Worshipping together as the people of God is an important part of life for Christians. Here we can sing praises to our Lord, pray for the needs of the world, community and each other, grow in faith as we hear the Bible read and explained, and share our lives together.
Here at St Andrew's the 10.30 am service is the main time for worship on a Sunday. This is the service that most people come to, and our children's and youth churches also take place during this time. The service varies week by week from more formal Communion to the much more relaxed and informal Family Worship. All our services end with refreshments which gives us plenty of time to meet over a tea or coffee and get to know one another better.
At most of our services we have a worship band, with keyboards, guitar and singers, who lead the singing of contemporary Christian worship songs. They play for most of our Sunday services, with the third Sunday of the month being the exception. When they are not available, we use contemporary recorded worship songs.
Various people take part in the services by reading the Bible, leading prayers and welcoming people. At most of our services there is also space for you to receive personal prayer, either during the service or at the end. We aim to make all our times of worship lively and relevant as well as giving space for people to meet with God.
Each month we have the following services:
First Sunday - Family Holy Communion
On this Sunday there are no separate children and youth groups as we all seek to worship together. This an informal service where all ages meet together to worship God, learn more about Him and to think about how we might respond, personally and together, to what we have experienced. The hour-long service aims to be visual and creative, intermingled with fun, games and craft. These services last for about 1hour and 20mins.
Second, Fourth & Fifth Sundays - Morning Worship
On these weeks we have Morning Worship. The priority in this service is to worship the Lord, hear from Him through the Bible and sermon, and have the freedom and space to encounter Him personally. Any Baptisms or Thanksgivings will also take place on the fourth Sunday and they usually last just over an hour.
On the third Sunday in the month have a Communion service. The children are in their groups for the most of the service and then rejoin us for the Communion part of the service. These service times are our most formal, but are still lively and flexible, and we follow the Church of England Common Worship format. The service is usually lasts around an hour and a half.