This year, Mothering Sunday falls on 31 March. As this is a fifth Sunday in the month, our normal pattern would be to have a united service. We have decided, however, that congregations might prefer to worship in their ‘own’ church on Mothering Sunday, so both churches will offer a special service at 10:30 AM
Posted 6th Mar 2019
Changes to Worship at St Matthew's
From the first Sunday in May, we are making some changes to the services we offer. Here’s a summary of what will happen:
- The early morning communion service will begin at 9:00 AM each week (not 8:00 AM).
- The 10:30 AM service will continue in its current slot and will retain a similar pattern –
there will be communion on the first Sunday of each month and All-age Worship on the third Sunday.
The second and fourth Sundays will continue as (non-eucharistic) services of Morning Worship, supported by FRESH for children
(a change from its current pattern of meeting on the first two Sundays of the month).
The Ministry Team is keen to see all 10:30 AM services as ‘all-age friendly’,
welcoming to all and with a contemporary feel
- On the first Sunday evening of each month,
we will continue to offer Evening Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer. On the third Sunday,
there will be a service of Holy Communion, which may include anointing and laying on of hands with prayer.
On the second and fourth Sundays, we plan to offer worship and prayer in various forms, from Compline
to Celtic and contemporary worship. The evening service will stay at 6:30 PM throughout the year (not moving to 4:30 PM when the clocks change as at present).
- On the afternoon of the first Sunday of the month, we hope to offer a Church Family Extravaganza, in a variety of forms.
- In months where there are five Sundays, and with the support of the PCC at St Cross, we plan to hold one united service at one or other church. This would take place at a time not currently occupied by a regular service. For example, we could meet for worship at 11:00 AM and then follow this with a bring-and-share lunch. If you would like to know more, please speak to a member of the Ministry Team.
Posted 8th Mar 2019
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, which falls on 6 March. There will be a service
of Holy Communion, with the imposition of ashes at St Matthew's at 7:30 PM
on that day.
Our Wednesday evening Compline services for Lent will take place at 7:30 PM and alternate between the two churches (see schedule below.) This year we are using an idea from a programme on BBC Radio 4 called ‘Soul Music’. Each evening we will use a piece of music chosen for its spiritual impact and reflect on its meaning.
‘Broken’ A six-week study course for Lent
With others in Bridgewater Churches Together, I am planning to follow a Lent course based on the TV series, ‘Broken’, written by Jimmy McGovern and starring Sean Bean:
“The series focuses on the life and ministry of Father Michael Kerrigan, a Roman Catholic, priest who, despite past trauma and anxiety about his own inadequacies, attempts to bring the light of Christ into the lives of the people amongst whom he ministers. The series portrays real life at its most gritty and unvarnished, and in doing so raises many questions along the way about how to live faithfully when life is very hard.”
The material for the course was written by Paula Gooder, then Director of Mission Learning and Development in the Diocese of Birmingham (and now Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral). Given the nature of the series and the issues raised, this course may not be suitable for all. Please ask if you would like to know more.
Posted 22nd Jan 2019
All-Age Worship Services
Posted 17th Jan 2019