Chants, meditation and silence
Christ Church URC (Petts Wood) and St Francis hold alternative Taizé services between the two churches. The Taizé Community is an ecumenical Christian monastic fraternity in Taizé, Saône-et-Loire, Burgundy, France. It is composed of more than one hundred brothers, from Catholic and Protestant traditions, who originate from about thirty countries across the world. It was founded in 1940 by Brother Roger Schütz, a Reformed Protestant. Guidelines for the community’s life are contained in The Rule of Taizé written by Brother Roger and first published in French in 1954. The community has become one of the world’s most important sites of Christian pilgrimage, with a focus on youth.
Over 100,000 young people from around the world make pilgrimages to Taizé each year for prayer, Bible study, sharing, and communal work. Through the community’s ecumenical outlook, they are encouraged to live in the spirit of kindness, simplicity and reconciliation. The community’s church, the Church of Reconciliation, was inaugurated on 6 August 1962.
We share Taizé Services with St Francis of Assissi in Petts Wood. We meet monthly on the 3rd Sunday of the month at 5pm. We have a playlist of Christ Church’s services.