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The main service on Sunday is the Holy Eucharist

AS WE GATHER At the start of the main Service on Sunday we sing a hymn. Singing hymns is a way of praising God and giving thanks for all our blessings.
THE INTRODUCTION The service starts with a welcome and a short introduction by the Vicar or whoever is leading the service.
BIBLE READINGS We hear God's word from the bible, both from the Old Testament and the New Testament. Sometimes a Psalm is also said.
THE GOSPEL A small procession is made to the centre of the church and the Gospel of Jesus Christ is proclaimed.
THE SERMON After the Gospel the preacher offers a sermon. It gives insight and teaching for the Christian faith.
THE CREED This is a statement of faith developed in the Early Church that is still used in the Church's worship today.
THE BAPTISM Baptism marks the beginning of a journey with God which continues for the rest of our lives. It is a joyful occasion when we rejoice in what God has done for us in Christ, making serious promises and declaring the faith. We welcome the new Christian, promising support and prayer for the future.
THE PRAYERS Prayers are said for the church and the world. We pray each week for the sick and for those who have recently died.
THE OFFERTORY During the Offertory (sometimes called the Collection) we offer our money to God for the work of the church in this Parish and in the Diocese.
CONFIRMATION Confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey when we affirm for ourselves the faith into which we have been baptized and our intention to live a life of committed discipleship. This affirmation is confirmed through prayer and the laying on of hands by the confirming bishop. The Church also asks God to give us power through the Holy Spirit to enable us to live in the way of Jesus.
THE COMMUNION We gather around the altar to receive the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. We call this Holy Communion and all confirmed members of the church are welcome. If you are not confirmed you are welcome to come to the communion rail and receive a blessing.
THE SINGERS During the Communion the Christ Church Singers lead the singing of hymns and often sing a suitable anthem. The Singers consist of people who like to sing together, providing choral music for the church services and other functions.
THE ENDING At the end of the service we receive a final blessing and are asked to go out to continue God's work in our homes, our parish and in the world.


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