Services

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 a mix of traditional and modern. Priest and servers are robed for Communion services. Hymns will be both traditional and modern. Many 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

St Mary the Virgin

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 8am service  Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays of the month and on Holy Days.

9:30am 
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 - Holy 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 three 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.

St Bartholomew’s

9:30am
The service changes depending on which Sunday of the month it is:

1st Sunday, Holy Communion.
A traditional service, with vested Priest, hymns, a sung communion setting, the
Common Worship readings and a sermon.

2nd Sunday, All-Age 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.  Worship is led by our Worship Band, Prophecy.
Band, Prophecy.

3rd Sunday, Holy Communion

4th Sunday, Morning 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 three 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.

Holy Cross

11am
The service changes depending on which Sunday of the month it is:

1st Sunday Morning Worship
A much more informal Order of Service, with only one reading, an accessible talk or address rather than a sermon.

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

3rd Sunday All Age Worship
More informal music with keyboard or other musical sources. Non-eucharistic (unless a major Feast Day).

5th Sunday - A united service held at one of our three 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 Servers usually robe, but the style is informal and relaxed.

Sunday Evening Services
6:00pm
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 — Evening Praise

4.00p.m.
5th Sunday of the month, at one of our 3 churches  — Healing Service

Midweek Services
Tuesdays at St Bart’s, 12noon
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. People 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.

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.

House Groups
Thursday Evening @ Vicarage at 7.45pm weekly
Occasional groups will be advertised in church.