Worship is at the heart of all that we do. Our regular Sunday worship is at 10.30am, though occasionally there are services at other times. As is traditional in Methodism, our services are led by a variety of preachers, both lay and ordained, mostly from the Oxford Circuit, though occasionally from further afield. The preachers for the current quarter are listed below. We aim to offer a variety of worship experiences from the traditional to the innovative, from quiet communions to celebratory chaos. The worship area has chairs to allow flexibility of use and we have a full range of audio-visual facilities which are used regularly to enhance our worship.
The first part of our Sunday morning worship is always intended for all ages. The children usually leave for their own activities after about twenty minutes. About once a month, the morning service will include Holy Communion. Every quarter, we have Cafe Church, a more informal style of worship for all ages for which we sit around tables and enjoy refreshments throughout the service. There is also much greater opportunity for conversation with others, as well as the chance to engage in various craft activities for those who wish.
Currently, once a quarter we also have an early morning communion at 8.30am. This tends to be a quiet affair, with time for space and reflection, and is followed by breakfast.
|6th Aug||10.30 am||Philip Beuzeval|
|13th Aug||10.30 am||Alison Mares|
|20th Aug||10.30 am||Martin Wellings||Holy Communion|
|27th Aug||10.30 am||Alistair Jackson|
Worship is not just for Sundays, though, and we have a regular time of prayer on Thursday mornings at 9.30am for about half an hour. This is an ecumenical group which started after 9/11 and has proved very popular, with a regular congregation of 15 - 20. Different members of the group take the lead each week and invite us to reflect on a wide range of themes. Prayers are said for the wider world and also for those from the church and local community, as requested on the cards that have been pinned to our prayer board by members or by visitors to the church. On the third Thursday of the month we share communion together. After prayers every week we go up the road to The Punchbowl for coffee and conversation.
For many years, this was known as Friday prayers as we met on a Friday. However, in September 2016 the day was changed in order to allow our new minister, Alison, to join us.
We are always very happy to share in weddings, baptisms or funerals. We can also help with wedding blessings, the renewal of vows, or, indeed, mark any special occasion or important milestone, whether happy or sad, in the context of prayer and worship. If you would like us to help you in this way, please contact our minister, Alison.