Updated: Apr 17
Dear Sisters and Brothers of All Saints and St Marys
This time last year I was just working out how to vlog – record a video blog/message. It now seems a given thing that we meet together through digital captures, videos, messaging and of course zoom. Thankfully we have been and will continue this week to be able to share together in person and online the Holiest of weeks in the Christian year. We come to the time when as Christians, as Lent draws to an end, that we re live, re tell, re visit, re member and reflect on that final life journey that Jesus made into Jerusalem. The story of Jesus own death and resurrection although often familiar, is still and should be, as jarring. Just as when our Jewish brothers and sisters sit down this weekend to remember Passover – that the vividness and reality of the Exodus, of that movement from slavery to liberation – is made and re called. As we then enter into Holy Week we also know that same story, the story of the final act of God in Man, to break the bonds of death itself. To enter into the absolute fullness of human life, and for that same God to empty himself of everything in order that we might know the meaning of absolute freedom and life.
To be able to celebrate Easter this year will be different again, different to last year, and different from previous years. Some will be new, some will be familiar. All will be given as an offering of service and worship so that we might proclaim the good news of the cross and the resurrection.
We begin this Sunday 28th March
8am: All Saints – Palm Sunday Holy Communion with Blessing of Palms: https://youtu.be/C_Zz2T5FNYE
10am: St Marys – Palm Sunday Eucharist with Passion Play and Blessing of Palms – Recorded and then uploaded.
This will be followed at 11.30am by Coffee & Chat on zoom – a really good place to do all that interacting if we want and need to. - join with this link: ZOOM
Meeting ID: 922 2627 5253
Monday 29th March
Morning Prayer at 8.15am (on zoom), hosted by Carla. Please firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be added to the circulation list for the link
7.30pm – Compline – All Saints
Tuesday 30th March
7.30pm – Compline – St Marys
Wednesday 31st March
Celtic Morning Prayer at 9am - (on zoom), hosted by Mark. Contact us for details.
Private Prayer All Saints - open from 10am - 11am
Lent Group at 7.30pm (on zoom), where we continue our exploration of ‘The Joy of the Gospel; by Paula Gooder, a book which “… enables individuals and groups to rediscover the joy of encountering the good news of Jesus and the transformation that is possible when we communicate the good news to the world today.” You can join the Lent Group with this link:
Meeting ID: 995 1693 8516 and Passcode: 136387
Maundy Thursday 1st April
10.30am – Chrism Mass – Online – www.facebook.com/bristolcathedral
6.30pm – Agape – Online – Join Zoom Meeting : Meeting ID: 932 1585 1592 Passcode: 095488
8.30pm – Holy Communion St Marys – followed by The Watch
10.00am: Easter Garden Making and Story Telling and Mini Egg Hunt – All Saints
1.30pm: Good Friday Liturgy with Passion Reading and Sermon– St Marys
7.30pm: St Marys – First Fire and Eucharist of Easter.
10.00am: St Marys – All Age Eucharist and Egg Hunt
10.30am: All Saints – All Age Holy Communion and Egg Hunt
5.00pm: Generations – Easter Bonanza And Eggs (note the earlier time!)
Below are the notices and the roots at home materials (All brilliant!).
As the days go by more details emerge about how restrictions are lifting – even around ways to sing outside! So do keep an eye out for emails and website details as we enter into this most extraordinary Holy Week together. I leave you with an image of a clock – not only to mark this moment in time – but also as a reminder that they leap forward tonight by an hour! See you all bright and early!