You are welcome to join in any of the many worship services across the Benefice. We hope you will feel at home.
All the services are listed below but please double check the Benefice Calendar in case there are changes.
Sunday Morning Worship
Common Worship (Order 1) is used for all Communion (or Eucharist) services.
- 08.00 hrs at St Dunstan’s: Said Eucharist every Sunday. This is a quiet, reflective service, normally about 40 minutes without hymns
- 09.30 hrs at St Peter’s Church: Sung Eucharist every Sunday. Although there is no choir, we enjoy singing hymns and use incense for the Church Festivals. St Peter's hosts both Romanian and Greek Orthodox Church services
- 10.00 hrs at St Dunstan’s Church: Sung Eucharist every Sunday except the fourth. There is a robed choir and new members are always welcome to join
- 10.00 hrs at St Dunstan’s Hall: Café Church on the fourth Sunday of the
month. This is held in the Church Hall, not the church. It is an informal service without communion, normally lasting about 40 minutes. Refreshments are served before and after the service.
- 11.00 hrs at St Mildred’s Church: Sung Eucharist every week. As a high Anglo-Catholic Church, there is always incense and much is made of the Feast Days and Festivals, with an emphasis on colour, symbolism and ritual.
Sunday Evening Worship
- 15.00 hrs at St Dunstan's Church Hall: Messy Church on the first Sunday of the month. Families are welcome
- 18.30 hrs at The Eastbridge Hospital: Compline on the first Sunday of the month. Everyone is welcome to enjoy Evensong and Compline in the ancient Eastbridge Hospital (location). Compline is an opportunity for the Benefice to come together and share light refreshments together with a glass of wine
- 15.30 hrs (Winter time) or 18.30 hrs (Summer time) at St Dunstan's Church: Service of Healing and Wholeness on the second Sunday of the month. This is a quiet, reflective service that offers the opportunity for the Laying on of Hands and Prayer Ministry
- 18.30 hrs in the Maynard & Cotton Almshouses: Evensong on the third Sunday of the month. This is a short service in this small chapel, which has only recently been discovered in these Almshouses (location).
This is a short service from Common Worship at 09.00 hrs every weekday:
- St Peter's Church on Mondays and Thursdays
- St Dunstan's Church on Tuesdays and Wednesdays
- St Mildred's Church on Fridays.
Each weekday there is Communion celebrated across the Benefice. These are quiet, reflective, 'said' services.
- Monday: 17.00 hrs at Eastbridge Hospital
- Tuesday: 09.30 hrs BCP service at St Dunstan’s Church
- Wednesday: 10.00 hrs at St Mildred’s Church, followed by coffee in a local café
- Thursday: 12.00 hrs at St Peter’s Church
- Friday: 11.00 hrs at The Eastbridge Hospital
Contact Rev Jo Richards for special 'life event' services, such as Christenings, Thanksgivings, weddings and funerals.
Worship in the local community
Communion is taken to a number of people living in local, residential homes, as well as a number of housebound people living at home. A short Communion service is also held at the local Age UK, three times a month.
We have a strong team of pastoral visitors across the Benefice. They visit members of the congregation who are either housebound or unwell.
We are a prayerful community. There is Morning Prayer every day. Personal prayer is encouraged by using the weekly Bulletin, the Daily Prayer sheet, and the weekly Lectionary. If you would like to be prayed for, or you have a specific prayer request, contact Rev Jo Richards.
Every month a group gathers to pray specifically for members of the congregation who have requested prayer. There is a prayer board available in St Dunstan’s and St Mildred's Churches for any prayer requests. The Benefice has close ties with the local Pilgrim’s Hospice and prays for people who have requested prayer there.
Every Monday morning, the Rector conducts a Prayer Walk round the Benefice. She covers the whole area once a month. Rev Jo Richards spends time specifically praying for those along each street, asking for God’s blessing upon the community.