Worship & What to expect if you're new
The basics at the 10am Service
Most people arrive at about 9.55am. Please use the side door on St Andrew’s Road and go into the Hall. Someone will greet you and hand you a hymn book, a mass card and a sheet with the readings on for the day. You can sit wherever you like. We normally play quiet musice before the service an at 10am the priest will welcome everyone.
The service begins with a couple of short prayers, (the Penitential Rite) then the children and helpers leave for Sunday School during the first hymn.
We sit for the readings, but stand for the Gospel reading, because these are the words of Jesus. After the Sermon, we pray for the world, for our community, for people who are sick, and for the Church. Some people sit, some kneel, some stand. Do what you feel most comfortable with. After that the priest will invite you to stand and share the Peace. Then we sing the Offertory hymn. During this hymn a collection is made for the upkeep and work of St Andrew’s. Please be generous.
The priest begins the long Eucharistic Prayer. People stand for the first half, but sit or kneel after the ‘Holy, holy, holy’ when the bells ring. At Communion time people walk to the altar and kneel at the communion rail. Some people take the consecrated Bread and Wine and some ask for a blessing instead. If you kneel you will be offered the consecrated bread dipped into the consecrated wine. If you stand you will be offered just the consecrated bread and if you remain in your place you will be offered the consecrated wine as well.
All baptised Christians who desire to receive Holy Communion are welcome to take the consecrated Bread and Wine here. What matters is a sincere heart and desire.
The service ends with a few announcements and the last hymn. Then the priest moves to the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary and we say the Angelus together.
When the service is over, do join us for coffee, or tea and a biscuit or even a slice of toast. And do please introduce yourself to one of the clergy. See you on Sunday!