St Mary's is an Open Church - Open to God, Open to You
The services of Holy Week offer a unique opportunity to ‘walk with Jesus’ through his passion and death to his resurrection.
There will also be Morning Prayer at 9.00 am from Monday to Saturday
PALM SUNDAY 14 April
9.00 am Joint Blessing of the Palms with other local Christians
followed by our Parish Eucharist (start approximately 9.15 am)
9.00 am Meet outside Marshalswick Baptist Free Church (inside, if wet)
After the palms have been blessed, St Mary's people will then process back to St Mary's for refreshments in the Hall.
Palm Sunday this year is on the second Sunday of April and on the second Sunday each month we start with refreshments in the Hall at 9.30 am. After time for chatting to one another, we go into Church for our Second Sunday Service - which includes Holy Communion - at 10.00 am.
As is our custom on second Sundays, we will also have a collection for the Vineyard Food Bank.
Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday are quiet services that allow you space to just ‘be’. We share the service with other local Christians. All three evenings will be at St Mary's this year.
The Reflections will be led by our Reader, Paul Wiggins on the theme:
The Journey from Palm Sunday to the Cross
Monday 15 April Compline with Reflection at 8 pm
Tuesday 16 April Compline with Reflection at 8 pm
Wednesday 17 April Compline with Reflection at 8 pm
MAUNDY THURSDAY 18 April 7.30 pm at St Mary's
We commemorate the institution of the Lord’s Supper and re-enact Jesus' action of washing his disciples' feet. After the service we keep watch before the Blessed Sacrament on the Altar of Repose. In doing this, we share in Jesus’ time in the Garden of Gethsemane. The Watch will be for an hour after the end of the Maundy Thursday Service.
GOOD FRIDAY 19 April
We have two services at St Mary's and also support the evening ecumenical service held in the Abbey.
11.00 am at St Mary's Worship and Activities for ALL AGES
We invite you and your family to meet in the church hall to explore what Jesus' life and death means for each of us. This is a chance for anyone of any age to think about Good Friday in an informal setting. This is followed by drinks and hot cross buns.
1.30 pm at St Mary's Liturgy of the Day
We invite you into a stark and empty church to enter into the suffering and death of Jesus. In the first part of the Liturgy, prayers and readings are interspersed with silence. We then move on to ‘The Proclamation of the Cross’ when a cross bearing a figure of the crucified Jesus is brought into church. Each member of the congregation is given the opportunity to stand (or kneel) before Cross and make a personal response to love shown there. The service draws to a close with our reception of Holy Communion and all leave in silence.
8.00 pm at the Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban - Service of Unity at the Cross
HOLY SATURDAY 20 April
9.00 pm at St Mary's - The Ceremonies, Vigil and First Communion of Easter
We begin in the dark in the Church Hall where we light the Easter Fire and bless and light the Paschal Candle, a symbol of the presence of the Risen Lord. We read about God’s action & promises throughout history and renew our own baptismal promises. We then move into the First Communion of Easter with hearts and minds renewed.
EASTER SUNDAY 21 April
8.00 am Holy Communion (said)
9.30 am Parish Communion with Renewal of Baptism Vows
We invite you to join us on Easter Day. The church will be awash with colour and flowers giving outward expression to our inward joy as we come together for this service of Communion which includes a reaffirmation of baptismal promises.