Lent and Easter
The 40 days before Easter are called "Lent". An opportunity to give time to God and reflection. Not just to give up something.
This year St Mary's annual Lent reflection series was called "Were You There?"
It ran on Thursdays,
from 7 March to 18 April
The reflections were 15 minutes long, followed by a soup and bread lunch. Click here
for the leaflet.
Holy Week and Easter
We remembered and celebrated the transforming love of God and his action through Jesus Christ's death on the cross, mending our broken relationship with him. Many services use the image of light breaking through darkness.
The Easter Walkway down the length of St Mary's was here again with an opportunity to reflect on the last days of Jesus' life. We hope it will be here again in 2020.
You can upload the flyer here
Holy Week is the week before Easter starting with Palm Sunday which marks Christ's ride into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey. Some churches, especially in the villages celebrate this with a real live procession, waving palms, some even have a real donkey!
Many events take place on Maundy Thursday the day of the "Last Supper" when Christ shared bread and wine with his disciples.
On Good Friday we commemorate Christ's death on the cross, with services on Easter Sunday which celebrate his resurrection:
For details of Lent and Easter worship at St Nicolas church - please click on https://www.saintnics.com/our-church/lent-holy-week-easter/
For details of Lent and Easter worship at St Saviours church - please click on https://st-saviours.org.uk/
You can sign up for daily reflections sent to your inbox from #LiveLent:Let you Light Shine by the Church of England. Go to www.churchofengland.org/lent
The Methodist church resources are available at http://www.methodist.org.uk/our-faith/worship/lent-and-easter/prayers-for-lent-and-easter/
Other events include the Wintershall Passion Play, telling the real Easter story to children and adults.
The 2019 Wintershall Passion Play was presented on 19 April in Trafalgar Square, supported by the Mayor of London and available on Live Stream. On Easter Saturday the Wintershall cast of players and animals moved to the High Street in Guildford, in their home county of Surrey. The play began at the Guildhall
on the High Street at 12 noon and again at 2:30 pm and moved down the High Street
to finish outside Marks & Spencer's
The free 90-minute performances take place amongst shoppers in the home town of many of the cast and crew.
Many peoeple came to see the High Street transformed into the stage for one of the greatest stories ever told.No tickets required. Parental guidance is advised. See www.wintershall-estate.com
Please also check the calendar (see under Resources) for details and information of other events which will be added as it comes in.