SERVICES @stmarywarsash

If you wish to attend a Service in Church, please book in advance with the Church Office by Thursday 11am

Covid Service Times

Due to Government and CofE restrictions our Services are subject to amendment. 

Please check the calendar and FaceBook page for the latest update.  

Normal Service Times

Our regular worship each Sunday is at :-

  •   8.00am Traditional Holy Communion
  • 10.00am Contemporary Communion or Familiy Worship with children’s and youth activities
  • 6.30pm Choral Evensong, Taize or Celtic Communion or Alternative style Worship

There is a traditional midweek service of Communion each Thursday at 11:00am.

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TRADITIONAL COMMUNION    30 to 40 worshippers gather to start each Sunday at 8.00am with a said service of Holy Communion from the Book of Common Prayer.  A dignified and quiet 40 minutes to start the day with Bible readings, a sermon and communion is received at the rail in the ‘sanctuary’ at the front of church.

COMMUNION & GROUPS    Between 50 and 80 adults and up to 30 children gather at 10am each Sunday.  A ‘Common Worship’ service is used and the choir will process at this relaxed service.  ‘Groups’ refers to the activities which children and youth are welcome to attend in the Church Hall after the lighting of candles (by a child), some prayers and praise songs at the start to the service.  Communion is celebrated and received at the ‘sanctuary’ at the front of church.  The service and groups end at about 11.15am and all are invited to refreshements in the Church Hall.

COMMUNION & CREATIVE LEARNING   The regular 10am congregation enjoy this more informal service at which the Music Group play, the communion table is in the centre of the church and we receive the bread and wine standing in a large circle around the church.  The children know this as ‘Grape Sunday’ because they enjoy participating in the celebration of the communion and in sharing grapes!  At this service there are creative learning options in the Church including a talk in the Hall, all gather back after 20 minutes to share in the communion.   The service ends at about 11.15am and all are invited to refreshements in the Church Hall.

ALL AGE WORSHIP    The 10am service on the first Sunday of each month does not include communion or children’s groups like the services above.  50-80 adults and up to 30 children share in a relaxed and informal act of worship for all ages which is accompanied by the Music Group.  The service ends at about 11am and all are invited to refreshements in the Church Hall.

SPECIAL OCCASIONS    The 10am congregation enjoy special services from time to time like at Remembrance when we squeeze over 400 people in church or when we have a special visit or Confirmation service.  These are occasional and will be listed in the monthly schedule of services.

A pattern which alternates an alternative style of worship (eg, Celtic,Taize or themed and hosted by a group) with traditional Choral Evensong.

EVENING COMMUNION    At 6.30pm on the first Sunday of each month about 30 people enjoy a very peaceful, quiet and moving communion service using new liturgies which may may reflect the Celtic or Taize traditions.  In the main we remain seated ‘on the round’ with the Lord’s Table in the centre and a creative themed ‘symbol’ on the floor.  The choir lead us in the singing at this hour long service which, in the winter, is lit by candles.

EVENSONG     About 30 worshippers regularly gather at 6.30pm on the second and fourth Sundays of each month and enjoy this classic Book of Common Prayer service of psalms, readings and a sermon, supported chorally by the choir.  The service lasts for one hour.  The service starts on page 15 of the prayer book.

EVENING WORSHIP    The third Sunday evening sees a themed service attended by about 30 worshippers which may prepared and hosted by a House Group and may reflect a theme, or Wesley’s Hymns, or be a service with healing prayer or a celebration of praise. Details of forthcoming services can be found in the Church Calendar or ‘what’s on’ sections of this site.

SPECIAL EVENING SERVICES    There are occasional services on special days like All Saints in remembering loved ones, or Christingle, or Sea Sunday where our service is held by the River Hamble, or at Easter.  The fifth Sunday of the month sometimes sees an extra choral communion to the classic Merbecke setting.  Details for the month can be found in the Church Calendar or ‘what’s on’ sections of this site.