In response to new rules announced by the Prime Minister and the Archbishops' call, St Martin's is suspending all public worship until further notice and the church building will remain closed. This means that the services listed below will no longer take place in the church. However, arrangements are being made for alternatives to be available via the internet.
A Common Worship spoken Holy Communion service which lasts 45 minutes. There is a short sermon, and time to pray and reflect in the peaceful setting of the side chapel.
The main worship service uses Common Worship liturgy and includes music and singing, Bible readings, prayer, and a teaching sermon. These services are relaxed and varied, with a mixture of traditional hymns and more contemporary songs, and opportunity for personal prayer ministry. There is an emphasis on sharing the joy of Christian fellowship and experiencing the transforming love of God. With the exception of the first and fifth Sundays, the sharing of bread and wine are an integral part of these services, where everyone is welcome at the Lord's table. There are children's groups and a creche during the service.
The first Sunday is all-age worship. We aim to worship together with active and engaging activities and prayers, a short, interactive talk, and opportunities for all ages to minister and lead parts of the service.
The third Sunday is a more contemporary form of Holy Communion.
The fifth Sunday is a Service of The Word, without Communion.
This service is always followed by refreshments and a chance to catch up with friends and meet new people.
For those who would like someone to pray with them after the service, members of the prayer ministry team will be available at the top end of the chancel.
On the first Sunday, this is Common Worship Holy Communion with songs and teaching; it is an opportunity to end the day in reflective prayer and celebration of the death and resurrection of Jesus.
Third Sunday evenings are about study of the Bible. This will sometimes begin with sung worship.
On the 4th Sunday we have a time of informal worship and prayer for our nation, our city, our parish, our church and for one another.
There is no 6pm service on other Sundays.