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Harston Church caters for a happily divergent churchmanship—from people with evangelical leanings to those with high-church interests; there is a broad age-range of regular worshippers, from young children onward.
For service times, please refer to the church web site <http://www.harstonhauxtonnewton.org.uk/beneficeservices.htm>.
Our Parish Communion is part-sung to a modern setting; other music may sometimes be played during the taking of Communion, reflecting the prayerful atmosphere, which is important to us. The Music Group occasionally plays during services, and, on a more regular basis, one of the group accompanies the organ on the trumpet. There is a very participative and co-operative feel to our services with lay members and clergy working together towards common goals. The use of innovative material and music, which has been respectful of the desire for prayerfulness, as well as openness to new concepts, has been very welcome. Other services include Joint Services (with the other parishes in the Benefice), All-Age Services, and on the first Friday morning of the month, a simple service is held at the Meadow Way Community Centre, for those in sheltered housing.
Our aim is to be as welcoming as possible and to reach out to the whole community with the Church as a parish building available to all. There is a thriving lay community, catering for spiritual and village concerns. An example of this is the monthly Better Brew café at the Village Hall, which also acts as a Traidcraft outlet.
Our Mission Action Plan has four objectives: to develop a clearer vision, thinking about our identity and purpose as Christian individuals and as a church; to encourage lay participation, developing pastoral work, and being useful in the community; to grow our own spirituality, building on what we already do; to be useful in the community, bringing people together.
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