Services

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St Michaels Smarden

16 December
9.15 am    Eucharist (BCP)
10.30am   Active Church

23 December
9.15 am    Eucharist (CW)
6pm          Village Carol Service

24 December – Christmas Eve
3pm    Crib and Christingle Service
11pm  Midnight Eucharist (CW)

25 December – Christmas Day
9.15 am Eucharist (CW)

All Saints Biddenden

16 December
9.15am  Morning Worship
6pm       Carol Service

23 December
8am    Eucharist (BCP)
11am  Eucharist (CW)

24 December – Christmas Eve
5pm    Crib and Christingle Service
11pm  Midnight Eucharist (CW)

25 December – Christmas Day
11am Eucharist (CW)

30 December
10am Benefice Eucharist (CW)

MONTHLY SERVICE SCHEDULE

Updated November 2018

1st Sunday
9.15 am Biddenden: Sung Eucharist (CW)
11 am Smarden: Mattins (BCP)
2nd Sunday
8 am Biddenden: Eucharist (BCP)
9.15 am Smarden: Sung Eucharist (CW)
11 am Biddenden: Sung Eucharist (CW)
6 pm Smarden: Evensong (BCP)
3rd Sunday
9.15 am Smarden: Eucharist (BCP)
9.15 am Biddenden: Morning Worship
10.30 am Smarden: Active Church
6 pm Biddenden: Evensong (BCP)
4th Sunday
8 am Biddenden: Eucharist (BCP)
9.15 am: Smarden: Sung Eucharist (CW)
11 am Biddenden: Sung Eucharist (CW)
5th Sunday
Special joint services with parishes of Biddenden, Smarden, Bethersden, High Halden and Woodchurch worshipping together.

Please check Notices.
BCP: Book of Common Prayer
CW: Common Worship

DESCRIPTION OF SERVICES

Sung Eucharist CW — Communion service with hymns, a sermon.  The service lasts approximately an hour and is followed by coffee and tea.  For Children there are activity sheets following the theme and readings of the day.
Active Church (Smarden: 10.30 am 3rd Sunday) — Adults and Children learn together through activities, games, stories, and song. Active church starts with with crafts, and games, at the end we gather, explain more fully the theme, sing songs, and pray. There are always refreshments and a play corner for very young children. Active church is a great way for parents or grand parents to have real quality time together with their children. All ages are welcome but you need to be prepared to get involved!
Morning Worship (9.15 am Biddenden 3rd Sunday) — Non Eucharistic services as advertised. Each month services vary using contemporary liturgy.
Eucharist BCP (8am Biddenden 2nd & 4th Sunday, and 9:15am Smarden 3rd Sunday) — Holy Communion following the Book of Common Prayer 1662. It is a “said” service ie no hymns, a short sermon (or “thought for the day”) and lasts about 40 minutes.
Mattins BCP (Smarden:  11am on the 1st Sunday) — A traditional language service from the BCP (Book of Common Prayer 1662). The service includes a sermon and has musical support from the Benefice choir. Tea and Coffee follow the service.
Evensong (BCP) Evensong follows the Book of Common Prayer 1662. This service has hymns and support from the benefice choir.
Children and families are always welcome at all services. We provide activity sheets following the theme and readings of the day.