Special Services

Blessing of the Animals

The stories of the saints abound with interaction with God’s creatures but perhaps none more so than St. Francis.  Francis saw the whole of creation being bound together through the love of God, he would preach to the birds and make friends with wolves.  It was one of Francis’ poems, the Canticle of the Sun, that formed the basis of the hymn, “All creatures of our God and King” which calls upon the whole of creation to give thanks and praise to God.  The hymns calls upon the lights of evening to find a voice, waters of the earth to make music, the flowers and fruits of the earth to give glory to God the creator of all things.

Our annual service of the Blessing of the Pets will take place on Sunday 11th September at 10.00 a.m.  We include this service within our extended celebration of harvest, which began in July with the keeping of Lammas Day.  At harvest we sing that ‘all good gifts around us are sent from heaven above’ and our pets are truly one of the best of God’s ‘good gifts’.

Blessing of the Animals
Sunday 11th September
All-Age Family Service
10.00 a.m.

Harvest Festival

Our celebration of Harvest concludes with our Harvest festival which takes place over the weekend of the 30th September - 2nd October.

On the Sunday our 10 a.m. service is a traditional Harvest Festival Communion service where we “raise the song of Harvest Home” and give thanks to God for the skills and labour of those who produce the food we eat and of course give thanks and praise to Him for the bounty we enjoy. 

Our 6.30 p.m. service has established itself over the years as a firm favourite, a mix of readings both sacred and secular alongside a selection of rousing Harvest and Creation hymns.  Come along to any of our Harvest services and why not invite a neighbour or friend, they won’t be disappointed.

Harvest Festival
Sunday 2nd October

Harvest Communion Service at10.00 a.m.
Harvest Songs of Praise at 6.30 p.m.

Patronal Festival

We celebrate the life of St. Wilfrid, our Patron Saint, on Sunday the 13th October.  As a Bishop Wilfrid was tireless in spreading the gospel message and causing churches to be built to the glory of God.  There is a tradition that all churches dedicated to Wilfrid were originally founded by him and whilst construction of our current church began in the 13th century it was built on the site of an earlier building. 

Wilfrid was instrumental in shaping the church in England and we are honoured to have him as our Patron Saint.

Celebrating St. Wilfrid
Sunday 9th October
All-Age Service
10.00 a.m.