The Parish Communion Service follows the Church of England’s “Common Worship” Order 1 Service. This service blends some traditional aspects of church services with modern language, and a relaxed open style. It is a service that appeals to a wide cross-section of people; young and old, individuals and families.
Parish Communion is a celebration of the Eucharist which includes readings from the Bible, times of prayer, a reflection or sermon, and a combination of traditional hymns and modern songs.
The service lasts about 75 minutes, and is followed by refreshments in the Chapter House which is an opportunity to meet and chat with one another.
The service is broadcase via Zoom which you can join on the following link from 9:45am.
Meeting ID: 861 3500 8616 Passcode: 599753 Dial in: 0203 481 5237
If it is your practice to receive Communion in your own church, then you are most welcome to receive Communion at St Andrew's. If not, you are welcome to come to the altar rail for a blessing, carrying the service book with you as an indication.
During the Parish Communion, the children may leave and go into the Chapter House for their own act of worship and Sunday School activities. The children of our Sunday School have the opportunity to leave after the opening hymn, and return at the end of the Eucharistic prayer to share in Holy Communion. This is not compulsory, and a number of children choose to stay in church. The worship and activities are suitable for all children, up to 14 years, in different groups.
On the first Sunday of each month, children stay in church for Family Communion. This service follows the form of the Parish Communion service, but is less formal and is specially planned to encourage the involvement and participation of children in worship.
The children are actively involved in taking part in the service, often through drama, readings or prayers. Songs are accompanied by our worship band. The service lasts about an hour, with tea and coffee served afterwards in the Chapter House. This is another weekly opportunity to meet and chat with one another.
Children aged 7 years and above who regularly attend Sunday School may receive Communion by agreement with the Vicar. For more information regarding the training and preparation which is offered, please speak to the Vicar.