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 quiet, 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 usually 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 the priest-in-charge.  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 - call in at the Church on a Saturday morning 10am - 12 noon, or contact the priest-in-charge.

Sundays at 6pm - Evening Prayer A quiet 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.  

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 Fr Garry before the service.

Weekdays - Mass is celebrated at the following times:

8am on Wednesdays

930am on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays (Confessions may be heard from 10am on Saturdays, or by arrangement with the priest-in-charge)

10am (or as announced) on Bank Holiday Mondays (but see below re 30th May...)

530pm on Mondays (followed by Office Hour for Baptism/Wedding enquiries etc.)

730pm on Tuesdays (and usually on major Holydays, as announced)

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 Fr Garry is trying out different times, to see what suits people best.

During the week commencing Monday 20th May, there will be a Mass on Tuesday 21st at 10am, and on Saturday 25th at 930am - NO OTHER SERVICES THAT WEEK!  Back to more-or-less normal on Sunday 26th May...but there'll be a Mass on Late Spring Bank Holiday Monday 27th May at 10am, not 530pm. 

And, just to make things more complicated, on Ascension Day - 30th May - Mass is at 10am (a little later than our usual Thursday time!), and 730pm.

With effect from Friday 1st June, weekday and Sunday service times are back to the usual schedule!

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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 Holy Communion from the Reserved Sacrament, though occasionally a 'full' celebration of the Mass is held.