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).

In each service, we use one of two different prayer books:

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

We have at least one communion service every Sunday, usually at one of the following times:

  • 8.00am
  • 11.00am or
  • 6.00pm

For more details, check the Calendar

What if I haven’t been confirmed?

If you haven’t been confirmed, you are of course welcome to come along to communion, just like any other church service.

Click on the following link for what to do during a communion service, if you haven’t been confirmed: About Confirmation and Holy Communion.

More information

There’s more information about Holy Communion, BCP and CW on this page of the Church of England website: http://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-worship.aspx (this link opens in a new window).