Easter Celebrations 2021

Easter Celebrations at
The Minster and St Matthew's

Sunday 28th March – Palm Sunday

St Matthew’s

10am Service with no children’s or youth groups and livestreamed (booking required)

3.30pm All In at 3.30 (booking required)

6.30pm Service and livestreamed

The Minster

11am Service of Holy Communion recorded and livestreamed

Maundy Thursday 1st April

Agape meal. See below

Good Friday 2nd April

Easter Sunday 4th April

St Matthew’s

10am Easter Communion with no children’s or youth groups and livestreamed FULLY BOOKED

11.30am A repeat Easter Communion (booking required)

3.30pm All In at 3.30 (booking required)

6.30pm Easter Service and livestreamed

Easter Sunday Sunday Club Online

The Minster

11am Easter Communion recorded and livestreamed

Maundy Thursday – Agape Meal

To mark Maundy Thursday this year we suggest you have an Agape Meal. Agape means love so an Agape Meal can be called The Love Feast. It is a meal where Christians recall the meals Jesus shared with disciples during his ministry.

Although its origins in the early church are closely interconnected with the origins of Communion, the two services became quite distinct and should not be confused with each other.

If you are a part of a Small Group you could share this within your group either on zoom or in groups of six meeting somewhere outside. If you are not part of a Small Group and would like to share in this Clare will hold one through the zoom coffee link at 7.30pm on Thursday 1st April. Below is the suggested words for an Agape meal

Prayers you may like to use before you eat bread  and drink wine as Jesus asked us to do.  
Jesus invites you to be a part of the people of God.
Come humbly,
not because you have earned a place here,
but because you need mercy and help.
Come because you love God, and want to love God more.
Come because Jesus first loved us, and gave himself for us.
Come because you want to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
Come because you want to experience the mystery of God’s grace.

On the night he was handed over, Jesus had a meal with his friends. He took a loaf of bread and after giving thanks to God, he broke it and gave it to his disciples. He said, “Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you.

Do this in remembrance of me.”

After supper Jesus took the cup of wine; and after giving thanks, gave it to them and said, “Drink this, all of you; this is my blood of the new covenant which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.
Whenever you drink it, remember me.”

Pray:   God our Creator, thank you for the gift of your son Jesus Christ, whose love pursues us our whole life long.
Thank you, Jesus, for giving your life to us in word and deed, even unto death, even death on a cross. Come Holy Spirit, feed us with your love that we may be filled with power to love God with all our hearts and souls and minds.  Amen.

Eat a little bread and drink a little wine

A prayer to say thank you
We have come to the Lord’s table, we have eaten the bread of heaven. God is the one who will transform us so that we can see with Jesus’ eyes, hear with Jesus’ ears, speak with Jesus’ mouth; so that we can be the body of Christ in the world, proclaiming the good news of God’s reign.
Come Lord Jesus! Amen.