Family Worship with infant baptisms
Our Vicar, Mark, will baptise the children but the service will otherwise be informal and led by members of the Family Worship group. All age of children are welcome and there are toys and books for them to play with on the carpeted area near the font at any point in the non-baptism part of the service. Or they could take a toy back to their pew. Coffee is served afterwards.
Sunday 8th February 2015 at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Posy-making for Mothering Sunday
Come and help the flower ladies make posies for distribution at the Mothering Sunday service the following day and at the nursing home next door.
Saturday 14th March 2015 at 10:00 AM for ¾ hour
Mothering Sunday Communion service
This relatively informal service of Holy Communion will include hymns (sung by a robed choir), some liturgy, prayers, a sermon and the distribution of posies of flowers to all in the congregation who would like one (with priority going to mothers if there is a shortage of posies - unlikely!) There is a carpeted play area at the back of the church with books and toys for young children. This area can be used by parents and children at any time during the service.
Sunday 15th March 2015 at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
Palm Sunday service
We meet at Tipton St. John playing fields car park for a short introductory act of worship then process singing behind a (live) donkey to Tipton St. John church, which the donkey enters. There is then a service of Holy Communion with a long dramatised reading of the Passion story from the Bible. There is a children's play area at the back of the church, to which parents can take their children at any point in the service.
Sunday 29th March 2015 at 10:45 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Lay-led non-eucharistic service from the Book of Common Prayer with robed choir: sermon, sung liturgy and psalm and hymns
Sunday 29th March 2015 at 6:00 PM for 1 hour
Easter Communion Service
This family-friendly service of Holy Communion will be especially celebratory for Easter, so will include a little sung liturgy, but also a variety of hymns, prayers and a talk from the priest. There is a carpeted area at the back of the church where younger children can play at any point in the service (toys, books). Easter eggs for all at the end of the service!
Sunday 5th April 2015 at 9:30 AM for 1 hour
Open Air Worship service
The last outdoor service of the year is to be held, as usual, on the lower school playground and will be led by members of the Family Worship team. There will be hymns/songs, prayers and a talk, and coffee will be brought out to us in the playground afterwards so do, please, stay for a chat. Children are very welcome and they can play on the play equipment whenever they want to, if supervised by an adult.
Sunday 13th September 2015 at 10:00 AM for ¾ hour
Family Harvest Thanksgiving with Holy Communion
This informal Family Communion service (uses CW Euch. Prayer H) will be led by our Vicar, Mark, and will incorporate a Harvest Thanksgiving. There will be hymns/songs, prayers and a talk from Mark. The church will be suitably decorated and there will be the opportunity to bring to the altar your donations of food or other items requested by St. Petrock's centre for the homeless in Exeter (see link). There will also be the opportunity to donate money to the charity, Farm Africa either during the service, or at the harvest lunch which will follow on afterwards, in the Community Hall (see separate event details). As with all our family services, you are welcome to take your children to the back of the church to play with the toys and books on the carpeted area there at any point during the service, or to bring them back to your pew if you would prefer, for your children to play with there.
Sunday 27th September 2015 at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Please sign the list at the back of Tipton Church in advance to state what you are going to bring to the lunch, so that we have a balanced meal! There will be a short presentation about the charity, Farm Africa, and an opportunity to make a donation to their work during this event. (See link for more information about this charity)
Sunday 27th September 2015 at 2:12 PM for 1½ hours
All Souls Service
A reflective service when we remember loved ones who have died, including lighting a candle for them. Hymns, Bible reading, prayers, talk. Tea and cake afterwards.
Sunday 1st November 2015 at 3:00 PM for 50 minutes
Service of Remembrance
Lay-led, non-eucharistic service of morning worship, including an Act of Remembrance for those who died serving their country. There will also be hymns, prayers and a talk.
Sunday 8th November 2015 at 10:50 AM for 1 hour
This special service is particularly for children, though villagers of all ages enjoy it, especially the magical moment when all the christingle candles are lit and the main lights dimmed and we sing a Christmas carol. There will be hymns/carols, prayers, a talk and a collection for the charity, the Children's Society
Friday 11th December 2015 at 4:00 PM for ¾ hour
Candlelit carol service
A worship service of carols, readings (Biblical and secular), prayers, a talk, robed choir and lots of candles. Although light levels will be low, the carol words will be projected onto the wall at the front of church. Afterwards, mulled wine, mince pies and chat!
Sunday 20th December 2015 at 6:00 PM for 1 hour
This lay-led worship service is a retelling of the nativity story, with the children (of all ages) invited to get involved in setting out the nativity scene at the altar. They can come dressed as a nativity character if they wish. There will be child-friendly carols and a short talk.
Thursday 24th December 2015 at 4:00 PM for ¾ hour
This formal service of Holy Communion marks the start of the Festival of Christmas. There will be hymns/carols, robed choir, liturgy, prayers, a sermon and a celebration of the Eucharist, during which everyone is invited to the altar rail to receive Communion or, if not your usual custom, a blessing.
Thursday 24th December 2015 at 11:00 PM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Christmas Day Communion
The family service for the Festival of Christmas. We shall sing hymns/carols, say and sing a little liturgy, prayers, a talk and celebrate Communion. Those who don't usually receive the bread and wine are invited to the altar rail to receive a blessing. Children can bring along a Christmas gift if they wish. At the back of the church, on the carpeted area. there are toys and books to entertain younger children, either there or brought back to their pew.
Friday 25th December 2015 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour
Patronal Festival with Family Communion
A service of Family Communion (an informal, parish Communion using Common Worship Eucharistic Prayer H) for the Patronal Festival of St. John the Evangelist. This service will be led by our Vicar and include congregational hymns and a robed choir, some said liturgy, prayers and a sermon. There will be celebratory refreshments served after the service.
Sunday 27th December 2015 at 11:00 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.