Sunday 19th April

As a community separated by a virus but drawn together by faith, we worship today: Many of us are praying at 10am every Sunday We are joining with worship from all over the country watching BBC1 at 10:15am for Sunday Worship, or 1:15pm for Songs of Praise Revd Graeme Holdsworth takes Holy Communion on behalf of everyone in our parishes[…]

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Candles and stones

Northumbria Retreat

It is lovely for our church website to have many voices, representing the many people who worship together from Marsden and Slaithwaite with East Scammonden. Today we have some art and a reflection from Ali Baxter. This was written during Lent on a retreat at Nether Springs, the home of the Northumbria Community. Ali has offered her own artwork, and[…]

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John 20:19-end

The Bible reading for Sunday 19th April, the Second Sunday of Easter When it was evening on that day, the first day of the week, and the doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you.” After he said this, he[…]

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Easter Sunday Service

We are celebrating Easter Sunday at home this year with a service from Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby’s kitchen. Readings will be led by Bishop of Dover, the Rt Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin, and Caroline Welby. Theodore Levings, a 10-year-old member of All Saints church in Canterbury, will lead prayers. The Service will start at 9am on Easter Sunday Intercessions for[…]

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Easter Eve

Easter Eve: between the crucifixion and the resurrection. There is a tradition that Jesus, ‘descended to the dead’ and liberates those trapped in hell. I found a lovely cartoon of Jesus walking down a spiral staircase, it is dark at the bottom and light further up the stairs, but Jesus is walking down with a paintbrush in hand, painting ‘way[…]

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Garden of Gethsemane by John Reilly

Good Friday

Reflections on the Cross they took Jesus; and carrying the cross by himself, he went out to what is called The Place of the Skull, which in Hebrew is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, with Jesus between them John 19:17-18 Surely he took up our painand bore our suffering,yet we[…]

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Jesus washing feet

Maundy Thursday reflection

We may be restricted in our Maundy Thursday service… a reflection from Bishop Nick Now before the festival of the Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart from this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. The devil had already put it into[…]

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Icon of Jesus

Wednesday of Holy Week: Night Prayer

The last of three audio recordings in which I’ve been following the prayers of the Church of England. Monday was Morning Prayer, Tuesday was Prayer during the day, and today I offer ‘Compline’ (Night Prayer). All these prayers are accessible on the Church of England website, or even better; via the iOS and Andriod app link here

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