Our Worship Life
Weekly Sunday Services
10.30 a.m Morning Worship
The service is relaxed and informal and often includes a mix of contemporary and traditional hymns. The music is usually led by an organist or pianist. We have a Singing Group to lead our singing, particularly when we are learning new songs and hymns. We would also like to develop a worship band to lead our singing sometimes and anyone interested in this should contact the minister. Morning worship includes our Junior Church (see below for details) and creche facilities are available for pre-school children. We celebrate Holy Communion on the third Sunday morning of each month. Tea, coffee and orange juice are available in the Foyer after the service.
The first Sunday morning in the month is All-Age Worship and activities and songs are prepared especially for the children who attend. All children stay in the church for this service. There are always toys in the foyer for anyone brining young children to church, and the church family is very welcoming and flexible in its approach to the children in church.
Tuesday Lunchtime reflection
This is a short live streamed reflection available via zoom or the church Facebook page.
Words of the hymns, songs and some of the prayers are often displayed on a screen at the front of the church or can be found in the hymn books. Large print versions of the hymns are available if required. We use three main hymnbooks, ‘Rejoice and Sing’, ‘Hymns of Glory, Songs of Praise’ and ‘Songs of Fellowship’.
At communion services all who love the Lord are invited to partake as much or as little as they feel able. We believe the Table should be open to all while parents/carers decide how and when children participate. A blessing is offered to the young or not so young who would prefer to receive that rather than bread and wine. It is our custom for the Elders to serve the bread and wine to everyone, the members of the congregation hold the bread and wine in prayer until all have been served so we may then eat and drink together as one body of Christ.
On Maundy Thursday we hold a reflective service that includes communion. On Good Friday morning we join a Churches Together procession of witness to the town centre, where a cross is erected and an open -air ecumenical service is held. We celebrate Communion at the morning service on Easter Day.
At our Harvest Festival worshipers are invited to bring non-perishable goods to be distributed to those in need via an appropriate agency. A Harvest Supper is held on either Saturday or Monday in the Church Hall; proceeds go to an appropriate charity.
On the first of November at 7 p.m we hold an annual All Souls Service where we remember and celebrate the lives of those who have gone before us. The service include a role call of names and loved ones have an opportunity to light a Tee-light in their memory.
On the 11th November, together with the LOL Foundation we have a Festival of Remembrance during which we honour all those who have died in war and conflict.
The first Sunday in December is our Gift Service.
During Advent we have a Christmas concert of music and Carols led by the Rode Hall Silver Band.
On Christmas Eve afternoon we have a family Crib or Christingle Service, where we tell and explore the Christmas story and the meaning behind it. There is a Christmas Eve Communion Service at 9.00 p.m. and on Christmas morning we hold a short family service at 9.30 a.m.
Other special services have included Healing Services, Marriage Thanksgiving Service, Battle of Britain Service, School Carol Services and a special service for the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible.
The children begin worship in the church and take part in the service through activity and the taking of the offertory. They are very welcome to play musical instruments in the praise time. A prayer is said for them, followed by the Lord’s Prayer, before they leave for Junior Church in the glass panelled foyer. There they take part in Bible based activities devised by an experienced and friendly staff who are CRB checked. Activities include crafts, drama, games, baking and singing.