Lent and Easter 2021 

Passiontide and Easter 2021

Sunday 21 March onwards
11am-1pm Church open for Prayer,
including Way of the Cross stations
Palm Sunday 28 March
8am Holy Communion
10am Service of the Word, with blessing of palms
Maundy Thursday 1 April
7:30pm Holy Communion with Music
Good Friday 2 April
9am-3pm Church open for extended prayer,
including Way of the Cross stations and a ‘Gethsemane’ and ‘Golgotha’ prayer corner
12noon Good Friday Service with music
Saturday 3 April
10am-1pm Church open for extended prayer,
including Way of the Cross stations and a ‘Gethsemane’ and ‘Golgotha’ prayer corner 
1-1:30pm Singing in the churchyard
Easter Sunday 4 April
8am Holy Communion
10am Service of the Word
11am-1pm Church open for Prayer,
including Easter Resurrection story flowers
and a ‘Gethsemane’ and ‘Golgotha’ prayer corner

We would like to offer a number of resources that might help you in your prayers, reflection and worship during Lent and Easter this year.

Palm Crosses
This year we’d like to offer the opportunity to make a palm cross as a spiritual exercise.  There are palm fronds in the North porch available for collection when you come to church for worship/prayer.  Click on this YouTube link for a helpful tutorial on making palm crosses or click here for a leaflet with diagrams / written instructions. Then why not bring them with you for blessing on Palm Sunday, this Sunday 28th March. 

Way of the Cross and Easter Stations
20210322 100609Our Way of the Cross Stations are now set up in church.  You might like to explore two or three stations at a time when the church is open for personal prayer, and come back on a different occasion to reflect on more.  There's an A5 download here if it's easier to print the reflections or read them on your phone.

Hope in the Wilderness
"Perhaps it has felt a bit like Lent for the past year.  A time of abstinence, of deprivation, of simplicity.  A time when pleasure and colour has been taken from our lives, and joy hard to find.  A wilderness time.  Maybe we’re longing for the promised land of freedom finally to arrive!..."
Read more of this Lent Message from the Vicar here...

Prayer Leaflet for use during Lent
The Vicar has prepared a private prayer leaflet which enables individual act of penitence, at home or in church, either on Ash Wednesday or throughout Lent.  Alternatively, you might like to use it online as a small group.
The leaflet is available here.

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Psalm for Prayer during Lent
Psalm 51 is a psalm that is most suitable for Lent.  You might wish to read it, and the prayer that follows, for your own private devotions.
The psalm and prayer is available here.

Ten minute prayer, 12 noon on Tuesdays - Prayer During the Day
We also offer the opportunity to share in a ten minute Zoom prayer from church, at 12noon on Tuesdays 23rd February - 30th March (Meeting ID 846 662 9590, Passcode 834900). The order, ‘Prayer During the Day’, is available here

The Charities Support Group is having a Lent Red Bucket Appeal
We will split the money between Mary’s Meals, who we always support through our Lent Lunches, and The Church Army.  To find out more about the charities and how to donate, 
click here.  A Red Bucket will also be in church at our services.

Visit our Children and Young People Page to share in our Lent worship for families and young people.
There will be activities introduced each week for children of all ages and special worship with 'Bridge'.

Virtual Choir for Easter – Members of Churches Together in Bishop’s Stortford have come together as a virtual choir to sing ‘Risen’ (Shawna Edwards/Daniel Blomberg).  You might like to listen to / watch it on YouTube here.

'The Bible Course', Thursdays 11am-12:15pm
Lent course 2021

'The Bible - A Story That Makes Sense of Life'
, was published last year and received with enthusiasm by the clergy team and others.  The book links closely to an eight week course produced by the author and the Bible Society and, as of the start of 2021, this course can now be shared via Zoom.  The details are on the inset image.  The clergy team warmly invite you to take the opportunity during Lent and beyond to engage with this course and, in a fresh way, to get the BIG picture of the Bible story as you engage with it day by day.