November 2015: Silent Communion
A service to explore worship beyond speech – the service aimed to use no spoken words or music and only minimal written instructions.
- Set up benches in the centre of the church in a closed circle
- Candlestick and candle in centre.
- Low lights
- Used the main church screen to project a single image illustrating each section of the service.
- Used the main altar on the church platform.
- As people arrived we invited them into the café for an explanation of the service:
- Follow the usual Communion format but without spoken words or directions
- People will be directed to activities around the church
- There will be silence at several points
- People should go into the church and at that point there will be silence
- Everyone is welcome to share in Communion
- At end feel free to stay in the church or go through to the café.
Gathering – image on screen of a large group of people
- Open up the central benches
- Invite people to take a seat in the centre circle of benches
- Light the large central candle to mark the beginning of the service
- 3-4 minutes silence
Confession – image on screen bubbles
- Lead group to high altar
- On arrival everyone was given an envelope containing an Alka Seltzer tablet. Written on the envelope was 'What do You Want to Confess?'
- On the high altar set up 4 tall glass jugs and vases with clear water and back lit.
- Modelled dropping the tablets in the water and invite all to drop their table in the water and watch it dissolve
- Finished with the sign of absolution
Word - Screen went straight into animation
- Get group to stand and face the screen
- Ran the animation The Prodigal Son by Joel Baker
- Followed by 4 minutes silence
Intercession image on screen of burning tea lights
- Set up four tables with black table cloth, laptops and tea lights around the church.
- Each laptop to have an image reflecting praying for:
- World – globe, old map of the world, represent people in trouble – migrants, poverty
- Church – picture of a church
- People –– café table, family, group of friends.
- Ourselves – use the camera on the PC to reflect an image of the individual.
- Lead people from centre to the stations and light a tea light for others to follow.
- Gave people about 10 minutes to visit
- To finish shut the lap top lids.
- Lead people back to the centre
- Shared the peace.
Consecration –Image of bread and wine
- Stand in a circle round the altar
- Dean to lead through the consecration emphasising accompanying gestures.
- Focus on the bread and wine.
- Finished with a few moments of silence.
- Used an old Grace animation of a blessing on screen
- Used oil to anoint each other with a cross.
- Animation of lips and voices followed by music.