Holy Week and Easter is one of the most dramatic periods in the Church’s calendar. Here is the programme of services taking place across our churches. We look forward to seeing you on your journey through Holy Week and Lent.
Palm Sunday, 2nd April
Said Communion for Palm Sunday – 8.00 am – St Mary’s
Eucharist for Palm Sunday – 9.30 am – St Mary’s and YouTube.
The focus for this service is the events of that first “Palm Sunday,” Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, greeted by crowds of people to welcome him.
Parish Eucharist for Palm Sunday – 9.30 am – Walford
A Devotion for Holy Week (Come & Sing & Sup – Faure Requiem) – 6.00 pm (4.00 pm rehearsal) followed by supper (though tickets have now all gone for the supper) – St Mary’s – Full details and booking here
Easter “Pilgrimage” at Walford – Paul Connell is leading a Book of Common Prayer Evening Prayer (said) 6.30 every day from 2nd to 11th April, that is Palm Sunday till Easter Tuesday. We are following the series of Passion readings from the BCP. Live streamed on www.facebook.com/walfordchurch. Parking, toilets, no refreshments, no heating, no sermon. More here.
Wednesday in Holy Week, 5th April
Maundy Thursday, 6th April
Said Communion – St Mary’s – 10.00 am – (Common Worship), live streamed on Facebook.
Messy Church – St Mary’s – 3.30
Explore together what happened that first Holy Week and Easter. Appropriate for all young families.
Maundy Thursday Eucharist – St Mary’s 7.30 pm.
A special service for Maundy Thursday. A deeply emotional service which begins as a joyful thanksgiving for what was, after all, the very first Communion service. At the end of the service though the altars are theatrically stripped, the choir sings solemn music, the lights are gradually turned off as we remember the falling away of Jesus’ disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane and we prepare for the horrors of Good Friday.
Good Friday, 7th April
A Good Friday meditation – a resource to be used whenever you wish.
Good Friday Devotion – 10.00 am – St Mary’s
A service rich in symbolic meaning, prayer, scripture and music.
Good Friday Meditation – 2.00 pm – St Mary’s
A said service reflecting on the last hour of Christ’s life on earth.
Holy Saturday, 8th April
Morning Prayer via Zoom – 9.00 – details here
Easter Day, 9th April
Sunrise Service – 6.00 am – St Mary’s Garden of Remembrance
A short celebratory ecumenical service, outside as the sun rises to greet Easter Day. The service will be followed by pastries, coffee and tea (indoors).
Said Communion – 8.00 am – from St Mary’s
Sung Eucharist for Easter Morning – 9.30 am – St Mary’s and on YouTube
Celebrate Easter in style! This service will begin outside in the churchyard where we will light the Easter Candle. We’ll then go into church for the remainder of the service. An Easter egg hunt for children will take place in the churchyard after the service
Said Parish Eucharist for Easter Morning – 9.30 am – Walford.
A Eucharist for Easter Morning, said with hymns.
Churchyard Eucharist – 11.15 am – Brampton Abbotts churchyard