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HOLY WEEK   Join others listening and watching services and reflections through the days of Holy Week.
Today’s reflection comes from The Very Revd Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester Cathedral  Monday Reflection
Palm Sunday We tried something new. Over 25 households joined us for our service, live on Zoom.

All you need to do to join is click on this link  https://bit.ly/stbpalmsunday   (if  this doesn’t work, click ‘start from your browser).
Look out for details of our Easter Sunday service!

 

Children and families activities and ideas to follow through Holy Week:

Holy Ground  – produced by Diocese of Gloucester this all-age resource
takes you from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday with a story, prayer
and activity for each day.

Journey Into Easter With Children – produced by Imaginor for primary age children, a series of reflections and associated craft activities for each day of Holy Week focusing on some stunning paintings by Nebiyu Assefa, an Ethiopian artist.

In response to government guidelines,  no church buildings will be open, but we continue to be the church wherever we live. We can’t meet in person but the phone lines are busy, Revds Suzanne &Philippa will be providing a ‘Thought for the Day’, Morning Prayer or Compline each day, some groups are connecting via Zoom and we’re trying to share lots of ideas on our website. (For the daily worship follow the Facebook link at the end of this page)

Revds Suzanne and Philippa  have put together a worship & prayer booklet which includes the daily offices (click here to download) and invite you to email any prayer requests to them.

Light a candle on Sunday evening. Lots of us lit a candle on Sunday evening as a sign of solidarity and hope in the light of Christ that can never be extinguished. We invite you to do this every Sunday at 8 pm. Do send photos to us!

A prayer for the Christian community
We are not people of fear: we are people of courage.
We are not people who protect our own safety: we are people who protect our neighbours’ safety.
We are not people of greed: we are people of generosity.
We are your people God, giving and loving, wherever we are, whatever it costs
For as long as it takes wherever you call us.

Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference

     

 

Gloucester FoodBank is still very much open and busy. We would normally collect donations to give to them at our Worship Together service, and want to continue to lend support. So, if you can – please put any food/toiletry donations in the box that will be in your church porch on Wednesday morning (8th April). Simon will collect the boxes between 2 & 3 pm on Wednesday afternoon and take them directly to the Foodbank. Or make a financial donation either directly to the FoodBank or via the Benefice (details on this weeks pew sheet) and we will ensure moneys are passed on promptly.

 

A prayer for our neighbours
Lord Jesus Christ, you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength to comfort the fearful,
to tend the sick, and to assure the isolated of our love, and your love, for your name’s sake.
Amen.

 

How would Jesus lead worship?
Click on this link for daily family prayer and worship ideas

 

In addition to personal prayers, you may like to download some prayers that have been written specifically to compliment our worship and reflect on the impact Covid-19 is having on all of our lives. Just click on the prayer links below:

Prayers about the outbreak
Prayers with children
Personal prayers

 

Is this the time for a Spiritual Retreat?  Retreating at Home has been prepared for Tewkesbury Abbey by Revd Catherine Williams, just click here to download the pack to guide you through Lent, Holy Week, Easter and Pentecost.

To visit our Facebook page and see all the latest posts, worship videos etc click  here

Follow the Morning Prayer readings for this week:

APCMs  All planned APCMs are currently suspended and the time allowed for holding the meetings has been extended by The Bishop of Gloucester to 31 October 2020. Likewise elections of churchwardens delayed and current wardens stay in position until admitted to office by the Archdeacon (which could be as late as 31 January 2021).