Lent, Holy Week and Easter 2021
This is where we will post all the details of our services and activities for Lent, Holy Week and Easter.
It will be updated regularly, so please keep checking back.
A short daily reading and reflection for each day until Easter Day can be accessed here. Join us on the journey......
During Lent our Midweek Reflections are being replaced with opportunities to discuss the previous Sunday's sermon, as we think and pray about the future direction of the Church in Shirley Parish after the pandemic.
At the end of each sermon, Paul will pose three questions for us to think and pray over. You can catch up with the sermons here .
The questions from Sunday 28th February are:
In what practical ways can the churches make a difference in the community of Shirley?
What questions should we be asking about the way our world is?
How can the churches (and we as individuals) respond to the climate change issue?
How do we make these things issues the whole church is involved in?
If you would like to join a Zoom discussion group, these will take place on Wednesdays at 7:30pm and Thursday at 2pm. Please click here to join - the room will be open 5 minutes before the start time to allow us chance to assemble, and each session will last around 1 hour.
For those who prefer not to use Zoom, we suggest that you discuss the questions with a friend, and then feedback your thoughts either directly to Paul or via your phone-link contact.
Midweek reflections will resume during Holy Week and continue after Easter as before.
Ash Wednesday, 17th February
Please join us online as we observe the beginning of Lent, the season when our thoughts turn towards the death and resurrection of Jesus. We suggest joining together with the service on YouTube at 7pm - or whenever works for you. The prayers and other words for the service are available here .
"Ash" Wednesday gets its name from the ancient practice of marking the forehead with the sign of the cross as a reminder of our own mortality. This year, there will be an opportunity to mark our own foreheads. As we won't have the usual ashes, made from last year's palm crosses, it's suggested that we use some earth from the garden - or even from a pot plant!