Sunday services at St Bartholomew’s and St Mary’s

We have a mix of modern and traditional services at St Bartholomew’s and St Mary’s. The full list, starting with the earliest service in the day, is:

Please check the calendar for services in August 2016.

From September 2016, the regular services each month will be:

8.00amHoly Communion (CW)Formal, traditional2nd and 4th Sunday
9.30amCafé Church Informal, family-friendly1st Sunday
St Mary's Lower Bentley Please check the calendar
for details
2nd Sunday
Worship for allInformal, family-friendly4th Sunday
Holy Communion (informal)Informal, family-friendly5th Sunday
11.00amHoly Communion (BCP)Formal, traditional3rd Sunday
Sunday FundayInformal, family-friendly3rd Sunday (in the school term)
Family serviceInformal, family-friendly2nd Sunday (check the calendar, as this can change)
Morning Prayer (Matins)Formal, traditional1st, 4th and 5th Sunday
6.00pmHoly Communion (CW or BCP)Formal, traditional1st Sunday
EvensongFormal, traditional2nd, 3rd and 4th Sunday
Songs of praiseInformal, family-friendly5th Sunday (check the calendar, as this can change)

We sometimes have other services on different days and at different times – check the calendar and website regularly to find out more. To get regular updates about services, see the page on Keeping in touch: click here for the Keeping in touch page.

Traditional services

Traditional services image from east window Holy Communion (at 8.00am, 11.00am and 6.00pm), Morning Prayer (Matins) and Evensong are more traditional styles of worship that the Church of England has established over several centuries.

They follow either of two ‘patterns’ of worship, set out in two different books:

  • the traditional Book of Common Prayer (BCP) which the church has used for over 400 years, or
  • the updated version of this called Common Worship (CW).

Each book sets out the words or prayers spoken by the priest and the people in the church, along with the pattern – the order in which they say them – for different times of worship.

Click here to read more about traditional and modern worship (opens in a new window on the Church of England website).

Other services

The other services listed above have a more open, informal pattern of worship.

  • Cafe church is a new style of service, starting in September 2016: it’s in the church hall, includes breakfast and is more about discussing a topic than following the set format of more traditional services.
  • informal Holy Communion (at 9.30am) is more relaxed than formal Holy Communion, and suitable for families
  • Worship for All is also a short service in the morning, with a different ‘theme’ each time and modern worship songs.
  • The Family service (as the name suggests) is organised to include children of all ages with their parents.
  • Sunday Funday is a fun time for children and young people to ‘learn about God using music, arts, crafts and drama’.
  • In Songs of praise is you are invited to choose the hymns and songs of worship for this evening service.

Services with other churches

Tardebigge is part of Redditch Holy Trinity Parish, and we have joint services with other churches in the parish.

The most frequent of these is Songs of praise at St Philip’s, Webheath. Click here for the St Philip’s church website (opens in a new window).