The Season of Advent
Through December a new horizon lies before us, we begin to look towards the Nativity, the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.
The four Sundays of Advent trace the preparation that God made for this event
from the prophets of ancient times onwards.
Long ago, the Jewish people looked for the arrival of their Messiah, the one who would be God's anointed leader and rescuer.
Christians recognise, in Jesus, these hopes fulfilled. and the expectation of his birth grows through the countdown season we call Advent.
Growing in Faith Together
Our primary focus as a community of faith is the worship that we offer to the Lord week by week in our Churches.
Jesus commanded his people to remember him using the bread and wine of the Eucharist so this is our main service every Sunday.
Jesus also commanded his people to baptise and most Sundays we also meet around the font, as he would want, to celebrate a new life and offer a welcome into the Lord's family.
We are pleased to offer services of Baptism, Weddings and Funerals at each of our three Churches.
For more information on Baptisms and Weddings please use the link on the Navigation Bar above.
For more information on Funerals and Cremations, please contact Fr Andrew directly or make contact through your chosen Funeral Director / Undertaker.
The "Storyteller Eucharist"
We celebrate the "Storyteller" Eucharist on the 2nd Sunday of the month at Hardwicke, this service is especially suitable for families and children, there is a Gospel Story especially for the youngsters, and our Junior Choir sing during the service.
At the anniversary of a Baptism, Baptism Candles are relit and youngsters are always welcome at the Altar for a blessing.
If you don't attend Church or its been a long time since you came along, try the "Storyteller" Service. We would love to see you.
The "Simply Worship" Eucharist
On the 4th Sunday of the month our worship is more reflective and devotional.
We sing contemporary worship songs, listen to scripture and unpack its meaning in interactive and reflective ways and share the eucharistic bread and wine.
This service is evolving into something special which attempts to touch the heart and mind as we worship using our senses and our spirits in service of the Lord.
Sunday Services and Midweek Services
Come and join us one Sunday at Hardwicke, Elmore or Longney.
Our morning services are usually the best place to begin,
especially if you are new to the life of the Church.
The Eucharist or Communion, sometimes called Mass, is our main Sunday service. The word "Eucharist" means "thanksgiving".
It is the time when we sing hymns, reflect on the week gone by, hear the Bible read and explained, and offer our prayers to the Lord.
In this service we also receive the Communion bread and wine,
as Jesus asked his friends to do, in remembrance of Him.
Evensong at Elmore is a service of hymns, readings and prayers using
the 1662 Prayer Book (in traditional language).
To locate our Churches click on "Find Us" above.
This Month's Services at Church...
Said Eucharist (BCP) at Hardwicke Church 9.30am
Sunday December 16th - Advent 3
“John the Baptist”
Parish Eucharist at Elmore Church 9.30am
Parish Eucharist at Hardwicke Church 11.00am
Nine Lessons and Carols Service at Longney Church 6.30pm
Thursday December 20th - First Christmas Service
Nine Lessons and Carols at Hardwicke Church 7.30pm
Sunday December 23rd - Advent 4
“Our Lady - St Mary”
"Storyteller" Eucharist at Longney Church 9.30am
"Simply Worship" Eucharist at Hardwicke Church 11.00am
Sung Evensong at Elmore Church 4.00pm
Monday December 24th - Christmas Eve
“The Saviour of the World is nigh”
Crib Nativity Service at Hardwicke Church 4.00pm
Midnight Mass at Elmore Church begins 11.15am
Tuesday December 25th - Christmas Day
“The Saviour of the World is born”
Parish Eucharist at Longney Church 9.30am
Family Eucharist at Hardwicke Church 11.00am