One Parish, Three Churches

St Nicholas Services

Regular Sunday Services

8 a.m. Holy Communion (said) (Common Worship – Traditional Language)
9.30 a.m. Sung Eucharist 
(with Sunday Club & Crèche during school terms)
11.30 a.m. Morning Praise 
(with Toddler Corner, and Sunday Clubs during school terms)

Holy Communion last Sunday of month
3 p.m. Holy Baptism (as arranged for 2nd Sunday of month)
4 p.m. Holy Baptism (as arranged for 2nd Sunday of month)
4.30 p.m. Simply Worship On 1st Sunday in each month.
alternates between Holy Communion and Word Service
6.30 p.m. Sung Evensong (B.C.P.)

Weekday Services – (at St Nicholas Church unless stated otherwise)

Monday 9:15 a.m. Morning Prayer at All Saints Church
(No evening prayer on Monday)
9:15 a.m. Morning Prayer at St Mary’s Church
Tuesday 10 a.m. Holy Communion at St Mary’s Church
On 1st & 3rd Tuesday of month
10 a.m. Morning Prayer
5 p.m. Evening Prayer
Wednesday 10:30 a.m. Said Eucharist
5 p.m. Evening Prayer
Thursday 9 a.m. Holy Communion at All Saint’ Church
5 p.m. Evening Prayer at All Saint’ Church
Friday 8 a.m. Holy Communion
10 a.m. Morning Prayer
Saturday 10:30 a.m. Said Eucharist NOTE: The first Saturday in the month is BCP, with Common Worship used on other Saturdays

Notes

All services are ‘Common Worship’ modern language except where indicated otherwise.
BCP = Book of Common Prayer Traditional Language.

SUNDAY

8am Holy Communion

This is a quiet traditional language Common Worship said Holy Communion service with a sermon. There are about 30-40 who attend, mostly older persons but one or two families. The service lasts under an hour.

9.30am Sung Eucharist

This service is a formal but family-friendly Common Worship Holy Communion service with a sermon. There is a robed choir assisting with the music and who sing an anthem each week. The service runs for about 75 minutes. There is a crèche for the under fours and Sunday Club for primary school age children. Generally there are about 200 persons attending, adults and children. Refreshments are served in the church hall after the service. Six times a year there is an all-age service when everyone is in church and brownies, beavers, cubs and scouts attend in uniform, and there is often an orchestra as well as the organ playing.

11.30am Morning Praise

This service takes the form of a lay led Service of the Word with a sermon. Sermons are given by a variety of people drawn from across the region. On the last Sunday of the month there is a Holy Communion service. Music is both traditional and contemporary led by organ and music group. The service runs for about 45-50 minutes. On average there are about 80 people who attend. During the service there is a young children’s area in the Bell Tower for the under threes and Sunday Club groups for three year olds to year 5 children. Years 6 to 9 take part in Cell Group. Refreshments are served in the church hall after the service.

4.30pm Simply Worship – first Sunday of each month

This is a simple informal service which alternates between Holy Communion one month and a Service of the Word the next month. It generally lasts for about 45 minutes with hymns and songs and a short talk on a theme for the day. Children are present for the whole service. There is a play area at the back of church for younger ones. There are on average about 50 persons who attend.

6.30pm Evensong

This is a traditional Book of Common Prayer choral evensong with hymns and a sermon. The choir sing a setting of the canticles, the psalm and an anthem. It is a lovely reflective service in which the music plays a large part in enabling the worship. It lasts up to an hour and there are about 30 persons who attend. On the fourth Sunday of the month this is replaced by alternative worship (Taize, Iona or other). When there is a fifth Sunday of the month, we share ecumenical worship with other churches in the town.

WEDNESDAY

10.30am Holy Communion

This is a said Common Worship service lasting for 40mins including a brief sermon. The congregation gathers in Cornelia’s for coffee afterwards.

FRIDAY

8am Holy Communion/Morning Prayer

This is a brief early morning spoken service with no sermon.

SATURDAY

10.30am Holy Communion

This is a said Common Worship service with either no sermon or a brief homily. On the first Saturday of the month it is a Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion service. The congregation gathers in Cornelia’s for coffee afterwards.

WEEKDAYS

Morning and Evening Prayer

These services use the Common Worship Daily Office and meet in the South transept.