What to expect?
There are many types of regular services at Elvington - including informal worship, family services and communion services - hopefully something for everyone, they are described below.
All are welcome at any service, just come along.
The monthly pattern of worship varies, but generally follows the pattern below.
Please see the calendar or monthly newsletter for the most up to date information.
|1st Sunday||10.30am||All Age Holy Communion with Vision On Sunday (Sunday School)|
|2nd Sunday||9:00am||Morning prayer service|
|2nd Sunday||6:00pm||Informal Worship|
|3rd Sunday||10.30am||Family Service|
|4th Sunday if there are 5 Sundays||6:30pm||Evening Service|
|Last Sunday||10.30am||United service in one of the five churches of the benefice|
Kinds of church services
Family services are typically informal, relaxed services, with special features for children. Usually led by clergy, or sometimes members of the congregation, this service is really for everyone, all ages, to come and learn about God and share our faith together. Music is usually piano and/or organ and typically includes some songs that children know from school.
Informal worship services are very relaxed services lasting about an hour. We usually sit at the back of the church in a group, with refreshments before and throughout. The service is very interactive, with thought-provoking discussions, questions and a friendly small-group feel. Music varies, often led by guitar, with other instruments if more musicians available. It's a lovely welcoming atmosphere and something easy to get involved with.
Unfortunately, Vision-on-Sunday stopped running in 2019 - we need new ideas for how to support younger children in our church.
Holy Communion is a slightly formal service, sharing holy communion (the "bread and wine") and usually following a service book. Music is normally led by the organ. Most communion services run parallel with Vision-on-Sunday, where children attend a modern Christian learning and activity session, coming back to join the service as we share communion.
United services join the benefice of 5 churches, and once each month we join together in a united service, which rotates around the benefice. The services vary a bit in style, but usually have Holy Communion. Music is usually led by the organist.
Morning prayer, usually following a service book, with some simple liturgy, the service is a fairly traditional, but easy-going service. Music is usually led by the organ.
Evening prayer, usually following the traditional 1662 service book, albeit with an easy-going atmosphere. Music is usually on the organ.
ABCD is an opportunity for our young people to come and explore the Christian faith through questions and sharing experiences. Usually on the 1st Sunday of each month: ABCD at Sutton village hall (4pm-5:30pm). For anyone "secondary school age".
Ask any questions,
Build each other as disciples,
Cake - eat it,
Discuss how faith connects with your life.
Anyone of secondary school age is very welcome to come along, whether regular church attenders or not. It's a relaxed session and will develop in whatever direction those attending want it to.
Chill-out-church is a modern service for all ages, but particularly aimed at secondary school age children. In Wheldrake, usually at 5pm on the 2nd Sunday of the month.