Keeping Lent Faithfully
We are entering the most important time in the Church calendar, the lead up to Easter. During Lent, we follow a more intentional and deepening journey of faith. We look at our lives and ask ourselves if we are living up to the faith that we profess, as well as we are able. We want to observe Lent in the best way we can, as we look towards the solemnity of Good Friday and the great celebration of Easter Day.
Daily Lent Reflections
These will be by the Jesuit Priest John Paul Thomas and you will be able to access them, either by joining Compline each evening at 9:00pm, when they will be included in the service, or by purchasing John Paul Thomas’s book entitled ‘Catholic Daily Reflections, Lent 2021’. (£6.99 ISBN number 979-859594451). There is also a Kindle edition at £1.99.
The PCC met this week and with careful consideration planned our route ahead for our worship given the continuing changing situation from the beginning of the year when we took the decision to suspend in person worship.
Although we know the government plans for social contact in broad terms, what is less clear is if or when other measures will be lifted such as social distancing, wearing masks, serving refreshments and importantly for us singing. There is no mention of these factors in any of the current documentation. So, the plan for the weeks ahead assuming nothing changes significantly nationally or locally is:
March 14th Live stream ‘Conservatory Church' for Mothering Sunday
March 21st - 9.30am Passion Sunday ‘Conservatory Church’ for Passion Sunday
We will be trailing a livestream service one evening during this week with our new equipment, please watch for more information
March 28th - 9.30am The first ‘in person’ Worship - Palm Sunday Eucharist with Blessing of the Palms and a Simple reading of the Passion Narrative
if you have a Palm Cross please bring it with you to be blessed
Holy Week Monday to Wednesday - 9pm Compline Live Stream from Holy Week Monday to Wednesday - 9pm Compline Live Stream from the homes of those who lead with Reflection.
Maundy Thursday 7.30pm A Simple Eucharist with Reflection and Stripping the Altar – live streamed and in person after which we will return to our homes to keep ‘vigil’.
Good Friday – 2pm a Simple Tenebrae Service in person and Live streamed
A Temebrae Service is a service of shadows
Easter Day – 9.30am Eucharist for Easter Day with lighting of the Paschal Candle in person and Live Stream – with live streaming for those who aren't able to attend in person
Low Sunday - 9.30am in person and Live stream Eucharist
PLEASE note that for all services we will need you to book for this with Pam Neesam (01473 257723) or Sheila Brooks (01473 255919) – it will help us if you can do this for all services as soon as possible from Tuesday 16th onwards. This is not how we would wish to have to work but is sadly necessary.
The following also applies:
• maintaining 2m Social Distance between households,
• masks are compulsory.
• Singing – as previously there remains no singing for congregation but we do have our choir recorded and singing for us.
I quite understand if this means you will not wish to be in church and not sing when you can join in the singing at home. However, I do encourage you to be there for Easter Day as the most important day in the Christian calendar to receive Communion.
Just as the national roadmap may change so this may also change in response to developments but our only aim is to keep people safe and enable good opportunity for worship to feed us spiritually. I,like you, long for the time we can be back together properly and freely.
I hope this gives as much clarity as we can at this time and very much look forward to seeing many of you again in church.
My thanks to Maureen and the Elders who continue to share the privilege of the pastoral care of everyone, and I hope that you will feel able to contact either myself, Maureen or your elder if you have any pastoral or spiritual needs at any time.
Every blessing Mary