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.
Perfume - performed by Julia Thomas
"I wanted to tell him I loved him before it was too late. The seasons of his life passed quickly, so quickly. Spring, summer autumn and, now, winter...
..."I'd always wanted to read the Torah, to sing and shout God's praises, but I was suffocated by my gender. With him, I could breathe. He let me sit at his feet and listen to his teaching. He allowed me to be myself."
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.
Loving God, in Jesus Christ, who died and rose again for our salvation, cast out the darkness of our anxiety, fear and mourning, enfold us in your love and give us joy and hope this Easter. Amen.
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
If you are looking for more ideas for children and young people, Engage Worship
have a fantastic range of multimedia content for you to choose from and Illustrated Ministry
have a lovely free Alleluia Poster to download, print and colour in for Easter Sunday.
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.
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.
Good Friday - Six Stations of the Cross
This year, we will be remembering the events of Good Friday as we experience ‘Lockdown’ - this slideshow is for anybody and everybody to use as an individual or as a family group.
A Reflection for Good Friday (pdf format)
Good Friday - A Virtual Way of the Cross
Perfect for personal devotion, why not find a quiet place to watch these virtual Way of the Cross stations and be open to how God may be speaking to you through them? A Virtual Way of the Cross
Easter Saturday - Rumours of Hope 2020 - join online on 11 April
More than 50 priests, bishops, lay leaders and ordinands will come together on Easter Eve to lead a virtual vigil, with creative reflections, poetry, art and prayers throughout the night. The purpose is to help people weep, watch and pray together as we yearn for Easter light amidst the darkness of our coronavirus-hit world. Find out more here.
LIVE with Tracy - for children and families
10.00am on Sele Messy Church Facebook Page
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.
Easter Day Worship - 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.
Reading, sermon and prayers for Easter Day Worship is available in pdf format here.