Join us for worship at 10am on this Easter Sunday! We will be online on our Facebook page, and on Castledown FM. There will also be an outdoor in person service in the churchyard, also at 10am.
Now we are able to have slightly longer outdoor services, please do dress warmly and bring your folding chair or picnic blanket as available seating is limited. Hope you can join us at one of our services to celebrate the joy of Easter together.
Children’s Church met today to have a Stations of the Cross Service in the churchyard and remember Jesus making His journey from the last supper, to the Garden of Gethsemane, to arrest, and death, until He was laid in the tomb. It was a great time of togetherness for our group as we await Easter Sunday with hope. The Stations remain up and available for everyone to use for another week, and readings and prayers can be found at this link: https://stjamesludgershall.com/2021/03/29/stations-of-the-cross/
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.
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.
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.
Palm Sunday Morning Service at 10am. We will be live on our Facebook page and broadcast on Castledown FM 104.7, coming together to worship from the comfort of home while we cannot gather physically in our church. All welcome! You can text in with thoughts and prayers on Sunday morning on 01980 22 1047, and because our Gospel reading this week is the story of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, our theme for reflection is about our expectations of God. What does God do with our hopes? Do we ever feel surprised by God? Do we ever feel disappointed by God? Do text in with your thoughts. Service sheets will be available on our website http://www.stjamesludgershall.com/service-sheets/
After our service, coffee time via zoom is available at the link below. You need to click the link, you will be prompted to download zoom, and then if you click the link again you should arrive with us! Don’t forget to bring your coffee with you! All welcome.
Join Zoom Meeting: Coffee Time https://us04web.zoom.us/j/279117796?pwd=RWhzaVNLZEtCRWNqS3c5RC9FTWlUdz09
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)