Wherever you are in your journey of faith, we would love to have you join with us as we explore together.
Across our five churches we aim to offer a variety of different styles of worship, so hopefully you will find a place amongst us that enables you to draw closer to God. The upcoming calendar is below, but here's the sorts of things you'll find:
You can now download a handy guide to an 'average' month, should such a thing exist... because it doesn't a great way to stay up to date with exactly what we're up to is to join our newsletter. (Please note, this pattern is currently reduced over winter to help with our heating costs, but will resume from March.)
At the heart of our identity as a Christian Community is the communion service; a disparate people coming together around the table to receive the hospitality of God - not because we deserve it, but because he invites us. If you regularly receive communion (bread and wine) in any trinitarian church, you are very welcome to do so with us. (At the moment, for covid reasons, we're only offering bread to the congregation, with the Priest receiving wine on behalf of all those gathered).
We enjoy a regular pattern of prayer together. Morning Prayer is said every weekday at 9am: on Mondays that happens at St. John's, Bishop Thornton; and on the 2nd,3rd, and 4th Wednesday of the month at All Saints' Ripley. Mon-Fri the service is also available online at fb.com/ourfivechurches.
Compline (night prayer) is usually offerend online Monday-Thursday, at 9pm, on our facebook page: fb.com/ourfivechurches.
We believe faith grows as it's explored in community, so we have a number of services in our calendar designed to let you join in the conversation. We have an online Saturday morning discussion service, a celtic morning prayer and discussion service, and a breakfast fellowship service - at which you get to eat and talk!
We offer online worship alongside our physical worship - which can be found on our facebook page. That usually includes daily Morning Prayer at 9am, Monday-Friday; Compline at 9pm Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday; and larger festival services.
We also offer a morning prayer and discussion service by Zoom on a Saturday morning at 9am. You can receive the link by subscribing to our newsletter.
Free Parking for Services in Ripley
You can park for free in Ripley if you are coming to a church service. Please visit: https://www.ripleycastle.co.uk/ car-parking/. Once there you can put in your name, date, car registration and reference code 2023ASCRService.
You need only do this once, and you will have three hours free parking every Wednesday and Sunday indefinitely, allowing you to come to church and not worry about the car.
This information is also available at the back of All Saints' Church, Ripley.