A one hour prayer meeting is held in the church every month. Click here for the calendar of dates and details.
For a complete listing of the Service Rota click on the link below.
The rota includes all detail of each individual service including the type of service; preacher, the leader and also details of the readings together with the names of those designated to read, plus sidespeople and welcomers.
Please click here.
Notes have also been drawn up by the Revd Liz Chamberlain, which give some helpful hints and tips click here. Of these hints and tips particular attention is drawn to the following:
The Microphone – please do make sure you move it to be in front of your mouth. This is particularly important is you follow someone who might be significantly taller (or shorter) than you. As the notes say you can’t damage the microphone – unless you take a sledgehammer to it!
Readers and Pray-ers
• Readings are normally taken from the Good News Bible.
If you decide to use a different version, please let Mary Wilson know which version you have chosen as she needs to prepare the screen script on the preceding Wednesday morning and possibly add the text to the Newsletter.
• Find your Reading in the lectern Bible before the service; mark it with one of the bookmarks.
• There is often a hymn immediately before a Reading or the Prayers. Move to the lectern during the last verse of the hymn so that you are in place to begin the reading soon after the hymn finishes. It will also give you time to ….
• Move the microphone to the correct angle before you begin to read so that you are speaking directly into it – but not too close. (You can’t break it … and it won’t bite!)
• Even using the microphone you will need to speak up. Don’t drop the level of your voice, particularly at the end of a sentence.
• If you are a Reader, please remember to prepare a short introduction to your reading; two or three sentences are sufficient.
• Take your time as you read. Even though people in the congregation will probably be following the reading on screen you need to give them time to absorb what you are reading.
• If you are reading the Gospel (the 2nd. Reading in the 10.45am Holy Communion Service) –
a suggested opening pattern might be: –
You say: ‘The Gospel reading comes from St. _____’s Gospel, Chapter ______,
Your introductory sentence/s.
You say: ‘Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. __________’
The congregation responds: ‘Glory to you, O Lord’
Then at the end of the Gospel reading: –
You say: ‘This is the Gospel of the Lord’
The congregation responds: ‘Praise to you, O Christ’Announcing the Gospel
… and a note from Liz:-
To those reading scripture in services.
As you know we present the bible readings on the screen for people to follow. The default translation is The Good News version. If you intend to read from a different translation could you let Mary know and she will ensure that the translation being used is shown. More importantly though, please could you check with the preacher that the translation you intend to use is compatible with their sermon/talk. There are some significant differences between translations and it might water down a sermon if the translation read out doesn’t contain the same phrases as the one used to prepare the talk.
Early Birds – All Age 9:30 am
Early Birds – All Age @ St John's Church, Shenstone
Jan 26 @ 9:30 am – 10:15 am
‘Early Birds’ will again have the focus on fun, Bible stories and craft with Lesley Matile leading.
Holy Communion 10:45 am