Church of England Diocese of Rochester St. Luke, New Brompton

1. SERVICES

For some reason known only to the developers of this website, Services and Events are listed quite some way down the left-hand column, below the various links, even though worship is (or should be) our first priority ............

.....so, to summarise, our usual services are:

Sundays at 930am - Morning Prayer 

A said prelude to the Parish Mass, using the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, and usually including an appropriate Office Hymn.

Sundays at 1030am - Parish Mass

Our principal weekly act of worship, followed by tea/coffee in the Hall.   We use Common Worship Order One, with permitted variations, accompanied on organ or grand piano by an eclectic choice of music, mostly from Hymns Old And New.  We have no formal choir, but a small group of singers often leads the hymns or songs during/after Communion.

The Ministry of Christian Healing with the Laying on of Hands and Anointing with Holy Oil is available (in the Lady Chapel) immediately after the Parish Mass on the first Sunday each month, or at other times by arrangement with Father Garry.  This short liturgy uses the Office Book of the Society of Saint Francis, which is approved by the Church of England.

Sundays at 12 noon - Holy Baptism by prior arrangement - please contact Father Garry.  'Office Hour' for Baptism enquiries etc. is on Mondays, 630pm-730pm, at 51 Trinity Road, ME7 1JA.

Sundays at 5pm - Evening Prayer

A short service with which to end the day.  The contemporary-language Franciscan Office is used, with an appropriate hymn, and the service includes Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament on the first Sunday each month and major Festivals (as announced). 

Holy Communion (from the Reserved Sacrament) is available on request, if you haven't been able to attend the morning Mass.  Please have a word with whoever is leading the service.

Weekdays - Mass is celebrated at the following times:

8am on Wednesdays

930am on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays (Confessions may be heard after Mass on Saturdays, or at other times by arrangement with Father Garry)

10am (or as announced) on Bank Holiday Mondays 

530pm on Mondays (NOT Bank Holidays)

Office Hour for Baptism/Wedding enquiries etc., at 51 Trinity Road, Gillingham, ME7 1JA at 630pm on Mondays (NOT Bank Holidays)

7pm on Tuesdays 

This pattern is experimental, and may be changed if necessary.  Please watch this website, the church notice-boards, and the weekly pew-sheet, for details.  The daily Mass has been re-introduced after many years of just one or two weekday services, so Father Garry is trying out different times, to see what suits people best.

First Friday each month at 230pm - Community Worship in the Residents' Lounge at Prospect Place, Blake Avenue, Gillingham ME7 1FX. 

A short, informal, service, for residents, neighbours, staff, carers, families, and friends, this is part of our involvement in the new 'Reach @ Gillingham Pier' Fresh Expression of Church.  At the moment, the service is usually a full celebration of the Mass, although on occasions it may be Holy Communion from the Reserved Sacrament.

ADVENT BIBLE STUDIES (led by Father Andrew Davis) on Tuesdays 3rd, 10th, and 17th December at 730pm (after the 7pm Mass).  Bring your own favourite version of the Bible if you can (but we have some available, if you can't!)

'CHRIST-MASS' SERVICES

Sunday 15th December

3pm Carol Service followed by a seasonal mini-Bazaar

Thursday 19th December

7pm Christingle Service with Scouts/Cubs/Beavers/Squirrels

Tuesday 24th (Christmass Eve)

5pm Crib Service for the EXCITED of ALL AGES!

1130pm Blessing of the Crib, Carols & Midnight Mass

Wednesday 25th (Christmass Day)

1030am Visit to the Crib, Sung Mass & Carols

5pm Evening Prayer & Benediction at the Crib

Daily Mass during the Octave (Thursday 26th - St Stephen, Friday 27th - St John the Evangelist, and Saturday 28th - the Holy Innocents)

10am each day (drinks and nibbles after the Boxing Day Mass)

Sunday 29th (The Holy Family)

1030am Visit to the Crib & Parish Mass, followed by Bring-and-Share lunch!

5pm Evening Prayer & Benediction at the Crib 

Wednesday 1st January NEW YEARS DAY (Mary, Mother of God & the Naming of Jesus)

10am Sung Mass followed by drinks & nibbles

Sunday 5th January  THE EPIPHANY OF THE LORD

1030am Procession of Kings & Parish Mass, followed by the Ministry of Healing in the Lady Chapel at about 12 noon

5pm Evening Prayer & Benediction at the Crib