Easter Sunday Morning Service

Please join us for a service of Easter joy this Easter Sunday morning at 10am, broadcast live on Castledown FM 104.7 and on our Facebook page. If you can, please have with you a hollow chocolate egg you are willing to smash! Rev’d Tim says he will reveal all at the service…
As usual, you can send in prayer requests, thoughts and contributions to us on Sunday morning on 01980 221047, and our service sheet will be available at this link: https://stjamesludgershall.com/service-sheets/.
We look forward to being with you then, and in the meantime we wish you a very peace-filled Holy Week.

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Stations of The Cross in the Churchyard

The Stations of the Cross help us to meditate on what it means to walk in Christ’s footsteps by tracing the events of Good Friday, the day of Jesus’ crucifixion and death. We have set up twelve stations in St. James’ churchyard for people to use for personal prayer and meditation during Holy Week on your once daily outdoor exercise. The symbol on each station which looks like a ‘P’ and an ‘X’ is an ancient symbol for Christ, called the Chi Rho. Please observe the required 2 metre distance from others while using the stations, and if you see more than five people in the churchyard on your arrival, please come back to pray at another time. The PDF below includes short prayers and Bible verses to use at each station. We hope you all have a very blessed Holy Week.

Stations of the Cross 2020

Easter Lilies

472FF8C9-D19E-4AE3-85A6-56087FB83B9AThis year we are having Lilies for Easter to decorate the Church on Easter day.

Would you like to make a donation for a lily in memory of a loved one?

A card will be displayed in Church listing the names both of the donator and the person being remembered.  There will be a book in Church to enable you to give your name and the name for whom the lily is in memory. There is no set charge, just what you would like to give.

We look forward to a wonderful display of lilies to greet a joyful Easter morning!
For further details please contact Sue Williams on 01264 791487 or see her in Church.

What’s The Story? At Easter

This Easter has seen our What’s The Story? holiday sessions for 0-5 year olds, parents and carers and older siblings having a lot of fun and cramming a lot in! We have searched at the empty tomb for Jesus, run with John and Peter, planted mini Easter gardens to take home, looked at the folded grave clothes and asked the angel where Jesus is now. We have travelled to Emmaus, hopping and jumping along the way, we have met Jesus and heard his wonderful stories, we have made and broken bread and realized that Jesus is Alive! And we have celebrated throughout. We look forward to the next school holidays when the next session will pop up. Thank you to those who came for all that fun! Happy Easter!

Services Holy Week and Easter

Monday 30th March, Tuesday 31st March, Wednesday 1st April
7pm-8.30pm Quiet Church. The church will be open for you to come for as short or as long a time as you like. There will be pictures telling the story of Jesus’ last week on earth, and music, so you can sit or wander as you please.

Maundy Thursday 2nd April
7.30pm We remember the Last Supper. If you could bring a small plate of finger food to share, that would be great. There will be an opportunity to have your feet washed – or indeed to wash the feet of others, and Holy Communion will be offered. Afterwards we will strip the church of decoration, as we remember Jesus being arrested.

Good Friday 3rd April
12noon – 1pm An Hour at the Cross. A solemn meditation, with readings, music and silence to recall Jesus being nailed to a cross to die.

4pm-5pm  Mayhem on a Rubbish Dump – activities and crafts for children to help you learn and explore the meaning of Easter. Have fun with us, make things and eat pizza and/or hot cross buns.

Holy Saturday 4th April
8pm Easter Vigil, Service of Light, Renewal of Baptism Vows. A service of stories and candlelight as we explore the history of our faith, and what it means for us today. Celebrate the roots of Christianity at the very beginning of Easter!

Easter Day 5th April
10am Easter Holy Communion. Celebration time!

Please note there will be no Evensong on Easter Day (even though the Easter Leaflet says there is – sorry about that)