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Join us for a special service and refreshments in honour of Peter Grant. The worship takes the form of a Sung Requiem Eucharist. Some family members and close friends of Peter will definitely be joining us as well as his regular fellow worshippers at St Michael's. We hope as many people as possible who knew Peter will be able to come along
Our hiighly successful mix of stalls, food and attractions returns this year with even more on offer to see, do and spend time or money on. Raffle, craft stalls and the Scout run BBQ all return. More live entertainment, Fair Trade stall and more besides to be enjoyed. Check it out and do your shopping for Mothering Sunday on 11th March - lots of gift ideas. Entry is free.
Our 10 am service today is using the readings set for Lent rather than Mothering Sunday and will not be our customary All Age event on this occasion. We will hand out flowers at the end of the service though.
Hot drinks and fresh home made cakes, biscuits etc are available today and tomorrow in St Michael's Room at the main entrance into church this afternoon. The money raised is split between heating the church and lcoal charities. Everyone is welcome - you don't have to dance or be bringing anyone to a dance class!
If you liked yesterday you can come again this afternoon. If you missed yesterday here's another opportnity. Hot drinks and fresh homemade cakes or biscuits to buy up and enjoy. Everyone is welcome.
The elected members of the Parish Church Council are holding their monthly meeting in church this evening.
The annual Women's World Day of Prayer which was due to be celebrated on 2nd March was cancelled because of the snow. It will now be held today at 2pm at the United Reformed Church in Marston Road - women around the world take turns to prepare the materials used but this event is open to everyone of any gender to attend. Refreshemtns served afterwards.
This Sunday at 10 am we begin what is called "Passiontide" two weeks in which we focus particularly on the sufferings of Jesus leading us to Easter itself.
A rare feast day in Lent marked by an 8am Communion service. We celebrate Joseph of Nazareth today followed by breakfast together
Today our Keralan friends of the congregation of SS Peter and Paul begin their Holy Week ceremonies with their Palm Sunday Liturgy.
They will continue on Wednesday evening from 4pm and then from 6am on Good Friday before completing their Easter ceremonies on Saturday 31st from 4pm.
Today is marked by special ceremonies. We meet at 10am at the corner shop at the bottom of William Street for our opening Gospel and the beginning of our Palm procession to church (if really wet we begin in the Pastoral Centre Hall).
Once in church we begin a series of 'Stations' - stopping points at which we read in full a dramatised version of the story of the Last Supper, arrest, trial, crucifixion, death and burial of Jesus known as the Passion story. We pray and sing between each station.
The opening service of the Great Three Days (the Triduum) begins at 7.30 pm. We include the ceremony of Foot washing and recall the Last Supper before sharing Holy Communion and then putting some of the reserved Sacrament on our High Altar as a focus for prayer until Midnight. This period of worship continues tomorrow from 1.30pm
All the local churches gather outside the barber shop and Allegro music by the war memorial at noon to share in prayer, song and reflection for Good Friday. St Michael's folks then make their way to church to get ready for the 1.30 pm service.
Our Good Friday observances begin with our Christian neighbours at the noon service and then continue in church for a period of meditation using resources arranged around our building such as Stations of the Cross and the special ancient prayers used on this day. We then venerate the Cross followed by a simple Office for Holy Communion and we then depart in silence. The elaborate ceremonies which began on Thursday evening will be concluded wtih the Dismissal on Easter morning.