WEEKLY SERVICES AT BURY PARISH CHURCH
Sunday 8.00am Holy Communion (said)
10.00am Family Communion (with choir)
6.30pm Evensong (with choir)
Wednesday 11.00am Holy Communion
1.00pm Weekly Service for Armed Forces Overseas (see above)
Thursday 12.45pm Holy Communion
On Saints' Days and at the main Church Festivals, additional services are held; as announced beforehand.
.We thought it would be useful to give an overview of our services. Further details can be obtained from the clergy.
On Sundays there are three services to choose from.
The service at 8.00am lasts about half an hour and follows the version of Holy Communion in the Book of Common Prayer. Between 30 and 40 people attend. There are no hymns and it includes a very short sermon. If you want time to pray or think in peace, the doors open about 7.40am. If you want to speak to one of the clergy there is usually an opportunity to do so at the end of the service.
The service at 10.00am is also a service of Holy Communion. A more traditional-language service from the Book of Common Worship alternates randomly with a more modern version from the same book. The fine organ and excellent choir are very much in evidence and hymn singing is a big part of it. There’s a sermon, usually lasting about ten minutes. A Sunday School for young children is available during the first part of the service. Altogether about 160 people attend. Refreshments follow in the church hall.
On the second Sunday of each month, the 10.00am service is a parade service at which all our uniformed organisations are present. This is a shorter Communion service where more contemporary language is used. Within the service, parents with a child who will shortly be baptized also come along to take part in a short thanksgiving for the birth of that baby. Please note: for familes with young children - creche facilities are available at this service.
Each Sunday evening there’s a service at 6.30pm called Evensong – worship for the evening. It lasts about an hour and includes prayers, readings, hymns, psalms and an anthem. The very good choir and organ have a key role. If you like choral music, then you will enjoy it. There’s no Communion. The sermon varies in length. Like the 8.00am service it is a quieter, more thoughtful and reflective kind of worship, following a regular pattern found in the Book of Common Prayer.
During the week there’s a service of Holy Communion at 11.00am on Wednesday and again at 12.45pm on Thursday. Both use the Book of Common Prayer and both take about 30 minutes. The service on Wednesday has a short sermon, with about 20 people attending. The Thursday service is for those who want a service during their lunch-break, with about 7 or 8 in attendance. Both take place in the chapel, to the side of the main structure, which gives it a more intimate feel.
Feel free to come to any of these services and try them out and see which suits you best.
Weekly Services for Armed Forces Overseas
Bury Parish Church, known as the garrison church of the Lancashire Fusiliers, has introduced a short weekly service to remember those who are serving their country in many dangerous parts of the world and especially to pray for those soldiers from the surrounding areas who have given their lives in such conflicts. Recently, local men who were soldiers in the Royal Regiment of the Fusiliers, have died and it was felt that a need existed to commemorate the fallen and their families, as well as to think of all those serving in the armed forces. The service of readings and prayers is being held every Wednesday at 1.00pm in the side chapel in the Parish Church. All members of the public are very welcome to attend.