Some of our service times are changing – for a trial – have a look at what, and why. Here, and in the linked pdf file the Vicar, Alastair, explains how the PCC wants to provide predictable services for adults and families each Sunday. 


At Your Service

We have a wide variety of services at St Peter’s, Henfield – something to suit just about everybody. However, though variety may be the spice of life, sometimes all those choices can lead to confusion. Several times in recent months I have been at the door as an individual, a couple or a family arrive – and as they look at the congregation gathering say: ‘oh, we’ve come to the wrong service’ – and then leave. This has been particularly so for families; ‘we thought it was Xplore’ or something.

After careful consideration by the PCC, and a unanimous decision, we are going to try 2 main services each Sunday for consistency – one primarily for an adult congregation generally without children present, and the other ‘family friendly’ every week. We will try the new pattern for six months, starting after Harvest in October.

We hope in some ways it won’t be so much “all change!”, but rather “can we all move up a bit, please?”.  So how will it look?

Some from the 10am who enjoy quieter services will join those from the 8 o’clock for a new service with a traditional feel, at 9 o’clock. As that draws to a close shortly after 10, coffee (and croissants/doughnuts?!) will be available as the congregation for the families-oriented service arrive, and their service will start from about 10:30am, allowing a time for both congregations to overlap and chat over coffee.

The new 9 o’clock will alternate between BCP Holy Communion and Common Worship, as our 8 currently does (meaning we will then have a BCP communion for a main service again); and the families feel service will maintain the pattern of our current 10am service, with All Age and Xplore as well as communion services. There will also be one additional 8 o’clock service each month. (Evening services follow current patterns.)

We hope this arrangement will give us regular, predictable, patterns for adults and families every week. We will get a chance to review the pattern and receive people’s measured comments around Easter 2012. Please give the new patterns prayerfully consideration.

The Rev’d Alastair Cutting · Vicar

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