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Easter & Holy Week 2020
Including the 40 days of Lent
During Holy Week, which starts on 5th April, Palm Sunday, we are all very aware that we are unable to join together in our Christian community as we usually do. All our services and events in Church have been cancelled, but this doesn’t mean that we can’t engage and participate together in the story of Jesus’ journey to the Cross and resurrection. The Holy Week story is profoundly at the core of our Christian faith. We warmly encourage you to use the resources we have added here that will still allow you to participate at this most holy time.
Our Services Page has details of Reflections & Prayers from our own Ministry Team that you can follow from home just click here to access these.
Lincoln Diocese Activities for Holy Week
Each day of Holy Week you are invited to watch a brief daily video message from members of the bishops’ staff that can be used as a source of reflection and prayer. The reflections will be based on the gospel of the day and be on the Diocese website and also on social media. There is encouragement from the bishops to make palm crosses out of paper or card and to place them in windows from Palm Sunday, or use larger branches at a door, to indicate their house has entered the story of Holy Week. (There is a video illustrating how to make a Palm Cross on our News Page).
There will be a simple service on Tuesday for the renewal of ministerial commitment for all God’s people which will be on Facebook live at 11 am simply click here to visit the Lincoln – Bishops’ Office page. If you don’t use Facebook we will post as many events as possible to our News page.
There will be a Eucharist online at 5 pm on Easter Sunday evening with Bishop David. This will use the diocesan website with the invitation to light a candle in a window each evening from Easter Day as a sign of new life.
Daily & Weekly Services
from the Church of England
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.
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!).
Don’t forget to visit our News Feed page to keep up to date
STAY AT HOME BUT CONTINUE TO PRAY, TO LOVE, TO CARE FOR THE VULNERABLE
The following planned services & events have all been cancelled.
Ash Wednesday 26th February
Start of Lent
9:30 am Said Holy Communion with Ashing
7:30 pm Sung Holy Communion with Ashing
Lent Group Course
The Lent Course for this year will be announced shortly.
Monday evenings 7:30 pm at the Vicarage on 11, 18, 25 March & 1, 8 April.
Sign-up form at the back of Church
Soup lunches will be held every Saturday in Lent from 12:00 – 1:00 pm on 29th February, 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th March and 4th April to raise funds for our lent Charity.
£3 per person for soup, bread and cheese.
Easter Courses from The Church of England
10:15 am – Procession with palms from the old Library to the Church
10:30 am – Holy Communion with a dramatised reading of the Passion Gospel
During Holy Week
Monday 6th, Tuesday 7th & Wednesday 8th April
7:30 pm – Compline with short meditation each evening
Maundy Thursday 9th April
7:30 pm – Holy Communion with foot washing, stripping of the altar followed by a vigil until midnight
12:00 pm – Walk of Witness, starting from the Catholic Church
and stopping outside the Co-Op and the old Barclays before
finishing in All Saints Churchyard. This is a Churches Together Holbeach event.
1:00 pm – Soup & bread Lunch at All Saints.
2:00 pm – At the Foot of the Cross – readings, hymns & prayer.
Holy Saturday 11th April
7:30 pm – Easter Eve Vigil at the Cross – readings, psalms & prayers at the empty cross.
5:30 am – Easter Dawn Service in the Vicarage Garden
An informal service with bonfire & watching the sunrise
followed by breakfast.
10:30 am – Holy Communion for Easter Day.
6:30 pm – Deanery Evensong.