with a surprisingly large congregation. It is somewhat charismatic in style, very relaxed and informal, and with good ministry for children and families. Traditional hymns and modern music will be used, and lots of people are involved in various ways in leading worship here.

Sunday Morning Services

8:00am

Benefice Holy Communion -  at St Mary’s

(Following the order in the Book of Common Prayer)

A said service, quiet and contemplative, with the Common Worship Readings and a Sermon.

This service uses the traditional words composed by Thomas Cranmer.

The venue is always St Mary’s, and the service is on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Sundays of the month,

as well as Christmas and Easter Days.

9:30am

St Mary the Virgin - the service changes depending on which Sunday of the month it is;

1st Sunday. All Age Worship.

A non-eucharistic service (unless it happened to be Easter Day) designed for the whole church family. Lots of things for children and young people to do; birthday candles; the welcome of the newly Baptised; action songs and choruses; simple Christian teaching; Bible readings; simple prayers.

2nd and 4th Sundays - Parish Communion.

A traditional service, with vested Priest and Robed Choir. Hymns and a sung Communion Setting. The Common Worship readings and a sermon.

3rd Sunday - Morning Worship.

A much more informal Order of Service, with only one reading, an accessible talk or address rather than a sermon.

5th Sundays - A united service held at one of our 3 churches - details are published in advance on the weekly news sheet or contact the Benefice Office.

All 9.30am services are followed by Refreshments in church.

9:30am

St Bartholomew - the service changes depending on which Sunday of the month it is;

1st Sunday, Parish Communion.

A traditional service, with vested Priest and Robed Choir. Hymns and a sung Communion Setting. The Common Worship readings and a sermon.

2nd Sunday, Family Service.

A non-eucharistic service (unless it happened to be Easter Day) designed for the whole church family. Lots of things for children and young people to do; birthday candles; the welcome of the newly Baptised; action songs and choruses; simple Christian teaching; Bible readings; simple prayers.  

3rd Sunday, Holy Communion

4th Sunday, All Age Worship.

A much more informal Order of Service, with only one reading, an accessible talk or address rather than a sermon, and things for children to do within the service.

5th Sundays - A united service held at one of our 3 churches - details are published in advance on the weekly news sheet or contact the Benefice Office.

 

Refreshments follow each 9.30am service in the church.

11.00am

Holy Cross - the service changes depending on which Sunday of the month it is;

2nd and 4th Sundays will be Holy Communion services.

1st and 3rd Sundays will be non-eucharistic Morning Worship (Unless a major Feast Day).

5th Sundays - A united service held at one of our 3 churches - details are published in advance on the weekly news sheet or contact the Benefice Office.

(We meet in church before services at 10.30am for Refreshments)

Priest and Server usually robe, but the style is informal and relaxed.

Sunday Evening Services

6:30pm

United Benefice Evening Service


1st Sunday of the month, at St Bartholomew                            Evening Prayer    


2nd Sunday of the month, at St Bartholomew            Usually Sung Evensong (BCP) with Sermon


3rd Sunday of the month, at St Bartholomew                           Evening Prayer


4th Sunday of the month, at St Bartholomew’s Church Hall   Evening Praise


Please note the change of time…..


5th Sunday of the month, at one of our 3 churches                Healing Service

Midweek Services

Tuesdays at St Bart’s

Benefice Holy Communion.

A special Order of service is used, together with the Readings for the Day. Saints Days and other “specials” are observed.

This service is followed by a picnic lunch.

Folk bring their own sandwiches, (tea and coffee are provided)

and have the chance to chat and put the world to rights.

Special Services

All major Feast Days are observed throughout the Benefice with both lunchtime and evening services so all members of all congregations can be part of the Church’s life and observation of the Calendar.

To celebrate Christmas there will be Carol services during December, Christingle and Crib Services on Christmas Eve, Midnight Mass, and Christmas morning services with Carols.


Holy Week - Please see churches notices for all Holy Week & Easter services


No regular group at present - occasional groups will be advertised in church

Ash Wednesday, Ascension Day, Pentecost, Mothering Sunday, Harvest, Remembrance Sunday, All Saints, Christ the King, as well as each Patronal Festival will be marked with special Orders of Service to reflect the particular theme.



There are also monthly celebrations of Holy Communion in local rest and Nursing Homes.

Thursdays at St Mary’s

Benefice Holy Communion.

A special Order of service is used, together with the Readings for the Day. Saints Days and other “specials” are observed.


6:00 pm

12:00 noon

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