Welcome to Lavant Churches
Here in Lavant we are blessed with two beautiful church buildings which many people come to visit and admire.
But the church is not simply the building - the church is the people who gather together to share in worship and also reach out to the community with many activities which everyone is welcome to be part of.
What sort of church are we?
We are part of the Church of England. At Lavant Churches we have a very wide age range and seek to value everyone. Our services are varied and often based on the Eucharist where we share in singing, readings from the Bible, prayers and the bread and wine of communion.
Our music includes traditional hymns but also some contemporary worship songs especially at our monthly Let's Celebrate service.
We enjoy being together and will warmly welcome you to be part of Lavant Churches whether to join us in worship or to join in with our community activities.
What if I have never been to church before?
Even regular church goers are apprehensive if they visit a church that they do not know! Things quickly become familiar after several Sundays.
When you arrive you will be given a pew sheet (with a list of bible readings that will be used) and also an order of service which will guide you through.
Children are encouraged to be part of our church. We can provide themed boxes for young children to help them be engaged with a Bible story and Junior Church is available during school term time. In the Let's Celebrate service the talk involves the children and they often help in other parts of the service.
If it is a communion service (when we receive the bread and wine) then please come up to the altar either to receive the bread and wine (if that is your custom) or to receive a blessing. You will be told when to go up!
The life of the church is sustained by prayer
You can join in with the daily prayer of the church by following this link. You can also install the Church of England's daily prayer app on your phone.
If you prefer to be led in prayer by listening and engaging your imagination then the Pray as you go site will allow you to do just that. This site is run by the Jesuits in Britain.
A Message from Bishop Martin
Thanks be to God for the life of his servant, Queen Elizabeth II.
Her death is a moment of bereavement for the whole nation, and for the Commonwealth. She will remain in our hearts and minds as an exceptional example of public duty and commitment to her high calling, carried out with unswerving faith in God. Let us come together as a nation to mark her death with dignity and pride.
Our prayers are with those who have been close to her in the service of the crown over many years, together with all the members of the Royal Family as we pray for the new Sovereign, King Charles.
Local Arrangements in Lavant Churches
At a time of significant national mourning, both St Mary’s and St Nicholas’ will be opened in daylight hours for public prayer. There will be a Book on the altar in each church, for anyone who wishes, to write a message of condolence and tea lights, for individuals to light if they so wish. There will also be a framed photograph to help you reflect on her life of service to our Country and the Commonwealth.
Floral & Other Tributes
If you wish to make floral or other tribute it has been suggested that the focal point for the village should be the around the Platinum Jubilee Oak Tree by the war memorial on the village green.