New Pattern of Worship from 2nd February 2014

As from the 2nd February the pattern of worship across the Benefice will be revised.  I see these as minor changes to the pattern I inherited in June last year when I took up the post as Rector to the Benefice.  The reasons for these adjustments are twofold.  Firstly, in making these changes I am endeavouring to hold to the Canons of the Church of England which require, where possible, Holy Communion to be celebrated in each Parish Church each Sunday.  Secondly, it is my belief that receiving the sacrament of Holy Communion on a regular basis is crucial for the life and work of the worshipping community.  Holy Communion is the means by which we receive mysterious grace from God. It is a place of encounter and nourishment -  a feeding of our souls - which equips us for the work that God has asked us to do.   With this new pattern there is now the opportunity within the Benefice to receive communion at 8.00am or 10.00am every week, and each Parish Church has a communion service every Sunday.    However, throughout the year there will be some exceptions to the regular pattern set out below.  There are a small number of 5th Sundays, which gives us an opportunity to do things slightly differently, so services on these Sundays may vary.  In addition seasons and festivals (for example Lent, Easter, Harvest, Patronal Festivals, ……) within the Church’s year will require adjustments to the regular pattern.  

It is my hope and prayer that this new pattern of worship will draw us closer to God, that it will strengthen, sustain and unify us in all that God is calling us to do at this time and in this season of the life of the Benefice.



     Holy Cross Church, Sarratt  St Paul's Church, Chipperfield
 1st Sunday of the Month  8.00am    Holy Communion
   10.00am  Benefice Holy Communion  
 2nd Sunday of the Month  8.00am    Holy Communion
   10.00am  Holy Communion  All Age Service
 3rd Sunday of the Month  8.00am  Holy Communion  
   10.00am    Benefice Holy Communion
   6.30pm  Compline (Traditional)  
 4th Sunday of the Month  8.00am  Holy Communion  
   10.00am  ASK informal café-style  service with  Children’s ASK In Sarratt  Village Hall  Holy Communion (BCP)
 5th Sunday of the Month    Services Vary  
 2nd Wednesday of the Month    Midweek Holy Communion  
 4th Wednesday of the Month      Midweek Holy Communion