Worship & Service TImess
usual service times
Service times may differ. Please check our weekly service list here.
Please see our weekly service list here.
St John’s has a traditional style of worship centred around the celebration of the ‘Mass’ (also known as the Eucharist and Holy Communion. This is the service that the Church has received from Jesus himself and which he has asked us to celebrate in his memory until he comes again (see 1 Corinthians 11.23-26). Like those who founded this church in the 1840s, we emphasise worship in the beauty of holiness and enlivened by the Holy Spirit. In the words, music and ceremonial, we hope to truly encounter the living God.
8.00am Said Mass
This is celebrated according to the Book of Common Prayer. This service lasts around 40 minutes and is quiet and reflective, and there is no music or incense used at this service.
10.00am Sung Mass
This is our main service and uses the modern language of Common Worship. We aim to engage all the senses, with a high quality of music, using our fine organ and choir, as well as incense and traditional ceremonial. This service tends to last around one hour and ten minutes. After this service there are refreshments and fellowship in the Church Hall next door.
11.30am Family Service
A growing congregation then meets for our 11.30am Family Service. This service does tend to cater mainly for families with small children. It is sometimes quite boisterous – but there also wonderful ‘moments’ when many of us are ‘touched’ by that ‘something’ we long for. This service is intentionally quite short – 30 minutes is what we aim for. It is fun. But it is also ‘real Church’. On the second Sunday of the month we have a Family Mass – where our younger members welcome, lead, serve, and read. Quite a few people receive Holy Communion at this service – but many don’t yet. And on the fourth Sunday of the month we often have a baptism (Christening) within the Family Service.
Please refer to the calendar to see if there are any additional services.