Normally, Holy Week would be punctuated by gatherings, services, shared meals, foot washing, meditations, children’s events and culminating with the great Easter celebration.

This year we are a people in isolation. However, this does not mean that the we cannot celebrate the greatest event known to humanity, we just need to be adaptable and seek new ways of marking the Good News of Jesus.

St John’s is offering the following online services and events during Holy Week.

All will be live streamed on Facebook

  • Palm Sunday 10:00 Palm Sunday readings, prayers and talk

Palm Leaf Colouring Sheet

  • Monday 6th April 09:00 Morning Prayer
  • Tuesday 7th 09:00 Morning Prayer
  • Wednesday 8th 09:00 Morning Prayer & 13:00 Virtual Holy Communion
  • Maundy Thursday 09:00 Morning prayer & 19:00 Reflection
  • Good Friday 09:00 Morning Prayer & 14:00 Words from the Cross
  • Easter Sunday 10:00 Easter Sunday readings, prayers and reflection

Physical signs of Easter

In addition to the online resources, we have had a cross erected in the Church grounds to mark Holy Week and Easter. We are hoping that as people have their permitted exercise, they will be able to see the cross and use this as a point of reflection. On Easter Sunday the vicar will decorate the cross with ribbons and as people pass by they can see the decorated cross as a sign of resurrection to new life (If you are in a vulnerable group, please stay at home)

Easter Egg Hunt – We were hoping that you (or the children) could colour in these Easter Egg sheets in and then put them in your window from Good Friday until Easter Day, to create a visible witness in our streets and also a virtual Easter Egg hunt for the children as they take their walks.

Egg 1 Egg 2

Lucy’s Little Movers will be on Good Friday & Tuesday 14th at 10:30.

Finally, we have lots of resources available through the diocese.

Bishop Richard has written a Homily for us to reflect on.

The other resources are

  • Services from Southwark Cathedral Deanery and from the Chapel at Bishop’s House.
  • Easter programming from the BBC Sunday worship led by the Archbishop of Canterbury
  • Stations of the Cross video which has been recorded by the Bishop of Croydon and Bishop Paul Hendricks.