We trialled two new services for the last six months, each were monthly on Sunday evenings:
- BCP Said Evensong at St George’s at 5pm and
- Taizé at St John’s at 6pm.
Both proved popular with about 7-11 people enjoying the stillness, so they are now going to be part of our regular service pattern. In addition, both congregations asked that they might occur more frequently. So this is the new pattern:
1st Sunday – Taize at St John’s at 6pm
2nd Sunday – BCP Evening Prayer at St George’s at 5pm
3rd Sunday – Taize at St John’s at 6pm
4th Sunday – BCP Evening Prayer at St George’s at 5pm
5th Sunday – no service
Also, some people have expressed a desire for us to say BCP Matins. This could be possible on a Wednesday or Thursday morning once a month. If you would value this please get in contact with me.
During Lent, at St George’s and St John’s we will be replacing the second hymn with a Taizé chant. We hope this will give these special services leading up to Easter a meditative feel. Our new hymn books have a number of chants at the back, many are very beautiful.
But what is Taizé? Taizé is an ecumenical community in France. Taizé worship consists of meditative singing and periods of silence in order to reach a contemplative state. They also practice silence with icons, candles, incense and prayer stations. They are attracting young people from around the world.
The brothers explain, “Short chants, repeated again and again, give it a meditative character. Using just a few words, the chants express a basic reality of faith, quickly grasped by the mind. As the words are sung over many times, this reality gradually penetrates the whole being.”