Good Friday

Good Friday Retreat in Daily Life: Desolation and Hope

This Good Friday you are invited to join us in retreat within our daily lives.

Throughout the day we will be holding spaces for gathered reflection (over Zoom) as well as sharing ideas for personal reflection in the between spaces. Join us for the whole day, for part of the day, or through prayer by working through the resources in your own time.

The church building will be open from 9am – 5.30pm for private prayer.

Good Friday poster - plain text below

[see below for programme as outlined in the poster]

The programme for the day:

celtic cross

9.00 Morning Prayer

We begin the day together in prayer. This service will be led over Zoom and Sue will be joining us from the building.


9.45  First gathering – Stations of the Cross 

A space for intergenerational creative prayer, followed by breakout spaces for those who want to socialise. This service will be held over Zoom only.

Welcome sheet – please read first! (PDF)

Service sheet (PDF)

Stations of the Cross Craft (PDF)


10.30-12.00 personal reflection time

you may wish to reflect on Jesus’ journey to the cross

St Mary’s have recorded a series of reflections from Paula Gooder’s “Walking the Way of the Cross” (here) which you may find helpful.


12.00 Second Gathering – Jesus on the Cross 

Sue will be leading us in a space of reflections and music from the church building, leading us into the three hours on the cross.

A version of Sue’s talk is available here (PDF).


12.30-15.00 personal reflection time

you may wish to reflect on Jesus’ presence within our suffering

In the building, David Willington will be playing music to mark each half hour.

Sue has decided to use the 3 hours at the foot of the cross as an opportunity to walk our parish boundary.  She has invited friends from Broomhall and the Severn Road Mosque to join her.  The intention is for this to be a silent walk of solidarity with all those who live within the parish, of all faiths and none.  We have a remarkably diverse parish which includes two Universities, an enormous hospital, care homes, businesses, a school and lots of people at home.  If you would like to join Sue, she will start on St Mark’s Green, after the midday reflection (which she will offer from church) leaving at 12.30pm.


15.00  Third Gathering – Darkness & the torn curtain

Cate will be leading us in a space of reflections, music and silence from the church building: closing the three hours at the cross.

A version of Cate’s talk is available here (PDF).


15.30-17.00 personal reflection time

you may wish to reflect on where Jesus might be pointing us towards hope


17.00 Evening Prayer

we close the day together in prayer

We will be using the same Zoom details throughout the day. To join us, contact or see the email on 29 March.


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