The main pattern of Sunday worship at St Martin's is shown in the table below. Special services are noted in the church diary. Please check to see what is scheduled.
This service uses traditional material from the Book of Common Prayer, following the communion service that has formed the foundation of the Church of England’s worship since after the Reformation. The bible readings are taken from a more contemporary translation. A short sermon is offered. This is a quiet reflective service, lasting approximately 45 minutes with no music or hymns.
This service uses material from Common Worship, produced by the Church of England in 2000 using contemporary language; the bible readings are also in a contemporary translation. As St Martin’s has a strong choral tradition, the parish choir makes a considerable contribution to the service.
This is our main Sunday worship and there is a strong emphasis on high quality preaching and fine music. It normally lasts around 1 hour 15 minutes. We offer refreshments in the west end of the church after the worship and this gives a ready opportunity to welcome visitors.
Contemporary worship for all ages. This is a shorter service suited to younger children, without Communion but including a Baptismal Welcome. Followed by refreshments.
Choral Matins and Choral Evensong
At St Martin's we value our long-standing choral tradition. This is shown off to its best effect when we hold Choral Matins and Choral Evensong. The structure of the services and the words used are the traditional ones which have been in use in the Church of England since the Reformation. The Word of God is read and preached on these occasions and the Choir lead the singing throughout, encouraging the congregation to participate as well as offering additional time for prayer and reflection. All are very welcome and the service lasts around an hour.
‘Let’s go to church and sing songs…!’ A short 30 minute, active service with action songs, story time and prayers. The service includes a Baptismal Welcome for the newly baptised. Suitable for the families with babies and toddlers – older children are welcome too! Followed by a time for a chat and refreshments.
Lasting around 40 minutes, this is worship for families with the focus on the junior age group – a great opportunity for those who cannot make Sunday morning services. Songs, activities and games followed by a short time of worship and tea. This service may restart after we fill the vacancy.
An opportunity to explore, discuss & reflect on your own questions, social & ethical issues, & the Christian faith in an informal setting over cake and coffee or a cup of tea. All welcome.
This is a programme of thought-provoking presentations and events. The presentations are based on the idea that there are some things that cannot easily be contained within the slot allocated to the sermon! The Programme for 2014 includes a wide range of subjects from Science and Religion to The Art of the Stonemason, from Flower Arranging to Gilding. The full programme is available here and at the back of the Church.