SUNDAY SERVICE – 10:30 AM
As a Methodist-Anglican Local Ecumenical Partnership, the Christian Centre has varied forms of worship.
The first Sunday of each month will be a communion service following the ‘Methodist’ service order. The third Sunday of each month will be Anglican-led, and will often be an Anglican communion. The other Sundays will be in various styles led by Methodist Local Preachers and/or by our Worship Team and Community Outreach Worker.
For information on current services see ‘Events’.
ARK – 10:30 AM The ‘ARK’ is a designated space within the sanctuary for use by children – with games and activities focussed on the topic of the Sunday service led by the Community Outreach Worker and the Worship Team. Parents can join in the activities, or join the congregation in the main section of the church. When there is a communion service, children will take part in ‘Thinking about Jesus’, a formal programme of study in the Small Meeting Room next to the sanctuary. At the end of the service, the children will come in to take part, along with older youth, in the service.
‘EXALT !’ – Second and Fourth Sundays in every month at 4 PM. ‘Exalt’ services began in September, 2018 for worship, praise, and thanksgiving using contemporary music and traditional hymns of praise. The services met on the last Sunday in a month. From November, 2019, ‘Exalt’ services will be held twice a month on the second and fourth Sunday. The service on the second Sunday will be a mixture of teaching and praise, while the service on the fourth Sunday will follow the previous pattern of praise and thanksgiving.
JOINT SERVICES When there is a fifth Sunday in a month, there will be a joint service with the congregations of St. Mary’s Bolsterstone, and St. John’s Deepcar meeting on a rotational basis in one of the three churches. These churches form the Cornerstone Mission Partnership in Stocksbridge.
The Joint Services for 2019 are 6 January (Methodist Covenant Service at the Christian Centre), 30 June (St. John’s Deepcar), 29 September (Stocksbridge Christian Centre). There will be no joint service on 31 March as the AGMs for St. Mary’s and St. John’s will be held on that date, nor on 29 December. All joint services are from 10:45 AM.
SPECIAL SERVICES There are also special services during the year including a ‘Pet Service’ in June, an annual ‘Songs of Praise’ service in July, and a ‘Carols by Candlelight’ family service on New Year’s Eve. For details see under ‘Events’ and the appropriate sub-section.
DATA PROJECTION Data projection equipment and an 6′ x 6′ electrically retractable screen have been installed to enhance the variety of worship formats and to enrich the kinds of hymns and songs used during the service. A data projector, an 8′ by 8′ electrically retractable screen and a powered speaker system have been installed in the Church Hall for use for contemporary worship, and for social and community outreach.
WORSHIP MATERIALS The church uses the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible and the new Methodist hymnal, Singing the Faith, as its principal hymnal. We also use the Anglican hymnal, Hymns, Old and New. We have our own varied service formats, and use both The Methodist Service Book (1975) and the Anglican Book of Common Worship.