We have a range of different services across our two churches and we like to think there is something for everyone.
St Andrew’s Services
9am Traditional Service
The 9am service is a more traditional service, without any children and young people’s work, which alternates between Holy Communion (2nd and 4th Sundays) and Morning Worship (1st and 3rd Sundays). It is a small and caring community (average attendance around 25-30) of people of a mix of ages who particularly enjoy more structured liturgy, hymns and a quieter, more reflective service. After the service, which lasts about an hour, most of the congregation stay for a much appreciated cup of tea or coffee in the foyer, where they get to meet the early arrivals for the later service.
10:45am Contemporary Service
The 10:45am service which lasts between 1 hour and 20 minutes an hour and a half. It is very contemporary, relaxed and informal in style with a worship band and everything projected onto a screen. We will often use video clips, interviews and creative ways of encountering God to help people worship and grow in their faith. The 10:45am service has seen significant growth in the last 18 months and we have a great range of ages, with lots of young people and families. Average Sunday attendance is around 100-120 adults and 25-40 children and young people, across six different children’s groups (0-18).
The children and young people begin in the service and then go out to their groups after around 25 minutes. Communion is shared together on the second Sunday of the month, before the children and young people leave for their groups. The 3rd Sunday of the month is either an ‘All Age’ service or twice a year ‘Seminar Sunday’ where instead of having a full service and sermon, we meet together for 20 minutes of worship before splitting off into a range of 4 or 5 different ‘seminars’ for extended teaching and discussion.
See the St Andrew’s Autumn Programme Card SA 2018.docx for full details of St Andrew’s services.
All Saints Services
8:45am Traditional Service (2nd-5th Sundays of the month)
The 8:45am service is a traditional service which is appreciated by many. It is very similar to the 9am at St Andrew’s with Communion on the 3rd Sunday of the month and has a mixture of set liturgy and hymns accompanied on the organ. The congregation which average between 20 and 25 are of mixed ages and are a very supportive community, who enjoy fellowship over a coffee as the later congregation arrives.
10:30am Contemporary Service (2nd-5th Sundays)
The 10:30am service is a more contemporary service with a little liturgy and a range of hymns and more modern songs. The preaching is shared between a group of lay and ordained leaders. The congregation is around 30-40 in size which means people are well known and support each other well, with the monthly fellowship lunch being enjoyed by many.There is always a group for under 11s on a Sunday led by Helen our Children and Families Ministry Leader and her team, and often there is also a youth group too.
9:30am (1st Sunday of the month)
This is a joint Holy Communion service held on the fist Sunday of the month in place of the 8:45 and the 10:30. It is a mixture of the 8:45 and 10:30 services with liturgy and a mixture of hymns on the organ and more modern songs played on the piano.
DEEPER (1st Sunday of the month, 7pm for coffee for a 7:15pm start).
In January 2017 we launched our monthly evening service (DEEPER) for the whole team, which we host at All Saints. It is a more spacious context for people to encounter God and worship, receive extended teaching and prayer ministry. This service has been very well-received and regularly has 60-70 people of all ages attending from both St Andrew’s, All Saints and from other churches in the town.
The service typically starts with 20 minutes of sung worship, then there is often an ‘open mic’ for people to share testimonies and stories of what God is doing, followed by an extended and often interactive preach which then leads into further worship, a time of response and an opportunity for prayer ministry. We have seen God greatly use this service to deepen people’s faith and bring healing and transformation. The service is normally brought to an official end at 8:45pm but often people stay on for further worship or prayer.
See the All Saints Autumn Programme Card AS 2018.docx for full details of our services.