Holy Week and Easter

We invite you to join us for Holy Week and Easter...

From Palm Sunday to Easter Day, across the Kingsthorpe team, we have a variety of special services planned to celebrate Holy Week and Easter.  We invite you to come and join us for one or more of the following.

Palm Sunday

On Sunday 25th March, we will celebrate the triumphant entry of Jesus into the city of Jerusalem.  Riding on a donkey, Jesus arrives to the loud shouts and cries of the crowds lining the street.  Keen to welcome their king, the people wave palm branches and cry out:

Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord -
the King of Israel!

Jesus knew that this Passover week would never be forgotten.  He had come to complete the work that his Father had given him to do... to suffer, to die and to rise again.

During our Palm Sunday morning services, we will distribute palm crosses as a reminder of his joyous welcome and how it turned to the rejection and pain of the cross.

St. David 10am - Sung Eucharist with distribution of palm crosses
St. John the Baptist 10am - Sung Eucharist with distribution of palm crosses
St. Mark 10 am Holy Communion with distribution of palm crosses

‚ÄčCompline on Monday to Wednesday evening, 7.30pm (SJB)

Each evening, Monday 26th March to Wednesday 28th March 2018, there will be a said service of Compline with a short reflection on the events of Holy Week.  Join us in the Lady Chapel in St. John the Baptist at 7.30pm for this traditional night prayer service, and experience a time of rest, reflection and prayer as we follow Jesus on his journey to the Last Supper, betrayal, conviction and death.

Maundy Thursday, 7.30pm

On Thursday 29th March, we will recall events of the Last Supper when Jesus showed his disciples that they should serve one another and gave them, and us, a special meal to remember that he died for us.

Jesus broke the bread, gave it to them and said,
'Take; this is my body.'

Jesus took a cup, and after giving thanks, gave it to them and said,
'This is my blood of the new covenant,
which is poured out for many.'

In each of our churches, we will celebrate these events and recall how Jesus went to the Garden of Gethsemane after the meal to pray to his Father.  It was there that he was captured by the authorities and led away.

Thursday 29th March:

St. David 7.30pm - The Liturgy of Maundy Thursday, Sung Eucharist
with optional foot washing
St. John the Baptist 7.30pm - The Liturgy of Maundy Thursday, Sung Eucharist
with optional foot washing
St. Mark 7.30pm - Agape meal
During which, we will share in a simple meal of bread and cheese, grapes and wine as we recall the Passover meal that Jesus and his disciples shared before moving to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Cross.

Good Friday Children's Activities, 10am

We will recall the story of Good Friday and how it leads to the joy of Easter Day, when Mary and his disciples find the stone rolled away and the tomb empty, and meet with the risen Jesus.  Our Good Friday morning services include craft activities for children and their families, making of Easter gardens and sharing in delicious hot cross buns.  If you are able and available, do come and join us.

Friday 30th March 2018:

St. David 10am - The Story of Good Friday with children's activities, making of the Easter Garden and followed by hot cross buns.
St. John the Baptist 10am - The Story of Good Friday with children's activities, making of the Easter Garden and followed by hot cross buns.
St. Mark Please join either St David or St John the Baptist for their children's activities

Good Friday Vigil - 12 Noon to 3pm (St. John the Baptist)

On Friday 30th March 2018, we will reflect on the painful and life-changing events of Good Friday.  The length of the service mirroring the time that Jesus spent in agony on the cross.  We listen to the Passion Narrative and reflect on what those events mean to us today through words, hymns, prayers and silence.  You can come and stay for as long as you wish, from  thirty minutes to as long as three hours.  If you are coming for part of the time, please join or leave the service at one of these times:  12 Noon, 12.30pm. 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm or (leave only) 3pm.



And being found in human form,
he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death -
death on a cross.  (Philippians 2:7b-8, NRSV)

Good Friday Service of Hymns and Readings, 7pm (SJB)

In the evening of Good Friday, the St. John the Baptist choir will lead us in a service of hymns, readings and prayers for Good Friday.  If you are able and available, do come along and join us at 7pm in St. John the Baptist church.

Easter Eve Vigil, 8pm (St. John the Baptist)

During this Service of Light on Saturday 31st March 2018, we will celebrate the gift of light and new life that the risen Jesus gives to us and to our world.  Our Easter Candles will be marked with incense studs and lit for the first time, and processed triumphantly into church as we proclaim, 'The light of Christ.  Thanks be to God.'  We will recall that in the waters of baptism we die to sin and rise to new life in Christ by renewing our Baptism vows.  Blessed water will be sprinkled abundantly!  We will then celebrate together in our first Eucharist of Easter.

It is a service full of rich signs and symbols that draw us into the awesome mystery of the resurrection.

Easter Day Family Services, 10am

Our journey through Holy Week to the cross leads us to the joy of Easter Day, when Mary and the disciples found that the stone had been rolled away, the tomb was empty and Jesus was alive.  As he had promised, Jesus had risen from the dead.  Experience with us the joy and wonder of that first Easter Day, and join in the meal that Jesus gave us.

Alleluia, Christ is risen!
He is risen indeed, alleluia!

Sunday 1st April:

St. David 10am - Family Eucharist
St. John the Baptist 8am - Said Holy Communion
10am - Family Eucharist followed by Easter Egg Hunt
St. Mark 10am - Family Communion

For more information on our Holy Week and Easter services, please contact one of the clergy.

For details of how to find our churches, please follow this LINK.

For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
so that everyone who believes in him may not perish
but may have eternal life.  (John 3:16, NRSV)