Worship & Services
Worship and Services
There are a variety of services taking place in the parish, in general at St Michael's Steeple Claydon at 11am
1st Sunday of the month - informal 'happy hour' an informal all age service, often led by members of the congregation
2nd Sunday of the month - communion service with Sunday School for school aged children, and creche for younger children.
3rd Sunday of the month - informal 'Refresh' service a short service of music, bible reading and prayer - breakfast served from 10.30am
4th Sunday of the month - communion service with Sunday School for school aged children, and creche for younger children.
when there is a 5th Sunday in the month one service is held at a church within the Claydons & Swan Team.
check the church noticeboard or Claydon's Newsletter for more details or drop by any Sunday morning you're sure of a warm welcome!
Vital Support for the Churches of the Claydons
There are three Church of England churches in our Parish; St Michael’s, St Mary’s and All Saints and we share our income and our expenses together. In addition to the raising of the annual Parish Share, set at £50,000, we must support the ongoing and very costly maintenance and repairs of the three buildings. By the way, £50,000 divided up by the year, means that it costs us across the churches of the Claydons, £137 per day to keep our churches open, and that’s before we add on energy bills and maintenance! Since I published my letter in a previous edition of ‘The Newsletter’ people have been asking how they can support us financially, so we would like to tell you about the four easy ways to do this:
- Envelope Scheme: yellow envelopes are to be found in the pews in each of the churches; place your cash or cheques in them and fill out the details on the front. This allows us to claim tax back, ensuring that your donation is bigger but at no extra cost to you!
- Standing Order: ask our Treasurer, Claire Moll for the account information, that you then take into your bank / building society to help set one up.
- Easyfundraising: when shopping online a just log on via the easyfundraising link. It will cost you nothing – the shop will then automatically make a donation to us: http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/stmichaelssteepleclaydonff
This is no longer a vague possibility, it is a reality! If we do not meet our financial commitments we will see our CHURCHES CLOSE, due to the buildings being unfit and unsafe to worship in, and the reduction or removal of clergy services. This will mean not having a local vicar to perform weekly services, baptisms, weddings, funerals or any of the other many tasks and roles that clergy fulfil 6 days per week.
A brief description of the different styles of worship are :
BCP Communion: This is a traditional 'Book of Common Prayer' service used in the Anglican Church. First published in 1662, it contains the words of structured (or liturgical) services of worship. It also sets out in full the "propers" (that is the parts of the service which varies week by week or, at times, daily throughout the Church's Year): such as the Collect and the Epistle and Gospel readings for the Sunday Communion Service.
These services have a more traditional feel to them, as some of the spoken words are not frequently used in daily conversations.
CW Communion - This is a contemporary ‘Common Worship’ Communion service: This is the name given to the series of services authorised by the General Synod of the Church of England, and was first launched in 2000. It represents the most recent stage of development of the Liturgical Movement within the Church and is the successor to the Alternative Service Book (ASB) of 1980. Like the ASB it is an alternative to the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) of 1662.
These services have a more modern feel to them, due to the spoken words being familiar to the listener.
All-Age Service: ‘All-age’ worship is a service where each age group is catered for, different parts of the service attempt to appeal to everyone at least some of the time, enabling us all to worship together. Everyone has the opportunity to participate, and we find we can gain a great deal from sharing in creative ways of praying, learning and expressing our worship.
These services are particularly suited to people with young children, and those who feel they would enjoy a fresh or new approach to church services.