All about our Services
Worship of God and prayer for the world are key duties of the church and we take them seriously. St Martins is used every day and is open for anyone to come in, light a candle, write a prayer request and spend some time with God. In addition to services held in our churches, we also visit Finch Court, the assisted living facility in Shelley, and details of the services held there can be obtained from the Vicar on 01277 362173.
At St Martin's
Most of our services take place here and take the form of a celebration of Holy Communion (or Eucharist). We use the modern language services from the Common Worship prayer book and at the Sunday10.30 service there are hymns (led by the choir) and a talk.
We welcome people of all ages and of all abilities. Large print service books and hymn books are available and a loop system operates for those with hearing aids. We have a step-free access via our South Door for wheelchairs and buggies and toilet facilities are available at the nearby Church Rooms.
Children are welcomed to all our services. We believe that they are not only the church of the future, but an important part of the church of today. For younger children, we can provide ‘pew bags’. In addition, in our Children & Families section, you will find details of our regular services and events especially devised with children and families in mind.
After the 10.30 service, we join together for refreshments and fellowship at the back of the church. Altogether the service lasts for about an hour.
The weekday services and the 8 am on Sundays have no music and last approximately 30-40 minutes.
At the Communion Service, bread, wine and the collection of money are brought to the altar to be blessed. Through them we offer ourselves to God for His work in the world, just as Jesus offered himself on the Cross. The bread and wine are shared at the altar rail, just as Jesus shared bread and wine with his friends at the Last Supper on the night before he died. Some of the bread and wine (the Sacrament) is reserved and can be taken to the sick and housebound if required.Everyone is encouraged to come to the altar either to share the bread and wine if that is their tradition, or to receive God’s blessing from the priest.
Services of Holy Communion
Holy Communion in St Martin's
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At St Peter's
We usually celebrate Holy Communion at St Peters on Christmas Day, Ascension Day and St Peters Day.
Our regular monthly evensong services at St Peters are held in the afternoon, at 4 p.m. in summer and 3 p.m. in winter. The services are short and informal, and are always followed by refreshments.
For details of all our services in the current week please click here