Our worship of God takes a number of different forms at the different services. If you don’t like one style of service, then please try another! The two main service books which we, and the rest of the Church of England, base our worship on are the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) and Common Worship (CW). Below are links to on-line services provided by the Church of England for daily prayer. We hope that you find these useful both in your own journey of faith, and in deciding on the type of service that you would prefer to attend. At many of our services we celebrate Holy Communion, which you find out more about, below.
Book of Common Prayer
The Book of Common Prayer was written in 1662 and is a permanent feature of the Church of England’s worship. It is still widely used and is loved for the beauty of its traditional language.
Common Worship was authorised for use in 2002, replacing the 1980 Alternative Service Book. It is in modern English and contains a wide selection of flexible services, which can be easily adapted as necessary.
One of our main forms of worship is that of Holy Communion, which takes place at many of our services.
What is Holy Communion?
Holy Communion was started by Jesus at the Last Supper, his final meal before he was betrayed and crucified. St Matthew describes what happened:
While they were eating, Jesus took a loaf of bread, and after blessing it he broke it, gave it to the disciples, and said, ‘Take, eat; this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and after giving thanks he gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.’ Matthew 26:26-28
It is also called the Eucharist, from the Greek for “giving thanks”. When Christians take Holy Communion we remember Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection, and are thankful that he did this to save us. St Paul wrote:
For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. 1 Corinthians 11:26
During Communion we also remember that we are all equal members of God’s family. As part of the service we say:
“Though we are many, we are one body, because we all share in one bread.
The service books have all the words you need and are easy to follow. If you have been Confirmed (a public renewing of your baptismal vows), or are a member of another church, then you are welcome to receive Communion with us. If not, then please come forward to receive a blessing (keep hold of your service book, so the Vicar knows this). Don’t worry, everything will be explained during the service!
The 8am and 9:30am services always have Communion. The 11:15 service has a Communion service on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of every month. The 6:30pm service does not usually have Communion.
Daily Prayer is provided by the official Church of England website, © The Archbishops’ Council of the Church of England, 2002
Bible quotations from The New Revised Standard Version, © The Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America