Join us this Holy Week and Easter

It is the most significant week in the church’s year – the week when we remember the last week of Jesus’ life and the path that led to the cross – and beyond it to the joy of the resurrection on Easter Day.

There are all sorts of things going on this week both online and in person, so this page aims to bring them together in one place to help you quickly find what works for you!

Holy Week Reflections on You Tube – a series of reflections to help you reflect on part of the Holy Week story from Mark’s Gospel each day, or listen to them all together. Prepared by John for Holy Week last year, you can find them on our YouTube channel in the Holy Week Reflections Playlist here.

The Way of the Cross – Royal School of Church Music – four short (20 minute) services of liturgy, readings and traditional choral pieces put together by a virtual choir from around the world, who have never met but learnt the pieces and recorded them individually at home and have been edited together by the RSCM. (If you look hard, you might spot a familiar face!) There is a booklet for the services including the words of the liturgy, music and readings on the RSCM website here and the services will be broadcast on their YouTube channel on Tuesday (Jesus’ agony, betrayal and denial), Wednesday (Jesus’ trial and crucifixion), Good Friday (Jesus’ death and burial) and Easter Sunday (Jesus’ resurrection. You can watch them here when they go live at 6.30pm on those days or catch up later at any time after the first broadcast.

Easter Egg Hunt Trail – Following on from the popularity of our nativity trail at Christmas, dotted on lampposts around local streets this week and next are a trail of Easter Story eggs! Start at the vicarage gate – 2 Glenhurst Road, BD18 4DZ – and follow the clues on the egg posters attached to lamposts which will take you on a trail through the parish – and the Easter Story, ending at St Peter’s. The trail takes about 20-30 minutes to complete.

Morning and Evening Prayer will take place as usual this week. However, please note on Thursday there will be a service of morning prayer on Facebook Live at 9am, rather than the usual evening prayer, as there is an evening service taking place for Maundy Thursday.

Take Time Meditation for Holy Week – Helen Scott will once again be leading a meditation on Wednesday evening during Holy Week at 8.30pm via Zoom, helping us to follow Jesus’ jorney throug Holy Week. Those who have taken part in these short, 20-minute sessions have found them very helpful – do join if you can. The final medtation fo the series wll take place at 8am on Sunday morning. Start the day with Helen on Zoom and take part in the final meditation on Jesus’ resurrection.  

This will be followed by an Easter Breakfast at 8.30am – stay on to chat over your Easter breakfast (just half an hour, finishing at 9am in plenty of time to get to church for the services!  Feel free to join either at 8am for the meditation, or 8.30am for breakfast and chat, or do both!  Please note there will be separate Zoom Coffee time this week.  Click here to join the Zoom meeting for both events or go into Zoom and enter the meeting ID: 850 8652 1390

Maundy Thursday – we will be gathering together with Christians from the other two Anglican churches in Shipley – St Paul’s and Christ Church WIndhill – for a joint reflective service taking place via Zoom at 7.30pm. The service will include, prayers, readings and songs, as we step into Holy Week with Jesus. As we hear the gospel readings, you are invited to bring a few things with you: you might like to bring a bowl of water to use as a reminder of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet, and something to eat and drink, such as bread and wine, as we remember how Jesus shared bread and wine. It is hoped that this service will help us prepare for the events of Good Friday that follow. To join the service on Zoom, click on this link at 7.30pm on Thursday and, if requested, enter the meeting ID 816 3357 2450  and passcode: 059360.

National Church Services – The Church of England will be broadcasting services on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday at 9am on its Youtube channel – you can click here to watch these. On Easter Day, there will be a service at 9am at the same link but you can also access the naitonal Easter Day Service on various BBC channels – local radio at 8am, Radio 4 at 8:10am and BBC 1 at 10am.

Good Friday – we will be holding two half hour at the foot fo the cross services on Good Friday – these services will take place live in church at 2pm and again at 2.30pm – the two services will be identical. There will be no Shipley Christians Together joint activity taking place on Good Friday this year and no evening service. However, if you find it helpful, you may wish to watch the Stations of the Cross service, which we recorded for Good Friday last year. You can find this here on our YouTube channel.

Easter Sunday – we are so looking forward to being able to worship together in person in church on Easter Sunday morning! We will again be holding two services which will be the same in order to have maximum capacity – starting at 9.30am and again at 11am there will be all-age services which will include Holy Communion (please note: bread only.) You wll be able to watch a recording of the 11am service on our youTube channel here.

Please remember that all the previous restrictions remain in place for attending church in person – visit our page here if you need a reminder of what these are.

Easter Family Party – 4pm on Easter Day – join Mein Hosts Rachel and Martin on our YouTube channel here for an Easter Day kitchen party – games, challenges, dancing and more! Get your party food together and come join the fun!

Joint Easter Celebration Shipley Christians Together – a celebration service with contributions from all the churches in Shipley, put together by St Peter’s and available on the SCT YouTube channel here or on the St Peter’s YouTube channel here from 6.30pm on Sunday. Share the joy of the resurrection and celebrate with Christians from across Shipley!