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Spiritual MOT

This Lent we are offering the opportunity to sign up for a one-to-one meeting with one of the clergy to talk about prayer and faith and the ups and downs of the spiritual life. We are calling it a ‘Spiritual MOT.’
This would be a meeting lasting about 45 minutes, in which you can explore your spiritual journey and discuss its joys and challenges. In no way is it a test of your knowledge or holiness - you cannot fail!
The process will be completely confidential between you and the person you see.

Those offering Spiritual MOTs are:
Rachel Greene, George Rowe, Gill Welford and Geoffrey Curtis. 

Contact Rachel, or pick up a leaflet in church, for more information 

Palm Sunday 14th April
10am Service for All: Join in the celebrations as we begin Holy Week with a dramatic reading of the Passion of Christ! Starting at the Church Room for a procession of palms!

Community Supper with Christine Allen Director of CAFOD
(Catholic Agency for Overseas Development)
Monday, 15 April 7:00 for 7:30 pm The Village Hall

You are invited to a free two course supper. Enjoy a relaxed evening meal and a glass of wine or a soft drink in good company.
Christine was Director of Policy and Public Affairs for Christian Aid from 2012 - 2019. As a senior leader and high-profile representative for the organisation, she lobbied and influenced political and private sector leaders on significant policy changes on tax justice and climate justice, led senior-level external relations for CEO and other departments, held leadership roles on global and UK bodies, as well as supporting Trusts, Foundations and Major Donors initiatives.

Holy Wednesday (17/04)
7:30 pm Descent into darkness: a candle light Tenebrae service of music and readings.


Tenebrae (the Latin word for “darkness” or “shadows”) is the name given to this ancient Holy Week service for the senses. Its most conspicuous feature is the gradual extinguish-ing of candles in the church until only a single candle, considered a symbol of our Lord, remains. Towards the end of the service this candle is hidden, illustrating the apparent victory of the forces of evil. At the very end, a loud noise is made, symbolizing the earthquake at the time of the resurrection (Matthew 28:2), the hidden candle is restored to its place, and by its light all depart in silence.

 

Maundy Thursday (18/04)
6.30 pm Bring & Share Supper (church room) all welcome!
8 pm A special celebration of the Eucharist to commemorate the Last Supper.

This dramatic service commemorates Jesus’ institution of the Eucharist, his command to ‘love one another as I have loved you’ and his washing the disciples’ feet. It concludes with the reading of Jesus’ arrest and imprisonment the night before his trial and the symbolic stripping of the altar. A silent watch of prayer then takes place in the side chapel.

Good Friday (19/04)
10:30 am Walk of Witness beginning at St Teresa’s and ending at St. Mary’s.
11:30 am Hot cross buns (church room).
12 pm Meditations on the Cross

A short service of reflections and plainsong to help us contemplate the Passion of Christ by stopping and praying about his journey to the cross at the key points on the way. It grew out of the practice of walking the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem, believed to be the actual path Jesus walked to Mount Calvary on the day of his crucifixion.

Holy Saturday (20/04)
7:30 pm
The Watch: Easter Vigil with renewal of baptism vows.

On this most holy night we begin the service outside in darkness. We will kindle a new fire, mark the new Easter candle and light it. That light is brought into the church to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead. Having completed our observance of lent, we renew the promises made at our baptism by affirming our allegiance to Christ.

Easter Day (21/04)
8 am Holy Communion according to the Book of Common Prayer.
10 am Choral Eucharist with ‘All Stars’ children’s groups, followed by an Easter Egg Hunt in the churchyard.On Easter Day we rejoice that Christ has risen with beautiful music and great hymns. And what Easter celebration would be complete without an Easter Egg Hunt?

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