1. OUR MAIN 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 main services are:
Sundays at 930am - Morning Prayer A quiet said prelude to the Parish Mass, using the 1662 Book of Common Prayer, and including an appropriate Office Hymn (mostly from the English Hymnal).
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 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 fully allowed 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 Franciscan Office is used, and the service includes Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament on the first Sunday each month,
Weekdays - Mass at the following times:
8am on Wednesdays
930am on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays
530pm on Mondays (followed by Office Hour for Baptism/Wedding enquiries etc.)
730pm on Tuesdays (but earlier at 630pm on Tuesdays in Lent, to allow for the Lent Study Course)
This pattern is experimental, and may be changed if necessary. Please watch this website and the weekly pew-sheet for details!
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.