3 December: 09.00 service at St James; 10.30 united service at St James; 18.15 silent eucharist at St James and 18.00 Scratch Messiah at Emmanuel.
St James and Emmanuel normally offer four diverse worship services each Sunday, as well as midweek services and Coffee & Communion.
Below are general descriptions of our services. Details for each month are listed in the Parish Diary.
Summer Service Pattern: from Sunday 28th July through to and including Sunday 25th August the two 10.30 services will be united at Emmanuel church. The 9 am and 6.15 pm services remain unaffected over this period. On Sunday 1st September the two 10.30 go back to meeting at St James and Emmanuel once again as below.
St James 09.00 Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion
This is a traditional Holy Communion Service using the historic Book of Common Prayer. Musically, the service features organ led traditional hymns, and on the second and fourth weeks of each month a choir sings some of the liturgy. The service lasts for just under an hour and is a valued quiet space to begin our sunday worship. There are no children’s groups during this service but there is a parent supervised crèche for parents with children under four years of age.
St James 10.30 Family Worship
This is a family-friendly mid-morning service with an informal but traditional feel. The pattern of services is normally an all-age baptism service on the first week of the month, Holy Communion on the second and fourth week, and Morning Prayer on the third week. In addition to a parent supervised crèche there are children’s groups for children from 3 most Sundays. Musically the services are a combination of traditional hymns and more modern songs, normally accompanied on the organ or a piano.
Emmanuel 10.30 Family Worship
This is a family-friendly mid-morning service with an informal and contemporary feel. The pattern of services is an all-age Holy Communion on the first Sunday of the month, morning prayer on the second and fourth Sunday, and Holy Communion on the third Sunday. In addition to a parent supervised crèche there are children’s groups for children from 2½ most Sundays. Musically the services are predominantly comprised of modern worship songs, normally led by a worship band. There is coffee available from 10 am before the Emmanuel 10.30 am services.
Emmanuel 18.15 Evening Worship
Our evening congregation is a place for experimentation. We recognise that we are diverse congregation and within that diversity we don’t offer a one-size-fits-all approach but attempt to model diversity in worship. One week the service maybe contemplative and yet another week it may have a more charismatic feel. Within that diversity we share communion twice a month, sometimes using an Iona liturgy and at other times drawing from the Taize community. Above all we like to experiment, come along and join with us in our experimentation!
There is normally a short act of worship at 9 am each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. On Tuesdays there is an informal Holy Communion service and on Wednesdays and Thursdays we gather for Morning Prayer. All these services are normally finished by 9.30 am. [In addition on the first Wednesday of each month we gather for an extended Morning Prayer where we take a little extra time to pray for a wide range of local and global issues.]
Coffee and Communion
On the 2nd Thursday of each month, there is ‘Coffee and Communion’ in the Parish Centre – a short service followed by a social time of coffee, cakes and chat. All are welcome.