Lent, Holy Week and Easter
How to reflect, prepare and celebrate this season
Lent Course - ‘From now on’:
The Hertford & District Churches Together Lent Study Course this year is on Hope & Redemption and is based on the film The Greatest Showman. The plan was that people would meet at Hertford Methodist Church on Sunday afternoons in Lent to watch a clip of the film and then split into small groups for discussion, with a Bible passage to explore. If you would like to use this material yourself, all five weeks are available from Debbie at Hertford Methodist Church, so please email: email@example.com
A Quiet Day in Lent - Trees:
Our Quiet Days are an opportunity to prepare and reflect in beautiful surroundings with short reflections, followed by time to relax, read or enjoy the gardens. Sadly, we weren't able to meet for our Lent Quiet Day on 21 March, as planned. However, Rosemary has shared her Lent Quiet Day material on the theme of trees and you can find it all here.
A day-by-day guide for Holy Week (written by curate Lisa Cornell), with a reading, prayer and reflection for each day. Holy Week Booklet.
For families and younger ones
Tracy, our Children and Youth Worker, has been busy building connections with families online. You can find all sorts of resources through the Sele Messy Church Facebook page
, including a live feed with Tracy on Sundays at 10.00am
and Wednesdays at 4.00pm
Palm Sunday, 5 April
Palm Sunday Holy Communion LIVE on Zoom, 10.30am If possible, please have a palm cross and some bread & wine (or grape juice) ready at home. Reading, prayers and sermon are available in text format.
Palm Cross pictures
Monday 6 April - The Last Seven Words of our Saviour on the Cross LIVE on Zoom, 8.00pm
Zoom invitations will be emailed to those on our mailing list. You might like to have a candle or a cross ready where you can see it. The service can also be followed at home independently using this document:
The Last Seven Words (pdf format)
Wednesday 8 April - A Meditation for Holy Week LIVE on Zoom, 8.00pm
Zoom invitations will be emailed to those on our mailing list. Please have a candle ready at home, if you'd like. Material will be available in text format here, too.
Maundy Thursday - Tenebrae LIVE on Zoom, 8.15pm
Candlelit medieval service of the shadows. Zoom invitations will be emailed to those on our mailing list. Material for this service will be available in text format here, too.
Good Friday - Six Stations of the Cross
A Reflection for Good Friday (pdf format)
Easter Saturday - Rumours of Hope 2020 - join online on 11 April
A virtual vigil for Easter Eve from across the Church of England:
Watch. Weep. Pray. Words. Music. Worship.
Sing Resurrection, 10.00am
Easter Sunday 2020 will be an Easter Sunday like no other before it. We cannot sing the great Easter hymns inside our churches, but we can sing them in another way! For those who want to celebrate the resurrection and sing, at 10.00am on Easter Sunday, 12 April, you are called to go outside and sing Jesus Christ is Risen Today and Thine be the Glory at the top of your voices! Find out more here.
Communion Service LIVE on Zoom, 10.30am
We will share Easter Day worship on Zoom - invitations will be emailed to those on our mailing list. Please have an instrument ready at home for the Gloria and a fresh flower to place on your palm cross. Also, if you'd like to share in communion, please have some bread & wine (or grape juice) with you. Material for this service will be available in text format, too.