Holy Week— A Story of Darkness and Light
As ever, we need to walk through the fear, depression and sorrow of Holy Week in order to reach the joy of Easter Day. We must not miss the darkness and rush straight on to the light. Come and join us this Holy Week as we travel the road of the God-forsaken Christ in order to arrive at the empty tomb of the risen Jesus.
Maundy Thursday 7:45 am
This is the evening when we remember the first communion service. Jesus instituted it right in the middle of the Passover meal which he shared with his disciples. We recall the treachery of Judas, the sleepiness of the disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane and Jesus’ arrest and trial. This service follows the pattern of our 9am communions.
Good Friday 10:00 am
We will meet at the Car Park opposite the Boundary House and walk to Rodbourne Baptist Church for a joint service for adults and children.
Good Friday 7:45 am
This service takes place near the cross. We remember those who stood with Christ at that time and those whose courage failed them. We think about Peter who could not bring himself to admit that he had been one of the disciples of Christ. We remember John, Mary the mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene and “the other Mary” as they watched the terrible events unfolding on Calvary.
Easter Day 5:45 am at Barbury Castle
The darkness finally breaks and hope shines again with a totally unexpected brilliance. The women who go to anoint the body of Jesus find the tomb empty and the world changed forever. Watching the long line of headlamps snaking up the road to Barbury Castle at first light a real joy.
Easter Day at 9am and 11am
Alleluia Christ is risen. He is risen indeed: Alleluia.