Worship with us
We meet at the church (find us here) for our Sunday Service each week starting at 10am.
We welcome everyone to join us on Sundays for our worship. We hope you will find the service simultaneously traditional and joyful.
You can see our current order of service here.
Click on the links to listen to the setting of the Gloria and the Sanctus we are currently using (from the Addington Service by R Shephard).
How we worship
Our service follows an overall shape:
First, there is the call to worship. The gospel is God’s call for us to enter His presence. Everything we do is a response to God’s initiative of grace. The minister therefore welcomes people in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit – and speaks of the grace, mercy and peace to be found in His presence.
However the presence of the Holy God reveals the fact that we have sinned and fallen short of His glory. We therefore begin with confession. Here we readily acknowledge and confess our sinfulness and that we deserve nothing from God. We remember gratefully that, in Christ, God has provided the means for forgiveness. Believing God’s promise, we confess our sins kneeling humbly as His people. Once we have confessed, we hear God’s promise of forgiveness spoken by the minister and then stand to sing God’s praise in the Gloria.
Wonderfully the Gospel offers even more than the forgiveness of sins. It is also about us being conformed into God’s image and drawn closer into His loving arms. Therefore confession and forgiveness are not the end. God wants to lead and nurture us. He does this through His Word read and taught. In this God consecrates us, or sets us apart, telling us what it means to live as His people. We listen to His Word read aloud and then expounded in the sermon. We respond with a joyful confession of our loyalty to the faith in the form of the creed.
We then draw near to God in holy communion. In this meal God signs and seals His promises to us in Christ, by His Spirit. This is a weekly practice because without it the story of the Gospel is not complete. God desires that we draw near to Him and enjoy His fellowship. This is the goal of the Gospel.
Having been renewed by God, we are then commissioned to go back into the world ‘in the power of the Spirit to live and work to his praise and glory’ – so that others, too, might come to know and participate in God’s wonderful grace.
Much more explanation could be given about each of the elements of our worship - but there is no substitute for living in the story of the gospel week-by-week. May God bless you richly as you participate with us in the wonderful message of God’s love and grace in Christ Jesus.
What about my kids?
We believe that children are an important part of the church. God’s gracious covenant promises extend not just to us, but also to our children. We want to follow the example of Jesus, who said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them” (Matthew 19:14).
We therefore welcome children at all our services and we encourage them to participate in our worship. Of course, we understand that babies and young children sometimes need a break - so we have a children's corner at the back where parents can take children when necessary. There are also often activities put on for children during the sermon. But please don’t worry if your little one makes a bit of noise. No-one in the congregation will mind. Quite the opposite!
With thanks to Christ the Foundation Anglican Church and All Saints Presbyterian Church for the basis of this material.