Christians meet here every week to worship God. We are members of the Church of England, sometimes called Anglicans.
This special table with candlesticks is called the altar. The bread and wine at the Holy Communion service are placed here. Sometimes this service is called the Mass or the Eucharist.
Christians learn about God through the teachings of Jesus. This brass book stand, called the lectern, holds the Gospel Book. Bible stories about the life and teaching of Jesus are read during the service.
During the service the priest gives a talk to the people. This is called the sermon. He or she often stands on this special platform, called the pulpit. The sermon helps people understand the meaning of the Bible story for their lives today.
We often sing songs and hymns in the service. Usually the organ is played for the songs but sometimes we use a keyboard and recorders for more informal services.
Baptisms take place at the font, where water is poured over the head of the person being baptised. This large font is at the back of the church. Above it is a painting showing Jesus being baptised by John the Baptist. The artist used Troopers Hill for the background!
Sometimes this smaller font at the front of the church is used. Nearby is a picture of St Aidan and a statue of St George, our patron saints. There is a stand where people can light a candle when they say a prayer.
This is the stained glass window of the Lady Chapel, which is like a little church on the side of the main building. This chapel is dedicated to Mary, the Mother of Jesus. You will find many pictures of the Virgin Mary here. The Lady Chapel is often used for midweek services.
Christians believe that when he died on the Cross, Jesus showed people how very much God loves them. There are many crosses in the church!
There are many images of Jesus in the church. They help us think about who Jesus was and about his life and teaching.
Banners are used to decorate the church and are sometimes carried in processions. These show the Virgin Mary, St Aidan and St George.
At Easter we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus. This special candle is lit at Easter. Bread and wine from the Holy Communion service are kept in this cupboard to be taken to sick people.
We hope you will come and visit us at Saint Aidan with Saint George Church!