Friends, here is a quick reminder of the Holy Week services and events here at St James: All week: our Stations of The Cross in the Churchyard Maundy Thursday: in addition to our published programme, an outdoor Holy Communion service at 10:30am. There will also be online services available from the Cathedral on Thursday throughout the day. Good Friday: a video led Stations of The Cross contemplation will be broadcast on this page at 1pm Holy Saturday: an in person outdoor Easter Vigil and Service of Light in the churchyard around the Easter fire, and also an online broadcast Easter Vigil here on this page, all at 8pm. Easter Sunday: Dawn Service broadcast on this page from Sidbury Hill at 6:30am, followed by an in person churchyard service or Holy Communion and an online service also broadcast by Castledown FM at 10am.
Rev’d Tim and Rev’d Jimmy will also be distributing Communion on your doorstep, if you live in our parish and would like them to do this and are unable to come to our in person Communion on either Thursday or Sunday. If you would like to have your name added to their list, please message us. Thank you.
As part of our marking of the events of Holy Week, we have prepared an outdoor contemplative Stations Of The Cross in our Churchyard. It is up now, and will remain available to visit during this week of Holy Week, and next week as we start to celebrate Easter itself. Each station is a simple painted wood shape, and below is a guide with prayers and readings to use and consider at each station and as you make your way between stations. We pray this will be a blessing to you as we journey with Jesus to the Cross and beyond.
Join us for worship on this Palm Sunday! We will be online, and on Castledown FM, at 10am. There will also be an outdoor in person service in the churchyard, also at 10am. The churchyard service will begin with a procession around our churchyard, making a joyful sound! Hope you can join us at one of our services, and don’t forget the clocks go forward, or you will miss us and we will miss you! If you wish to make a financial offering to our church ministry, please click here for more infomation:https://stjamesludgershall.com/donations/ The Service sheet for the radio service is available here: https://stjamesludgershall.com/service-sheets/
Lots of thank yous! Thank you to our local Cubs and Scouts for making these beautiful bird boxes and thank you to all our volunteers who helped with our churchyard Spring Cleanup last Saturday! Your work is so appreciated!
Advance notice! We are planning to run our What’s The Story sessions during the Easter holidays, on the Thursday 8th and Thursday 15th April, for toddlers and preschool aged children, plus primary school aged siblings and their parents/carers. We will meet at our usual time of 9:30am, but outdoors! We will be using the space in our churchyard for our Bible storytelling, games and activities, and hoping for very fine weather! A warm welcome awaits our What’s The Story regulars as well as new faces!
Join us for worship on this fourth Sunday in Lent, Mothering Sunday. We will be online on our Facebook page, and on Castledown FM, at 10am. There will also be an outdoor in person service in the churchyard, also at 10am. Hope you can join us at one of our services, where our thoughts will be with all those who have cared for us in life. If you wish to make a financial offering to our church ministry, please click here for more infomation:https://stjamesludgershall.com/donations/ The Service sheet for the radio service is available here: https://stjamesludgershall.com/service-sheets/
Our Clock Face is going to be renovated, and work has started to get up to it! With thanks to Jason, Fraser, Danny and Max of Chapple Scaffolding for their hard work yesterday. We are looking forward to the Clock Face looking fantastic after a dose of TLC courtesy of Smiths of Derby, who are specialists, and will remove the face next week, to be worked on in their workshop.
On Saturday 20th March, the first day of Spring, at 9:30am, we will be having our usual Spring churchyard tidy. All volunteers welcome to join us for socially distanced gathering and bagging up of old Christmas decorations, glass, plastic accoutrements and dead flowers for disposal, in readiness for our regular mowers and upkeep team to cut the grass during the coming season. The more the merrier, so do join our effort! If you look after a grave of a loved one, it would be great if you could tidy that in advance, or join the volunteers on the day. Thank you.