WORSHIP & THE CHURCH FAMILY
Traditionally a liberal catholic Parish Church, the Transfiguration is outward looking and endeavours to meet the needs of the local community. The approach to ministry at the Transfiguration is collaborative and a Worship Team is now well established. The team, is made up of a Licensed Reader and two Lay Leaders of Worship in training who have been co-leading worship for some years and who regularly assist in the Praise Services and regular Sunday Eucharists.
The Transfiguration is a Training Parish and has proved a firm foundation for the development of first-time curates for many years; the current Curate is in her third year of training. The Transfiguration would like to remain as a training parish and it is hoped that the new incumbent is someone who has training skills and experience and who enjoys working with colleagues in a creative partnership. A licensed Reader and non-stipendiary retired priest complete the ministry team at the Transfiguration.
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On Sunday mornings children are invited to accompany the hymns on percussion instruments and march round the church. Children take an active part in the non-Eucharistic Praise Services on the first Sunday of the month. There is usually an interactive children’s sermon before the children go to a supervised table with craft relevant to the theme of the morning. Birthdays and Baptism anniversaries are celebrated at this service
Members of the congregation share in worship by leading intercessions, reading lessons and serving at the altar and a number are approved as chalice administrators. Around fifteen members of the congregation in teams of three or four act as sidespersons at Sunday morning Services.
A number of members of the congregation have been involved in a Puppet Ministry which has been enjoyed by young and old alike at the Morning Praise services and in school assemblies with some success.
The Kempston branch of the Mothers’ Union includes members from both The Church of the Transfiguration and All Saints Church, Kempston. There are twenty-five members and three non-members who attend meetings.
In addition, there are four Prayer Circle Friends. Links with the Deanery and Diocese are strong, with members attending many events throughout the year.
Members support the church fetes and provide items for Yarlswood Detention Centre and knitted garments for Bedford Hospital Stroke Rehabilitation Ward. Meetings are open to all and are held in the Hall lounge at the Transfiguration every third Wednesday of each month.
A Mothers’ Union Communion service is held in the afternoon of the first Wednesday of each month