We are reviewing our pattern of services as we move out of pandemic restrictions. If you have any comments on the future provision of services, please contact Fr Alex: email@example.com / 01943 603647 (Monday is Fr Alex’s rest day).
Our current pattern of weekend services is:
Holy Communion (Common Worship) at 8.00 am
Family Service at 9.15 am
High Mass (Common Worship) at 10.45 am
Choral Evensong at 6.30 pm
Occasionally these may change – any alterations are listed in the calendar.
8.00 am Holy Communion
This quiet, reflective service takes place in the Lady Chapel within the Church. A short homily is preached and Holy Communion can be received. This service usually lasts around 40 minutes.
9.15 am Family Service
Most of our families with younger children attend the weekly Family Service. During the service the children come forward to hear the homily in which they are usually involved.
There are three hymns led by the piano, a small group of instrumentalists and, during school term-time, our children’s choir Cant & Dec. Around once a month they are also joined by our young people’s choir, SMS. On the second Sunday of each month we hold a Family Mass at 9.15am where Holy Communion can be received. Occasionally, baptisms are also held within the Family Service.
The service usually lasts around 35 minutes. Refreshments are served afterwards for all in the Parish Hall.
10.45 am High Mass
At the Sunday High Mass worshippers appreciate the fullness of St Margaret’s Anglo-Catholic tradition. Choral music is sung and led by St Margaret’s Choir, with the Organ.
The service is full of colour and ritual, and incense is used. A homily is preached and the people receive Holy Communion.
Some members of our congregation travel very significant distances to worship at St Margaret’s High Mass “in the beauty of holiness.”
The service usually lasts between 60 and 75 minutes. Refreshments are served afterwards in the Parish Hall.
6.30 pm Choral Evensong
On most Sunday evenings St Margaret’s Choir leads the traditional service of Evensong from the Book of Common Prayer. The service has a “cathedral style” with the Choir singing the psalm, canticles and anthem, as well as leading the hymns. A homily may be preached.
For the congregation this is a beautiful reflective service which normally lasts around 50 minutes. On Major Feast Days Evensong may be concluded with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.