At the moment a morning Service of Holy Communion is held on the 1st and 4th Sundays of the month, Family Service on the 2nd and 'Ignite' on the 3rd Sunday – an informal evening service introduced in the last 12 months aimed at the younger generation. In addition, on the third Sunday, a 'Benefice Communion' is held in rotation in three of the churches whilst on any fifth Sunday a 'Benefice Communion' is held in one of the nine churches in rotation. We have a 'said' Communion on a Wednesday morning and Morning Prayer on Friday; both mid-week Services have a small but dedicated attendance. (Return to top)
'Sparks', a children's group for pre-school to 10 years meets on the fourth Sunday of the month in the church tower for the first part of the service; joining the rest of the congregation for the communion and a final child-friendly hymn. There is an enthusiastic young female ensemble who sing regularly at concerts in the church and in the wider community as well as at occasional Services. Evening Services are only held occasionally, including an annual Carol Service and Christmas 'Midnight Communion'. All Services use Common Worship. We have developed occasional 'special Services' which attract good numbers including: Mothering Sunday, Pets, All Souls, Remembrance, live donkey crib (on the village green) and Christmas morning. A recently installed 'Childrens Corner' in the North Transept is popular during Family and school end-of-term services. Refreshments are served after all Services.
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We use a two manual pipe organ, renovated in 2002, and an electronic piano and have a regular organist and robed choir. A Junior Choir of 12 joins for Festivals, attracting parents. Regular services average 30 and All-Age up to 60, whilst special Services can have over 100. In the recent past we experimented with a 'Fresh Expression' in the Village Hall – a cross between Messy Church and Café Church, but reverted to an All-Age Service in church which sometimes uses an all-projected format, video presentation or children's playlet. (Return to top)
The village has an independent Chapel with whom we share a fortnightly lunch and speaker or video on a Christian theme, plus a weekly 'Pilgrims Group' providing fun activities and religious slot for 7-11 year olds. We also share occasional 'special Services', especially Advent.
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