Our main weekly service is on Sunday Mornings at 10 o’clock. This is a service of Holy Communion when we remember Jesus’ Last Supper when he had a meal with his friends before he was executed. But this is not a sad service because we also believe that a couple of days later (on the Sunday, which is why Sunday is the special day for Christians) God raised Jesus from the dead. We therefore believe that we too will be raised and that we will share in the feast in Heaven with Jesus. The Holy Communion therefore helps us to think of both meals, the Last Supper and the Heavenly Banquet.
Our service consists of readings from the bible (different ones each week) a talk about the readings, 4 or 5 hymns and some prayers to God for those in need. We then have a special thanksgiving prayer (called a Eucharistic Prayer) in which we bless the bread and wine and then we share communion at the altar by each receiving a wafer and a sip of wine.
You are welcome to come and join in with as much or as little as you are comfortable. We do have preparation for those who want to take part fully so that they can understand the meaning and implications of what they are doing. If you are interested in this please do get in touch.
Brownie Parade Service
We are delighted that the Brownies join us every other month and so we have a special service for them on the third Sunday of Jan, March, May, July, September and November. (see our calendar). This is a service that the Brownies help to lead and does not include Holy Communion (Communion follows refreshments for those who want to stay).
Evensong is a form of evening prayer from the Book of Common Prayer (published in 1662) and is a service in traditional language.
We have Evensong on the evening of the first Sunday in each month at 6.30pm.
Parking for Sunday services is in the Village Hall carpark. The Village Hall is about 100 meters from the Church going towards Rayleigh and it is on the opposite side of the road. Special arrangements can be made for people will access difficulties – please contact us.
Prayers on weekdays
Part of the responsibility of Christians is to pray for God’s world and in particular to pray for the needs of our community. Most Christians say their own prayers at home as they are able. At St Nicholas we also have morning prayer in the church at 7.45am (silent prayer from 7.15). This is a simple service of readings and prayers to help us to focus on God and pray that his “will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (a phrase from the Lord’s Prayer which Jesus taught to his first followers).
If you would like to join us you would be most welcome but it would probably be worth checking first as sometimes the service has to be re-arranged or cancelled.