For a schedule of the services coming up, please visit our Calendar page.
At 8am, we have a Holy Communion service. This especially suits those who like to worship God in the traditional 1662 Prayer Book language. A quiet service with plenty of space and silence, it lasts half an hour.
At 9.30am, we have a sung Parish Eucharist, with hymns and a sermon. This is the service most frequented by children and families. Halfway through we gather in a large circle around the altar for communion. A crèche and two other children’s programmes run in adjacent rooms during this service. The words of the service are in more modern language, and it lasts just under an hour. On the second Sunday of the month the young people stay in church, and this service is specially designed to have an ‘all-age’ flavour.
At 11am, we have our Choral Eucharist, with hymns and a sermon. This features the St John’s Wood Church Choir, a professional octet of singers. The service uses the older traditional language. A crèche runs during this service also. This service is especially suitable for those who like to pray in the space created by fine choral music. It lasts a little over an hour.
At 6.30pm, we have Evening Prayer, from the 1662 Prayer Book. This brings the day before God in prayerful quietness as evening comes, and lasts about half an hour. On the second Sunday of the month we have Meditative Evening Prayer, using Taize chant, music and silence, while on the last Sunday of each month the St John’s Wood Chamber Choir lead us in Choral Evensong.
DURING THE WEEK:
Morning Prayer is usually said by the clergy at 9am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Members of the congregation are welcome to join them. We alternate by season between the modern language of Common Worship and the 1662 Prayer Book.
On 8am on Wednesdays, there is a said service of Holy Communion, using the 1662 Prayer Book.
At 6pm on the third Thursday of each month, there is a special said Eucharist, in modern language. This is a still and meditative service, using candlelight and playing the atmospheric music of monastic chant before the service begins. There are special prayers for those who are sick or in need, and those who wish can receive from the clergy the laying on of hands with prayers for healing, either for themselves or for others who are close to them. This service lasts a little over half an hour.
At 6pm on the last Tuesday of the month, a guided session of Silent Prayer takes place in church. After a short meditation and a piece of music, we spend about twenty minutes in silence. Everyone is welcome to this service of stillness in God’s presence.
On certain special weekdays (like Ash Wednesday or Epiphany) there are sung or choral eucharists, usually at 6.30pm. These are advertised in advance in the weekly pewslip and in the porch.
Other variants take place from time to time, such as Godly Reading and Compline, and Vespers.