in the company of Love:
find your way to life’s limits,
embrace the fears that await you,
be ready to yield to more enduring truths.
WE BELONG to a story of faith centring around a particular person, Jesus of Nazareth. It is for this reason that in each service we include a reading from one of the Gospels to learn more about him. This is also why we gather around the Lord’s Table in order to remember his ministry, passion and death.
Like Martha and Mary, Peter and John, we seek to be followers of Jesus. We also wish to share his way of being human and to experience his enduring presence. Originally, this sense of ‘Christ within’ grew out of the disciples’ trust in Jesus, their desire to embrace his way of life and, especially, their love for him. A love that found new depths as they suffered his death, mourned his passing and committed themselves to continuing the ministry he entrusted to them.
If we wish to share in this experience, then we too need to accompany him on his final journey – the way of the cross. Holy Week offers an unique opportunity to do this. Please make the path from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday a priority by sharing in the services and events detailed as follows:
Palm Sunday – 13 April
10.00 am ~ Parish Eucharist with Palm Procession (from the car park) and relating of the passion narrative.
6.00 pm ~ Choral Service incorporating Requiem by Henry Walford Davies and a number of thematic organ devotions.
Monday – 14 April
7.30 pm ~ Stations of the Cross, led by Mark Newitt.
Tuesday – 15 April
7.30 pm ~ The Way – A film relating the pilgrimage of a grieving father along The Camino do Santiago (The Way of St James) on which his son perished. Certificate 12; run time: 128 minutes.
Wednesday – 16 April
7.30 pm ~ Victim or martyr – How did Jesus understand his own death? A biblical reflection.
Maundy Thursday – 17 April
8.00 pm ~ Liturgy of the Last Supper incorporating the sacrament of service, stripping of the altar and vigil of the Passion (please sign-up to the vigil beforehand using the list on the chapel door).
Good Friday – 18 April
9.30 am ~ All-age craft activity.
11.00 am ~ All-age worship – Godly Play
12.00 noon ~ Time of Trial: Watching and waiting with Luke’s account of the Passion, led by Janet Morley. Each 30-minute period will include a bible reading, reflection, silence and a hymn; concluding at 3.00 pm.
7.30 pm ~ The Gospel of Us, a powerful retelling of Christ’s Passion set in Port Talbot, Wales, with Michael Sheen, professional actors and over 1000 residents. Certificate 12; run time 120 minutes.
Holy Saturday – 19 April
7.00 pm ~ Keeping Watch by the Tomb: A Vigil Service.
Easter Sunday – 20 April
5.30 am ~ Dawn Eucharist (start: St Mark’s Green), followed by breakfast.
8.00 am ~ Holy Communion (BCP).
10.00 am ~ Festive Eucharist for all ages.
8.00 pm ~ Night Service.
Let us journey together and encounter Christ anew.