What happens at St Margaret's?
What does a typical week look like at St Margaret's? We have lots of opportunities to meet for prayer, worship, fellowship and learning what it means to be a Christian disciple; called to pray, read and learn, sent to tell, serve and give.
Sunday is our main act of worship; we begin at 9.30 am. On Sunday, people gather from across Warrington to worship God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We firmly believe that the eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life, and we make no apology that our worship is designed to be solemn, reverent and beautiful. In the Bible, Jesus commands his disciples to celebrate the meal he instituted on the night before he died, to remember him. At the Parish Mass, we gather together to do just that, to share in the gift of his death and resurrection in bread and wine until he comes in glory. Please see 'what we do in Church' in page for more information about what will happen at a typical service and why we do what we do. During our main celebration there are usually children's activities and teaching, this takes place in the Beamont Room, the children and the carers depart during the Gloria and return in time of the Liturgy of the Eucharist. On the first and third Sundays of the month, we welcome families for baptism on a Sunday morning after the main service, or inter the ashes of loved ones into our memorial garden.
Monday is Fr Daniel's day off.
On Tuesday we gather together at 9.30 am to celebrate the eucharist. This is quiet, prayerful service in which we hear the Word of God and there is a short homily about how we can apply it's teachings to our daily lives. We have the opportunity to intercede in prayer for those in need, and prayer requests can always be passed to the priest beforehand, if you would like specific prayer to be included in the intercessions. This celebration normally lasts around 30 minutes.
After we have been fed by God's word and the sacrament of his body and blood, quite often there will be a study course taking place, this normally takes place at the Vicarage, and it is encouraged that we gather around the Lord's table before we learn together. The course takes seriously the Diocesan Rule of Life, that we are called to pray, read and learn, and then sent, to tell, serve and give. We cannot share our faith and serve our communities if we are not first resourced in the life of discipleship. In the last 12 months we explored the Bible, the Eucharist and the Creed together. Watch out for our latest course. We also share in Christian formation courses across Warrington, these will be signposted - keep a look out!
Wednesday is our school day. All parishioners are welcome to attend the school Mass which begins at 9.05 am (in the school hall). This is a lively service with Christian songs and music. The children lead elements of the worship and offer a short explanation of the Gospel reading, before sharing communion together.
On some Wednesdays during term time, there is a family friendly, after school Mass designed for families who find Sunday mornings more challenging to attend. This teaching Mass explains what we do and why we do it, and we share together in the eucharist of Christ's body and blood. Why not come along? Watch this space for future dates.
Wednesday evenings often see people attending courses around the Deanery. The Alpha course is something that might be for you, if you want to discover more about the Christian faith. Why not check out the website to see where the latest course is taking place, it may not always be on a Wednesday! https://warringtonalpha.com/
On Thursday we try to make a bigger difference in our community of Orford. Between 9 am - 11 am during term time, we run Stay & Play, a children's group for those aged 0-4 years. Lots of Mum's, Dad's, Grandparents and carers bring their children along for a morning of fun and friendship. Tea and coffee is provided and the children enjoy toast and snacks. We charge £1.50 per family to cover costs, but just come along, you're most welcome. We end our morning of fun by hearing God's word through stories, and we sing songs together! Do come and join us! Do check out our Stay & Play page for dates when we're taking a break.
On most second Thursdays in the month we enjoy time and fellowship together over a cup of tea and a sandwich. You're warmly invited to join us for 'Meet & Eat' which begins at 11.30 am. Why not bring a friend, or somebody who would otherwise be on their own? A warm welcome awaits you. We do make a small charge to cover costs, but don't worry if you can't manage that, we'd rather welcome you to Church - this takes place in the Beamont Room.
On Friday, we often have funerals or weddings in Church as we seek to minister God's love to those who are bereaved or about to embark on a new way of life. Friday evenings are particularly busy for us at Church as we hold a long established youth club, why not pop along if you'd like to join, and speak to Dot or Lennie, Thelma or Eric about joining, you're very welcome! Come to the Beamont Room at 7pm.
Once a month, on Saturday mornings, we open our doors for Messy Church - a new style of informal, relaxed service focussed around craft, song and food! If you have a young family, why not come along, this is the perfect service for you to explore the Christian faith, this is a new relaxed kind of Church. Please check out our page for upcoming dates! We begin at 10 am in the Beamont Room!