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 6th March 2016 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 20th March 2016 at 9:15 AM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
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 27th March 2016 at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Outdoor worship service for Sea Sunday
A service held outdoors, under the canopy of the lower site of Tipton St. John Primary School. This lay led service will contain hymns/songs, prayers, a Bible reading and a short talk on that, with an overall theme of the work of the Mission to Seafarers for this Sea Sunday.A collection will be taken for that charity. Do stay for a cup of coffee and opportunity to chat afterwards.
Sunday 10th July 2016 at 10:00 AM for ¾ hour
Outdoor worship service
This lay-led service will be held on the playground of the lower site of Tipton St. John primary school and will have hymns/songs, prayers and a short talk. All ages are welcome and we hope everyone will stay after the service to help set up the school playing field for the church fete on Monday - no heavy lifitng required. Many hands make light work!
Sunday 28th August 2016 at 9:30 AM for ¾ hour
Annual Church Fete
12 noon till 4 pm on the school playing field in the middle of Tipton St. John. 50p entrance (children free). The annual fete is the main fund-raising event of the year for the parish churches at Tipton St. John and Venn Ottery but it is a real community event and many villagers join in manning the stalls, sideshows, BBQ and cream teas room. As well as sideshows, there will also be a bouncy castle for the children and the most popular stalls in the past have been home-made cakes, plants and books. Prize Draw tickets are available in advance.
Monday 29th August 2016 at 12:00 PM
Outdoor Communion service
This service of the year is to be held on the lower school playground and will be led by our Vicar, Mark Ward. There will be hymns/songs, prayers and a talk, then an informal celebration of Communion. Afterwards please join us for coffee (in the Community Hall next door if wet). Children are very welcome and they can play on the play equipment whenever they want to, if supervised by an adult.
Sunday 11th September 2016 at 11:00 AM for 55 minutes
Harvest Praise and Thanksgiving
This lay-led service is a "songs of praise" for Harvest service, with a reflection and some secular readings as well as Biblical ones. There will be hymns/songs and prayers. 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 25th September 2016 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 25th September 2016 at 12:15 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 6th November 2016 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 13th November 2016 at 10:50 AM for 1 hour