Outdoor worship service
This lay-led service will be held on the playground of the lower site of Tipton St. John primary school and will have hymns/songs, prayers and a short talk. All ages are welcome and we hope everyone will stay after the service to help set up the school playing field for the church fete on Monday - no heavy lifitng required. Many hands make light work!
Sunday 28th August 2016 at 9:30 AM for ¾ hour
Annual Church Fete
12 noon till 4 pm on the school playing field in the middle of Tipton St. John. 50p entrance (children free). The annual fete is the main fund-raising event of the year for the parish churches at Tipton St. John and Venn Ottery but it is a real community event and many villagers join in manning the stalls, sideshows, BBQ and cream teas room. As well as sideshows, there will also be a bouncy castle for the children and the most popular stalls in the past have been home-made cakes, plants and books. Prize Draw tickets are available in advance.
Monday 29th August 2016 at 12:00 PM
Outdoor Communion service
This service of the year is to be held on the lower school playground and will be led by our Vicar, Mark Ward. There will be hymns/songs, prayers and a talk, then an informal celebration of Communion. Afterwards please join us for coffee (in the Community Hall next door if wet). Children are very welcome and they can play on the play equipment whenever they want to, if supervised by an adult.
Sunday 11th September 2016 at 11:00 AM for 55 minutes
Harvest Praise and Thanksgiving
This lay-led service is a "songs of praise" for Harvest service, with a reflection and some secular readings as well as Biblical ones. There will be hymns/songs and prayers. The church will be suitably decorated and there will be the opportunity to bring to the altar your donations of food or other items requested by St. Petrock's centre for the homeless in Exeter (see link). There will also be the opportunity to donate money to the charity, Farm Africa either during the service, or at the harvest lunch which will follow on afterwards, in the Community Hall (see separate event details). As with all our family services, you are welcome to take your children to the back of the church to play with the toys and books on the carpeted area there at any point during the service, or to bring them back to your pew if you would prefer, for your children to play with there.
Sunday 25th September 2016 at 11:00 AM for 1 hour
Please sign the list at the back of Tipton Church in advance to state what you are going to bring to the lunch, so that we have a balanced meal! There will be a short presentation about the charity, Farm Africa, and an opportunity to make a donation to their work during this event. (See link for more information about this charity)
Sunday 25th September 2016 at 12:15 PM for 1½ hours
All Souls Service
A reflective service when we remember loved ones who have died, including lighting a candle for them. Hymns, Bible reading, prayers, talk. Tea and cake afterwards.
Sunday 6th November 2016 at 3:00 PM for 50 minutes
Service of Remembrance
Lay-led, non-eucharistic service of morning worship, including an Act of Remembrance for those who died serving their country. There will also be hymns, prayers and a talk.
Sunday 13th November 2016 at 10:50 AM for 1 hour
Candlelit carol service
A worship service of carols, readings (Biblical and secular), prayers, a talk, robed choir and lots of candles. Although light levels will be low, the carol words will be projected onto the wall at the front of church. Afterwards, mulled wine, mince pies and chat!
Sunday 18th December 2016 at 6:00 PM for 1 hour
Christmas Eve around the crib
This lay-led worship service is a retelling of the nativity story, with the children (of all ages) invited to get involved in setting out the nativity scene at the altar. They can come dressed as a nativity character if they wish. There will be child-friendly carols and a short talk.
Saturday 24th December 2016 at 4:00 PM for ¾ hour
This formal service of Holy Communion marks the start of the Festival of Christmas. There will be hymns/carols, robed choir, liturgy, prayers, a sermon and a celebration of the Eucharist, during which everyone is invited to the altar rail to receive Communion or, if not your usual custom, a blessing.
Saturday 24th December 2016 at 11:00 PM for 1 hour and 15 minutes.
Christmas Day Communion
The family service for the Festival of Christmas. We shall sing hymns/carols, say and sing a little liturgy, prayers, a talk and celebrate Communion. Those who don't usually receive the bread and wine are invited to the altar rail to receive a blessing. Children can bring along a Christmas gift if they wish. At the back of the church, on the carpeted area. there are toys and books to entertain younger children, either there or brought back to their pew.
Sunday 25th December 2016 at 10:00 AM for 1 hour