Sunday Worship Explained

What should I expect at a Sunday worship service?

Everyone is welcome at all our services. There is no dress code, but most people come casually dressed.

When you arrive, there will be someone to greet you in the porch or just inside. They will give you a copy of today’s notice sheet, and provide you with any books or sheets we’ll be using in the service. You are welcome to sit anywhere, and there are no reserved seats (unless it’s a special occasion). In Drumcliffe church many of us choose to wear a name badge as a way to help us get to know each other better.

The structure of our services is drawn from the Church of Ireland Book of Common Prayer. On most Sundays we use contemporary language, but occasionally we use the traditional language of the 1662 Prayer Book to help keep us connected to our rich Anglican heritage. There is lots of participation through singing and responsive prayer, but no-one will embarrass you or single you out.

When it comes to music, we aim to blend the best of the old with the best of the new. We sing a mixture of traditional hymns (led on an organ) and contemporary Christian worship songs. We regularly use audio-visual technology in our services, especially in Drumcliffe church.

Most services are led by the Rector or a Licensed Reader. Different members of the congregation regularly take turns to read from Scripture and lead the intercessions (prayers). There will be a relevant message to help you connect the truth of the Bible with day-to-day living.

On some Sundays we share in Holy Communion, as a remembrance of Christ’s death, a celebration of his resurrection and in anticipation of his second coming. All who love Jesus and are communicant members of his church (whether here or elsewhere) are welcome to come forward in turn to the Communion rail to receive the bread and wine. Children are also welcome to come forward with their families and receive a prayer of blessing. If for any reason you would like to receive Communion at your seat, please alert one of the Churchwardens. We can also provide a gluten-free alternative to bread. Our practice is to use a common cup for wine.

Children’s ministry is provided at Drumcliffe church. Our Sunday school caters for children of National School age, and meets during term-time. Children come to the main service with their families, and there is a special kids’ slot before they leave for their own activities in the Tea House. A committed team of parishioners take turns to lead the groups, and all have received appropriate training.

On some Sundays the whole church family stays together for all-age worship, which has a more interactive feel.

Services usually last for around one hour. At Drumcliffe, toilet and baby change facilities are available in the nearby Tea House. At Lissadell, facilities are available at the Lissadell Centre – please ask for the key! Unfortunately there are currently no toilet facilities at Munninane.