At St Werburgh’s we welcome people whatever their background. If you're thinking of visiting one Sunday, you won't need to believe or know anything, there's no dress code, and no-one will put you on the spot. Just come as you are! This page is a general guide to what happens in our services.
The first service, at 8.30 am, is said Holy Communion (there is no singing), following the Book of Common Prayer. This is a smaller congregation and the service lasts about half an hour.
The next service (usually every Sunday except the first in the month) starts at 10 am and is Common Worship Parish Communion. The service is printed in a booklet and the hymns are a mixture of old and new. There is an offering plate on your way in to church, though you are not obliged to contribute. During communion everyone is invited to take part. If you are not used to taking communion, just bring your service booklet with you and we will know to pray for you rather than offer the wafer. The service usually finishes by 11.00 am.
On the first Sunday of the month at 10 am we have 'Worship for All', which is a service deigned for all ages and stagers of faith. The service is displayed on screens at the front and is generally interactive.
Activities suitable for 4-11+ year olds (word searches, colouring etc) are provided in activity bags and can be used at the tables in the side aisle. However, the bag also contains a clipboard and we would encourage children to sit with their parents and take part in the service as much as possible.
We always have refreshments after the 10 am service and love to catch up on all the news.
On the second Sunday of each month we have Messy Church. Please see our separate page.
On the third Sunday of each month at 12 noon we have Family Service - an all age service, which again makes use of the screens and offers more interactivity. It is also the service we offer local families baptisms for their children. Please see our Baptism page for more information.
We believe our Sunday gatherings are a special time. That's because we really do believe that God is there with us as we hear his word and respond to him. We expect these times of worship together to make an impact on our lives and relationships.