As Anglicans, we delight in the heritage that has shaped our prayer, worship and liturgy.

Our foundational texts are contained in The Book of Common Prayer and the recent publication of Common Worship helps us to proclaim our faith ‘afresh in each generation’.

The Transforming Worship website provides information and resources to help ‘refresh, resource and promote’ liturgical worship.

The Canons of the Church of England (our legal framework) help us to express a shared identity through our worship by reminding us to use only authorised forms of service.

Christians all around the world will faithfully pray the Daily Office (that is, services of morning and evening prayer which have a set framework and include psalms and Bible readings).

It’s good to pray for current events or issues of concern, and the Diocesan cycle of prayer reminds us of people and places locallywhilst the Church of England provides topical prayers.

The Eucharist (which means ‘thanksgiving) or Holy Communion is our main act of worship. Each Sunday, and on festivals and saints’ days, we gather to celebrate the communal life that we have been given through the risen Christ.

Here is a link to Common Worship Holy Communion order One. You can find links to all the principal services of the Church here.

We’re delighted when people come to the Church for baptism, confirmation, marriage and funerals (sometimes called the ‘occasional offices’). There’s more on life events here.

Liturgy for special services

Please see also the information on Christian Initiation on the C of E website

When the Bishop takes a service, it is usual for the collection to be for the Bishop of Oxford’s Outreach Fund.

For other particular services, please refer to the Transforming Worship and Common Worship websites.

Emergency Morning Prayer

What happens when a minister fails to arrive for a service on a Sunday morning? Legally the responsibility to hold a service falls to the churchwardens. Some may feel daunted by this, and it was in response to anxieties expressed by a group of wardens that the Diocesan Liturgical Commission has produced this ‘emergency service’. It is designed to be led by a churchwarden or Licensed Lay Minister.

This Morning Prayer file can be downloaded, printed and kept in the vestry. A lectionary should also be kept there and the readings for the service selected accordingly. This service has been designed so that it can be used from only one copy (responses can be given to the congregation as they arise). Opportunities for hymns are indicated. A sermon would not be expected in this kind of emergency, though some congregations might want to respond to scripture with a group discussion in the style of a Bible study.