Services at Sandbach Parish Church
Details of weekly services at Sandbach Parish Church are listed, further down on this page. However, we thought it would be useful to give an overview of the services.
On Sundays there are three services to choose from.
The service at 8.00am lasts about half an hour and follows the version of Holy Communion in the Book of Common Prayer (Book of Common Worship, Order 2). Between 15 and 20 people attend. There are no hymns and it includes a very short sermon. If you want time to pray or think in peace, the doors open about 7.40am. If you want to speak to the vicar there is usually an opportunity to do so at the end of the service.
The service at 10.00am is the Parish Eucharist and is a more modern-language service from the Book of Common Worship (Order 1). Hymns are part of the service as is a simple setting of some of the words of the service. There’s a sermon, usually lasting about ten minutes. Altogether about 60 to 80 people attend. A Sunday School for young children is available during the service. Refreshments follow in the church hall.
Usually on the first Sunday of each month, the 10.00am service is a non-Eucharist service of Morning Prayer for Sunday. On the first and second Sunday, parents with a child who will shortly be baptised also come along to take part in a short thanksgiving for the birth of their baby.
Evensong (the ancient evening service of prayer of the church) is every Sunday evening at 6.30pm (3.30pm in winter). It lasts about an hour and includes prayers, readings, hymns, psalms and a short sermon. Like the 8.00am service it is a quieter, more thoughtful and reflective kind of worship, following a regular pattern found in the Book of Common Prayer. On Sundays where there has been Morning Prayer for Sunday at 10.00am, there is a short Holy Eucharist at this time. Here the emphasis is upon prayers for healing and reconciliation of individuals and the world.
During the week there is a service of Holy Communion from the Book of Common Prayer at 11.00am on Wednesday. Usually there is a short sermon and about 15 people attend. The service lasts about 30 minutes. On Thursday there is a very short service of prayers for those who want a service during their lunch-break or are visiting the “Thursday Teas” in the Hall on Market Day. This is at midday and last about 15 minutes.
The Holy Eucharist is celebrated on the main saints days and festivals (“Red Letter Days”) throughout the year.
Feel free to come to any of these services and try them out and see which suits you best.
Services for May 2013
Services for the Year