Worship at our Churches
Worshipping God together is the heart of our community life. St Barnabas’ Church was designed as a visual image of God’s glory and intended to connect us with very ancient Church traditions (it is based on a 7th century church in Venice). “It feels like all the air in here is blessing you” – in the words of one of our young people. St Thomas the Martyr Church was built in 1190 and stands as a place of tranquility and mediaeval calm.
Our services celebrate the rich historic tradition that the buildings were designed for – in what the ministers wear, in movement and ritual, in what the congregation and choir say and sing. When we get it right it transports you out of time and place and shows you something of the nature of God. We think our particular gift is that we do all this while remaining family-friendly and unstuffy – it’s not unusual to see a child being carried in procession and we love creating opportunities for children to join in many ways in the life of the Church.
Sunday High Mass at 10.30am
Our main act of worship is on Sundays at 10,30am. Our Sunday High Mass is characterized by traditional ceremonial, beautiful ritual, uplifting music and preaching and teaching which is engaged and powerful. Our liturgy is formal but our atmosphere is relaxed and friendly. Children of all ages are welcome. We have a thriving Sunday school and creche and a children’s corner. We offer hospitality to everyone after the Mass.
Daily Office & Mass
We gather at 8.30am on Tuesday to Friday for a focussed time of devotion from the Book of Common Prayer. This lasts about 15 minutes. Daily Mass times vary from day to day, but it usually lasts about 25 minutes. It sometimes includes a short devotional homily, and on solemnities and feasts, there are often hymns or a choir. Click below to find out the latest times of Mass for the forthcoming weeks.
Private confession between a priest and a pilgrim has always been offered in the Church of England and is a regular part of many a Christian’s rule of life. Confession is the verbalising to God in the presence of a priest our sins and omissions and in return we are offered absolution and forgiveness. We are also offered counsel and advice as to how to discern God’s presence more closely in daily-life situations in the future. Confessions are currently by appointment with the Vicar.