In response to many requests to “do something different”, we have introduced a new pattern of Sunday Evening Worship, and we would like to invite you to join us for our Celtic Evening Services, held on the fourth Sunday of each month.
People who have no connection with any religious community; – the bereaved; the lonely; and others who have attended Celtic Services, have often found them very peaceful and a place to be at that time in their lives. Why not try it for yourself? You don’t have to be “religious” to attend. Those with faith, those without faith and those who are searching, are all very welcome.
Celtic services contain music, hymns, bible readings, periods of silence, reflections led by members of the congregation or clergy, and much more. It is a very different service to those we usually hold at St Mary Magdalene’s, and much more informal.
A Celtic Evening Service is a candle-lit service using sacred music to provide a meditative worship experience. The atmosphere is one of stillness and calm. Most of the hymns sung are of a Celtic origin – many of them you already know. Silence has a place of importance at various intervals as well. For many, silence in worship is a new experience, but many who use it have found silence – listening to what God is saying to us – a profound experience.
When you arrive you will notice plenty of candles lighting the church. During the service you will be invited to light a votive candle yourself – perhaps for a special concern you may have in your own life; for someone who has died recently; for someone you deeply care about; for people who touch your life in a particular way, – or for any other reason. Votive candles can be lit at any time during the service. From time to time we will include healing prayer in the service for those who desire it.
We invite you to join us at 4.15pm on the 4th Sunday of the month (25th June, 23rd July, 27th August) and share the experience. After the service light refreshments will be available at the back of church. For further information contact Fr Michael or Fr Graham.