Parish Mass (or Eucharist) on Sundays at 9.30 am, and our midweek services use material from Common Worship: Services & Prayers for the Church of England published for the new millennium. This is the principal service of the week. Parts of the service are sung by the choir and congregation, as well as a number of hymns. Bible readings, a brief address and prayers for the wider world prepare us for receiving the bread and wine at Communion — celebrating the presence of the risen Christ with us, to strengthen us in our daily lives as followers of Jesus.
The word Eucharist means ‘Thanksgiving’, and in this central act of Christian worship, we receive the gifts of God, bringing our joys and our thanksgivings, our sorrows and our doubts, and renew our to serve others in the name of Christ.
Our service books have more detailed explanatory notes included, and you can read them here.
Low Mass on Sundays at 8.00 am and at various times through the week provides a valuable opportunity to make time to reflect in the presence of Christ in the midst of a busy week.
Meditation, Exposition and Benediction takes place on the first Sunday of the month at 6.00 pm and is a quiet, reflective service. The sacrament (bread from communion) is on the altar as a focus for prayer and the presence of Christ. After a brief introductory meditation or prayer there is a period of silence for private prayer. The service ends with the blessing using the sacrament.
Prayers for Wholeness and Healing take place on the third Sunday of each month at 6.00 pm. You are welcome to come along to receive prayers for yourself or on behalf of another. The laying on of hands is an ancient Christian tradition dating back to the practice of Jesus himself, and continued by the early church community to the present day. Likewise the sacrament of anointing with holy oil is an outward sign of the inner working of God’s Spirit. There is also the opportunity for the laying on of hands and anointing for healing during the 9.30 am Mass on the second Sunday of each month.
You can read more about music, colour and symbolism in our services here.