Our life as a congregation is centred around the Sunday Eucharist. The word Eucharist comes from the Greek meaning “thanksgiving” and this service is also known as The Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion or the Mass. It is the central act of worship for the majority of Christians in the world. Whilst much has been written about it, if you are unfamiliar with it, we suggest you simply come and experience it and then, perhaps, seek out someone with whom you can talk about your experience.
Children are very important to the ethos of our worship. There is a Children’s Moment at the beginning of the service and there is space for them to share their experiences and thoughts with us during the service. Music is important to us; we enjoy singing and using different musical settings of the mass throughout the year. We have a fine organ (and a piano) and a professional musician who serves as our volunteer music coordinator. He is assisted by four other players from within our ranks, an instrumental ensemble that plays monthly, and numerous others who offer their musical gifts on a regular basis.
There are refreshments and fellowship in the hall after the Sunday Eucharist. We see this time as a natural extension of the hospitality of Christ offered in the sacrament of communion. In this time of fellowship we celebrate birthdays and other important occasions in the life of our “village” community. The atmosphere is relaxed, friendly, and our children help to create a spirit of “holy chaos” at times! We like that.
‘Ritual is not to be seen as a content to which people must comply, but as a structure within which they can pulsate and pirouette in unprescribed ways. Ritual should lure people into a festive fantasy, put them in touch with their deepest longings … help them to step into the parade of history and ignite their capacity for creation.’ Harvey Cox