OUR SERVICES The Parish offers a range of services in our three churches. Find a service you know you will be comfortable with or look for a service which is new for you and come and join us. Our Church Wardens and sides-people are happy to offer guidance if you are unfamiliar with any of our services.
UPDATE During this interregnum and as a result of Covid 19 the pattern of services has changed. The monthly Service Plan is as follows:
TRADITIONAL LANGUAGE SERVICES
If you love the words with which people have worshipped in the Church of England for over 400 years then our traditional language services are for you. The beauty of the language in the Book of Common Prayer (BCP) is widely considered to be amongst the best ever penned in English. The truth about God and ourselves expressed in these services is timeless.
SUNDAYS HOLY COMMUNION (BCP) 8am at Stubbings Every Sunday except the first Sunday of the month, when we join together for the Parish Service. Congregation members read the Epistle and lead intercessions. There are no hymns but a 'thought for the day' is included.
HOLY COMMUNION (BCP) 11.00am at Stubbings On the 2nd Sunday of the month. A traditional Holy Communion service with two readings, four traditional hymns, lay led lay led intercessions and a sermon.
MATINS (Morning Prayer BCP) or EVENSONG (Evening Prayer BCP) May take place on the 5th Sundays of a month at Stubbings. WEDNESDAYS HOLY COMMUNION 11.30am at Stubbings This mid-week service held in the stillness of the beauty of our Church may suit all who are looking for a short, reflective service.
GOD IN QUIET 5th Sunday of the month at Hurley “God in Quiet” - “A quiet meditative service with music, readings and prayers”.
COMMON WORSHIP SERVICES
FAMILY EUCHARIST – LITTLEWICK GREEN Every fourth Sunday at 9.15am at Littlewick Green For those who are not used to communion services or who prefer a simpler service. This is a shorter (45 minutes) less formal communion modern language service. Everyone, including children, are welcome. If you would like a blessing instead of communion just hold the service leaflet in your hand when you kneel at the altar rail..
FAMILY EUCHARIST - HURLEY Every third Sunday at 10.30am at Hurley A shorter (45 minute) less formal Communion Service suitable for all. (Once a month Explorers and Adventurers groups meet in the Priory Room and join the service at the start and for a blessing at the end) HOLY COMMUNION 9.15am on the 2nd Sunday at Littlewick Green 9.15am on the 4th and 5th Sunday at Hurley A modern language service of Holy Communion that seeks to connect the Biblical tradition with people's own experiences. Members of the congregation read the two Bible readings and lead prayers of intercessions. The service includes four well-known hymns and a full address.
SONGS OF PRAISE 9.15am on the 5th Sunday of the month at Littlewick Green The service is based on music and singing. Sometimes we use favourite hymns chosen by members of the congregation; sometimes the service has a seasonal theme. The service includes Bible Readings, prayers, and a short reflection.
THE PARISH SERVICE
1st Sunday of the month at 10.30am, Stubbings
If you like lively worship with joyful music and song, as well as quiet prayer, Holy Communion and thoughtful reflection, this is a service you would enjoy and we would love to welcome you.
For our Parish Service we all join together as one big family and fill the Church at St. James the Less, Stubbings.
Members of all three churches are involved with the service and we share our different styles of worship as well as news of what is going on throughout the Parish and the Diocese.
After the service please come and join us for coffee in the Soltau Centre.
The parish offers a range of services in our three churches, details here. Find a service you know you will be comfortable at or look for a service which is new for you and come and join us.
Times of services are available here. Our church wardens and sides-people are happy to offer guidance if you are unfamiliar with any of our services.
We welcome all newcomers and visitors.
SERVICES for FAMILIES & YOUNG CHILDREN
PEBBLES 10.30am every Thursday in the Priory Room, Hurley A short service for Pre-schoolers and their parents/carers to come and share a story from the Bible, some ‘Pebbles action songs’ and a prayer. Then we have drinks and biscuits and the children play. Adults have a well deserved chat while their small ones have fun! Pebbles has a very supportive network for those busy and vital years when your children are small.
FAMILY SERVICES 10.30am on the 3rd Sunday of the month at Hurley Energy and fun are brought to this joyfully informal worship which lasts 30 to 40 minutes. People of all ages join in the service which includes a simple but meaningful message and lively action songs. Young children and parents may also take part in the service and we blow beautiful bubbles to celebrate recent Baptisms and light candles to celebrate birthdays. The services are followed by refreshments.
ALL-AGE SERVICE - LITTLEWICK GREEN Every third Sunday at 4pm at Littlewick Green If you are busy with sports activities, reading papers or just don't like getting up on a Sunday morning this the service for you. The service is relaxed informal child and adult friendly.
COMMUNION TOGETHER - HURLEY Every second Sunday at 10.30am at Hurley A shorter (45 minute) less formal Communion Service suitable for all. Explorers and Adventurers groups will meet in the Priory Room and will join the service at the start and for a blessing at the end.
SUNDAY SCHOOL CABIN -LITTLEWICK New facility to be used for Sunday School activities read more>>.
The Festivals (e.g. Christmas and Easter) will change the normal service pattern, the website will have full details. Our Festival Services include:
CHRISTMAS We prepare for Christmas by singing traditional Advent Carols. For families with children each church has a Christingle Service (the service with the orange and the candle in aid of the Children’s Society) and, on Christmas Eve, a Crib Service.
Each Church also holds the popular service of Lessons and Carols and a Midnight Communion Service. There will be various opportunities around the Parish for all the family to celebrate together on Christmas morning. LENT We commit ourselves to a holy and disciplined Lent at an Ash Wednesday Communion Service which includes the imposition of ashes.
In March each church celebrates Mothering Sunday.
EASTER We begin our Easter celebration on Maundy Thursday at Littlewick Green at a communion service where the washing of his disciples’ feet by Jesus is re-enacted. At the end of the service the church is stripped of its decoration and we linger in the soft light of the church to spend time with Jesus in his hours of agony at the Garden of Gethsemane.
On Friday there is an informal interactive Good Friday Family Service in Hurley, bringing out the meaning of the cross to young and old alike, followed by Hot Cross Buns. At a one and a half Meditation in Stubbings we contemplate Jesus’ suffering for us on the cross. Easter itself begins with an Easter Vigil on Saturday evening at Littlewick Green, when we light the paschal candles and renew baptism vows. On Easter morning Jesus’ resurrection is celebrated in all three churches.
AUTUMN We celebrate the abundance of the natural world and the hard work of our farmers at our Harvest services in each church. Each church also holds a Harvest Lunch/Supper.
At All Saints/All Souls we have a special service, the Commemoration of the Faithful Departed, at which we remember and give thanks for those we love but no longer see.
In November we honour those who gave so much to our country in times of war at the annual Remembrance Day Services.
We are a Parish in the Deanery of Windsor and Maidenhead within the Diocese of Oxford