Dear Church Family,
I’m delighted that we can look to re-opening our churches in Holy Week so that we don’t have to miss two consecutive Easters. I do realise that for some of you, coming to church next week will not be an option for health or family reasons. I promise that you are all still on my heart and will remain in my prayers for the foreseeable future.
For those of you who are planning on returning to congregational worship, here are the plans we have put in place:
Maundy Thursday, 7pm at St Peter’s – Join us for The Holy Communion of the Last Supper followed by the stripping of the altar and a short vigil as we reflect on the last night of Jesus’ life before his crucifixion. The service will also be live-streamed on Facebook.
Good Friday, 2pm at All Saints’ – Join us for a Tenebrae Service with readings from the Passion Narrative, beautiful classical music, and traditional hymns as we reflect on the death of Christ.
Easter Sunday, 9.30am at St Peter’s & 11.15am at All Saints’ – Easter Sunday Holy Communion. We’re excited to be back together for the most important Sunday of year. There will be family activities at St Peter’s too. The 9.30am service will also be live-streamed on Facebook.
Easter Sunday, 7pm at St Peter’s – Join us for a contemporary evening of Prayer and Praise as we celebrate the risen Lord with music led by the worship band.
All are welcome at any of our services but please be aware that social distancing, hand washing, and mask-wearing will still be in place for the coming months. Congregational singing is also not allowed at this time, but I am happy to say that our music can now be led by a small choir or singing group instead of just a solo singer. We are not offering tickets or booking for any of the Easter services, so please understand that if the church reaches capacity you may not be allowed inside. For reference, we can safely seat between 30-35 people at All Saints’ and between 60-70 people at St Peter’s (by seating people in the church and the hall). The family activities at St Peter’s will be in the hall, using the café tables – parents will need to remain with their children but will still be able to participate in the service. Refreshments will not be served until further restrictions are lifted.
Easter Garden Trail - 3-5 April 2021
Following on from the success of our Advent Windows project in December, we're delighted that a good number of households from across the parish have volunteered to create either an Easter Garden, a decorated cross, or a window full of Easter art in celebration of resurrection and new life outside their homes over the Easter weekend!
The map is being drawn up and will be available on the website and Facebook page soon. Why not spend an afternoon visiting the gardens and windows as a way of celebrating this Easter?
After Church Zoom Coffee
Please do join us for coffee after the 9.30 am Sunday Morning Service on Zoom.
The details to enter into the Zoom app, or on the Zoom website (www.zoom.us/join) are
Meeting ID: 838 5492 4560 Password: nicecuppa
Please do join us on Facebook for our Palm Sunday service of Holy Communion at 9.30am.
This week's pew-sheet can be downloaded here:
Palm crosses are available for those that would like them from the entrance lobby at St Peter’s from today and throughout Holy Week – drop in between 10am and midday to collect yours. Online Morning Prayer continues at 9am, Tuesdays to Friday next week – there won’t be an online Evening Prayer on Thursday because of the Maundy Thursday Eucharist at 7pm. Go to www.facebook.com/huttonparish to join in.
With every blessing,