Easter is such a significant celebration in the Christian Church. It will soon be upon us and is well worth making a note in your diary.
The fact that Easter 2020 and 2021 took place under lockdown means that being able to worship together, physically, during Holy Week 2022 should be very special to us indeed.
May I extend an invitation to join with us here at Emmanuel as we journey through Holy Week: from the: Praise of Palm Sunday; Poignancy of Maundy Thursday; Sorrow of Good Friday; the Fun of Messy Church on Holy Saturday; and the Joy of Celebration on Easter Sunday.
We have a wide variety of events taking place – something to suit family members of all ages. Please scroll below to find out more.
May God’s richest blessing be upon you as you prepare to celebrate all that Easter brings.
HOLY WEEK PRAYERS Sue Oakley and Stephen Dray put together some resources for daily prayer, reading and reflection beginning at Passiontide (beginning the Sunday before Palm Sunday) and during Holy Week. Whilst these were provided for use during lockdown, they are still relevant for use this year. You can download these here Passiontide-Daily-Prayer
PALM SUNDAY This is an opportunity to remember Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem and his journey towards the cross.
PALM CROSSES Will be distributed on Palm Sunday. Please pick one up for yourselves and/or your family, neighbours and friends. Be sure to pick up a leaflet to pass on to them too.
EASTER GARDENS Last year we encouraged people to turn their gardens into an Easter garden, as simple or as complex as you are inspired to do. This proved to be a very popular event with many people posting their gardens on the WhatsApp Group and Social Media. Examples included putting up three bamboo cane crosses in the front garden, adding red ribbons at 3 pm on Good Friday, a lighted candle for the Easter vigil and balloons on Easter morning. This is a great way to spread the Easter message and some cheer for all those out walking over the Easter weekend.
MAUNDY THURSDAY I’m hoping many of you will continue the tradition of following the Liturgy for the Maundy Thursday Agape Meals, whether on your own, as a Family or You can download a service sheet here Maundy Thursday 2022
AGAPE MEAL If you are unable to join with us, this is an Agape Meal authorised for use in your homes by the Bishop of Chelmsford. An Agape Meal
GOOD FRIDAY: MEDITATION There will be a service of meditation for personal reflection at Emmanuel at 10.00 am with the theme Were You There?
GOOD FRIDAY: PILGRIMAGE Will take place from 11.00 am starting at Emmanuel taking in the Community Garden and Sun Corner along the way finishing back at Emmanuel where refreshments will be served (Hot Cross Buns!).
A MEDITATIVE REFLECTION FOR GOOD FRIDAY This is a Meditative Service for personal reflection for Good Friday. It was out together for use during lockdown but it should still be of some help this year.
GOOD FRIDAY: UNITED IN PRAYER Christians are encouraged to come out of their homes at 3.00 pm on Good Friday as an expression of faith and identification with Christ on the Cross when He cried out “IT IS FINISHED!”. In unity, we will pray the Lord’s prayer and declare “It is Finished”
WINTERSHALL PLAYERS One hundred Wintershall players bring their electric and moving portrayal of the final days of Jesus to Trafalgar Square on Good Friday. The 90-minute production is completely free of charge. There is a performance at 12 noon and 3:15 pm. The production is open air with visibility maximised using large screens. There is a realistic interpretation of the crucifixion so parental guidance is advised. For those of you who cannot make it to see these free performances they will be livestreaming them on Facebook Live as before.
THE HORNCHURCH PASSION PLAY The great news is that the Hornchurch Passion Play 2020 will go ahead in 2022! This takes place on the green beside the Queens Theatre and Sainsbury’s Supermarket. Performances take place on 15th, 16th and 17th April 2022 at 7.30 pm
EASTER MESSY CHURCH takes place on Saturday 16 April from 3.00 – 5.00 pm. We’ll have the usual Messy Church craft, we’ll sing some songs, watch a video, think about the Easter story and join in an Easter Egg Hunt in the Rectory (and Community) Garden and finish with Afternoon Tea in the hall. Sounds fantastic doesn’t it? And it is. Do be sure to invite family and friends to join you. Please book in here https://prayin.io/czc-wpg-miz so we know how many craft activities to organise and how many to cater for.
EASTER SUNDAY After the Praise of Palm Sunday; Poignancy of Maundy Thursday; Sorrow of Good Friday; the Fun of Messy Church on Holy Saturday; we have the opportunity to celebrate Jesus’ rising from the dead. Always a Sunday NOT to be missed.
The resurrection of Jesus from the dead is the cornerstone of Christianity. It explains the existence of the church; it establishes why we are here and explains why on Easter Sunday, we will celebrate with 2.2 billion people around the world.