Which Service should I go to?
All of our services involve worshipping Jesus with common prayer (liturgy) and song. Our liturgy roots us in the patterns of worship of the earliest church. We read the Bible and someone will explain the section we had read and encourage us in our faith. We break bread and share wine together (communion) - connecting us with the community of disciples who shared the Jewish Passover meal with Jesus on the night before he was executed. We offer the opportunity to receive prayer from an experienced team of prayer ministers who will pray for God's power to be at work in our lives. Part of our worship involves taking up an offering of money - it's part of the way in which we give to support the work of the church, and a way of symbolically expressing to God that we're offering Him our whole lives - feel invited but not obliged to take part. All of these elements are a part of each of our services - the rest is a matter of differing tastes in music and differing levels of formality. Some people find that the service they really connect with is not the one they expected - so do try out a couple of options. The services in church last a little under 90 minutes; the 7.30am service in chapel is about an hour, and the 11am service in chapel a little over an hour.
9.00am in Church
Our principal service is a blend of old and new in terms of the musical style. We have great organists who play before and after the service to prepare us for worship and send us out into the world, and who lead us in rousing hymns and some sung parts of our prayers. We're also lead by a praise band - who lead us in contemporary song near the beginning of our worship and in our singing during communion. The choir offers an anthem as part of the worship as we offer ourselves to God before communion and as we begin to come up to receive the bread and wine. Once a month or so the dance choir offers a piece of dance. The words we use are in a printed bulletin and all our hymns and song words are on a screen. Please stay for coffee and snacks in the Atrium after the service (cookies and lemonade in the summer).
'New Chapel' - 11:00am in Church
Our contemporary service begins with several songs lead by our band. Then the speaker for the morning gives a talk - always from a passage in the Bible, helping us understand what the Bible means and how it applies to our lives day to day. This is followed by some prayers lead by a member of the church and ending in a common prayer of confession - a way of acknowledging to God that all of us are in need of his forgiveness and help. There's a chance to greet one another at this point in the service and perhaps some announcements. The band play another song to prepare us for communion, and we pass round an offering basket (feel invited, not obliged). The communion liturgy is less formal than at 9am, and the band continue to lead us in sung worship as we receive bread and wine, or come for a prayer of blessing - or just remain where we are if we don't want to come forward. There's lunch after New Chapel from September to May.
Chapel Services: 7:30am & 11:00am
The original part of the Chapel dates to the 1870s and gives us a beautiful setting with stone and stained glass in which to worship. The Chapel holds about 100 folks and provides a more intimate setting than the larger Church. At the 7:30 a.m. service we use the “Rite I” form from the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer, which is more traditional, using “thee” and “thou.” At the 11:00 Chapel service, we use “Rite II” language which is more modern. All the words are in the prayer books and hymnals in the pews. There is lunch in the Atrium after the 11:00 am service from September to May.
Mid-Week in the Chapel
We have a mid-week communion service on Tuesday in the chapel at 8:00 am. All are welcome. The staff also pray together briefly at 9:15 am on the other days of the week (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday). You are welcome to join them on any of these occasions. There is also a small group which meets in the chapel for morning prayer at 7:00 am on Wednesday. Please just turn up on any of these occasions.