We have multiple expressions of worship at Christ Church Thornton - fifteen in total. Each of these expressions ('services') forms a congregation which meet either weekly, fortnightly, monthly or every few months.
God calls us to love him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. This means all we do is worship. Christians have always come together at specific times on a Sunday and/or during the week to gather corporately, to unite in worshipping God. Here at Christ Church Thornton we have lots of opportunities to worship:
All are welcome to our services of worship. If you’re planning to visit Church to attend a service but feel unsure about what to do on arrival or where to go, please contact us, and we’ll talk you through it or arrange to meet you on arrival the service you’d like to attend.
The 8.30am is a traditional Book of Common Prayer service of Holy Communion. Unlike most services, there aren’t any hymns. The service lasts around 45 minutes (sometimes slightly less). The 8.30 service is a small congregation, of around a dozen people meeting together weekly. They meet in the Lady Chapel, which can seat around 20 people comfortably. After the service, refreshments are served in the Hall.
*launching in 2019*
Starting during 2019, will be the 12.30pm Cafe Church. This will be a place to receive food for the body and for the soul. Lasting around 45 minutes, there will soup, sandwiches, cake and biscuits, hot and cold drinks, a song of worship, a ‘thought for the day’ and a prayer. If you’re unsure about coming to a traditional church service, or looking for something a little different, this might be right up your street.
The 2.30pm Baptism Service takes place most but not all weeks, depending on baptism bookings. This is primarily the service where children are baptised. The service lasts around 40 minutes and takes place in the rear area of the Church worship space, near to the font. More information and how to book can be found on our baptism page.
*launching in 2019*
Launching later in the year, the 8.30pm service will primarily be for young people, towards the upper end of High School, aged approximately 14 years and above. ‘Lighthouse’ as it will be known, will be a place for young people from churches across the area to worship, share and grow together in their understanding of who God is. Using modern worship songs, multimedia, bags and bags of popcorn and pizza and a couple of crazy games, Lighthouse will definitely be the place to be on a Sunday evening.
8.45am Morning Prayer (Monday-Friday)
Morning Prayer takes place Monday to Friday, from 8.45am to 9.00am, in the Lady Chapel. It uses the Church of England’s pattern of Morning Prayer (sometimes referred to as the Daily Office). During the brief fifteen minutes, there is a Bible reading, Psalm, and other verses from the Bible which are used responsively, as well a time for either quiet or corporate prayer, as well as the Lord’s Prayer. It is a great way to start the day.
11.30am Holy Communion (Monday-Thursday)
4.45pm Evening Prayer (Monday-Thursday)
Evening Prayer takes place Monday to Thursday, from 4.45pm to 5.00pm, in the Lady Chapel.
9.45pm Night Prayer (Monday-Thursday)
Night Prayer (Compline) takes place Monday to Thursday, from 9.45pm to 9.55pm, in the Lady Chapel.
The 7.00pm service of Holy Communion takes place in the Lady Chapel, with around a dozen people attending. The service lasts around 45 minutes and the modern service includes a worship song two readings from the bible and a short talk. After the service, refreshments are served in the Lounge.
10.30am Sunday 'Open Doors'
*changing its name to 'Storehouse' in 2019*
2.00pm Wednesday (MU Meeting)
The Mothers’ Union have a short time of worship (around 20 minutes) on the first Wednesday of the month, between September and May. Taking place in the Church (or sometimes in the Hall during the winter months), the service includes three hymns, a Bible reading and a time of prayer. After the service, the MU meet in the Hall for refreshments and often they have a guest speaker.
2.00pm Wednesday (MU Communion)
The Mothers’ Union also have a monthly service of Holy Communion, known as Mothers’ Union Corporate Communion. It takes place on the third Wednesday of the month, at 2.00pm in the main Church worship space. The services lasts around 45 minutes and includes hymns, prayer Bible readings, a short talk and Holy Communion. All are welcome to the service (even if not a member of the Mothers’ Union). After the service, refreshments are served in the Hall.
On the last Wednesday of the month, a traditional Book of Common Prayer Communion Service takes place in Church. This is attended by around 20 people, some of whom see this as their main worship service due to being unable to come on a Sunday. The service lasts around 40 minutes and is followed by refreshments in the Hall. There is always lovely cake (sometimes home-made!) and tea and coffee.
3.00pm Saturday 'Messy Church'
Meeting either monthly or every 6-8 weeks, Messy Church takes place on a Saturday afternoon from 3.00pm to 5.00pm. We usually start with an energetic game – for all ages! We then have some lively songs with actions, followed by a short talk to explain the biblical theme of the afternoon. Then the craft and activity tables are open to get messy and have great fun learning more about the theme of the day.
We come together at around 4.30pm to show what everyone has made. After that we tuck into a fantastic buffet of sandwiches and cake. Keep an eye on the Messy Church page or the special events page for details of when the next one is.
Not everyone can physically get to the church building to worship. Sometimes members of our Pastoral Team will visit people in their own homes or places of care, to offer prayer, a Bible reading or Holy Communion. Please contact us if you are unable to attend Church and would like a visit from the Pastoral Team.
We go into two local places of care to lead services of worship:
Thornton House. There is a monthly service on a Sunday afternoon which is attended by residents and their visitors. There is also a regular service of Holy Communion.
Alexandra Court. There is a monthly service of Holy Communion on the first Wednesday of the month at 10.30am, taking place in the main Lounge.