Worship

St Saviour has always been a Traditional church, the celebration of the Eucharist is central to our worship.
Vestments are worn at every Eucharist and follow the liturgical year. In recent years incense was introduced at Sunday Mass, but a number of the congregation preferred not to attend at 9.30am but attended a said Eucharist at 11am in the Lady Chapel on the third Sunday in the month when incense was used.
St Saviour’s Church have our own service books based on Common Worship, we are now using the Common Worship Lectionary, with hymns mainly from New English Hymnal and latterly Mission Praise.
There is a small robed SABT choir under a salaried Director of Music.
Robed Sacristan and serving team with chalice assistants are from the congregation, as are sidespeople, readers and intercessors.
There have been relatively few infant baptisms, usually 1 or 2 per year. In 2015 we had 10 children take First Communion, and 2 adults confirmed by the Bishop of Fulham. The funerals in church in the past 5 years have largely been present or past members of the congregation. Weddings are very few, though we have one in September.
There have been some attempts to have All-Age Worship or less structured services to involve the uniformed groups, their parents and leaders. We hope to address this with our new Priest-in-Charge.
Part of St Saviour’s Church Vision Statement is to be a confident church, maintaining and developing our present structure of traditional worship, but also to be a flexible church where we can introduce newer hymns and musical instruments et cetera.

Our last incumbent Father Michael Blackman welcomed Father Christopher Noke as an NSM Assistant Priest-in-Charge in 2006, and Father Michael became Priest-in-Charge of a United Benefice with All Saints, West Wimbledon, in 2010.
Father Michael retired Jan 31st 2016, and, as it is only during a vacancy that the future of any parish can be considered, the PCC sent out voting papers in December 2015 to all 72 electoral roll members, requesting that they made one vote for the given options regarding male and female priests. It was a secret ballot with an adjudicator outside the Church. The 68% response was a strong vote for male/female priest (40 votes) against male only (10 votes).
The PCC in January 2016 voted against the House of Bishops’ Declaration, for St Saviour’s to consider both male and female as future incumbents.
After consultation with the Archdeacon of Lambeth in February, both we and All Saints separately have asked the Archdeacon to begin the process of the dissolution of the United Benefice. This could take up to six months.