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A typical Sunday service

Welcome to St John’s at a typical 10.30 Sunday morning service, which is known as  “Mass”, or “Holy Communion”

 

Music

Choirmaster and choir The music in our service is led by our organist and choir.
 

 

The ProcessionProcession approaches the altar

During the first hymn, the choir and minsters process round the church. The procession is led by a crucifer, who carries the cross, and a thurifer, who carries the incense.

Incense is used throughout the service and is a strong part of the church’s tradition; it symbolises prayer, and conveys a sense of the mystery of God.
 

 

Children

Priest, deacon and childrenChildren are always welcome at St. John's. Here we see some of them preparing to leave with adult leaders for their own activities and teaching. They will return to their families a bit later. Others prefer to stay with their families throughout the service.
 

 

Bible readingDeacon reads the Gospel aloud

Readings from the Bible are an important part of our service. Here a Deacon reads aloud a passage from the Gospels.

There is a sermon straight after the gospel.  A sermon is a talk, usually based on the readings we have just heard.

Prayers

Lay person leads prayersPrayers for the needs of the world, and for our own needs, are usually led by a member of the congregation

 

The CommunionDeacon prepares altar table for Holy Communion

The altar table is prepared for Communion. 

In the Communion we recall how Jesus shared bread and wine with his disciples on the night before he died. We call that event the Last Supper.

Jesus promised that when we do this he would be with us, so in a sense we are not just remembering that event - we are also re-living it.

 

The Consecration

Priest prays the prayer of consecration at the altarThe Priest prays a special prayer asking God to consecrate the bread and wine (make it sacred) to be shared by the people.

 

SharingMembers of congregation receive Holy Communion

Members of the congregation come forward to receive the consecrated bread and wine, or a special blessing from the priest.

If there are any who cannot get to the front, perhaps because they are elderly or infirm, a priest and deacon take the bread and wine to them. 

Choir leads procession to back of church

 

In the final hymn the choir and ministers process to the back of the church.

Coffee being served after the service

 

Sharing refreshments and a chat afterwards is an important part of the service.

Please come and join us.

 

People chatting after the service