Palm Sunday News

Dear Church Family

We are thinking of you all and do hope you are fit and well, and being able to enjoy the sunshine this weekend, even if you can't travel far.   I don't know about you, but week one of self-isolation was easier for us than week two. I really could do with a good walk now, but when we do get out, if we manage to get out, the roads and pathways are so strangely quiet and empty.  But, I suspect you, like me, enjoy calling out to a friend passing on the other side of the road valuing the opportunity to meet and greet each other.

The news this week seems so full of sadness and anxiety and this truly is a challenging time for everyone, but particularly for those who are sick, in hospital, struggling for life, recently bereaved, or on the front line of our care giving services.  There are so many brave people tending to so many different needs, in so many different places: hospitals, ambulances, GP surgeries, foodbanks, schools, prisons, shops etc and it seems such a small contribution for us to make to stay at home.. but this can also be very difficult for some.  Our prayers are important.

We have attached a suggested service to read through tomorrow with your family or to read alone. 

If you prefer to 'attend' a service then please see below a few possible links:  

A link to the Church of England Service tomorrow which will be screened on the Church of England Facebook page lead by the Bishop of Manchester   https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/stories-and-features/how-church-england-adapting-plans-holy-week-and-easter-meet

How is the Church of England adapting plans for Holy Week and into Easter to meet the challenges of coronavirus? | The Church of England

Daily and weekly services. Building on the Archbishop of Canterbury and Archbishop of York’s weekly broadcasts which have engaged a large audience, the Palm Sunday broadcast will be recorded by the Bishop of Manchester, David Walker, and the Archdeacon of Manchester, Ven Karen Lund, with Lucy Hargraves from St Peter’s Church in Bolton leading prayers, all from their own homes.

www.churchofengland.org

 

 A link to a lovely 20 minute Palm Sunday service from a church in Medstead.  https://soundcloud.com/user-838041142

Obviously there will also be services on BBC TV and on Radio 4 tomorrow.

We have prepared a video to share with you and we will attach a link as soon as it is available.  We hope to soon have a link to add to the church websites and perhaps to also load onto the new Church Facebook sites which we have been working hard to create this week. 

 

The links to the church facebook sites are:

St George of England Church Toddington

All Saints Church Chalgrave

St Mary's Harlington

St Nicholas Church Tingrith

St Mary Magdalene Westoning

 

Do please link with us if you need a chat, a prayer of any support in any way.. or just to say hello! We are always happy to hear from you.  We will link again soon to let you know arrangements for Holy Week and Easter Sunday.

 

With every good wish, love and prayers.

Please stay safe.

God bless

Linda and Nigel