Our services follow a regular monthly pattern, including formal and informal styles with modern and traditional music. The wide breadth of service styles means that their is something for everyone and therefore a short description of each service is below to give you an idea of what to expect.
Pattern of Services (Descriptions Beneath Table)
|Week||9.00AM Service||10.30AM Service
(All at St Mary’s Slaugham)
|1ST SUNDAY||1662 Holy Communion St. Marks, Staplefield
Holy Communion St. Mary’s, Slaugham (8.45 am)
|All Age Service|
|2ND SUNDAY||Morning Prayer St. Marks, Staplefield
1662 Holy Communion All Saints, Handcross
|3RD SUNDAY||Holy Communion St. Mark’s, Staplefield||Café Service|
|4TH SUNDAY||Choral Matins St. Mark’s, Staplefield
1662 Holy Communion St. Mary’s Slaugham
|5TH SUNDAY||—||United Holy Communion|
9.00 Early Morning Services:
Our 9.00 am early morning services are held at a number of locations throughout the parish, however there is always a service at St. Marks Staplefield. Services have a more traditional tone than our 10.30 services with hymns led by an organ / piano and choir during Choral Matins. At present there is no dedicated children’s work during any of these services with those activities held instead during our main 10.30 celebrations.
Holy Communion & Holy Communion 1662
Both our early morning Communion services are formal in tone containing a short sermon and concluding with the distribution of Communion.
The Holy Communion service uses modern language with hymns led by the organ whilst the 1662 version uses traditional language (thee, thou, etc) and takes place without hymns.
A formal service in modern language with organ and hymns.
A formal service in traditional language with hymns led by the organ and church choir.
10.30 Slaugham Services:
The 10.30 Slaugham service is the main service over the course of a Sunday. All are family friendly with activities and teaching for children, a live worship band and an opportunity for prayer and reflection. The duration of services ranges from 60 to 90 minutes with refreshments and a time of fellowship at the end of each meeting.
Below are brief descriptions of the services held each Sunday of the month.
All Age Service – 1st Sunday of the Month
A 60 minute informal service where families can stay together. Worship songs are led by a small band (maybe keyboard, guitar, clarinet), often with actions for children and less inhibited adults! Children are encouraged to be a part of the service but a crèche is available for under-3s.
Holy Communion – 2nd Sunday of the Month
A more traditional service in modern language having hymns accompanied by the organ with worship songs from the band as well concluding with the distribution of Communion. Provision for children is made in the form of small groups for different ages and a crèche.
Café Church – 3rd Sunday of the Month
Truly café-style, sitting in groups of 8 or so around each table, with tea, coffee and a selection of patisserie! Arrive early and settle in; grab a refill whenever you need. Children’s provision is made for part of the service, the remainder is intended to be child-friendly.
Morning Worship – 4th Sunday of the Month
A slightly more formal service, in modern language with hymns accompanied by the organ and worship songs from the band. Children have a separate programme in the same building (just as in Communion services) and a crèche is again available for under 3s.
United Communion – 5th Sunday of the Month (When occurring)
As a united benefice our leadership team oversees two historical parishes. As such there are Sunday services at both Staplefield and Slaugham churches. However, during a month where a 5th Sunday occurs both congregations join together for a joint celebration. The service is very similar in tone and structure to the Communion service of the 2nd Sunday.