Sundays at 11am
The “Parish Eucharist” is our service of Holy Communion, which we celebrate in church every Sunday at 11am. We sing hymns and read the bible together, and the eucharist of bread and wine is celebrated using many of the rich symbols of Christian liturgy, often involving candles, incense, colour, and movement. The service follows a relaxed pattern that is easy for everyone to take part in, and it is friendly and community-orientated, not stuffy. There are hymns and songs, with parts of the service sung, all accompanied by our organist. Other parts of the service are spoken together and we incorporate times of quiet for prayer. We aim to raise the heart, mind, and soul to enter into the mystery of the God who is both with us in the here and now as well as beyond time and space and human imagination.
Many people take a leading role in the service as altar servers, readers, intercessors, stewards, and so on. The children can go into the teaching room and enjoy their own activities, and, at the end of the service, they tell the rest of us what they have learnt. The Mass lasts for about an hour and a half, and is followed by refreshments in the church hall. On the third Sunday of every month we aim to make the Parish Eucharist an “all-age” experience through adopting a more informal approach to the liturgy and by including a variety of participatory activities during the Priest’s talk and the prayers. During this “all-age” service, the children are encouraged to stay with the adults throughout the service, which we try to ensure finishes by noon.
Sometimes, at special times of the year, like Christmas, Lent, and Easter, we hold other services during the week, and you can find updates about these on our website.
We hope you will want to join with us in our worship and look forward to welcoming you to a Sunday service at St Michael and St George’s soon.