Christian Formation & Education

Participation in Worship

Lay participation is encouraged at St Saviour's in a variety of ways in the Sunday Eucharist, through welcoming, stewarding, reading and leading intercessions. Lay members also take turns to facilitate a weekly Bible Study (see below)

Children from the age of seven who are willing are trained to serve as acolytes - bearing candles or the processional cross in the Eucharist.

Weekly Bible Studies

There is now a weekly Bible Study on Tuesday mornings from 10 - 11am, which alternates venues each month between the Vestry of St Saviour's (entering by the Eton Villas door), and St Saviour's sister church - St Peter's, Belsize Park. You can see from the Website Calendar when it is held at St Saviour's.

This weekly meeting grew out of a previous Advent and Lent Group, and is now lay-mediated. Each Study follows the ancient practice of Lectio Divina, allowing periods of prayerful silence, and seeking to allow the text to speak to each individual - without being 'led' or following a particular commentary or historic analysis. 

First Communion

St Saviour's Church prepares children aged 8 and over to receive Holy Communion prior to Confirmation, if their parents and the children themselves wish it.

Preparation for Confirmation

Preparation for adults wishing to be confirmed (and baptised - if they have not received baptism) has previously started with 'Tokens of Trust' (based on a book by Dr Rowan Williams) or a Preparatory 'Pilgrim Course' - Turning to Christ (a Church of England publication), and then moved to more focussed personal consideration.

For children seeking confirmation, separate preparation is offered if, after discussion with parents, this seems appropriate.