What to Expect

Are you thinking of visiting our church but you're not sure what to expect?

Well, when we meet on Saturday evenings we usually have two services:

Vespers

VespersThis is an evening service, with a strong focus on the sunset and the light of Christ overcoming the darkness of night.  For Christians, the setting of the sun begins the new day, so Vespers on Saturday evening marks the beginning of Sunday, which is the holy day each week when we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

Each Sunday has a special theme, and the readings from the Bible, as well as the various songs we sing (called hymns, psalms, and antiphons) reflect this theme.  We also offer our prayers to God for the Church and the whole world, especially for individual people who have asked us to pray for them.

After Vespers, we usually share blessed bread called the Eulogia or Pain Bénit.  This is not Holy Communion but is a sign of fellowship, and all are welcome to share it with us.  We then sit and listen to a homily, which is a short talk about the Christian life.

Vigils

VigilsThe second service is a night service.  As we wait for the coming day, we sing more psalms and hymns, and offer more prayers to God as we try to keep the night holy. 

Altogether, the services last just under 2 hours.  Afterwards we spend time together over refreshments, to catch up with each other.

You are very welcome to come along.  If you'd like to find out a little more before your visit, there is plenty of information below.  You don't have to take in all of this in one go.  It's just a little bit of information that you might find helpful before you come along.







We hope this helps a little bit but if you have any questions before you visit, please feel free to get in touch.