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.
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
There are a variety of different regular expressions of worship that we explore at Night Service:
Holy Communion – usually first Sunday of the month.
Holy Communion 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.
Compline – usually second Sunday of the month.
A contemplative service from the ancient monastic traditions of Christianity with plainsong, scripture and prayer – creating space to reflect on life in faith’s light.
Taizé Service – usually 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.
Themed Service – usually fourth Sunday of the month.
Themed services explore a particular issue, experience or occasion in a creative way, offering a fresh perspective. Recent 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.