The worship at Stainbeck is varied, informal and inclusive respecting the diversity of theological understandings within the congregation.
Each Sunday morning worship is held at 10.45 am with the celebration of Holy Communion on the second Sunday of each month. On occasional Sundays the children, and Sunday Club leaders, remain in church. The aim of these services, which may include elements such as drama and discussion, is to create ‘Worship 4 All’ ie intergenerational.
We occasionally invite preachers and worship leaders from other places some of whom we specifically ask to tell their Faith stories. Some of these speakers may come to us from secular organizations.
Our children always join in the first part of the service each week where there is a time particularly focused for them before they and their leaders leave forSunday Club.
We also hold other services specifically targeted for local people not familiar with traditional church worship e.g. Christingle and other Festival Services. We also hold an annual Community Songs of Praise at which members of the community, local agencies and secular users of the building come together to sing and to share their work and vision for the area. This works well (attendance 90-100 people).
Taizé worship is shared on a regular basis with other local churches. This is targeted at some of the committed Christian 20/30 year olds working in our city yet disengaged from traditional church life.
Coffee is served in the Café Room after services. This important time of fellowship is greatly valued by members of the Sunday congregation.
Each Thursday from7.30 to 8.00 pm is an opportunity for mid-week prayers following varied worship patterns. It is a valued time when we can think and pray together. This service is led by either the minister, different elders or, on the first Thursday of each month by friends from our partner churches for this date is always set aside for focused Community Prayers.
We have created a small area for prayer with books and chairs where, even when the Church is busy, it is possible to be quiet and peaceful. We feel this is especially important when the building is so often used by the community.
The Minister and Elders lead worship on a regular basis at St Gemma’s, a local hospice, and at Carr Croft and Yew Tree Court, local care homes for the elderly. These services are also supported by members of the congregation.
Read, Think and Pray is a booklet compiled by the Minister to develop the daily habit of ‘a time with God’. It is available to all members of the congregation. It comprises daily readings which follow a particular gospel or book of the bible with additional question or comment which can be used as an aid to focus thought and prayer. Other worship services may reflect on the shared readings.
We use the Revised Common Lectionary to encourage continuity of teaching. We use the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible with pew bibles.
Our denominational hymn book is Rejoice and Sing, but with the installation of a projector we are now able to use a far wider selection of hymns, songs and music. Members participate in services by reading, acting or leading worship.
We welcome all who seek Infant Baptism, but would wish to get to know the family first and require parents to recognize the promises they will make. Where there is no wish for a commitment to the Church, we offer a Service of Thanksgiving and Blessing. The Church also supports Believer’s Baptism if requested.