Category Archives: Lent

What you will need for the All-Age Worship on Good Friday

For those planning to tune in to our All-Age Worship on Good Friday at 10.00am, we would like people to prepare, if at all possible, a few resources to use in the service:

Prepare an Easter tree by either:

  • Cutting some branches from a bush in your garden and put in a large vase
  • Collecting some twigs from your daily walk and arranging in a vase
  • Using a house plant

We will decorate the tree during the service

To make the decorations for the tree:

 

Stations of the Cross in the Churchyard

The Stations of the Cross are an ancient tradition within the church. They allow us to journey with Christ from his arrest through to his death. The Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem is thought to be the original route taken by Jesus.

Follow the trail through the trees in the churchyard, from 1 to 11, stopping to pause and reflect at each picture, and scanning the QR code for more information.

These pictures are by the New York artist Gwyneth Leech. She has blended traditional Christian iconography with contemporary elements by incorporating the suffering and grief of people around the world.

Find out more at Gwyneth Leech’s website

Click on each image below to find out more about it and follow the link for a piece of music or written reflection:

Images Copyright © 2005 Gwyneth Leech

Holy Week 2020 at St Mary’s

We’re very keen that, as best we can in these difficult times, we enter fully into the services of Holy Week and Easter, the most important week in the church year.

There will be Stations of the Cross and Easter Garden in the churchyard to engage with and we offer the following services online:


PALM SUNDAY – 5th April

On Palm Sunday we remember Jesus entering Jerusalem to be greeted by the crowds. We join in our homes for our 9.30 am service online including a reading of the Passion story.


MONDAY, TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK – 6th, 7th & 8th April, 8.00pm

Each night, we gather online at 8.00 pm for a devotional address from Bishop Robin to help us enter more deeply into the meaning and events of the last days of Jesus’ life, followed by the peaceful service of Compline to end the day.


MAUNDY THURSDAY – 9th April

8.00 pm           EVENING SERVICE with VIGIL

Our evening service online at 8.00 pm recalls the events of the Last Supper, the washing of feet and Jesus’ gift to us of the Eucharist.

It ends with a vigil, reminding us of the Garden of Gethsemane where Christ in his Sacrament waits; and we watch and pray with him.


GOOD FRIDAY – 10th April

10.00 am         ALL AGE SERVICE

Our All Age Service is suitable for everyone. We gather online to offer our songs, prayers and readings as we remember the events of the first Good Friday and Jesus going to the Cross to die for us.

2.00 pm           GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE 

A stark and solemn service offered online at the very time when we recall Jesus hanging on the Cross.


EASTER DAY – 12th April

6.00 am           DAWN VIGIL

Our Easter celebrations start at dawn with the Vigil of Readings, as we hear again the story of our salvation, filling our homes with the new light of Easter.

10.00 am         EASTER DAY SERVICE

A broadcast service at 10.00 am as we join in our together online in our homes to celebrate the risen Christ.