Worship

We gather to listen, pray, reflect, and share our lives as a community. Our worship is dignified, informed, and accessible. 

Services are very much a team effort, and we are keen to involve a diverse range of people as much as possible. You need no extensive experience, and will receive all the help, training and support you need.

Contact universitychurch@ox.ac.uk for more information, and we can put you in touch with the relevant team.

Join a team
Serving
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Servers Sunday Procession

 

 

Servers provide a ceremonial and practical role during the Sunday Eucharist. By carrying either a candle or the cross into the service, aiding with the Gospel reading and assisting the preparation of the Eucharistic table, this is a role which helps the services run smoothly and aid the clergy with making sure things are ready to go at the right moments.

Being a server is a wonderful way to meet people, and learn more about Christian worship by helping to make it happen.

Servers are organised on a rota basis, and you can help as little or as often as you can and would like.

Leading Intercessions
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Cranmer's Pillar

 

The prayers of intercession occur in the middle of the Sunday Eucharist, and form one of the key responsibilities of the congregation - to voice the prayers of the people in response to God's Word.

These prayers are a chance to hold before ourselves and before God the needs of the world around us, the life of the Church, and all the concerns and hopes upon our hearts. Short prayers are spoken, with a set response. Training and guidance is given to those leading prayers, and preparing them can be a very profound task.

One person leads the intercessions each week, with most people on the rota leading prayers once each 2-3 months.

Reading
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Bible reading

 

 

At both our Sunday services (10.30 and 15.30), there are Bible readings to be read as part of the service, where we listen to appointed passages of Scripture, pointing us to reflection and prayer.

We use the New Revised Standard Version, in modern English and with inclusive language. The Church uses a very capable sound system, and guidance and practice will be provided in projection and pace. 

The reading rota is very popular, and most people are called upon to read 1-2 times per year at 10.30 Eucharist. At the 15.30 services, there are more opportunities for readers.