Weekly Update – Easter
from Revd Emma.
As I sit to write this brief reflection it is Maundy Thursday; we have not yet reached Easter Day. For the moment we are still in a liturgical place of darkness and betrayal, the day in which desolation and arrest unfold for Jesus as He travels towards the cross. And it is right that we sit with these days, conscious of the death and loss, isolation, and challenges we have all faced this last year. I would encourage you to come to our Maundy Thursday service tonight at 7.30pm and to our service of reflection on Good Friday at 3pm – for now, we’ve not yet reached an ‘alleluia’!
But of course, that will come… On Easter Sunday it will be wonderful to gather in person, and online, to rejoice in Christ’s resurrection and to shout (or rather mumble behind a face mask) a triumphant, ‘Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!’ Our celebrations will be different to previous years, but we will rejoice in the glorious, good news that Jesus is alive, and that in Him we have light, forgiveness, and healing.
And so, we are still living in dark, difficult days, the cross lingers – but in Christ we know a better day has been won; we are an Easter People with freedom and bright hope for the future. Alleluia!
Holy Week and Easter Services
Each of these services will be limited in capacity – but we can still accommodate approx. 65 people safely, so there should be room for you to attend if you wish – no need to pre-book. You will need to wear a face mask/covering, sanitise hands on arrival and as you leave, and adhere to social distancing. Sadly, at this time we still cannot sing indoors, but at the end of our services we will finish outside, allowing us to sing a song together.
Church Office Closure
The church office will be closed for Easter on Friday 2nd April and will open on Tuesday 6th April.
Jesus Light up Denmead
All our Easter activities are now active. To date, we have 151 decorated Easter Eggs adorning our garden fence! The final deadline for entries is Good Friday.
Between 10.00 and 12.00 on Good Friday we will be handing out Bags of Easter Joy to families who have pre-registered – in total we are sharing 92 bags, which equates to 275 children and adults engaging with the good news of Easter.
We have 69 children registered to follow the Easter Trail, looking for clues about the very first Easter.
And finally, Easter Rocks are appearing around the village for children to find and share. We have decorated four sets, telling the story of Holy Week and Easter for children to engage with.
After receiving lovely comments and seeing the engagement people of all ages had with the Nativity scene at Christmas, we will be telling the Easter Story in a similar way. As Holy Week now unfolds new scenes will appear in our front garden explaining the events and welcoming people to spend some time reflecting. Easter Day proclaims the good news of the risen Christ and invites people to respond in faith and trust. With each scene we will also release a short video on our Facebook page allowing for wider engagement still. We are welcoming people to visit the garden and explore. If you wish to, please do bring some spring flowers or daffodils, and lay them at the empty grave, marking the symbolism of new life in Christ defeating death.
As things currently stand, future services in April and May will take place at 8.00am – a BCP Said Holy Communion service, and at 10.00am – a simple Holy Communion service, which we will aim to live stream to Facebook, and then share on our website. All are welcome.
Remember that at any point if you want to talk or pray please ring me on 9226 2647 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You are also welcome to contact Revd Jack Williams, our Curate, on 07368 957 423 or by emailing email@example.com (please note Jack will be on annual leave April 5th-11th)
Revd Emma Racklyeft – Vicar at All Saints Denmead firstname.lastname@example.org 023 9226 2647