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 11 April

Recorded Service and 10.30am Morning Worship

Mrs Doreen Murgatroyd

Sunday 18 April

Recorded Service and 10.30am Morning Worship

Revd Catherine Bowstead

4.00pm Annual Church Meeting (Zoom)

Sunday 25 April

Recorded Service and 10.30am Morning Worship

Mrs Keg Glossop

Sunday 2 May

Recorded Service and 10.30am Morning Worship

Mrs Kim Tame

Sunday 9 May

Recorded Service and 10.30am Holy Communion

Revd Catherine Bowstead

4.00pm Craft @ 4

Sunday 16 May

Recorded Service and 10.30am All Age Worship

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 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 (Thursday for Easter Day) 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.  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 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

Sunday 4 April - Recorded Service - Revd Catherine Bowstead

Order of Service:

Music StF 311     The day of resurrection     tune: Ellacombe
Welcome     Alleluia! Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed!  Alleluia!
    Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 298     Christ the Lord is risen today (v1 sung)     tune: Easter Hymn
Prayers     Adoration and Confession (MWB p160)     Catherine Bowstead
Reading     John 20: 1-18     Bill Barry
Music StF 306     Now the green blade rises     tune: Noel Nouvelet
Sermon     'Go and tell'     Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 309     See, what a morning, gloriously bright     tune: Resurrection Hymn
Prayers     Intercessions (MWB p165)
   and Lord's Prayer
    Rosi MorganBarry
Reflection     Touching point by Paul Glass     Rosi MorganBarry
Hymn StF 313     Thine be the glory (sung)     tune: Maccabeus
Blessing     (MWB p173)     Catherine Bowstead
Music StF 313     Thine be the glory (choral, last verse)     tune: Maccabeus

 

StF 298 - verse 1 only is sung with the words below altered to match what is sung

  1. Christ the Lord is risen today;
       Alleluia!
    Sons of men and angels say:
       Alleluia!
    Raise your joys and triumphs high;
       Alleluia!
    Sing, ye heavens; and earth reply:
       Alleluia!
  1. Love’s redeeming work is done,
       Alleluia!
    Fought the fight, the battle won:
       Alleluia!
    Vain the stone, the watch, the seal;
       Alleluia!
    Christ haa burst the gates of hell:
       Alleluia!
  1. Lives again our glorious King;
       Alleluia!
    Where, O death, is now thy sting?
       Alleluia!
    Once He died our souls to save;
       Alleluia!
    Where's your victory, boasting grave?
       Alleluia!
         
  1. Soar we now where Christ has led,
       Alleluia!
    Following our exalted Head;
       Alleluia!
    Made like him, like him we rise;
       Alleluia!
    Ours the cross, the grave, the skies:
       Alleluia!
  1. King of glory! Soul of bliss!
       Alleluia!
    Everlasting life is this,
       Alleluia!
    You to know, your power to prove,
       Alleluia!
    Thus to sing, and thus to love:
       Alleluia!

 Charles Wesley (1707-1788)

StF 309

  1. See, what a morning, gloriously bright,
    with the dawning of hope in Jerusalem;
    folded the graveclothes, tomb filled with light,
    as the angels announce Christ is risen!
    See God's salvation plan,
    wrought in love, borne in pain, paid in sacrifice,
    fulfilled in Christ, the Man,
    for he lives: Christ is risen from the dead!
  1. See Mary weeping, ‘Where is he laid?'
    as in sorrow she turns from the empty tomb;
    hears a voice speaking, calling her name;
    it's the Master, the Lord raised to life again!
    The voice that spans the years,
    speaking life, stirring hope, bringing peace to us,
    will sound till he appears,
    for he lives: Christ is risen from the dead!
  1. One with the Father, Ancient of Days,
    through the Spirit who clothes faith with certainty;
    honour and blessing, glory and praise
    to the King crowned with power and authority!
    And we are raised with him,
    death is dead, love has won, Christ has conquered;
    and we shall reign with him,
    for he lives: Christ is risen from the dead!

 Stuart Townend (b. 1963) and Keith Getty (b. 1974)
 © 2003, Thankyou Music  Used by permission  CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 313 - sung

  1. Thine be the glory,
    risen, conquering Son,
    endless is the victory
    thou o’er death hast won;
    angels in bright raiment
    rolled the stone away,
    kept the folded grave-clothes
    where thy body lay:

Thine be the glory,
risen, conquering Son,
endless is the victory
thou o’er death hast won.

            
  1. Lo, Jesus meets us,
    risen from the tomb;
    lovingly he greets us,
    scatters fear and gloom;
    let the Church with gladness
    hymns of triumph sing,
    for her Lord now liveth,
    death hath lost its sting:
  1. No more we doubt thee,
    glorious Prince of Life;
    life is naught without thee:
    aid us in our strife;
    make us more than conquerors
    through thy deathless love;
    bring us safe through Jordan
    to thy home above:

 Edmond Budry (1854–1932)  translated by Richard Birch Hoyle (1875–1939)

Used with permission.  Prayers from Holy Communion for the Easter Season from The Methodist Worship Book © 1999 Trustees for Methodist Church Purposes. The Methodist Church in Britain.
Touching point © Paul Glass, used with permission
StF 313 performance by Joy and Ruth Everingham, used with permission
Other vocals (JanetR in StF 298 and choir in StF 313 after the blessing) and music from Small Church Music.  Organ 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

Sunday 28 March - Recorded Service - Revd Catherine Bowstead

Order of Service:

Music StF 262     All glory, laud and honour      tune: St Theodulph
Welcome     Introduction and Call to Worship     Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 262     All glory, laud and honour     tune: St Theodulph
Prayers     Adoration and Thanksgiving     Mike Goddard
      Confession     Liz Goddard
Readings     Psalm 118: 1-2, 19-29     Mike Goddard
      Mark 11: 1-11     Liz Goddard
Music StF 264     Make way, make way, for Christ the King     tune: Graham Kendrick
Sermon     'A Joyful Procession'     Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 265     Ride on, ride on in Majesty     tune: Winchester New
Prayers     Intercessions and Lord's Prayer     Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 276     Lift high the cross     tune: Crucifer
Blessing           Catherine Bowstead
Music StF 669     The Saviour, when to heaven he rose     tune: Gonfalon Royal

 

StF 262 - this is laid out as sung, not as in StF

All glory, laud, and honour
to thee, Redeemer, King,
to whom the lips of children
made sweet hosannas ring!

  1. Thou art the King of Israel,
    thou David's royal Son,
    who in the Lord's name comest,
    the King and Blessèd One.
  1. The company of angels
    are praising thee on high,
    and mortal men and all things
    created make reply.
         
  1. The people of the Hebrews
    with palms before thee went;
    our praise and prayer and anthems
    before thee we present.
  1. To thee before thy Passion
    they sang their hymns of praise;
    to thee now high exalted
    our melody we raise.
  1. Thou didst accept their praises;
    accept the prayers we bring,
    who in all good delightest,
    thou good and gracious King.

 St Theodulph of Orleans (d. 821)   translated by John Mason Neale (1811–1866)

StF 265 - the words below are as sung, not as in StF - verse 2 is not sung

  1. Ride on, ride on in majesty!
    Hark, all the tribes ‘Hosanna!’ cry;
    O Saviour meek pursue thy road
    with palms and scattered garments strowed.
  1. Ride on, ride on in majesty!
    In lowly pomp ride on to die:
    O Christ, thy triumphs now begin
    o'er captive death and conquered sin.
  1. Ride on, ride on in majesty!
    The wingèd squadrons of the sky
    look down with sad and wondering eyes
    to see the approaching sacrifice.
  1. Ride on, ride on in majesty!
    Thy last and fiercest strife is nigh;
    the Father, on his sapphire throne,
    expects his own anointed Son.
  1. Ride on, ride on in majesty!
    In lowly pomp ride on to die;
    bow thy meek head to mortal pain,
    then take, O God, thy power, and reign.

 Henry Hart Milman (1791–1868)

StF 276

Lift high the Cross, the love of Christ proclaim
till all the world adore his sacred name.

  1. Follow the path on which our Captain trod,
    our King victorious, Christ the Son of God:
  1. Each new-born soldier of the Crucified
    bears on their brow the seal of him who died:
  1. Led on their way by this triumphant sign,
    the hosts of God in conquering ranks combine:
  1. From farthest regions let them homage bring,
    and on his cross adore their Saviour King:
  1. O Lord, once lifted on the glorious tree,
    as thou hast promised, draw the world to thee:
  1. Set up thy throne, that earth's despair may cease
    beneath the shadow of its healing peace:

 Michael Robert Newbolt (1874-1956) and George William Kitchin (1827-1912)
 © Hymns Ancient & Modern Ltd  Used by permission  CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

Vocals (JanetR) and organ music from Small Church Music.  Organ played by Rev. Clyde McLennan, Hymnary.org

Sunday 21 March - Recorded Service - Mrs Christine Morgan

Order of Service:

Music StF 33     O Lord, we are always in your presence     tune: Philip Jakob
Welcome     Call to worship     Christine Morgan
Hymn StF 346     Christ is the world’s light     tune: Christe Sanctorium
Prayers     Adoration and Confession     Christine Morgan
Readings     Jeremiah 31: 31-34     John Burrell
      John 12: 20-33     John Burrell
Music     Traveller's Rest      
Talk     'We want to see Jesus'     Christine Morgan
Hymn StF 660     Called by Christ to be disciples     tune: Stranmills
Prayers     Intercessions and Lord's Prayer     Angela Burrell
Hymn StF 410     Lord, your Church on earth is seeking     tune: Abbot's Leigh
Blessing           Christine Morgan
Music StF 505     More like you, Jesus, more like you     tune: Scott Wesley Brown

 

StF 346

  1. Christ is the world's light, Christ and none other;
    born in our darkness, he became our brother.
    If we have seen him, we have seen the Father:
    glory to God on high.
  1. Christ is the world's Peace, Christ and none other;
    no one can serve him and despise another;
    who else unites us, one in God the Father?
    Glory to God on high.
  1. Christ is the world's Life, Christ and none other;
    sold once for silver, murdered here, our brother —
    he, who redeems us, reigns with God the Father:
    glory to God on high.
  1. Give God the glory, God and none other;
    give God the glory, Spirit, Son, and Father;
    give God the glory, God with us, my brother:
    glory to God on high.

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

StF 660

  1. Called by Christ to be disciples
    every day in every place,
    we are not to hide as hermits
    but to spread the way of grace;
    citizens of heaven's kingdom,
    though this world is where we live,
    as we serve a faithful Master,
    faithful service may we give.
  1. Richly varied are our pathways,
    many callings we pursue:
    may we use our gifts and talents
    always, Lord, to honour you;
    so in government or commerce,
    college, hospice, farm or home,
    whether volunteers or earning,
    may we see your kingdom come.
         
  1. Hard decisions may confront us,
    urging us to compromise;
    still obedience is our watchword —
    make us strong and make us wise!
    Secular is turned to sacred,
    made a precious offering,
    as our daily lives are fashioned
    in submission to our King.

 Martin Leckebusch (b. 1962)
 © 1999, Kevin Mayhew Ltd.
    Used by permission
    CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 410

  1. Lord, your Church on earth is seeking
    your renewal from above;
    teach us all the art of speaking
    with the accent of your love.
    We would heed your great commission:
    sending us to every place —
    preach, baptise, fulfil my mission,
    serve with love and share my grace.
  1. Freedom give to those in bondage,
    lift the burdens caused by sin.
    Give new hope, new strength and courage,
    grant release from fears within:
    light for darkness; joy for sorrow;
    love for hatred; peace for strife.
    These and countless blessings follow
    as the Spirit gives new life.
     
  1. In the streets of every city
    where the bruised and lonely dwell,
    let us show the Saviour's pity,
    let us of his mercy tell.
    In all lands and with all races
    let us serve, and seek to bring
    all the world to render praises,
    Christ, to you, Redeemer, King.

 Hugh Sherlock (1905–1998)
 © Trustees for Methodist Church
    Purposes  Used by permission
    CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

Organ music from Small Church Music, played by Rev. Clyde McLennan, Hymnary.org

Sunday 14 March - Recorded Service - Revd Catherine Bowstead

Order of Service:

Music           tune: Kingsfold
Welcome     Introduction and Gathering prayer     Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 88     Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,
    the King of Creation!
    tune: Lobe den Herren
Prayers     Adoration and Confession     Catherine Bowstead
Music            tune: Kingsfold
Readings     John 3: 1-21: Jesus and Nicodemus     Siân Moore
Hymn StF 119     God of Eve and God of Mary     tune: Sussex
Sermon     'For God so loved the world'     Catherine Bowstead
Music      For God so Loved     tune: Supreme Love
Prayers     Intercessions and Lord's Prayer     Siân Moore
Hymn StF 81     Now thank we all our God     tune: Gracias
Blessing           Catherine Bowstead
Music StF 88     Praise to the Lord, the Almighty,
    the King of Creation!
    tune: Lobe den Herren

 

StF 88

  1. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
    O my soul, praise him, for he is thy health and salvation!
    All ye who hear, brothers and sisters, draw near,
    praise him in glad adoration.
  1. Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee;
    surely his goodness and mercy here daily attend thee:
    ponder anew what the Almighty can do,
    who with his love doth befriend thee.
  1. Praise to the Lord, who doth nourish thy life and restore thee,
    fitting thee well for the tasks that are ever before thee,
    then to thy need he like a mother doth speed,
    spreading the wings of grace o'er thee.
  1. Praise to the Lord, who, when darkness of sin is abounding,
    who, when the godless do triumph, all virtue confounding,
    sheddeth his light, chaseth the horrors of night,
    saints with his mercy surrounding.
  1. Praise to the Lord! O let all that is in me adore him!
    All that hath life and breath, come now with praises before him!
    Let the amen sound from his people again:
    gladly for aye we adore him.

 Joachim Neander (1650–1680)
 translated by Catherine Winkworth (1827–1878) and Rupert E. Davies (1909–1994)
 ©1989 The United Methodist Publishing House  Used by permission  CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 119

  1. God of Eve and God of Mary,
    God of love and mother-earth,
    thank you for the ones who with us
    shared their life and gave us birth.
  1. As you came to earth in Jesus,
    so you come to us today;
    you are present in the caring
    that prepares us for life's way.
  1. Thank you that the Church, our Mother,
    gives us bread and fills our cup,
    and the comfort of the Spirit
    warms our hearts and lifts us up.
      
  1. Thank you for belonging, shelter,
    bonds of friendship, ties of blood,
    and for those who have no children,
    yet are parents under God.
  1. God of Eve and God of Mary,
    Christ our brother, human Son,
    Spirit, caring like a Mother,
    take our love and make us one!

 Fred Kaan (1929-2009)
 © 1989, Stainer & Bell Ltd.
    Used by permission
    CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 81

  1. Now thank we all our God,
    with hearts and hands and voices,
    who wondrous things has done,
    in whom this world rejoices;
    who from our mothers' arms
    has blessed us on our way
    with countless gifts of love,
    and still is ours today.
  1. O may this bounteous God
    through all our life be near us,
    with ever joyful hearts
    and blessèd peace to cheer us;
    and keep us in his grace,
    and guide us when perplexed,
    and free us from all ills
    in this world and the next.
          
  1. All praise and thanks to God
    the Father now be given,
    the Son, and him who reigns
    with them in highest heaven,
    the one eternal God,
    whom earth and heaven adore,
    for thus it was, is now,
    and shall be evermore.

 Martin Rinkart (1586–1649)
 translated by
     Catherine Winkworth (1827–1878)

Organ music from Small Church Music, played by Rev. Clyde McLennan, Hymnary.org