Services and worship
Pattern of Services
St Mary and St Michael’s is, first and foremost, a church for its parish. People come to us from a wide range of theological and church traditions, and our services embody a rich spectrum of styles, from the traditional, to creative activities with modern worship songs.
Our largest congregation meets at 10am on Sundays. Parish Communion, either All Age or with Junior Church, is celebrated in the Central style of the Church of England, with a sung setting - formal without being stuffy. Members of the congregation arrange flowers, give lifts, read, administer the chalice, help with children’s activities and occasionally lead intercessions.
As well as services in the historic church building, we have recently begun a café-style church: Cornerstone, which meets at the new Clay Farm Centre. During the Vacancy this is mostly lay-led.
|8.00am||Holy Communion (1928 BCP)|
|10.00am||Parish Communion (CW)
All Age Service first Sunday of the month with Junior Church on second and fourth Sundays of the month
|3.30pm||Cornerstone, at the Clay Farm Centre|
|6.30pm||Evensong (1662 BCP)|
Third Sundays as above, but
|10.00am||‘Third Sunday Service’
Informal service with activity stations around the church; songs accompanied by a music group
|11.00am||Said Parish Communion (CW)|
Fifth Sundays as above, but
|10.00am||Joint services with Newnham and Grantchester rotating around all three parish churches|
|10.30am||Holy Communion (CW)|
Second Thursday of the month
Special services and events are held at major festivals, both in church and in the community. There are also ‘civic’ services, e.g. Remembrance Sunday at church and the War Memorial
Music has traditionally been a strength of our church. Our professional organist plays for most services and for weddings and funerals; a music group plays for the Third Sunday service and occasionally at other services.
Our choir sings at festivals and special occasions. There is also a small junior choir, which meets for practice on Thursdays 5.30-6.30pm in term-time, and sings at festivals and other special occasions.