Worship

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Revd Tobie Osmond's licensing - 14th of May 2011

We Worship God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit through...

  • Well planned, visual, ordered, sincere, appropriate and dignified liturgy
  • a wide breadth of music from high choral to contemporary
  • a variety of inclusive worship styles in a recognisable Anglican framework, where the congregation is involved and uplifted
  • involving young people, giving them roles in reading and leading through serving and being acolytes
  • recognition of the Church’s ministry of healing, with an active prayer ministry group and prayer offered at all of our 10am services
  • good well researched sermons based on Gospel principles
  • encouraging and enabling lay led worship

Our main acts of worship are on Sundays

  • 8am quiet Said Holy Communion
  • 10am Parish Communion and Children’s Activities (in the hall)
  • 6.30pm Evening Prayer or Compline
    (On the last Sunday of the month, our evening worship is led by our Lay Worship Assistants, so it is often a more informal service)

The First Sunday of the month

  • 10am Celebrate Together, is our interactive family worship where the children stay in the service and everyone is invited to be as involved as they want to be.

The Second Sunday of the month

  • 6.30pm Come and Worship, is our contemporary evening worship with a music group using modern songs and in relaxed atmosphere.

The Third Sunday of the month

  • 6.30pm Christians Together in the Wells Area (CTWA), this is our opportunity to worship together ecumenically and the service moves around the 10 member churches.

Four times a year our Sunday morning worship is different.

Following our Children’s activity mornings at Harvest (usually the first Sunday in October), Advent (usually the first Sunday in December), Candlemass (usually the first Sunday in February) and Palm Sunday (in March or April) we have a...

  • 9am Holy Communion with Hymns
  • 11am All Age service (without Communion)
  • 12noon lunch in the Hall

There are other Sundays when things are different.

We have been trying to celebrate the patronal festivals of the other churches that we are linked with and on these occasions we move our 10am worship to their places of worship the pattern at the moment is:

  • 1st Sunday in July here at St Thomas
  • 2nd Sunday of the Month, Contemporary Evening Worship
  • 3rd Sunday of the month, CTWA united ecumenical service
  • The closest Sunday to 22nd of July at St Mary Magdalene Chewton Mendip
  • 1st Sunday in September St Cuthbert’s Wells
  • The closest Sunday to 8th of December at The Blessed Virgin Mary Litton
  • The closest Sunday to 25th of March at The Blessed Virgin Mary Ston Easton
  • Pentecost Sunday has been a United Ecumenical service with all the other churches in Wells at 10:30am at St Cuthbert’s

On Remembrance Sunday we also join with St Cuthbert’s at 9:45am as the city war memorial is in their grounds and we join with the whole city in paying our respects.

During the week

Our building was built to the glory of God and as George Herbert wrote in his hymn King of Glory King of peace, “seven whole days not one in seven, I will praise thee.” Our worship is not exclusive to Sundays…

  • Monday 8.30am Morning Prayer
  • Wednesday 10am Holy Communion
  • Thursday 9am we join St Cuthbert’s for Morning Prayer at St Cuthbert’s
  • Saturday 9.30am Prayers

And we are open for private prayer and worship every day. To enable this we have a votive candle stand and space set aside for prayer and to add prayer requests, which are used in many of our acts of worship.

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