…. on Sundays
Everyone is very welcome to all our services, although the 9.30 and 11.30 services are the most applicable to children.
At 8am we hold a quiet, spoken Holy Communion Service, with a more modern liturgy except on the first Sunday of the month when the service follows the more traditional style of the old Book of Common Prayer. There is tea, coffee and biscuits for everyone afterwards in the small hall.
At 9.30am we have our Parish Communion, a sung communion with choir and organ, and heralded to the locality by our ring of six bells. Children aged 4 and above go over the small hall for led Sunday School activities after 10 minutes, then re-join for communion, birthdays and blessing. There is a crèche area in church, should very young children need to let off steam a little! Parts of the communion are sung and there are always hymns, led by choir and organ. The service is followed by tea, coffee and birthday cake in the small hall.
At 11.30am we have our All Age Worship, a more informal service, with more modern songs and hymns, lots of participation, and with children present all the time. The crèche area in church however is still available. Music is led by the St Giles’ Worship Band. Usually one service each month will be a simple communion, and the third Sunday may well include Christenings. Tea, coffee and birthday cake follows the service, in church.
Sometimes the two services combine at 10.30, such as at Christmas and Easter.
At 5.30pm we have a sung Evensong service, with hymns and music led by choir and organ. On the first Sunday this includes communion. Occasionally this service takes on a “Songs of Praise” format.
Children and youth worship
Sunday School and KiCKS (Kids in Christ’s Kingdom) are our children and youth worship groups. They meet (currently together) on Sundays just after 9.30 in the small hall. Here they learn about and experience the Christian faith through stories, songs, drama and craft, led by a committed team of parents who provide a friendly and fun environment, and biscuits and juice at the end! Parents are welcome to stay with younger children or when settling in. All return to church for communion after around 45 minutes, show-and-tell at the front of the church, and celebrate any birthdays (with cake and candles!) along with the rest of the church family.
Children also form a core part of our 11.30 All Age services and are key players in any special services for Festivals. The 11.30 service is a less traditional form of worship designed for families together, tends to be no longer than an hour, and there is plenty of participation through songs, short activities and readings.
We take our safeguarding responsibilities very seriously and you can read about them here: Safeguarding Policy 2016.
… During the week
We have Morning Prayer at 8am, daily except Fridays: a psalm, Bible readings and prayer in a quiet reflective atmosphere; and at 10am on Wednesdays we have our mid-week Communion service, worship and fellowship, with tea, coffee and biscuits afterwards.
Every fortnight on Tuesdays at 7pm, we hold a short Prayer Group to pray for the life and needs of the parish.
Additionally through the week, around the parish are various Home Groups, in people’s houses, usually led by one of the ministry team. These are all friendly informal groups for discussion, prayer and Bible study. They are a great place to get to know people and anyone is free to join in – contact the Vicar to discuss which might be the best group for you.
Every year we hold an Emmaus course, which runs for several months one evening a week at the Vicarage for those wanting to know more about the Christian journey and their own path on it. There is also usually a Lent course in the 40 days’ lead-up to Easter. Again, contact the Vicar for more information.