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. Everyone is welcome to join us for Holy Communion. You do not need to be a regular worshipper at our Church, or any other to share Communion with us. It is also open to all ages, as we actively encourage even our youngest children to share Communion with the Church Family. To make our Communion as accessible as possible, the bread that we use is gluten-free, and in accordance with Methodist tradition, the wine is non-alcoholic.
|3rd Mar||11.00 am||Paul Carter at St Mary Magdalen||United Service|
|10th Mar||10.30 am||Margaret Sawyer|
|17th Mar||10.30 am||Judy Turner-Smith|
|24th Mar||10.30 am||Local Arrangement|
|31st Mar||10.30 am||Paul Carter||Holy Communion|
|7th Apr||10.30 am||Paul Rosentall|
|14th Apr||10.30 am||David Harper|
|19th Apr||10.30 am||Walk of Witness|
|21st Apr||10.30 am||Michael Sawyer||Holy Communion|
|28th Apr||10.30 am||Ian Leck|
Worship is not just for Sundays, though, and we have a regular time of prayer on Thursday mornings at 10am 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 we share coffee and conversation.
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, Paul.