Our church community has been very much alive and well in Hardwick throughout the pandemic. However in response to the winter lockdown and rising Covid cases we have decided reluctantly to suspend in-person worship again and go entirely online instead for the time being. From 10 January, a Worship at Home audio service will be available each Sunday from 9am (see post below) and a written version will be available by 6pm the day before. The church building will be open for private prayer on Sundays from 9.30am until dusk. Weekday Morning and Night Prayer are taking place on Zoom. We’ll try to keep you up to date with what we are doing on this website, or for more up to the minute information join the Facebook group or subscribe to our weekly email (details under ‘About us’)
Every Sunday morning we hold a service in the church for anyone to come to. On a usual Sunday there are between 20 and 35 people, and though some people come every week, that is not the case for everyone.
Between 9.30 & 10.35am, on the first, third and fourth Sundays of the month we celebrate Holy Communion, using the contemporary words of Anglican ‘Common Worship’. Music is usually accompanied by the organ, though we love to sing to other instruments too when musicians are available. Our repertoire includes traditional hymns, some more contemporary songs and Taize chants. Children are welcome with their families and during parts of this service we provide simple activities for children in the area at the back of the building. And if it is easier with your children, to just stay for part of the service, then that is fine too.
On the second Sunday of the month, from 9.30am to 10.20am, we hold a more informal service – known as the ‘all age’ service – with something for everyone and adults and children together. There is often an activity, a story, prayers and songs. It is fun and interactive, with one or two reflective moments.
Sunday services are led by one or more of our small team of ministers – Alison Myers, Paul Garnell, Clare Bigg and Howard Bigg – and the occasional visitor.
When there is a fifth Sunday in the month – which happens four times a year, we join with neighbouring villages in the Lordsbridge Team of Churches for a united service to worship with a wider group of friends, and to make new ones. Different churches in the group take it in turns to host the service.
At all our Sunday morning services, there is a children’s area at the back which you are welcome to use. Do bear in mind that as children get older it may be better for them to sit nearer the front where they can see, particularly at the monthly ‘all age’ services.
We serve refreshments after each Sunday service, usually in the cabin behind the church. This is a great opportunity for us to chat and get to know each other better. In good weather, families (and others) often make use of the outdoor space, taking their coffee with them.
Other styles of service nearby
For those who appreciate a more traditional service, sung evensong from the Book of Common Prayer, for the congregations in the Lordsbridge Team, is held on the first Sunday evening of every month (except January) at St Peter and St Paul’s Church in Dry Drayton from 6.30 – 7.30pm.
In contrast, Sacred Space is a contemporary and contemplative gathering that takes place four times a year on a Sunday evening, usually from 7.30 to 8.30pm. Held at the church in Dry Drayton, it is planned by a team from the Lordsbridge Team Churches (including Hardwick) for anyone who would like to come.
Details of each month’s services are posted on the church noticeboard near the road or in the church porch and are in the Hardwick Happenings local magazine.
We have toilets in the cabin, just behind the church. There are no toilets in our ancient church building.
Wheelchairs can access the church via the main door where there is a shallow ramp and cars can be brought close to the church door by arrangement. There is space for wheelchairs in the open area at the rear of the pews, and ordinary chairs can be set out there too. The new cabin (and its toilets) will be fully disabled-access (expected later in 2020).