All Saints’ Crib Service

We welcome all people into our churches. For some people going anywhere for the first time can be a bit of a nerve-racking experience so to help avoid any worries here’s a quick summary of what you can expect at our churches.

When should I arrive?
If you arrive about 10 to 15 minutes before the beginning of a service it will give someone a chance to welcome you and for you to find a seat. Members of our friendly Welcome Teams will be on hand when you arrive so please do ask if you need help.

How long does the service go on for?
The services last about an hour and a quarter, but don’t be embarrassed if you need to leave early. We normally start with some brief church notices that are good to hear verbally or visually (most news can be found in our Signpost or Bulletin newsletters). We finish most of our services with refreshments and we would love it if you could stay and chat.

Will I be able to park?
All of our churches have parking within easy walking distance, and at St. Mary’s you are also able to use Sainsbury’s car park opposite the church.

Pet Service

What should I wear?
Wear whatever you feel comfortable in. Don’t dress to try and be someone you’re not. A few people coming in suits, others in jeans and tee-shirts. Whatever you wear you will be welcome.

Can I bring my children?
Yes! We love children at all of our churches and count them a valuable and necessary part of our church family. There are spaces in all of our churches where children can stretch their legs and play with toys if they don’t want to sit still for the whole service and a Sunday school is provided during the morning service at All Saints’, St. Mary’s and Holy Trinity.

What will happen in a service?
Each of our churches differ slightly in style but someone will lead the service from the front and explain each stage as it happens.
Our services are normally led using printed sheets with responses for the congregation included.

In all of our services we sing songs and hymns and the words will either be provided in a book or on a sheet. We will also have prayers (sometimes called intercessions) in each service too.

We will then have a reading from the Bible and a talk about what we just heard (sometimes called a sermon). Although the Bible is an old book it remains relevant and meaningful to our modern lives. This talk will help us to live as followers of Jesus, whatever our walks of life.

The service will finish with a prayer (sometimes called a blessing) and there is plenty of time for people to socialise.

What is Communion?
If it is a service of Holy Communion this will also be included in our service. Communion is where we share bread and wine together as a congregation to specifically remember the sacrifice that Jesus made by dying on the cross for us. If you are a Christian you are welcome to join in taking the bread and wine. Alternatively, if you don’t feel ready to take communion, don’t be embarrassed to ask for a blessing, or  to stay in your seat.

The bread and the wine is served at the front of the church where people stand or kneel by the altar rail – just follow the crowd when people start to go up to the front and if you are not sure about anything please just ask.

Whether you have never been to church before, or have been a Christian for a long time we hope that our services will be an encouragement and help to you. Every one of us had a first day at church – even if it was a long time ago – so if you don’t understand something then please ask. After the morning services please stay, we would love to serve you with refreshments and have a chat.

For more information about any of our churches, please get in touch with Revd Lizzie Hood, the Acting Team Rector on 01442 264860 or via email lizziehood@aol.com.

Weekly Services

Service Times

Sundays
8.00am – Said Eucharist (First Sunday of the month Book of Common Prayer)
9.30am – Sung Family Eucharist (Sunday School and Crèche)
Sundays
8.00am – Said Eucharist (First Sunday of the month only)
10.00am – Sung Eucharist & Young Peoples’ Groups
6.30pm – Evening Prayer (First Sunday of the month only).

Weekdays
Morning Prayer is said most days but times do vary.
Thursdays 9.30am – Said Eucharist
Sundays
8.00am – Holy Communion
10.00am – Sung Eucharist & Junior Church (Sunday School)
3.00pm – Occasional Special Services followed by refreshments

2nd Monday of the month
10am 'Coming to Stillness' contemplative prayer

Tuesdays
9.00am Morning Prayer
10.00am – Music and Meditation every 3rd Tuesday in the month

Wednesdays
10.00am – Holy Communion with Mothers’ Union Corporate Communion, every 3rd Wednesday in the month
2.45pm – Collective Worship at Leverstock Green School: parents, adults and other children always welcome!

Thursdays
9.00 Morning Prayer
10.00am – Toddlers Church (term time only) in Church and Trinity Room

Saturday
9.00 Morning Prayer
Sundays
10am with Eucharist and Junior Church or Activity within service

Mondays
4pm Evening Prayer