Palm Sunday, Holy Week & Easter

This is going to be an unusual Easter as we are still under lockdown and although there has been a little easing it is still under severe lockdown strictures in step one with which we have to work. It is incredibly frustrating to me that we are not able to open up safely for the celebration of our Lord’s resurrection. I eagerly hoped that we would be able to meet face-to-face and celebrate Easter but sadly this is impossible with the continued restrictions and possibility of infection. We are looking forward to Pentecost Sunday on the 23rd of May when we will be open for services although still restricted in numbers.

Palm Sunday – we will have a Holy Communion on the Internet (our website and YouTube) and our Mission Area Family Service with Bishop Lee as our preacher.

Holy week – we will have a packed and reflective week.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday there will be sessions on Christian Mindfulness at midday and service of Holy Communion with passion readings available on the Internet.

Church Prayer Meeting at 7:30pm (1hr) which will be led by Revd Oliver Ross on Zoom. This will include a time of praying in smaller groups either out loud or quietly as people feel comfortable. We will share the Zoom link closer to the service.

Maundy Thursday there will be a holy communion remembering the institution of holy communion and the Last Supper when Christ washed the disciples feet.

Good Friday will see a Christians Together in Malmesbury Service of praise and reflection. On the Internet there will also be a quiet Communion and a presentation organised by the Choir of reflective music for the Passion.

Easter Sunday will see us celebrate the Lord’s rising with a holy communion service (Internet and YouTube) and a Malmesbury family service on Zoom.

We are also setting up a Easter garden in the churchyard and a walk of reflection.

Moreover we are setting up an installation of doves in the South aisle – do you go in for private prayer and have a look – this will be completed by Pentecost when we open.