Worship life

Worship services

St Georges Epsom

We are a multi-congregational church

One of St George’s core strengths and enriches our worship and community life is that we are a multi-congregational church.

We have four Sunday congregations and a Wednesday congregation. Each service offers a different flavour that reflects the full expression of Christian worship.

We work hard to cultivate and nurture the sense that we are not only distinct congregations, but all very much members of a community in Christ, together.

10:45am

The 10:45am congregation is the main family service and more informal than the earlier services, now averaging around 180 people attending any given Sunday. There is a beautiful diversity of ages and stages, ethnicities, and Christian faith traditions all celebrating and worshipping together.

Wherever you are on your journey of faith, this is a service that aspires to connect with you where you are. With Scripture at the heart of all we explore, we endeavor to encounter the spirit of the sacred and the divine that we all recognise in our lives. We re-imagine the beautiful traditions of our heritage such as Communion and intentionally integrate aspects of te reo Māori into our worship experience.

An encouraging feature of the feedback of people who have joined recently, commenting on how much they have valued the friendliness of welcome, which is a distinctive of this whole church community.

We have a vibrant children and youth ministry. We take seriously the privilege of nurturing our children and youth in their relationships with Christ and with one another. They are valued members of our community. Creche, Kids, and Youth Programmes run parallel to the service, which finishes around 12.15pm. Prayer is available at the end of the service and we invite you to stay and get to know us over refreshments of tea and coffee.

9:00am

The 9:00am service aspires to combine both the traditional and the contemporary aspects of Anglican worship. It uses the beautiful New Zealand Prayer Book liturgy on screen. Worship is offered with a band which draws on the rich treasure of our worship tradition from hymns to contemporary worship songs. Many of those at the 9 am Congregation have been faithfully attending and serving this church for a number of years and have given this community in Christ a firm foundation, on which we can build for the future.

Children are welcome and a children’s ministry for Year 1- 6 is also provided in the hall.

7:45am

This is a traditional, liturgical communion service with hymns and organ accompaniment. Our services are taken from the New Zealand Anglican Prayer Book. On the fourth Sunday of each month we use the form of service from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer. There is very strong sense of community that comes with a smaller but regular congregation

All Sunday morning services feature the same sermon, which is also recorded and available online. It’s also important to us that we celebrate the Church calendar journey and we gladly acknowledge that we are located within the bigger narrative of history and God’s story.

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Wednesday 10.00am

This is a quieter communion service based on the New Zealand Anglican Prayer Book. It includes a brief reflective sermon and morning tea is served afterwards. Prayer for healing is offered on the second Wednesday of each month.

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