Many of us have our own ‘firm favourites’ throughout the year including the Christmas Lunch Club, for those who would otherwise be alone. We provide for the opportunity to receive Holy Communion in the place where people live – when it is difficult or impossible to attend worship at Church. Our confirmation services are always a warm and welcoming occasion, enabling all of us to share in personal commitments of faith. In addition to this we have school and group services (such as Carol Service) as a means of sowing seeds within the community.
Bourne Abbey serves its community not just in its regular and occasional services, but pastorally. We welcome families to church for Holy Baptism, preferring the personal approach whereby the Vicar will spend time with you and your family. As the church family, we feel a commitment to supporting you in your child’s Christian development; our family services are geared to all ages but particularly focused towards children and young people and provide a link with the Baptism of your child.
The Christingle service is a moving experience that appeals to children big and small. Epiphany for many is a season of joy in the church because it enables us to experience the story of the Magi and their response when they see Jesus for the very first time.
There are some of our congregation who get a great deal of satisfaction from our monthly Choral Evensong, not only for musical reasons but because it brings together a number of our musical friends and provides a further dimension to the church’s liturgy.
Celebrations that are outside of the normal ‘service’ schedule help us to feel part of something so much greater, often during services in the evenings which make the Abbey feel a safe, warm haven especially when the congregation have made a special effort to be there. The stained glass ‘pops’ in the evenings as it retracts in the colder weather and the Abbey gives the ‘feel good factor’.
It’s clear from all of this that each group has its own different highlights throughout the year most services hold a special meaning for many within our congregation. This is not to forget or belittle the wonderful range of regular activities that happen within and around the church. All of these things help unite and make everyone welcome. Amen.
What is the Highlight in a Year at Our Church?
The story of Jesus is explained in the gospels as the calendar of the church year unfolds, and the celebration of each festival – with Easter being the fulfilment of God’s plan for mankind and His expression of His love for us.