The Parish of Burchetts Green

Here we give more details of the services to be held for this year's Holy Week and Easter, from April 9. They are among the most important in the church calendar. Services and events marked © are especially suitable for young children.


PALM SUNDAY, APRIL 9 © 10.30am at Hurley: Parish Palm Sunday Service. The last Sunday in Lent is 'Palm Sunday,'(or Passion Sunday), the start of Holy Week when we remember the final week of Jesus's life. We gather outside the church for the procession with palms recalling Jesus entering Jerusalem riding on a donkey. After the children leave for their Explorers and Adventurers groups in the Priory Room, we recall the Last Supper as we celebrate communion before accompanying Jesus through the last week of his life in readings and hymns.

THE PASCHAL TRIDUUM Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and the Easter Vigil represent one uninterrupted service of worship. Please come and experience the last days of Jesus's life, culminating in his crucifixion and resurrection.


MAUNDAY THURSDAY, APRIL 13 7.30pm, Littlewick Green: Holy Communion followed by the Vigil.

Maundy, a corruption of Latin, mandatum means new commandment: 'Just as I have loved you, you should also love one another.' (John 13: 34). At the Last Supper Jesus washed his disciples feet. On Maundy Thursday we re-enact this by the priest washing the feet of representative members of the congregation. This is followed by the Communion, obeying Jesus's command at the Last Supper: 'Do this in remembrance of me'. Then the transition to Good Friday begins and the altar is stripped and all decoration removed, symbolising the stripping of Jesus, both his clothing and his dignity. Finally the lights are dimmed as the vigil begins. The church remains open for quiet prayer and meditation until 10.30pm.


GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 14 © 10.30am Hurley: Family Service followed by hot cross buns.
12 noon Stubbings: Three hour meditation At Hie Family Service we hear the story of the first Good Friday and hint at the good news to come. At The Three Hour service, we wait with Jesus as he dies on the cross, using pictures, reflections, prayers and music. In the last half hour, we hear the Passion Gospel read. During the three hours, please feel free to come and go as you wish.


HOLY SATURDAY, APRIL 15 8pm Littlewick Green: The Vigil Holy Saturday: The silence of the tomb. Then, in the evening, at the Easter vigil, we move from that darkness towards the light of the resurrection. The Easter Vigil service includes three short parts: a)The service of light - the church begins in darkness before the lighting of the Paschal candle,from a bonfire outside the church. This marks the official start of the Easter season. b) Renewal of baptism vows and c) Preparation for communion as we look forward to Easter.


EASTER DAY, APRIL 16 Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

Alleluia!

8am Holy Communion (BCP), Stubbings

9.15am Easter Family Communion & Littlewick Green ©

10.30am Family Service with Communion, Hurley © A shorter (45 minute) less formal communion service for all
10.30am Easter All-Age worship, Stubbings © An informal service for all followed immediately by…

11.05am A Shortened Communion (BCP), Stubbings ... taken from the 'Comfortable Words'for those who wish to stay after the All-Age Service and for others wishing to come.

Celebrate Holy Week and Easter in the Parish