This is the lead up to Holy Week, beginning next weekend with Palm Sunday.

As usual we have services and events to help us walk with Jesus from the adulation of the crowds to the forsakenness of the cross … and beyond, of course. And, as usual, you have the chance to make this Easter journey richer and deeper by being a part of it. When you come to worship and reflect, praise and pray in these services you don’t just do it for yourself, but to be a part of our church, and enable us to be together as a family seeking after understanding, and opening ourselves to transformation. It shows that we take seriously our faith and community. There’s a programme of services below. May I encourage you to sign up early for the Agape supper so the caterers will be able to prepare the right amount of delicious food.

Tomorrow evening we would had Evensong with Reflection and Music on the theme of ‘Hesed’ – the Hebrew word spelled above. Jane would have reflected on this word that is a strong leitmotif throughout the Old Testament, the Hebrew Scriptures. It only has an inadequate translation in English, but ‘loving kindness’ and  ‘grace’ come close. It is really a key to glimpsing what Jesus is expressing throughout Holy Week and Easter. There would also have been the most amazing piece of music by the Estonian composer, Arvo Pärt.

So, please, write the services in your diary, and be part of this journey together.  Most of these  are on the events page of this web-site and can be copied into your digital calendars.

All blessings, philip

Sun 25 March                  Palm Sunday

9am                   Eucharist St Mary’s
10am                 Sung Eucharist Christ Church

Mon 26 March                  Monday of Holy Week
8pm                    Compline St Mary’s (Celtic Night Prayer)

Tues 27 March                  Tuesday of Holy Week
8pm                    Compline St Stephen’s

Wed 28 March                  Wednesday of Holy Week
11am                  Holy Communion St Mary’s
6.30pm              Talk for Holy Week – David Bruno Christ Church
8pm                   Compline Christ Church Julian Road

Thur 29 March                  MAUNDY THURSDAY
7-9.30pm            Agape Meal St Stephen’s (followed by vigil in church)
(please reserve a place, £5 contribution)

Fri 30 March                  GOOD FRIDAY
9am                   Walk of Witness St Stephen’s  – Abbey Courtyard11am
2-3pm                 Vigil at the Foot of the Cross St Mary’s
4.30-6.30            Young People’s Supper Event for Good Friday

Sat 31 March                  EASTER SATURDAY
5.30pm                   Easter All-Night Vigil for Young People  St Stephen’s
                                    (limited places, please contact to enquire)
7.30pm                   Service of Light St Mary’s

Sun 1 April                  EASTER DAY Alleluia!
6.30am                   Sunrise Service by Firelight St Mary’s Garden
6.30am                   Sunrise Service by Firelight St Stephen’s Woodland
9am                        Easter Family Eucharist St Mary’s