Easter & Holy Week 2021

 

The Covid-19 pandemic has meant that we have had to adapt our usual Worship and events for Holy Week and Easter this year. As the Church has now reopened for worship, many of our services will still take place. These will have to adhere to strict social distancing guidelines and face coverings will be mandatory. We ask you to cooperate with any safety instructions that are given.

The Holy Week story of Jesus’ journey to the Cross and resurrection, is profoundly at the core of our Christian faith. We very much look forward to welcoming you to All Saints and hope that your encounter with Jesus at this holy time will inspire you to explore your faith further. Our Ministry team are always available to help in an unpressured, friendly and welcoming way.

We will be offering a mixture of online and in-person services in Church, if we need to make any changes due to government guidelines we will update information as quickly as possible.

There will be small jars available in Holy Week for you to take home and fill with flowers from your garden and bring back to Church to be placed in the Easter Garden.

Decorated Eggs and flowers needed – the weatherproof stars and angles hand-crafted for the churchyard trees over Christmas were so successful we plan on replacing them with similarly crafted eggs and flowers. There is a labelled box in church and they will be hung up on Holy Saturday. So please get crafting!


Palm Sunday 28th March

There will be a service in Church at 10:30 am, which will include a dramatised reading of the Passion Gospel.

An online service will also be available from 9:00 am.
Worship from Home


During Holy Week – 29th March to 2nd April

There will be an online service of Compline and meditation for each day of the week (Monday to Friday) evenings available from 6:00 pm each day, so you can join in at your own time.

The 20 minute individually recorded services will include readings and reflections from the One Friday pictures and feature hymns sung by St Martin’s Voices. You can join in with the responses and the hymns or you can just watch and listen.

Worship from Home


Maundy Thursday 1st April

7:30 pm – In Church Holy Communion Service

An Agape Eucharist – socially distanced in the round on the platform in which we will recall and in part re-enact the Last Supper with both bread and wine in individual cups. We can’t do foot-washing or stripping the alter so I hope that this will be something more informal and participatory, but equally profound. If anyone wants to stay afterwards for part of the Vigil they are welcome to do so.


Good Friday 2nd April

12:00 pm – One Week – This will be a simple retelling of the Holy Week Story which will take place in the churchyard and has been opened up to Churches Together Holbeach.

2:00 pm – In Church At the Foot of the Cross Service
An hour-long meditative service including the Passion Gospel according to St John, interspersed with hymns played on the organ, and the opportunity for individual prayer at the cross.


Holy Saturday 3rd April

No services planned at the present time.

10:00 am Decorating the trees in the Church Yard and the Easter Garden


Easter Day – Sunday 4th April

9:00 am – Outdoor All-Age Service socially distanced in the churchyard with a small bonfire, candles and party poppers and rolling away the stone.

10:30 am – Traditional Eucharist for Easter Day in church – without hymns, but we are sure Barry will have something special lined up to play on the organ

A pre-recorded version of this service will be available online from 9:00 am.
Worship from Home

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

Visit our Lent page for details of activities 

 

 


Virtual Stations of the Cross videos

This virutal Way of the Cross created by Busted Halo is designed for personal devotion. These stations relate to Jesus’ teachings about the Kingdom of God and the reason his vision of this Kingdom led to his death. Find a quiet place to watch these stations, and as you do the devotions be open to how God is speaking to you through the Stations of the Cross.


Read the Passion Gospel at Home for Holy Week

For those of you who would like to read the Passion Story at home on Palm Sunday because you will miss hearing it in Church; Here is a version produced by David Wilbourne that was used in his church last Sunday. You can read it straight or do the simple activities appropriate to each passage as you go along. You could use it on Palm Sunday or save it to use during Holy Week or on Good Friday; It is up to you. Please print it off for your own use and share it as widely as you can with your friends.

Please click here to read the Passion Story


Watch the Passion of Jesus Play


The Way of the Cross:
a free online retreat for Holy Week

The Holy Week story dominates the gospels, and the cross is the central Christian symbol. Yet all too easily this mystery at the heart of Christian faith slips by in the rush of approaching Easter and its transforming potential cannot penetrate deeply into our lives.

Led by David and Helen Newman, at Launde Abbey, this online retreat offers the opportunity to enter deeply into the last week of Jesus’ life, to find ourselves there with all our sadness, weakness and vulnerability, and to discover the life and hope that emerges out of the darkness.

In the midst of the ongoing coronavirus crisis, we’re aware that many people will be unable to engage with their churches and Christian communities over Holy Week. To help sustain your life of prayer and discipleship, Launde Abbey is offering this entire online retreat free of charge.

Each day’s retreat talk will go live the evening before. Once they are online they’ll stay permanently, so you’ll be able to catch up later in the week or listen to the whole series over the Easter weekend (or even later, if that’s helpful!).

Click here to visit the Holy Week Retreat


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