Sunday Worship

We have our main service of worship on Sunday mornings, beginning at 11 am in our church. This is normally led by our minister who preaches a sermon. There are hymns, prayers, the bible is read by members of the congregation and the choir sings an anthem.

We celebrate Holy Communion on the first Sunday of each month. We regard Holy Communion as a sacrament that should be available to all those who love the Lord Jesus Christ and, for this reason, we use gluten free bread and offer a non-alcoholic alternative as well as “normal” wine at communion. Large print hymn books are available and, for the hard of hearing, there is a ‘loop’ system covering the whole of the church, including the balcony.

Several times a year services are led by our Junior Church and Youth Group or by our World Church Committee. There are usually between about 90 and 120 people at morning worship and fellowship continues after the service when everyone is invited to the small hall for coffee. There is also a small Traidcraft Stall selling fairly traded products at coffee time once a month.

We do not have regular Sunday evening services, but sometimes “discussion services” are arranged on Sunday evenings. At these, we often have a visiting speaker and the service is followed by coffee and discussion. On the evening of Palm Sunday our drama group, the Goldsmith Players, present Passiontide dramas which have become an important part of our church calendar.

We have an “Orchestra Sunday”, once a year, when a thirty to forty strong orchestra gathered from members and friends comes together to accompany the hymns and provide the music for the service.

Our children share with us the first part of the morning service, which includes their own special address and hymn. They then leave to enjoy their own activities in the Junior Church and Youth Group. For the under threes, a crêche is provided. Parents may leave children before the service or take them to join the crêche when the older children leave.