This traditional service from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer has been sung at St Mary's for over a hundred years, and forms a central part of our musical tradition. It is an undemanding, gentle service in which the choir takes the leading role in singing the psalms and evening canticles of the Church, enabling us to pause and worship God.
We have recently introduced this service twice a month especially for families with young children, though people of all ages are welcome. We begin with music practice at 9 am. The service is a simplified version of the parish eucharist, with a gospel reading, a very short all-age talk and easy-to-sing songs. Children are particularly invited to take part by playing percussion instruments, bringing up the offertory and acting as servers and stewards. The service finishes before 10 am and afterwards there are refreshments and the opportunity to speak to people and make new friends.
The Eucharist is the heart of our life at St Mary's. Our worship is enriched by good music, colour and ceremonial, with a sermon that is reflective and relevant. Christians of all denominations are welcome to receive holy communion. During the Eucharist our large and thriving Sunday School meets (term-time only). The children join the congregation either at the Peace or in time for communion. Several times a year we celebrate an All-age Eucharist at 10.30 to bring the whole parish family together. After the service, which lasts an hour and ten minutes, there is an opportunity to meet and talk over coffee.
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