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I thought it may be useful to explain some of the principles behind our current pattern
and what you might find if you came to a particular service. So, here is our monthly

1st Sunday
9am Breakfast@Church

This is an informal service. We sit around tables cafe style. There are bacon baps, hot
and cold drinks and croissants for breakfast, which continues into ... an activity,
discussion, reading, prayer and song(s). A number of families come to this service,
with children of varying ages ... but it is a service also enjoyed by those of, shall I
say, more mature years.
6pm Communion
We sit in a semi circle around the altar for this Communion service. It is quiet and
reflective, following an order of service. This is usually from our blue book but
occasionally we use Taizé or Iona. Usually a few hymns are sung.

2nd Sunday
9am Communion (BCP)

A formal communion service, using the traditional language of the Book of Common
Prayer. It is a said service, although some music may be played.

10am Sunday Worship
This is a 40-45 minute service, fairly informal, following an order of service, which
includes seasonal material, eg for Lent, Easter, Pentecost, Harvest, Remembrance,
Advent, Christmas, Epiphany ... usually there is a short talk and 3 or 4 hymns are

3rd Sunday
10am Sunday Worship with Communion

Elements of the 10am service as for the 2nd Sunday but leading into a Communion.
In place of a sermon, there is something more interactive, which could be a
discussion, an activity or involve moving around to see or do something.

currently the ‘slot’ with no name ... maybe ‘At4on3’ (At 4pm on the 3rd
This is a time to try some different things. For example ... so far, Songs of Praise;
Developing a Rule of Life ... perhaps ... weddings celebration/ renewal of vows;
Midsummer event to celebrate our patron saints, St Peter and St Paul; Sunday Cafe;
Messy Church; Arts, Crafts and Spirituality; Holy Habits; Creative Prayer ideas;
Pet service; something for Toddlers ... we are open to suggestions.
This 4pm ‘slot’ is very informal and includes refreshments.

4th Sunday
10am Communion with the Choir

A formal communion service using contemporary language, seasonal material, with
a sermon (usually around 10 minutes), 4 hymns and a piece by the Choir. New choir
members always welcome.
6pm Evening Service
This can be a variety of services: Readings, Poems and Songs; Songs of Praise;
Evensong but more often, Evening Prayer; Iona Evening Worship or Compline.


If you are interested or thinking about getting confirmed, please have a chat with Revd Diane. The Deanery Confirmation service for this year is at 10am on Sunday 14th May 2023 and is being held in Otford, so convenient for us. or 01959 522363

The Parish Church of St. Peter & St. Paul

Shoreham, Kent, 

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