Holy Communion

Holy Communion is sometimes called the Eucharist or ‘breaking of bread’.

It is how the church commemorates the ‘Lord’s supper’ – the last meal Jesus had with his disciples before he was crucified.

During the service, everyone who has been confirmed is invited to take communion, which is the bread and wine after the vicar or priest has consecrated it (dedicated it as being sacred or holy).

See below for more information about confirmation (being confirmed).

Communion services
We have at least one communion service every Sunday, usually at one of the following times: 8.00am, 9.30am, 11.00am or 6.00pm.

Informal communion: if you have children with you, our new informal communion service is the most family-friendly.

It’s at 9.30am at St Bartholomew’s church, whenever there’s a 5th Sunday in the month (which is 4 or 5 times a year).

Keep checking the calendar for dates.

The atmosphere is relaxed, and we use PowerPoint slides to make the service easier to follow.

Formal and traditional communion services are at 8.00am, 11.00am or 6.00pm, at either St Bartholomew’s or St Mary’s.

In each service, we use one of two different prayer books – often called BCP or CW. These are:

  • the Book of Common Prayer, used in its current form in the Church of England since 1662 (shortened to “BCP” or “1662”)
  • the books of Common Worship, a more modern version of the BCP, the first of which was introduced into the Church of England in 2000 (shortened to “CW”).

For more details of all our services, see the main Services page or the Calendar (both links open in new windows).

About confirmation

Being confirmed
To take communion in an Anglican church, you need to have been confirmed as a member of the Church of England. Click here to find out more about confirmation (opens in a new window on the Church of England website).

What if I haven’t been confirmed?
Even if you haven’t been confirmed, you’re welcome to come along to the communion service, just like any other church service.

When the communion bread and wine are being taken, the vicar will invite you (with other people who have or haven’t been confirmed) to come up to the altar rail at the front of the church.

You will be given a ‘blessing’, which is a prayer for you said by the vicar on behalf of the church. Instead of holding up your hands to receive the bread and wine, you can rest your hands on the altar rail, hold your prayer book for example or keep your hands by your side – whichever you feel most comfortable with.

If you prefer not to be given the blessing, you can just stay in your seat.

I’d like to know more about being confirmed
If you are interested in learning more about the Christian faith and what it means to be confirmed, please contact Rev Richard Clark either:

More information about Holy Communion

Click here to read more about Holy Communion, BCP and CW (opens in a new window on the Church of England website).