Liturgy and Prayers
Live Streams and Video Broadcasts
7.45am – Morning Prayer
10.30am – Palm Sunday eucharist
Stations of the cross (a new reflection for each day of Holy Week until Easter)
5.15pm – Evening prayer
Worship and Activities for All Ages
Listen - Look - Act - Pray
Listen and Watch
Worship Podcast, The Very Revd Nicholas Henshall, Dean of Chelmsford Cathedral
A Telling of the Palm Sunday Story
Easter Trail Dreams- A Reflection by Revd Caroline Beckett (featured art by Turvey Abbey)
Video- Palm Sunday by Rev Caroline Beckett
Music: God So Loved the World, St Paul's Cathedral Choir
Song: All Bow Down by Chris Tomlin
Song: We Have a King Who Rides a Donkey
A visual display by Emma Anderton
Begin each day with a visual display. Collect items and put them on a tray or large plate.
Collect leaves from the garden, or make leaves from green paper and place them on the tray in the centre of your prayer space.
Remember to wash your hands if you have been outside to collect items.
Revd Caroline Beckett's All Age Confession
Revd Gill Morgan - Making Palm Crosses at Home
Baking our way through Holy Week - Rachel Summers
I know flour is scarce, but my facebook feed has been full of people comfort baking. My daughter in particular turns to baking when she feels stressed, and the nice thing about it is that not only is it good for the person making the treats, but also a nice surprise for everyone else in the household who gets to eat them!
I thought it might be a fun idea to share a recipe for each day in Holy Week, as a way of marking the time, and as a way of practicing mindful reflection as our busy hands allow our hearts and minds to be still.
Palm Sunday Recipe
A retro treat for you today, to kick off Holy Week, using dates from date palms, as palms were waved as Jesus rode into Jerusalem, and they give today its name. We’re going to make Date Slices.
If you can get hold of one of those blocks of dates, that would be great. Or maybe you have some leftover dates from Christmas languishing at the back of the kitchen cupboard, which haven’t made their way into any bizarre food shortage dinners yet. You’ll have to forgive me for the pre-decimal measurements- this is my lovely Auntie Margaret’s old recipe, and I remember them from Sunday afternoon tea time from way back when.
- Chop ½ lb of stoned dates, and put them in a saucepan along with 1/4pt of water. Bring them to the boil, and cook them until they’re soft. Add 1 tsp of vanilla essence.
- Meanwhile, mix 4oz of self raising flour with 1tsp of bicarbonate of soda. Stir in 4oz of oats and 4oz caster sugar, and then rub in 4oz of margarine or butter.
- Press half of this mixture into the base of a greased shallow tin, and as you do so, remember the cloaks that the crowd threw to the ground for Jesus and his donkey to walk over. Spread the dates over this, and then add the other half of the mixture. With each layer that you spread, imagine something from your life that you are placing beneath the feet of Jesus, just as the crowd did back then.
- Bake in a medium oven at GM4 for 20-30 minutes until browned. Enjoy them with a hot drink, and sing a song or a hymn that fits the story for today- ‘We have a king who rides a donkey’, or ‘Ride on, ride on in majesty’ are two that come to mind for me.
Holy Week Table Display - Rachel Summers
Many people light an advent wreath in their homes in the lead up to Christmas. As the glow from the candles increases, they know that the time to celebrate when Jesus, the light of the world is born, is growing nearer. A few years ago, someone shared their similar practice of candles in Holy Week, and we found it so useful and so moving that we have used it in one form or another ever since. It’s a little like Tenebrae, so if that’s in your church tradition, it might feel a little familiar.
We repurpose our advent candle stand. It’s like a cross, with holes for candles at each end and one in the middle, and we place it on a tray. If you don’t have an advent candle stand, you can secure candles or even tea-lights onto a tray. Make sure they don’t wobble and that they won’t be a fire hazard, and obviously never leave a candle burning unattended. We like to light our candles at dinner time, so we’re all sitting around the display and can think about it and talk about it while we eat.
Light all five candles. Either snip paper into small palm leaves, or add little ferns or leaves from the garden, and tell the story of the palm branches that were waved as Jesus entered Jerusalem on a donkey.
Holy Week Window Gallery by Rachel Summers
The church doors are shut. The bells are silenced. And yet the church is very much open and alive. I’ve been enjoying all the rainbows appearing in windows in the houses of the streets around where I live. We count them as we take the dog for a walk- 21, 25, 29 rainbow dog walks. And I thought how wonderful it would be if the church could utilise all those windows in all those houses where people of faith live and pray, so that passers by might realise that the church is actually all around them.
Let’s use those windows of ours to speak of holy things, this Holy Week. Create some art and display it, and as the week goes on, the story of Jesus and his death and resurrection will spring into colourful life, and bless those around us.
When I was a child, growing up, we’d pick up a poster from church to display in our windows, reading ‘This is Holy Week’. There was a flap to fold down at the bottom, declaring ‘Alleluia! He is risen!’ which we could turn over with great celebration on Easter day. At the beginning of Holy Week, write or draw yourself a poster reading, ‘This is Holy Week’, and leave it up accompanying your Holy Week art, so that those who pass by will be intrigued and looking to see what’s new each day, and maybe going home to find out more and follow the story themselves.
Cut a ‘palm leaf’ out of a piece of paper or newspaper for Jesus’ entrance into Jerusalem, riding on a donkey, while the crowd welcomed him by waving palm branches.
Say or write some words of praise for Jesus.
Resources for each day
The links below take you to the resources for the relevant day
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