Styles of Worship
A Typical Sunday Service
Services start at 11:00, and are held within the sanctuary area upstairs. Once a month, they are led by our minister, Martin Dawes. On the other weeks, they are led by either local ministers, preachers, or our two worship leaders that we have at the church. The young people, when present, are part of the congregation for the beginning of the service, before they go to Sunday Club, typically after the second hymn. We also happily accomodate the needs of any young children within our worship and church. We usually follow the lectionary readings, but it is up to the decision of each preacher if they wish to preach from different readings.
This is a more informal style of worship, and occurs on alternate months. Cafe worship begins at 10:30, when food is available, which is accessible throughout the service. Instead of being in the sanctuary, we worship in our church hall, which gives the space to sit around tables and create a relaxed atmosphere for worship. During this service, we have times of song, into which our music group may have input, and an opportunity for discussion, or to join in with a craft-based activity, which is available to all ages. These services are usually co-ordinated by one preacher, but consist of the contributions of a number of different members of the congregation, for readings, or dramatic dialogue.
While this is an important time in our worship, there is no obligation for people to take part in any aspect that they do not feel comfortable with. Communion is usually led by either our Minister, Martin Dawes, or a URC lay preacher, William Glasse, and occurs typically on the second Sunday of the month, but this can vary - see the Diary for this month's communion service.
We aim to ensure that we celebrate Holy Communon in the styles of both the Methodist and United Reformed Churches.