You are very warmly welcome to attend all our services at St Wilfrid’s and below is a short guide to the daily life in our church:
Those Special Occasions
This is the start of an amazing journey of faith for your child or adults not previously baptised and a special day for all your friends and family.
Baptisms take place normally on Sundays at 12:30pm or 1pm if there are two baptism that day.
Those wishing to seek Baptism for themselves or for their children, should, in the first instance approach the parish office open Monday to Friday between 9.30am to 12 noon and obtain an application form and discuss a provisional date.
All are welcome, whether, married, lone or single parents to bring children to Baptism.
You should live within the parish boundary but if you have a particular reason for wanting Baptism at St Wilfrid’s this is normally not a problem.
There is no charge for baptisms but a donation to cover the cost of the use the Church is appreciated and there are Gift Aid forms available to make the most of your gift.
Anyone who lives within the Parish boundary has the right to be married in their parish Church. Since October 2008, anyone who has a qualifying connection, but does not live in the parish, may also apply.
If you are considering a Church Wedding please contact the Church Office to complete a registration form and the parish priest will then contact you.
There is a non returnable registration fee of £25 when the form has been completed.
There will be an interview with the parish priest to make all the necessary arrangements for the special day.
COST OF A WEDDING
These are set in accordance with the fees set by the Archbishop’s Council, which are revised each year. There are additional fees to cover the cost of an organist and a verger.
It is possible to have a special service of blessing on civil marriages and also to have a service of thanksgiving for significant wedding anniversaries, along with Renewal of Marriage Vows.These can be arranged with the parish priest.
Regular Weekly or Monthly Services
Early Sunday Morning Eucharist at 8.00am
This is a quieter said Eucharist to begin our day in the Lady Chapel. Each week we follow the Common Worship order one Holy Communion service. This follows a similar pattern to our main Sung Eucharist, and there is also a homily to reflect on the Gospel for the Day.
Sunday Parish Eucharist at 10.30am
Our main Sunday worship takes place at 10.30am with a Parish Eucharist. On the third Sunday of the month at 10.30am, we have our Family Eucharist with a special theme and input from Nyewood Infant school and our younger people.
If you have been baptised and confirmed, you are welcome to receive the bread and wine. Otherwise, you may like to receive a blessing, or stay in your seat, as you prefer.
Refreshments are served in the Church Hall after our Sung Eucharist to which all are very welcome to come and share. Fellowship is an important part of the worshipping community at St Wilfrid’s.
Sunday Family Service
At 10.30am every month (normally Third Sunday in the month), we have our Family Eucharist where the focus is younger people and their families in addition to our regular Sunday Eucharist congregation.
Where possible, this is supported by the children and staff from Nyewood Infant School who contribute to the service.
The address is more interactive and follows the particular theme for the service.
The feel of the service is very much an informal one and the music fits for all ages, with some modern songs which the children know from school.
This service can be particularly helpful for anyone new wanting to join the church to experience worship.If you do intend to visit for the Family Eucharist for the first time, you’ll be made to feel very welcome.
Sunday Sung Evensong
This held on the 2nd Sunday of each month at 6.00pm (apart from August and December) following the 1662 Book of Common Prayer with resonant and beautiful words.
There are spoken prayers and readings from the scriptures, hymns and a homily in the form of a story or reflection on an important aspect of the Christian faith.
The Eucharist is celebrated on alternate weekdays during the interregnum – on Mondays and Fridays at 10.00am and 6:30pm on Wednesdays. The service lasts approximately half an hour and follows a similar pattern to the Sunday Eucharist but on a smaller scale without music.