St Francis of Assisi, Petts Wood

For it is in giving that we receive.

Taizé Service

Taize symbol

The service is a simple one of simple chants interspersed with periods of silence for prayerful reflection. Each chant will be played through once and then we will sing it several times before allowing it to fade naturally into silence.  Each period of silent reflection will last about 4 minutes. Towards the beginning of the service a short passage will be read which may be useful (or not) as the basis for reflection during the rest of the service. Another short reading comes later.

At the start of the service while piano music is being played, you are invited to place a lighted candle with others around the altar. At the end of the service piano music will also be played, during which please move to the back of the church and leave quietly


Taizé worship will normally take place at St. Francis and alternatively Christ Church URC on the third Sunday of each month at 5 pm.


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 come from about thirty countries across the world. 

Formed in 1954, the community has become one of the world's most important sites of Christian pilgrimage.  In addition to the many adults who visit, 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, visitors are encouraged to live in the spirit of kindness, simplicity and reconciliation.

The ecumenical nature of Taizé is of course seen in its worship style which is non-dogmatic and consists of modern readings and simple chants interspersed with periods of silent reflection

Taizé worship is valued and copied throughout the world for its inclusiveness and peaceful simplicity.