Services at St Paulinus Church
We hold a variety of services at St Paulinus, to offer spiritual nourishment and guidance, a space for prayer and devotion, centred around the Holy Communion (taking of consecrated bread and wine) in which God meets us, forgives us, and makes us new.
You will find here details of regular and upcoming services, and what each sort of service is like. All are very welcome at all our services. If you are not familiar with Christian worship, do not worry – there is no pressure to take part or ‘get it right’. We are not fussy, but just hope that you find a place of sanctuary to find God and come to know his loving presence.
Sundays, 8:00am – Low Mass and Homily
A quiet service of readings, prayers, and the celebration of Holy Communion, with a short homily. Duration 50 minutes.
Sundays, 10:00am – Parish Mass and Sermon (unless Family Word)
Our main weekly celebration together, with hymns and music, readings, prayers, the ministry of Holy Communion, and Sunday School for school-age children during term-time. Duration 1hr 15 minutes, followed by refreshments. Once a month this service is replaced by a Family Word service (see below), usually the 2nd Sunday of the month. On special occasions, we hold High Mass and Procession, where incense and bells are used during the service.
Sundays, 10:00am – Family Word (2nd Sunday of month)
An informal service with lively songs, puppet sketch, readings, prayers led by children, and a short talk for all ages. Duration 45 minutes, followed by refreshments.
Sundays, 6:00pm – High Mass and Sermon (2nd Sunday of month)
Whenever our Family Word service takes place in the morning, there is the opportunity to attend a High Mass in the evening. High Mass involves the usual readings, prayers, and celebration of Holy Communion, with hymns and music, with incense and bells used.
Wednesdays, 9:30am – Low Mass and Homily
A simple service attended by adults and usually a class of school children, with readings, prayers, a short talk for children, and the celebration of Holy Communion. Duration 45 minutes.
Thursdays, 9:30am – Toddler Praise (term-time only)
A service for toddlers and parents up on the chancel carpet, with fun songs and actions, instruments to play with, and we try to learn to the Lord’s Prayer together. Duration 20 minutes, followed by Toddler Play in the Church Hall.
Thursdays, 8:00pm – Healing Mass (or Iona Healing)
A contemplative service in the Lady Chapel with Holy Communion, quiet prayer, and incorporating the Healing ministries of the laying on of hands and anointing with oil. Duration 45 minutes. (You are welcome to come with your own needs or concerns, or for those of others; you will not be asked to divulge your need or illness, but will have the chance to be prayed for with a short, simple prayer, and be anointed with oil by the priest.)
Fridays, 9:15am – Low Mass
A short service of Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel. Duration 30 minutes.
Monday to Saturday – Morning and Evening Prayer
The daily prayer ‘offices’ are said daily in Church by the clergy, but anyone is welcome to attend. The service lasts around 20 minutes, incorporating psalms, readings, and prayers, and is a chance to take pause and offer to God the daily needs of the parish and the world. Most days Morning Prayer occurs at 9am and Evening Prayer at 5pm but with exceptions, so you may wish to check with the weekly pew-sheet or confirm with a priest if you wish to attend.