Night Service happens every Sunday evening at 8pm and is approximately 45 minutes in duration. It is a simple act of worship using silence, music, readings and prayer to create space to ‘be’ – in the presence of God and in the company of others.
Drawing inspiration from the person of Jesus, Night Service assumes no creed or religious affiliation beyond an open mind and an inquiring faith. Each month we explore a different theme, with each service approaching the topic from different directions and perspectives.
Some vital ingredients:
- Contemplative and reflective with intentional use of silence and stillness.
- Non-dogmatic whilst encouraging exploration and creativity.
- Sanctuary space – inclusive, relaxed, embracing, affirming.
- Music and singing that amplify the theme or style of the service.
- Experiential and multi-sensory
- Making connections between spirituality, lifestyle and discipleship.
- Prayerful and biblically inspired
Whatever form Night Service takes, it always includes at least 10 minutes of silence.
|Night Service: September-November 2019|
|September 2019 : Creation|
|15.09.19||Sunday||6pm Taize Meal
8pm Taize Service
|18.09.19||Wednesday||7pm Social (pub trip, meet outside Church entrance)|
|22.09.19||Sunday||8pm Themed Service (followed by a pub trip)|
|29.09.19||Sunday||8pm Wholeness (followed by a pub trip)|
|October 2019 : Borders and Belonging|
|06.10.19||Sunday||8pm Agape Meal|
|13.10.19||Sunday||8pm Christian Meditation – Examen|
|20.10.19||Sunday||2pm Taize Workshop Afternoon
6pm Taize Meal
8pm Taize Service
|23.10.19||Wednesday||7pm Social (meal at the Vicarage)|
|27.10.19||Sunday||8pm Themed Service|
|November 2019 : Remembrance|
|17.11.19||Sunday||6pm Taize Meal
8pm Taize Service
|20.11.19||Wednesday||7pm Social (crafts evening, venue TBC)|
|24.11.19||Sunday||8pm Themed Service|
There are a variety of different regular expressions of worship that we explore at Night Service:
HOLY COMMUNION (usually the first Sunday of the month) This service is a simple, yet profound, meal of thanksgiving and hospitality originating in the ministry of Jesus. In addition to sharing in bread and wine, there are prayers, a bible reading and reflection, songs and music. This service will occasionally take the form of an Agape meal instead, which is a communal meal during which bread and wine are shared in memory of Jesus.
COMPLINE (second Sundays, alternating with Christian Meditation) This service is a contemplative service of night prayer from the ancient monastic traditions of Christianity with spoken liturgy, scripture and prayer – creating space to reflect on life in faith’s light.
Christian Meditation (second Sundays, alternating with Compline) This service is a space to explore different ways which we can use silence in our prayer and worship, drawing inspiration from different Christian traditions and spiritual exercises, e.g. Ignatian Examen, Lectio Divina, Julian Prayer.
TAIZÉ SERVICE (third Sunday of the month) We follow the pattern and style of worship practiced at the Taizé Community which is an ecumenical monastic order of over one hundred brothers based in a village in southeast France. Over 100,000 young people make a pilgrimage to Taizé each year to share in worship, bible study and community life. Three times each day everything stops on the hill of Taizé as the bells call everyone to the church for prayer.
Hundreds, sometimes thousands of young adults from many different countries across the world pray and sing with the brothers of the community. Short songs sung over and over again that, in a few words, express a basic reality, quickly grasped by the mind. Then the Bible is read in several languages. At the centre of every prayer service, a long moment of silence offers an irreplaceable opportunity to encounter God.
There is usually a meal at 6pm before the Taize service (followed by a practice of the chants) to which all are welcome.
THEMED SERVICE (fourth Sunday of the month) Themed services explore a particular issue, experience or occasion in a more creative way, offering a fresh perspective. Past themed services include: asylum, doubt, friendship, homelessness, living with, loss, racial justice, thresholds, water of life and wholeness.
WHOLENESS (occasionally) Focussing particularly on our continual need for healing, refreshment and renewal through prayers, bible reading, reflection, songs and music.
CELTIC / IONA (occasionally) This service is inspired by contemporary Celtic Christianity, in particular the Iona community. It possesses an earthy, essential quality – rooting us both in the world where we are called to live out our faith and in the life of God: Creator, Christ and Sacred Spirit.