Service information

The United Benefice offers a variety of services. Below is an explanation of some of the acronyms used in the Services’ Diary, as well as some more information on what to expect.

BCP and CW: ‘BCP’ stands for the ‘Book of Common Prayer’ and ‘CW’ for ‘Common Worship’. These are two different but complementary collections of services which are used throughout the Church of England. Common Worship tends to use more contemporary language, but some of the services are based on those in the Book of Common Prayer. More detailed information can be found on the Church of England website

Holy Communion (HC): also called The Eucharist or The Lord’s Supper. This can either be according to the BCP or CW. Holy Communion is the celebration and remembrance of the Last Supper. The meal shared By Jesus and his disciples. For different people it represents different things but simply put Jesus told his disciples that when they break bread and share the wine they do it in Remembrance of him and in this act our sins are forgiven.

Evening Prayer and Morning Prayer: These usually follow the format of the BCP and or CW. They allow for time in which we can praise God and ask for his forgiveness. Parts of the service are sometimes sung-for example the responses in parts or even the psalms. They can very thoughtful services which allow time to reflect. In addition to Evening Prayer we sometimes do:

Compline (Night Prayer): which simply means it is the ancient office of Compline which derives its name from a Latin word meaning ‘completion’ (completorium). It is above all a service of quietness and reflection before rest at the end of the day. If the service is in church, those present depart in silence; if at home, they go quietly to bed.

All Age Service: this is a more informal service, which generally includes a Children’s talk as well as the main Sermon. They tend to be popular across the generations, and have become well loved by many. We also have baptism within these services.

Praise Service: a lively and well attended service in which there are invited speakers who speak on a range of issues.

Benefice Holy Communion: when there is a fifth Sunday in a month, the Benefice meet together in one of the Churches for a joint service. For those who don’t normally attend the other Churches in the Benefice, this is an opportunity to do so – not just to worship in a different building, but also to worship with other Christians within the Benefice.

Anglican/Methodist (Ang/Meth): Barningham Church is shared with the Methodist congregation, whose chapel has been closed. Once a month there is a joint Anglican/Methodist service, often with a visiting preacher.

Children’s Praise Service: designed specifically for young children and their parents/guardians – but everyone is welcome. These are lively and fun services, which are proving popular.