Sunday Worship

Following periods of suspension, we resumed Sunday morning worship in the Church on Easter Day, 4th April 2021 and opened further on 25 July as restrictions were eased.  Please see the updated guidelines below.

Also from 25 July a recording of each live worship service will be available on this page, replacing the previous pre-recorded services.

Sunday 12 December - Advent 3

10.30am Morning Worship

Mrs Doreen Murgatroyd

 3.00pm Shoebox Nativity Afternoon

Mrs Claire Knight

Sunday 19 December - Advent 4

10.30am All Age Worship

Revd Catherine Bowstead

 4.30pm Carol Service

Revd Catherine Bowstead

Friday 24 December - Christmas Eve

 4.00pm Christingle Service

Mrs Claire Knight and Revd Catherine Bowstead

Booking is essential for the Christingle
 - please book with the church office.

11.30pm Midnight Communion

Revd Catherine Bowstead

Saturday 25 December - Christmas Day

10.30am Christmas Family Worship

Revd Catherine Bowstead

Sunday 26 December

Recorded Circuit Service only

Sunday 2 January 2022

10.30am Morning Worship

Mr Mike Bowstead

Sunday 9 January

10.30am Covenant Service with Holy Communion

Revd Catherine Bowstead

Sunday 16 January

10.30am All Age Worship

Revd Catherine Bowstead

Sunday 23 January

10.30am Morning Worship

Revd Catherine Bowstead

Sunday 30 January

10.30am Morning Worship

Revd Sharon Gardner


Sunday Worship in Church: Guidelines

From Sunday 25th July 2021 we will no longer be restricted to the numbers we can have at worship, there will be no need to book a place and we will be free to sing once more.  We will keep the doors and windows open during worship to ensure good ventilation and we will keep a record of all those attending worship for track and trace records.

Face-coverings are no longer compulsory, but out of consideration for others we ask that you wear one while you are entering and leaving the building and interacting with others.  You may remove it, if you wish, once you are seated.  Please consider leaving an empty chair or two between households so that we respect others' personal space.

We will keep the services to around 45 minutes for now and we will not be serving refreshments afterwards for the time being.  We won’t be taking up an offering during the service – there will continue to be a basket in the vestibule for your offering if you wish.

I am sure that it will take a little time for things to settle down and so we need to continue to be patient with each other and help each other through the challenges of the next few weeks.

Service Recordings

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Sunday 28 November - Advent Morning Worship - Revd Catherine Bowstead

Order of Service - this is a recording of the live Service:

Welcome     Advent Candles Liturgy - see below
    Christine Morgan
      Includes hymn StF 165 v1     tune: Angel Voices
Introduction     Call to Worship     Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 180     O come, O come, Immanuel     tune: Veni Emmanuel
Prayers     Adoration and Confession     Catherine Bowstead
Readings     Jeremiah 33: 14-16;   Luke 21: 25-36     Mike Goddard
Hymn StF 169     Come, thou long expected Jesus     tune: Stuttgart
Sermon     Signs of Hope     Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 173     Into the darkness of this world     tune: Maggi Dawn
Presentation     Free Church Burial Ground     Catherine Bowstead
Prayers     Intercessions and Lord's Prayer
    Liz Goddard
Dedication   Offering and gifts for The Cowshed     Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 188     There’s a light upon the mountains     tune: M L Wostenholm
Blessing           Catherine Bowstead

Advent Candles Liturgy

On Advent Sunday we remember the Advent hope
Jesus said, ‘Keep awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.’
Amen. Come soon, Lord Jesus!

The first candle is lit
Jesus is the light of the world.
A light no darkness can ever put out.

StF 165 v1

  1. Advent candles tell their story
    as we watch and pray,
    longing for the Day of Glory,
    'Come, Lord soon,' we say.
    Pain and sorrow, tears and sadness
    changed for gladness
    on that day.

Mark Earey (b.1965)
© 2009 Mark Earey
Used by permission
CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 180

  1. O come, O come, Immanuel,
    and ransom captive Israel,
    that mourns in lonely exile here
    until the Son of God appear:

Rejoice!  Rejoice!  Immanuel
shall come to you, O Israel.

  1. O come, O come, O Lord of might
    who to your tribes, on Sinai's height,
    in ancient times did give the law
    in cloud, and majesty, and awe:
  1. O come, O Rod of Jesse, free
    your own from Satan's tyranny;
    from depths of hell your people save,
    and give them victory o'er the grave:
  1. O come, O Key of David, come,
    and open wide our heavenly home;
    make safe the way that leads on high,
    and close the path to misery:
  1. O come, O Day-spring, come and cheer
    our spirits by your advent here;
    disperse the gloomy clouds of night,
    and death's dark shadows put to flight:

Latin, 18th century, based on the ancient Advent Antiphons
translated by John Mason Neale (1811–1866)

StF 169

  1. Come, thou long-expected Jesus,
    born to set thy people free,
    from our fears and sins release us,
    let us find our rest in thee.
  1. Israel's strength and consolation,
    hope of all the earth thou art,
    dear desire of every nation,
    joy of every longing heart.
  1. Born thy people to deliver,
    born a child and yet a king,
    born to reign in us for ever,
    now thy gracious kingdom bring.
  1. By thine own eternal Spirit
    rule in all our hearts alone;
    by thine all-sufficient merit
    raise us to thy glorious throne.

Charles Wesley (1707–1788)

StF 173

  1. Into the darkness of this world,
    into the shadows of the night;
    into this loveless place you came,
    lightened our burdens, eased our pain,
    and made these hearts your home.
    Into the darkness once again —
    O come, Lord Jesus, come.

Come with your love
to make us whole,
come with your light to lead us on,
driving the darkness far from our souls:
O come, Lord Jesus, come.

  1. Into the longing of our souls,
    into these heavy hearts of stone,
    shine on us now your piercing light,
    order our lives and souls aright,
    by grace and love unknown,
    until in you our hearts unite —
    O come, Lord Jesus, come.


  1. O Holy Child, Emmanuel,
    hope of the ages, God with us,
    visit again this broken place,
    till all the earth declares your praise
    and your great mercies own.
    Now let your love be born in us,
    O come, Lord Jesus, come.

Come in your glory,
take your place,
Jesus, the Name above all names,
we long to see you face to face,
O come, Lord Jesus, come.

Maggi Dawn (b. 1959)
© 1993, Thankyou Music.
 Used by permission
 CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 188

  1. There's a light upon the mountains,
        and the day is at the spring,
    when our eyes shall see the beauty
        and the glory of the King;
    weary was our heart with waiting,
        and the night-watch seemed so long;
    but his triumph-day is breaking,
        and we hail it with a song.
  1. There's a hush of expectation,
        and a quiet in the air;
    and the breath of God is moving
        in the fervent breath of prayer:
    for the suffering, dying Jesus
        is the Christ upon the throne,
    and the travail of our spirit
        is the travail of his own.
  1. He is breaking down the barriers,
        he is casting up the way;
    he is calling for his angels
        to build up the gates of day:
    but his angels here are human,
        not the shining hosts above;
    for the drum-beats of his army
        are the heart-beats of our love.
  1. Hark!  We hear a distant music,
        and it comes with fuller swell;
    'tis the triumph-song of Jesus,
        of our King, Immanuel:
    Zion, go now forth to meet him;
        and, my soul, be swift to bring
    all your finest and your noblest
        for the triumph of our King!

Henry Burton (1840–1930)

Organ: Tom Barker

Sunday 21 November - All Age Worship - Revd Catherine Bowstead

Order of Service - this is a recording of the live Service:

Welcome     Call to Worship     Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 317     At the name of Jesus     tune: Camberwell
Prayers     Adoration and Confession     Catherine Bowstead
Reading     Daniel 7: 9-10, 13-14  sketch     Claire Knight
and Bill Barry
Comment           Catherine Bowstead
Reading     John 18: 33-38a     John Burrell
Talk     What is Truth     Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 158     Lord, you sometimes speak in wonders     tune: Cleveland
Talk     Listen to my voice     Catherine Bowstead
and Claire Knight
Hymn StF 338     There is a redeemer      
Prayers     Intercessions and Lord's Prayer
    Angela Burrell
Dedication of Offering  see below     Catherine Bowstead
Hymn StF 319     Christ triumphant, ever reigning     tune: Guiting Power
Blessing           Catherine Bowstead

StF 317

  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 158

  1. Lord, you sometimes speak in wonders,
    unmistakable and clear,
    mighty signs to prove your presence,
    overcoming doubt and fear.
    O Lord, you sometimes speak in wonders.
  1. Lord, you sometimes speak in whispers,
    still and small and scarcely heard;
    only those who want to listen
    catch the all-important word.
    O Lord, you sometimes speak in whispers.
  1. Lord, you sometimes speak in silence,
    through our loud and noisy day;
    we can know and trust you better
    when we quietly wait and pray.
    O Lord, you sometimes speak in silence.
  1. Lord, you often speak in Scripture,
    words that summon from the page,
    shown and taught us by your Spirit
    with fresh light for every age.
    O Lord, you often speak in Scripture.
  1. Lord, you always speak in Jesus,
    always new yet still the same:
    teach us now more of our Saviour,
    make our lives display his Name.
    O Lord, you always speak in Jesus.

Christopher Idle (b. 1938)
© 1969 Christopher Idle / Jubilate Hymns
Used by permission
CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 338

  1. There is a Redeemer,
    Jesus, God's own Son,
    precious Lamb of God, Messiah,
    Holy One.

Thank you, O my Father,
for giving us your Son,
and leaving your Spirit
till the work on earth is done.

  1. Jesus my Redeemer,
    name above all names,
    precious Lamb of God, Messiah,
    O for sinners slain.
  1. When I stand in glory
    I will see his face,
    and there I'll serve my King for ever
    in that holy place.

vv. 1-2 Melody Green (b. 1946)   v. 3 Keith Green (1953–1982)
© 1982 Birdwing Music / Ears to Hear / Universal Music - Brentwood Benson Publishing.
 Used by permission  CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

Dedication of Offering

Jesus, the King of kings, lead us into your kingdom.
Jesus Christ, King of kings:
you were born in Bethlehem as one of us.
Jesus Christ, King of kings:
you lived on earth and went about among us.
Jesus Christ, King of kings:
you died on the cross to save us.
Jesus Christ, King of kings:
help us to love one another as you love us,
and show the world that you are.
Jesus Christ, King of kings.

StF 319

  1. Christ triumphant, ever reigning,
    Saviour, Master, King!
    Lord of heaven, our lives sustaining,
    hear us as we sing:

Yours the glory and the crown,
the high renown, the eternal name!

  1. Word incarnate, truth revealing,
    Son of Man on earth!
    Power and majesty concealing
    by your humble birth:
  1. Suffering servant, scorned, ill-treated,
    victim crucified!
    Death is through the cross defeated,
    sinners justified:
  1. Priestly king, enthroned for ever
    high in heaven above!
    Sin and death and hell shall never
    stifle hymns of love:
  1. So, our hearts and voices raising
    through the ages long,
    ceaselessly upon you gazing,
    this shall be our song:

Michael Saward (b. 1932)
© 1964 Michael Saward / Jubilate Hymns  Used by permission  CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

Music provided by the Music Group

Sunday 14 November - Remembrance Sunday Morning Worship - Mrs Christine Morgan

Order of Service - this is a recording of the live service:

Welcome    Call to Worship     Christine Morgan
Hymn StF 25     God is here!  As we his people     tune: Bethany
Prayers     Adoration and Confession     Christine Morgan
Readings     Mark 13: 1-8
Hebrews 10: 11-14, 19-25 
    Siân Moore
Hymn StF 134     Christ, whose glory fills the skies     tune: Heathlands
Sermon     'Stand Firm'     Christine Morgan
Act of Remembrance        Christine Morgan
Hymn StF 698     God!  As with silent hearts
    we bring to mind
    tune: Supreme sacrifice
Offering received        Christine Morgan
Prayers     Intercessions and Lord's Prayer     Siân Moore
Hymn StF 706     Longing for Light, we wait in darkness     tune: Christ be our light
Blessing         Christine Morgan

StF 25

  1. God is here! As we his people
    meet to offer praise and prayer,
    may we find in fuller measure
    what it is in Christ we share.
    Here, as in the world around us,
    all our varied skills and arts
    wait the coming of the Spirit
    into open minds and hearts.
  1. Here are symbols to remind us
    of our lifelong need of grace;
    here are table, font, and pulpit;
    here the cross has central place.
    Here in honesty of preaching,
    here in silence, as in speech,
    here, in newness and renewal,
    God the Spirit comes to each.
  1. Here our children find a welcome
    in the Shepherd's flock and fold,
    here as bread and wine are taken,
    Christ sustains us, as of old.
    Here the servants of the Servant
    seek in worship to explore
    what it means in daily living
    to believe and to adore.
  1. Lord of all, of Church and Kingdom,
    in an age of change and doubt,
    keep us faithful to the gospel,
    help us work your purpose out.
    Here, in this day's dedication,
    all we have to give, receive:
    we, who cannot live without you,
    we adore you! We believe!

Fred Pratt Green (1903–2000)
© 1979 Stainer & Bell Ltd.  Used by permission  CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 134

  1. Christ, whose glory fills the skies,
    Christ, the true, the only Light,
    Sun of Righteousness, arise,
    triumph o'er the shades of night;
    Day-spring from on high, be near;
    Day-star, in my heart appear.
  1. Dark and cheerless is the morn
    unaccompanied by thee;
    joyless is the day's return,
    till thy mercy's beams I see,
    till they inward light impart,
    glad my eyes, and warm my heart.
  1. Visit then this soul of mine;
    pierce the gloom of sin and grief;
    fill me, radiancy divine;
    scatter all my unbelief;
    more and more thyself display,
    shining to the perfect day.

Charles Wesley (1707–88)

StF 698

  1. God!  As with silent hearts we bring to mind
    how hate and war diminish humankind,
    we pause — and seek in worship to increase
    our knowledge of the things that make for peace.
  1. Hallow our will as humbly we recall
    the lives of those who gave and give their all.
    We thank you, Lord, for women, children, men
    who seek to serve in love, today as then.
  1. Give us deep faith to comfort those who mourn,
    high hope to share with all the newly born,
    strong love in our pursuit of human worth:
    ‘lest we forget' the future of this earth.
  1. So, Prince of Peace, disarm our trust in power,
    teach us to coax the plant of peace to flower.
    May we, im-passioned by your living Word,
    remember forward to a world restored.

Fred Kaan (1929–2009)
© 1997, Stainer & Bell Ltd.  Used by permission  CCLI Streaming Licence 583214

StF 706

  1. Longing for light, we wait in darkness.
    Longing for truth, we turn to you.
    Make us your own, your holy people,
    light for the world to see.

Christ, be our light!
Shine in our hearts.
Shine through the darkness.
Christ, be our light!
Shine in your Church gathered today.

  1. Longing for peace, our world is troubled.
    Longing for hope, many despair.
    Your word alone has power to save us.
    Make us your living voice.
  1. Longing for food, many are hungry.
    Longing for water, many still thirst.
    Make us your bread, broken for others,
    shared until all are fed.
  1. Longing for shelter, many are homeless.
    Longing for warmth, many are cold.
    Make us your building, sheltering others,
    walls made of living stone.

  1. Many the gifts, many the people,
    many the hearts that yearn to belong.
    Let us be servants to one another,
    making your kingdom come.

Bernadette Farrell (b. 1957)
© 1993 Bernadette Farrell
Used with permission  ONE LICENSE #A-738126

Organ: Tom Barker
Last Post and Reveille from the British Legion website