Billingborough Benefice 

Main Types of 

Worship on Offer 

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Service: 

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Brief Description 

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Often Available At: 

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All Age Worship 

A development of Family Worship with a deliberate attempt to allow all age groups to worship together, without too much focus just on the children. 

Billingborough – 4th Sundays 

Café Church 

A modern form of worship starting with a social time (incl. drinks & snacks) leading into informal worship – still around a table with a drink. The sermon is replaced with a discussion, which is stopped at the end of the hour. 

Pointon – 1st Sundays 

Communion 

The sharing of bread & wine as part of a formal service usually involving prayers, hymns and a sermon. Whilst all are welcome and invited to go up to the altar – usually only Confirmed members (of any Christian Church) actually take the bread & wine during the climax of the service. 

Aslackby – 1st Sundays Billingborough – 1st, 2nd & 3rd Sundays Horbling – 1st Sundays Sempringham / Pointon – 4th Sundays 

Communion (BCP) 

The older form of Communion, still retained in some places for the poetry and familiarity of the more traditional words. 

Aslackby – 4th Sundays Dowsby – 2nd Sundays 

Compline (Night Prayer) 

A very simple, quiet, formal service. Usually without music, but with a single, simple, unaccompanied hymn. It contains prayers, psalms and readings. 

Often used to end “special” evening services, like bible study & Holy Week. 

Evening Prayer 

A formal service of evening or afternoon prayers, often with hymns and a sermon, either in modern form (Common Worship) or Traditional (BCP). 

No longer routinely offered in this Benefice 

Evening Worship 

Usually an informal evening or afternoon service, often with a more modern feel to it than Evening Prayer. The term is sometimes used when the Minister of the day needs to keep their options open as to the exact form of worship. 

Aslackby – 3rd Sundays Sempringham / Pointon – 2nd Sundays 

Family Worship 

An informal service with a particular focus on families including children. 

No longer routinely offered in this Benefice 

Iona Worship 

A less formal service than Morning or Evening Prayer,
using words from the Iona Community, who bring a Celtic feel to their worship. 

Aslackby – occasional 3rd Sundays Sempringham / Pointon 2nd Sundays 

Morning Prayer 

A formal service of morning prayers, often with hymns & a sermon, said either in modern form (Common Worship) or Traditional (BCP). 

Dowsby - 4th Sundays 

Morning Worship 

Usually an informal morning service, often with a more modern feel to it than Morning Prayer. The term is sometimes used when the Minister of the day needs to keep their options open as to the exact form of worship. 

Horbling - 2nd Sundays 

Family Prayer and Praise 

A development of Morning Worship. The service is a little more interactive, with time for silent or open prayer and “talks” rather than formal sermons. 

Horbling – 3rd Sundays 

Taize 

A modern worship, of a quiet and reflective style, built around music from the Taizé Community in France. Often uses acoustic instruments rather than an organ. 

Aslackby – occasional 3rd Sundays 

Benefice of Billingborough Ministry Team April 2018