Sunday Worship

Following periods of suspension, we resumed Sunday morning worship in the Church on Easter Day, 4th April 2021.  Please see the guidelines below.  The weekly pre-recorded services made during the suspension will also continue for the time being.

Sunday 16 May

Recorded Service and 10.30am All Age Worship

Led by Mike Goddard

Sunday 23 May

Recorded Service and 10.30am Morning Worship

Revd Catherine Bowstead

Sunday 30 May

Recorded Service and 10.30am Morning Worship

Mr Mike Bowstead

Sunday 6 June

Recorded Service and 10.30am Holy Communion

Revd Catherine Bowstead

Sunday 13 June

Recorded Service and 10.30am Morning Worship

Revd Catherine Bowstead

4.00pm Craft @ 4

Sunday 20 June

Recorded Service and 10.30am All Age Worship

Ms Sharon Wright

Sunday 27 June

Recorded Service and 10.30am Morning Worship

Mrs Kim Tame

 

Sunday Worship in Church: Guidelines

To ensure that we can accommodate everyone who arrives for worship on a Sunday morning we ask that you please book a place.  To do this you need to contact the office by noon on Friday each week either by email or phone contact details here.  30 places are available - if there are no places left you can either be top of the list for the following Sunday, or have a place in the café area, where you will be able to hear, but not see, the people leading the service.  A similar recorded service is also available from this page.

When you arrive at church, please ensure that you are wearing a face covering and queue to enter following the 2m spacing guidelines.  Use the hand sanitiser to clean your hands.  The welcome steward will check your name on the bookings list – this will also be our “track and trace” record which will be kept in a secure place and destroyed after 21 days.  A steward will then direct you to a seat.  Please sit where you are directed and stay there until you are invited to leave at the end of the service, and please keep your face covering on throughout your time in the building.

The service will last about 40 minutes.  It will include some music, but at present we are not permitted to sing inside, although if the weather is reasonable we may go outside to sing the final hymn.  We have put some screens in front of the pulpit and lectern so that those leading worship do not need to wear masks.  All the words needed for the service will be on the screens.  If you wish to use a hymn book or Bible you will need to bring your own with you, or you can ask a steward if you can borrow one of our hymn books which you can bring with you each week.

At the end of the service please wait to be invited to leave by the steward.  Those sitting at the front will leave first, either through the garden gate or by the main church door.  Please don’t stop to chat on the way out but wait until you are right outside the building.

We won’t be taking up an offering during the service.  While stewards will try to make provision for donations of cash or envelopes, it is clearly in everyone’s interest to minimise the handling of cash as much as possible.

In summary:

  • Book your place by noon on Friday
  • Wear a face covering and sanitise your hands
  • Please sit where invited to by the steward
  • Stay seated until you are invited to leave
  • Don’t stop to chat on your way out of the building.

Service Recordings

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Sunday 9 May - Recorded Service - Revd Catherine Bowstead

Order of Service:

Music StF 65     Sing of the Lord's goodness     tune: Ernest Sands
Welcome     Call to Worship     Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 65     Sing of the Lord’s goodness     tune: Ernest Sands
Prayers     Adoration and Confession     Catherine Bowstead
Readings     1 John 5: 1-6
John 15: 9-17
    Malcolm Souter
Music StF 620     Thou God of truth and love     tune: St Godric
Sermon     'Friends of God'     Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 611     Brother, sister, let me serve you     tune: Servant Song
Talk     Christian Aid Week     Catherine Bowstead
Prayers     Intercessions and Lord's Prayer     Catherine Bowstead
Music     Our Father ...     tune: Albert Hay Malotte
Hymn StF 317     At the name of Jesus     tune: Camberwell
Blessing           Catherine Bowstead
Music StF 317     At the name of Jesus     tune: Canberwell

 

StF 65 - sung

  1. Sing of the Lord’s goodness, Father of all wisdom,
    come to him and bless his name.
    Mercy he has shown us, his love is for ever,
    faithful to the end of days.

Come then, all you nations,
sing of your Lord’s goodness,
melodies of praise and thanks to God.
Ring out the Lord’s glory,
praise him with your music,
worship him and bless his name.

  1. Power he has wielded, honour is his garment,
    risen from the snares of death.
    His word he has spoken, one bread he has broken,
    new life he now gives to all.
  1. Courage in our darkness, comfort in our sorrow,
    Spirit of our God most high;
    solace for the weary, pardon for the sinner,
    splendour of the living God.
  1. Praise him with your singing, praise him with the trumpet,
    praise God with the lute and harp;
    praise him with the cymbals, praise him with your dancing,
    praise God till the end of days.

 Ernest Sands (b. 1949)
 © 1981 Ernest Sands  Published by OCP Publications  Used with permission  ONE LICENSE #A-738126

StF 611 - sung

  1. Brother, sister, let me serve you,
    let me be as Christ to you;
    pray that I may have the grace
    to let you be my servant too.
  1. We are pilgrims on a journey,
    and companions on the road;
    we are here to help each other
    walk the mile and bear the load.
  1. I will hold the Christ-light for you
    in the night-time of your fear;
    I will hold my hand out to you,
    speak the peace you long to hear.
        
  1. I will weep when you are weeping;
    when you laugh I'll laugh with you;
    I will share your joy and sorrow
    till we've seen this journey through.
  1. When we sing to God in heaven
    we shall find such harmony,
    born of all we've known together
    of Christ's love and agony.
  1. Brother, sister, let me serve you,
    let me be as Christ to you;
    pray that I may have the grace
    to let you be my servant too.

 Richard A. M. Gillard (b. 1953)
 © 1977 Universal Music  Used by permission  CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 317 - sung

  1. At the name of Jesus
    every knee shall bow,
    every tongue confess him
    King of Glory now.
    'Tis the Father's pleasure
    we should call him Lord,
    who from the beginning
    was the mighty Word.
  1. Humbled for a season,
    to receive a name
    from the lips of sinners
    unto whom he came,
    faithfully he bore it
    spotless to the last,
    brought it back victorious
    when from death he passed:
  1. Bore it up triumphant
    with its human light,
    through all ranks of creatures
    to the central height,
    to the throne of Godhead,
    to the Father's breast;
    filled it with the glory
    of that perfect rest.
         
  1. In your hearts enthrone him;
    there let him subdue
    all that is not holy,
    all that is not true;
    crown him as your captain
    in temptation's hour:
    let his will enfold you
    in its light and power.
  1. For this same Lord Jesus
    shall return again,
    with his Father's glory,
    with his angel train;
    all the wreaths of empire
    meet upon his brow,
    and our hearts confess him
    King of Glory now.

 Caroline Maria Noel (1817–1877)

StF 65 and 317 performance by Joy and Ruth Everingham, used with permission
StF 611 performance by Lucy Colbourne with Basil Colbourne, assistant organist, Holy Trinity, Malvern, used with permission
Other music from Small Church Music.  Organ played by Rev. Clyde McLennan, Hymnary.org

Sunday 2 May - Recorded Service - Mrs Kim Tame

Order of Service:

Music StF 258     You are the vine     tune: Daniels/ Rigby
Welcome     Call to Worship  (Psalm 1: 1-3)     Kim Tame
Hymn StF 136     Morning has broken     tune: Bunessan
Prayers     Thanksgiving and Confession     Kim Tame
Introduction     The vine     Kim Tame
Hymn StF 258     You are the vine,
   we are the branches
    tune: Daniels/ Rigby
Readings     Acts 8: 26-40
John 15: 1-8
    Ian Cole
Sermon           Kim Tame
Music StF 617     O blessed spring     tune: Fairhill
Prayers     Intercessions and Lord's Prayer     David Morgan
Hymn StF 440     Amazing Grace -
   how sweet the sound
    tune: Amazing Grace
   (New Britain)
Blessing           Kim Tame
Music StF 440     Amazing Grace     tune: Amazing Grace

 

StF 136

The words are not included here for copyright reasons, but may be found at: https://hymnary.org/text/morning_has_broken

StF 258

You are the Vine,
we are the branches,
keep us abiding in you.
You are the Vine,
we are the branches,
keep us abiding in you.

         

Then we'll grow in your love,
and we'll go in your name,
that the world will surely know
that you have power to heal and to save.

Refrain

 Danny Daniels and Randy Rigby
 © 1985 Mercy / Vineyard Publishing  Used by permission  CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 440

  1. Amazing grace — how sweet the sound —
    that saved a wretch like me!
    I once was lost, but now am found,
    was blind, but now I see.
  1. God’s grace has taught my heart to fear,
    his grace my fears relieved;
    how precious did that grace appear
    the hour I first believed!
  1. Through many dangers, toils and snares
    I have already come;
    God's grace has brought me safe thus far,
    and grace will lead me home.
  1. The Lord has promised good to me,
    his word my hope secures;
    he will my shield and portion be
    as long as life endures.
  1. And, when this heart and flesh shall fail
    and mortal life shall cease,
    I shall possess within the veil
    a life of joy and peace.
  1. When we’ve been there ten thousand years
    bright shining as the sun,
    we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise
    than when we first begun.

 John Newton (1725–1807)

Hymn music played on the accordian by Kim Tame
Other music from Small Church Music

Sunday 25 April - Recorded Service - Mrs Keg Glossop

Order of Service:

Music     Shepherds, shepherds, rejoice     Tárkányi-Zsasskovszky
Welcome     Call to Worship (Psalm 34)
   and Opening Prayer
    Keg Glossop
Hymn StF 20     Be still, for the presence of the Lord     tune: Be still
Introduction     Theme of the service     Keg Glossop
Prayers     Adoration and Confession     Keg Glossop
Reading     John 10: 11-18     Mike Bowstead
Hymn StF 481     The Lord’s my Shepherd     tune: Stuart Townend
Sermon           Keg Glossop
Hymn StF 72     Father God I wonder
   (I will sing your praises)
    tune: Ian Stuart Smale
Prayers     Intercessions and Lord's Prayer     Mike Bowstead
Hymn StF 323     I will sing the wondrous story     tune: Calon Lan
Blessing           Keg Glossop
Music StF 545     Be thou my vision      

 

StF 20 - sung

  1. Be still,
    for the presence of the Lord,
    the Holy One, is here;
    come bow before him now
    with reverence and fear:
    in him no sin is found —
    we stand on holy ground.
    Be still,
    for the presence of the Lord,
    the Holy One, is here.
  1. Be still,
    for the glory of the Lord
    is shining all around;
    he burns with holy fire,
    with splendour he is crowned:
    how awesome is the sight —
    our radiant King of light!
    Be still,
    for the glory of the Lord
    is shining all around.
           
  1. Be still,
    for the power of the Lord
    is moving in this place;
    he comes to cleanse and heal,
    to minister his grace:
    no work too hard for him —
    in faith receive from him.
    Be still,
    for the power of the Lord
    is moving in this place.

 David J. Evans (b. 1957)
 © 1986, Thankyou Music
 Used by permission
 CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 481

  1. The Lord's my shepherd, I'll not want;
    he makes me lie in pastures green,
    he leads me by the still, still waters,
    his goodness restores my soul.

And I will trust in you alone,
and I will trust in you alone,
for your endless mercy follows me,
your goodness will lead me home.

  1. He guides my ways in righteousness,
    and he anoints my head with oil;
    and my cup — it overflows with joy,
    I feast on his pure delights.
  1. And though I walk the darkest path —
    I will not fear the evil one,
    for you are with me, and your rod and staff
    are the comfort I need to know.

Stuart Townend (b. 1963)
 © 1996, Thankyou Music  Used by permission  CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 72

Father God, I wonder
how I managed to exist
without the knowledge
of your parenthood
and your loving care.
But now I am your child,
I am adopted in your family,
and I can never be alone
’cause, Father God,
you're there beside me.

           

I will sing your praises,
I will sing your praises,
I will sing your praises forever more.
I will sing your praises,
I will sing your praises,
I will sing your praises forever more.

 Ian Smale (b. 1949)
 © 1984, Thankyou Music  Used by permission
 CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 323

  1. I will sing the wondrous story
    of the Christ who died for me,
    how he left the realms of glory
    for the cross on Calvary:

Yes, I'll sing the wondrous story
of the Christ who died for me,
sing it with his saints in glory,
gathered by the crystal sea.

  1. I was lost; but Jesus found me,
    found the sheep that went astray,
    raised me up, and gently led me
    back into the narrow way:
      
  1. Faint was I, and fears possessed me,
    bruised was I from many a fall;
    hope was gone, and shame distressed me;
    but his love has pardoned all:
  1. Days of darkness still come o'er me;
    sorrow's paths I often tread;
    but the Saviour still is with me,
    by his hand I'm safely led:
  1. He will keep me till the river
    rolls its waters at my feet;
    then he'll bear me safely over,
    where the loved ones I shall meet:

 Francis Harold Rowley (1854–1952)
 © HarperCollins Religious  Used by permission  CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 20 performance by Joy and Ruth Everingham
Closing music played by Mike Cole and Andy Kensley (Woosehill)
Other music from Small Church Music. Organ played by Rev. Clyde McLennan, Hymnary.org

Sunday 18 April - Recorded Service - Revd Catherine Bowstead

Order of Service:

Choral music     This joyful Eastertide (Woodward)     tune: Vruechten
Welcome     Call to Worship     Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 297     Christ is alive! Let Christians sing     tune: Truro
Prayers     Adoration and Confession     Catherine Bowstead
Readings     Luke 24: 36b-48
Acts 3: 12-19
    Kim Tame
Hymn StF 303     I know that my redeemer lives     tune: Torquay
Sermon     'You are witnesses'     Catherine Bowstead
Music StF 303     I know that my redeemer lives     tune: Torquay
Prayers     Intercessions and Lord's Prayer     Kim Tame
Hymn StF 314     This joyful Eastertide,
   what need is there for grieving?
    tune: Vruechten
Blessing           Catherine Bowstead
Music StF 297     Christ is alive! Let Christians sing     tune: Truro

 

StF 297 - sung

  1. Christ is alive!  Let Christians sing.
    The cross stands empty to the sky.
    Let streets and homes with praises ring.
    Love, drowned in death, shall never die.
  1. Christ is alive!  No longer bound
    to distant years in Palestine,
    but saving, healing, here and now,
    and touching every place and time.
  1. In every insult, rift and war
    where colour scorn or wealth divide,
    Christ suffers still yet loves the more,
    and lives where even hope has died.
      
  1. Women and men, in age and youth,
    can feel the Spirit, hear the call,
    and find the way, the life, the truth,
    revealed in Jesus, freed for all.
  1. Christ is alive and comes to bring
    good news to this and every age,
    till earth and sky and ocean ring
    with joy, with justice, love, and praise.

 Brian Wren (b. 1936)
 © 1969, 1995, Stainer & Bell Ltd.
 Used by permission
 CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 303

  1. I know that my Redeemer lives —
    what joy the blest assurance gives!
    He lives, he lives, who once was dead;
    he lives, my everlasting Head!
  1. He lives, to bless me with his love;
    he lives, to plead for me above;
    he lives, my hungry soul to feed;
    he lives, to help in time of need.
        
  1. He lives, and grants me daily breath;
    he lives, and I shall conquer death;
    he lives, my mansion to prepare;
    he lives, to lead me safely there.
  1. He lives, all glory to his name;
    he lives, my Saviour, still the same;
    what joy the blest assurance gives,
    I know that my Redeemer lives!

 Samuel Medley (1738–1799)

StF 314

  1. This joyful Eastertide,
    what need is there for grieving?
    Cast all your cares aside
    and be not unbelieving:

Come, share our Easter joy
that death could not imprison,
nor any power destroy,
our Christ, who is arisen!

         
  1. No work for him is vain,
    no faith in him mistaken,
    for Easter makes it plain
    his kingdom is not shaken:
  1. Then put your trust in Christ,
    in waking and in sleeping.
    His grace on earth sufficed;
    he'll never quit his keeping:

 Fred Pratt Green (1903–2000)
 © 1969, Stainer & Bell Ltd  Used by permission  CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

Introductory choral music from Wakefield Cathedral, used with permission
StF 297 performance by Joy and Ruth Everingham, used with permission
Other music from Small Church Music.  Organ played by Rev. Clyde McLennan, Hymnary.org

Sunday 11 April - Recorded Service - Mrs Doreen Murgatroyd

Order of Service:

Music StF 313     Thine be the glory     tune: Maccabeus
Welcome     Prayer for HRH Prince Philip     Doreen Murgatroyd
Music     O Solemn Hour, by T. Willey      
Affirmation     Alleluia! Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed!  Alleluia!
    Doreen Murgatroyd
Christine & David Morgan
Hymn StF 295     Alleluia, alleluia,
   give thanks to the risen Lord
    tune: Alleluia, alleluia
Prayers     Adoration, Thanksgiving and
   Confession
    Doreen Murgatroyd
Reading     Psalm 133     Christine Morgan
Music StF 729     Touch the Earth Lightly     tune: Tenderness
Poem     'When this is over'  from:
  https://youtu.be/NIseouW2FE8
    Harry Baker
Readings     1 John 1: 1-22     David Morgan
      John 20: 19-31     David Morgan
Hymn StF 293     All heaven declares
   the glory of the risen Lord
    tune: Stranmills
Sermon           Doreen Murgatroyd
Music StF 729     Touch the Earth Lightly     tune: Tenderness
Prayers     Intercessions and Lord's Prayer     Christine Morgan
Hymn StF 314     This joyful Eastertide     tune: Vruechten
Blessing           Doreen Murgatroyd
Music StF 313     Thine be the glory     tune: Maccabeus

 

StF 295 - words below are as sung

Alleluia, alleluia,
give thanks to the risen Lord,
alleluia, alleluia,
give praise to his name.

  1. Jesus is Lord of all the earth;
    he is the King of creation:
  1. Spread the good news o'er all the earth:
    Jesus has died and is risen:
      
  1. We have been crucified with Christ;
    now we shall live for ever:
  1. God has proclaimed the just reward:
    new life for all!  Alleluia!
  1. Come, let us praise the living God,
    joyfully sing to our Saviour:

 Donald Fishel (b. 1950)

© 1973, International Liturgy Publications  Used by permission  CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 293 - sung

  1. All heaven declares
    the glory of the risen Lord;
    who can compare
    with the beauty of the Lord?
    For ever he will be
    the Lamb upon the throne;
    I gladly bow the knee,
    and worship him alone.
           
  1. I will proclaim
    the glory of the risen Lord,
    who once was slain
    to reconcile us to God.
    For ever you will be
    the Lamb upon the throne;
    I gladly bow the knee,
    and worship you alone.

 Noel Richards (b. 1955) and Tricia Richards (b. 1960)
 © 1987, Thankyou Music  Used by permission  CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 314 - sung

  1. This joyful Eastertide,
    what need is there for grieving?
    Cast all your cares aside
    and be not unbelieving:

Come, share our Easter joy
that death could not imprison,
nor any power destroy,
our Christ, who is arisen!

      
  1. No work for him is vain,
    no faith in him mistaken,
    for Easter makes it plain
    his kingdom is not shaken:
  1. Then put your trust in Christ,
    in waking and in sleeping.
    His grace on earth sufficed;
    he'll never quit his keeping:

 Fred Pratt Green (1903–2000)
 © 1969, Stainer & Bell Ltd  Used by permission  CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

Hymns played and sung by Eve Bull
Organ music from Small Church Music, played by Rev. Clyde McLennan, Hymnary.org

Good Friday 2 April - Video - Churches Together

‘No Exceptions’ – A meditation for Good Friday 2021 presented by Churches Together in Wokingham:

Created entirely by Wokingham residents for Good Friday, this short film is a meditation on the person of Jesus, his crucifixion and its enduring meaning for our lives today.

With drama and music, the film is striking, moving, yet full of hope.  Watch and share with friends and family: You are loved. No exceptions.

The video is available at this link:  https://youtu.be/KcLU4PH5vHw