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Worship at All Saints
The style of our worship at All Saints lies broadly within the liberal Catholic tradition of the Church of England.
We try to offer a range of worship to suit different tastes and styles. However we are a church which has always been centred on the weekly Eucharist or service of Holy Communion at which the congregation receive the bread and wine in memory of Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross, and our main Sunday morning service is always at 10:30 am.
Our Sunday Morning Eucharist takes place at 10:30 am on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Sundays of the month. It is a sung Eucharist led by our robed choir with hymns and a sermon and lasts just over an hour and is attended by 50-70 people.
On the first Sunday of the month, there is a said Holy Communion service according to the Book of Common Prayer at 8:00 am in the Lady Chapel for those who prefer Communion to All-Age Worship or who still have a soft spot for the BCP!
There is also a half-hour said Eucharist held in the Lady Chapel every Wednesday morning at 9:30 am, which is attended by a faithful 12-20 people and is followed by refreshments.
Morning Prayer is said in the Lady Chapel at 8:30 am on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays using Common Worship Daily Prayer. The service takes about 20 minutes and all are welcome.
On the first Sunday of the month, our 10:30 am service is a service of All-Age Worship that is designed to appeal to all ages but has a specific focus on those with young families. The service lasts about 40-50 minutes and has 4 hymns which are accompanied by our Music Group. Occasionally at special festivals, this service is also a Eucharist but we use a shorter form of the Eucharistic prayer.
These services usually involve an interactive All-Age talk or a dramatic presentation by some of our young people instead of a sermon and are based around the theme of the day. Our Baptism families are often welcomed at this service and our Junior choir will often take a lead role.
Choral Evensong, using the Book of Common Prayer, is sung on a Sunday evening at 6:30 pm almost every Sunday of the year unless there is a special afternoon service or it is the fifth Sunday of the month. We are the only church in the deanery offering a weekly evensong and so we regularly welcome those from other churches who enjoy this service. The service is preceded by a choir practice at 5:30 pm and we welcome others who would like to join the choir just for the evening to come along to this rehearsal and then sing with us. Please see the separate Evensong section for full details.
On the fifth Sunday of the month, we try and offer something a bit different at the 6:30 pm slot. Be Still is a 40 minute quiet and reflective service using recorded music as well as hymns and plenty of silence. We may use material from the Iona Community, Lindisfarne or Taize for example and usually sit in a quiet circle on the platform at the top of the Nave.
Service of Wholeness & Healing
People have been asking for a while whether we might reintroduce a service of wholeness and healing and so our first service was held, and much appreciated, in July 2017
The services will be held on the fourth Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm.
The dates for the remainder of 2017 will be:
Thursday 24th August, 28th September, 26th October and 23rd November.
The services take place in the Lady Chapel and are quiet said services lasting about 50 minutes with the opportunity to receive the laying on of hands and anointing with oil either for ourselves or for other people, and will invite wholeness & healing for both, the body, mind and spirit.
At particular times of the year, there are special services, for example, our Flower Festival service, Remembrance Sunday, our annual Memorial Service for the bereaved at All Souls tide and our Christingle. These Services are shown in the Calendar along with all the details you may need to know.
Christmas, Holy Week and Easter
We always look forward to welcoming the local community to the full range of our services during the Christmas period and Holy Week. Please see the separate pages for these special times in the year.