The ‘Eucharist’ is a name given to the central act of Christian worship, instituted by Christ on the night before his death. Other names are ‘Mass’, or ‘Holy Communion’.
This act of worship is one of the two great sacraments of Christianity.
The eucharist has two parts:
(1) A service of praise, prayer, Bible reading, and teaching (a 10-minute sermon), related to the season of the church year.
(2) A ‘sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving’, in which we present bread and wine, consecrate them as Christ’s body and blood, offer them to God in a memorial of Christ’s sacrifice, and eat and drink them in an act of communion with God and with one another.
At Sung Eucharist, parts of the service are sung or chanted, and there are hymns. All the singing is accompanied by the organ, and printed copies of the words and music are handed out. The congregation typically rotates between three simple and memorable settings of the ‘Mass Ordinary’ (the parts of the service that do not change week by week). Our children’s ministry takes place in association with Sung Eucharist. Children move to the church hall during the first half of the service, and come into the church to join in the second part.
Sung Eucharist lasts about 65 minutes. To take communion it is expected that you will have received the sacrament of confirmation, which involves instruction in the Christian faith, or that you are a communicant member of another Christian denomination.