Our Sunday services usually follow a monthly pattern as shown below. However during festival times services do change so please check the monthly service rota on the Home page, parish magazine or the notice board at the church. (All services are from Common Worship unless shown).

SUNDAY Time Church Service
1st 9.00 am Christ Church Parracombe Holy Communion
  11.00am St Mary Lynton Holy Communion
  3.00pm St Batholomew Barbrook Holy Communion
2nd 9.00 am St Martin Martinhoe Holy Communion (BCP)
  11am St Mary Lynton Holy Communion
3rd 9am Christ Church Parracombe (self led) Morning Worship
  11am St Mary Lynton Holy Communion
4th 9am St Brendan Brendon Holy Communion (BCP)
  11am St Mary Lynton Holy Communion
5th 11am St Mary Lynton Holy Communion
Seasonal Services
4th July - 5th September 8.30pm St John Countisbury Epiloge


In the Church of England, those who lead worship are bound to use only those forms of service that are authorized or allowed by the Church of England's canon law. The Church of England has two different but complementary sets of services: the 1662 Book of Common Prayer and Common Worship.

Book of Common Prayer (BCP)

The 1662 Book of Common Prayer is a permanent feature of the Church of England's worship. It is loved for the beauty of its language and its services are widely used. It is also the foundation of a tradition of common prayer and a key source of the Church of England's doctrine.

The first official liturgical text in English appeared in 1544 and the first complete Book of Common Prayer in 1549. The book went through several revisions until 1662, since when the wording of its services has remained unchanged.

The services which it contains - especially Morning and Evening Prayer and Holy Communion - are still used (with minor modifications or additions) in many churches throughout the country.

It has served as a model and inspiration for worship throughout the rest of the Anglican Communion. It is also one of the three 'historic formularies' of the Church of England, in which its doctrine is to be found (the other two - the Thirty-nine Articles of Religion and the Ordinal - are customarily published in the same volume). It cannot be altered or abandoned without the approval of Parliament.

Some of the services from The Book of Common Prayer also appear in Common Worship, presented as they are commonly used today and in a more modern layout.

Common Worship (CW)

Common Worship supplements the Book of Common Prayer with services and prayers in diverse styles. Most of the material is in contemporary language, but some of the services are based on those in the Book of Common Prayer, incorporating adaptations and additions that have become customary over the years.

The services and resources that comprise Common Worship represent the latest stage of a process of liturgical revision which began in the 1920s.

The Church of England, like other Christian churches, felt the need to produce liturgies that drew on the latest fruits of historical scholarship and at the same time met the pastoral needs of the times.

An attempt to revise The Book of Common Prayer came to an end in 1928, when Parliament rejected the proposals. Most of The 1928 Prayer Book services were eventually authorized for use in public worship in 1966 - some in amended form - as the First Series of Alternative Services.

Some of the 'Series One' services continue to be authorized for use in public worship although some do not and a period of experimentation with further Alternative Services (Series Two and Three) began in the mid-1960s and found its fruition in the publication of The Alternative Service Book (ASB) 1980. The Series Three services used contemporary English for the first time.

The ASB was authorized first for ten years and then for a further ten, but from 2000 it was replaced by a new generation of services, under the title Common Worship, which draws together the best of modern liturgy and the tradition of worship stemming from the The Book of Common Prayer.

The services were originally drafted by the Liturgical Commission. The Commission is made up of a variety of people with different expertise, including lay people, parish clergy and bishops, liturgists and theologians. The material was passed on to the House of Bishops, which amended the material as it saw fit. It was then presented to the General Synod.

Most of the Common Worship services are in a modern idiom, with vibrant images that seek to connect the Biblical tradition with people's own experiences. A key concept is that of the Christian life as a journey - one in which those as yet uncommitted to the faith are also invited to join.


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