Services for Holy Week and Easter from 28 March 2021

Here are our services for this week.

Palm Sunday

Readings can be found here: Almanac for Common Worship (oremus.org)

9am – Informal All Age Mass. To Come in person please book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/117384053865 or use the booking buttons on the website

10am – Live Stream Link: https://youtu.be/6cL2mCCAOb4

To Come in person please book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/118742813953 or use the booking buttons on the website

5pm – Service of Healing and Wholeness live stream only. https://youtu.be/w9_sEWTattI

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday

7.30pm – Said Mass each evening. No need to book

Maundy Thursday

7.30pm – Live Stream Link: https://youtu.be/J-V7VVRm0Ag

Come in person – No booking required

Good Friday

1pm – Stations of the Cross. Live Stream Link: https://youtu.be/dAr7aTkXZMU

Come in person and watch the video in church – No booking required

2pm – Final Hour. Live Stream Link: https://youtu.be/2qxISP754pM

Come in person – No booking required

Easter Day

Readings can be found here: Almanac for Common Worship (oremus.org)

8am – Said Mass – No Booking Required

9am – Informal All Age Mass – Please book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/117384053865 or use the booking buttons on the website

10am – Live Stream Link: https://youtu.be/cNaJZPFo1sw

To come in person please book here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/118742813953 or use the booking buttons on the website

You can see upcoming and past live streams on either of these links

YouTube link to videoa

Make your own Palm Cross

Whether you will be on the live stream or in church for Palm Sunday, if you want a palm cross you will need to make one! Last year we followed a diagram which wasn’t entirely successful for all. This year, we have a video to follow. We’re looking forward to seeing your creations. The video link is: https://www.stjohnsshirley.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Make-your-own-Palm-Cross-out-of-paper.mp4

Now you can support us through Amazon

Hello, as you all know we are desperately short of funds so we have now found a way you can support us through Amazon. The really good news is this is at NO cost to you. You can shop for the same Amazon items at the same prices as the normal Amazon website except you shop through https://smile.amazon.co.uk, every time you shop this way St Johns will get a .5% donation direct from Amazon.

If, like me, you use the amazon mobile app you can still continue to use that and still support us. The instructions are here Amazon.co.uk: AmazonSmile Mobile App Instructions

St John’s Lockdown Choir

The past year has been difficult for all choirs and musicians and as much as our choir miss singing together in church, technology has enabled us to explore different ways of continuing to make music and support our worship here at St John’s. We all know music is good for our wellbeing so, as well as producing our normal recordings of sacred music for our services, we have engaged in a new project, a collaboration with Essex based Harmonie Concert Band whose Musical Director Roy is an old friend of choir member Janet.

Here’s our recording of ‘Over the Rainbow’ which we would like to dedicate as a thank you to all our front line workers who are helping us through this pandemic. Our second collaboration with the band will be part of our Easter Day Service which will be live streamed. We are very grateful to the all the band and choir members and particularly to David Adlington who produced and edited this, for giving so much of their time to make this collaboration possible.

Fling wide the gates!

From 28th March (Palm Sunday) we will be open again for public worship on Sundays at 8am, 9am and 10am.

Numbers will still be restricted, so please book using the links below. You can book Sundays in advance.

8am no booking required

9am https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/117384053865

10am https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/118742813953

Sponsor an Easter ‘Flower of Hope’

Our Creativity Group are busy making Flowers of Hope to decorate outside our church for Easter. If you would like to sponsor a flower, you can click here to make a donation via our website quoting Flower of Hope. We are also looking for volunteers to help make them, you don’t have to be an expert! We have created well over 100 so far and as you can see, they can be as simple as a felt daisy so it is ideal for our young people to do as well as adults. If you would like to make some flowers, please complete the form below and we will be in contact with you.

As we transition from winter to spring, flowers are a sign of Hope and for Christians the Easter Story is a sign of Hope; the death of Jesus was a dark and grief-filled moment, but it wasn’t the end of the story. We celebrate his resurrection and remember that Hope triumphs. Amidst all the fears, challenges and heartache for so many in the last year, there have been glimpses of real Hope – resurgence of neighbourliness, the discovery of new or renewed hobbies, the recognition of the true value of family and friends. We Hope you might like to sponsor and dedicate a Flower of Hope to someone, help make some flowers or share your story of Hope with us.

Here’s some more photos of some of the flowers we have made so far.

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