Church services

A warm welcome will be found whatever age you are and whether you come on your own, or with others. We extend a warm welcome to all, whatever your ethnicity, sexual orientation or disability.

What happens at our Sunday Services?

How long?

The services usually last for about one hour.

What to wear?

It really doesn’t  matter – just be comfortable.

On arrival

You will be given a hymn book and an order of service giving the details of the service and other information about what is happening in church that week.

Where to sit?

Anywhere you feel comfortable.

When to stand up?

We stand for the entry of the Bible at the beginning of the service, the Gospel reading and for all the hymns.  If standing is difficult for you, please feel free to remain seated.

Hymns

We usually sing five hymns. The number of the hymns are on the order of service as well as on the boards on the wall (in some churches) at the front of the church. A large print version of the hymn book is available on request.

Prayers

We remain seated or kneeling for prayers. The priest, or the person leading prayers, lets us know when we are about to pray as well as if there are any responses expected from us.?

Bible readings

There are usually two Bible readings, from the Old Testament and/or the New Testament. The readings are read by members of the congregation who have volunteered in advance. If you wish to follow the readings, they are printed in our service leaflet or feel free to read the Bibles which can be found on the shelves under many of the chairs. There is also a Gospel reading during the service, led by the priest for which we remain standing.

Babies, Children and Young People

Babies, children and young people of all ages are welcome to attend our services. The can start the worship together with their parents/guardians and, after the welcome and first hymn, children are invited to go to Sunday School where they will hear the gospel in a way that is tailored for them. They also have the opportunity to participate in arts, craft and musical activities. The leaders of our Sunday Schools are all DBS checked and experienced in working with children. At the end of the service parents/guardians either collect their child or the children return by themselves.

Offering

We take up a collection during the service to pay for the costs of running the church. On occasions, additional collections may be taken up for a particular charity. Taxpayers can add 25p for every £1 given (at no personal cost) by using the Gift Aid envelopes which are available at the back of the church and on the pews.?

Communion Service

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.

Benediction

The Minister says a blessing for the congregation, usually at the end of the service

At the end of the service

We all remain standing after the last hymn whilst the priest says the benediction. Once the Bible has left the church, you can take a seat and enjoy the organist play a piece of music. You can then gather your belongings and leave at your convenience – the priest will be at the exit to give a handshake and short chat if you wish. Tea, Coffee, soft drinks and biscuits are serve where we can chat together. There is no charge and everyone is welcome.

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