All are welcome at St Gregory’s and St Michael’s, both at our regular services and special events, whether you are a local, visitor, tourist or in the area for a special occasion. Our worship and other activities cover a broad range of styles, from traditional to contemporary, from reflective to participative.
We have open doors to welcome people of all backgrounds. Children are welcome to fully participate in communion. Our buildings are reasonably wheelchair friendly (and we’re working to improve this). We have induction loops for the hard of hearing, large print service and hymn books, and gluten-free communion wafers for those with a wheat intolerance. If there is any way we can help you more fully join in with worship, please contact to let us know how.
If you are not familiar with Anglican worship, here is a summary of what we offer, though the best way to understand is to try:
Holy Communion – a service at which we recall the Last Supper of Jesus with his disciples. Jesus instructed those disciples to re-enact this moment as a means of remembering him. People place differing emphasis on the meaning and symbolism of this service, but for all Christians it is an act of unity with one another and with God. All visitors who are baptised are welcome to share in communion, whatever tradition you are from.
Family Communion – a shortened version of the communion service where our children and young people join us for the whole of the service.
Morning Praise – a service with hymns, readings and a talk led by members of our lay ministry teams. This is very much a collaborative effort and we welcome new contributors.
Taize Worship – a simple evening service using the form of worship developed by the Commmunity of Reconciliation in Taize, France. Through simple chants and a lengthy meditative reflection we focus on God our creator and sustainer.
The Prayer Book and Evensong – services from the Book of Common Prayer written in 1662. This rich element of the Anglican heritage was developed from earlier prayer books going back over a century, and spanning a lengthy period of political and religious conflict in Britain. Its use of Tudor English harkened back to a time of security before division. It’s limited choice of liturgy instilled conformity amongst diversity. It has been likened to a peace treaty at the end of a war.
We all have our preferences, as you will to. These services are all offered for the same reason; to help people draw close to God. That is our prayer for you from St Gregory’s and St Michael’s.