Worship and Prayer are central to our life as a Minster Church. We have a number of services throughout the week, including a Sunday School for families with children in the morning Eucharist. Times can be found at the bottom of this page.
“I’ve never been to Church in my life. What happens? What do I do?”
We get regular visitors to the Minster (particularly wedding couples) who may not be familiar with our liturgy and Eucharistic services, so we’ve decided to make things easier by explaining it briefly here. First of all don’t panic! Chances are, there are other people thinking EXACTLY the same thing as you.
Most of our services follow a traditional liturgy (basic order of service), which in the Church of England involves written prayers or responses with hymn singing from the Choir, that encourage us to centre our thoughts on God, as well as reflecting on the week, and asking for God’s forgiveness.
As the service proceeds, there are usually three bible readings (Old and New Testament, and a reading from the Gospels), followed by a Sermon (these are not very long!). When the Minister proceeds with the servers toward the middle of the Church, we all turn to him, and hear the reading.
The main focus of the worship here is the Eucharist (or Communion), where we take bread and wine. You are under no obligation to join in, but if you wish to receive a blessing, please come to the altar carrying a hymn book. Before the Eucharist, we offer each member a sign of peace, meaning we shake hands with people, and making sure we have no grievances with others. The service finishes with announcements and a procession by the Minister and Choir and refreshments in the lobby. Please make yourself known to someone if you are new.
“Do I have to sign up for anything? Am I expected to give money?”
Absolutely not. While we would graciously accept any gift you wish to donate, you are under no obligation to do so. Likewise, we don’t expect you to commit your life to Jesus the moment you enter the building. Faith is a journey, and God works in his own time. If you would like to discuss more about the Christian Faith, our Clergy are on hand to answer questions.
Service times: Sunday
- 8.00 a.m. Said Eucharist
- 10.30 a.m. Sung Choral Eucharist.
- 10.30 a.m. Young Seekers meet in Entrance Foyer (Narthex)
- 10.30 a.m. First Sunday of the month: All Age Eucharist
- 6.30 p.m. First Sunday Sung BCP Evensong
- Monday 5.15 p.m. Evening Prayer (CW)
- Tuesday 12.30 p.m. Eucharist (First Tuesday) 5.15 p.m. Evening Prayer (CW)
- Wednesday 10.30 a.m. Eucharist & Coffee 5.15 p.m. Evening Prayer
- Thursday 5.15 p.m. Evening Prayer