Holy Week

Throughout Holy Week we have been sharing a series of readings and reflections each day on our social media. You can also find some reflections from the Roots family sheet for Holy Week here.

 

Our Playmobil Bible readings are also back. We’ll be sharing a video each day on our Facebook page from Palm Sunday through to Easter Sunday (with two videos being shared on Good Friday) as we share our Playmobil version of the Easter story. You can find our previous Playmobil readings on our YouTube channel here.

 

A Playmobil scene showing Jesus washing his disciples' feet

 

Palm Sunday

Our Palm Sunday service was led by URC lay preacher Marion McNeill and you can view it here.

 

Maundy Thursday

For our Maundy Thursday service, we shared a simple supper over Zoom while reflecting on the events of the Last Supper. You can view this service here.

 

Good Friday

On Good Friday, we shared a virtual walk of witness on Twitter from 11am. You can find our Twitter feed here and the full text here.

 

Easter Sunday

Our Easter morning service was a communion service led by retired URC minister, Rev’d Elizabeth Welch, streamed on Facebook at 11am on Sunday 4th April. If you missed it, you can watch it here.

 

 

Other Lent/Easter activities

Community Easter project

For our Easter window we are planning an Easter display and would love your help. We have got an Easter tree and would like to decorate it with suitable items that you have made. Think Christmas decorations, but for Easter. We are looking for decorations of crosses, eggs, chicks, bunnies etc.  They should be no bigger than 2″ by 3″ (5cm by 7.5cm approx.) We will add the hanging loop. They can be knitted, sewn, crochet, felt, craft foam, paper etc.

 

 

White flower cross of remembrance

We will be creating a white flower cross of remembrance as a prayer focus for our prayer meeting during Holy Week. We are inviting people to write the name of someone who has died on a white paper flower to go on our cross of remembrance. We will then name these people during our prayer meeting on Wednesday 31 March and hold their families in our prayers. If the person you would like us to remember has died due to Covid, please put this on the flower template as we would like to include these separately.

 

A cross covered with white flowers

 

If you have someone you would like to remember as part of this, you can use one of the flower templates here. Please write the name of the person on the back of the flower and send to Louise. Alternatively you can contact Louise (publicity@christchurchuxbridge.org.uk) with the name you would like included and she will add this to one of the flowers on your behalf. The flowers need to be received by Saturday 27th March to be included on the cross.

 

 

Little acts of kindness for Lent

If you’d like to take part in a little acts of kindness challenge for Lent, you can find a sheet here with 40 small acts of kindness, each with a Bible verse and a prayer point. Hopefully each act should be possible to do in even if we remain in lockdown throughout Lent. You can do them in order or choose which act you’d like to do each day. We will be sharing one act each day on our Facebook page throughout Lent.

 

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted" - quote of ancient Greek story teller Aesop written on chalkboard with red heart instead of O

 

 

Woven – Lent Bible study

In our Bible exploration group during Lent, we will be following the London District of the Methodist Church’s Lent study course – Woven. Our Lent course will start on Tuesday 23 February and all are welcome to join us. We meet on Tuesday evenings via Zoom, please email the church office if you need the meeting details. You can find more information about the Lent study course and download a copy of the booklet for this course at https://www.methodistlondon.org.uk/lentcourse2021