Easter is nearly here – and it feels exciting to have the opportunity to remember the death of Jesus and celebrate his rising together in ways that haven’t been possible over the last two years. I just wanted to outline here our plans for the next few weeks.
Palm Sunday (10th April). We begin next Sunday with Palm Sunday when we will have regular services at 9am at St Mary’s and then at 10.30am at St John’s.
Maundy Thursday (14th April). On Maundy Thursday a church team will run an afternoon of fun for families from between 3-5pm at St John’s. We are inviting all the families who have been involved with the Family Food Club over the last year and would like to offer the event to them for free. If you would like to contribute towards the costs of the event then you can give online by clicking here. We would love other families from the church to join us as well! please register to help us manage numbers by clicking here. In the evening, from 7pm we will have a Holy Communion service at St John’s.
24 Hours of Prayer. Between 11am on Thursday and 11am on Good Friday St John’s will be open for prayer. We are aiming for 24 hours of prayer, providing the space and time for people to pray in whatever ways they feel comfortable. You can just turn up, and there will always be other people on site for safety, but if you can sign up for a slot this can help us aim for a non-stop chain of prayer across the 24 hours. Sign up sheets will be available at the church services tomorrow or you can sign up online by clicking here.
Good Friday (15th April). In addition to the 24 hours of prayer, we will host a short church service (outside, if the weather is good) at 11am on Good Friday at St John’s, where we will be joined by members of other local churches. From midday we will have our three hours at the cross – from 12-3pm, a quiet and contemplative time at St Mary’s. All welcome to any of these services.
Easter Sunday (17th April). Easter Sunday begins with a Dawn Service & Holy Communion – from 5.30am at St Mary’s. At St John’s we will have two similar Easter Holy Communion services – one at 9am and the other at 10.30am. These services will be All Age services and include baptisms involving people from within our community. They should be joyful occasions, and I hope you will be able to join us. Whatever your plans, may I wish you a happy and healthy Easter.