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.
For more information click on the link below:
This was sent to me and I thought it was rather wonderful considering the gloomy times we are having – a real alternative Lent … with nothing about chocolate. Have a great Ash Wednesday.
Article by Kirsten Robertson from the Gazette and Herald (click here to view on G&H website )
A church community have promised to offer as many services as possible online during the pandemic.
Malmesbury Abbey want to reach those who might be affected by loneliness or isolation throughout the next few weeks.
Rev. Oliver Ross, Vicar of Malmesbury & Upper Avon, said: “The days are getting shorter and colder. We are anxious for ourselves, for those we love, especially those who are vulnerable and elderly, and for our families.
“Normally we’d like to meet friends and be sociable “in-person” and yet this is possibly the one thing we can’t do for the next month and the hardest to cope with.
“So, during November, at Malmesbury Abbey, I want to let everyone know that the Abbey itself, will be still be open on Tuesday and Saturday 10am to 12noon for private prayer.
“There will still be opportunities to meet together on-line to keep our spirits up and have something to look forward to.
“Although we can’t meet in person you can join in our live streamed and on-line services on Sundays.”
The services are available online at www.malmesburyabbey.com and on the Malmesbury Abbey YouTube channel.
Morning Prayer is available at 9.00am every weekday streamed at www.facebook.com/groups/Malmesbury.Abbey.
The Rev’d Mandy Churcher and her volunteer team will continue to keep in touch with older, isolated and vulnerable people in Malmesbury by phone and running essential errands.
Andrew Beebee, the Abbey’s Children and Youth Minister is running online youth groups which are a chance for games, making friends, discussion and prayer.
If you’d like someone to pray for you – email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Alternatively, a help-line is available on 07425527312
The Abbey’s Richard Searle-Barnes added: “You see on the news how loneliness and mental health have been affected as a result of what is going on. The Abbey wants to reach people who would like someone to speak to or are seeking help. We need to try to keep positive even though these are very difficult times.”