During the current coronavirus restrictions, there are limited services taking place at St. Margaret's. For the time-being there will be a Parish Mass at 10.00am each Sunday.
Under normal times, these are the services that have traditionally taken place on a Sunday.
On most Sundays, except Special Sundays, there are four services at St Margaret’s. Any changes or exceptions are always listed in the Calendar.
8am Holy Communion
This quiet, reflective service takes place in the Lady Chapel within the Church. A short homily is preached and Holy Communion can be received.
This service usually lasts around 40 minutes.
9.15am Family Service
Most of our families with younger children attend the weekly Family Service. During the service the children come forward to hear the homily in which they are usually involved.
There are three hymns led by the piano, a small group of instrumentalists and, during school term-time, our children’s choir Cant & Dec. Around once a month they are also joined by our young people’s choir, SMS.On the second Sunday of each month we hold a Family Mass at 9.15am where Holy Communion can be received. Occasionally, baptisms are also held within the Family Service.
The service usually lasts around 35 minutes. Refreshments are served afterwards for all in the Parish Hall.
10.45am High Mass
At the Sunday High Mass worshippers appreciate the fullness of St Margaret’s Anglo-Catholic tradition. Choral music is sung and led by St Margaret’s Choir, with the Organ.
The service is full of colour and ritual, and incense is used. A homily is preached and the people receive Holy Communion.
Some members of our congregation travel very significant distances to worship at St Margaret’s High Mass “in the beauty of holiness”.
The service usually lasts between 60 and 75 minutes. Refreshments are served afterwards in the Parish Hall.
The service at the 10.45 mass will vary depending on the season within the Liturgical or Church year. Here is a sample of the service that is used during Ordinary Time.
6.30pm Choral Evensong
On most Sunday evenings St Margaret’s Choir leads the traditional service of Evensong from the Book of Common Prayer. The service has a “Cathedral style” with the Choir singing the psalm, canticles and anthem, as well as leading the hymns. A homily is preached.
For the congregation this is a beautiful reflective service which normally lasts around 50 minutes. On Major Feast Days Evensong can be concluded with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.