Worship Planning Group is undertaken by the Ministry Leadership Team in conjunction with the Priest-in-Charge and the Parochial Church Council. The overall aim is to ensure that the parish church offers worship that can draw and nurture both the committed Christian and the seeker, and which is in tune with the culture of the surrounding community.
The congregation could be described as “cosmopolitan” in background. People are drawn from the three main traditions of the Anglican Church, “high”, “middle of the road” and “evangelical”. In addition, there are those who come from, or are connected with, other Christian denominations. Accordingly the tradition of the parish has become “middle of the road”.
The regular services, namely, 8am said Holy Communion, 10am Parish Eucharist, replaced by a “Second Sunday Special” non-Eucharist service, and the monthly first Sunday Evensong at 6.15pm, all seek to reflect the overall aim. The church has adopted the Common Worship Calendar. Towards the end of every year, the MLT carries out a review of the calendar for the next year and produces a list of parish activities.
This broad plan not only includes major festivals such as Christmas, Easter, and principal Saints’ days, but also special Sundays. During the year the broad plan is reviewed to capture learning from other services already held and to consider future events. An important feature of the worship at Blean is the participation of our Sunday School on a regular basis, joining in at the end of Sunday services.
Whilst the worship is focused upon the Eucharist, a number of the “Second Sunday Special” services are led by our Sunday School and its leaders. Another important feature of the church’s worship is the monthly service of Healing held in the house of one of the congregation. In November the church holds a Thanksgiving and Memorial Service for those who gave their lives in defence of their country and those recently bereaved. The MLT’s remit extends to the planning for the lectures and Bible Study courses that are normally held in Lent, and to the special St Cosmus and Damian lecture held around our patronal festival in late September.