Here is the twenty-third of the Church Wardens’ messages to the Parish:
These are the arrangements for Holy Week that starts on Sunday with an online Palm Sunday Eucharist. As we are preparing to re-open the church and celebrate Easter online as well as in our opened churches, the arrangements may seem complicated but “needs must”. Just to remind you, Gloria asked that donations towards the Easter flowers can be made by cheque (payable to St Wilfrid’s PCC) and posted into the Church Office by the Rectory. As we are sure you will be aware, social distancing, masks and registers etc will be necessary in the churches.
Saturday 27th March
The St Wilfrid’s Porch will be open from 10.00am until 4.00pm for those who will be joining our online Palm Sunday congregation to collect an “unblessed” palm which will then be blessed during the service. For those who would prefer it, a number of “blessed” palms will then be available for collection in the churches when they are opened.
REMEMBER THE CLOCK GOES FORWARD OVERNIGHT!
Sunday 28th March Palm Sunday Eucharist (ZOOM and Facebook) – Fr Mike presides at an online service (ZOOM and Facebook) at 10.00am and he will bless palms as part of the service.
Monday 29th March 9.30am Eucharist – (ZOOM) Fr John
Tuesday 30th March 9.30am Eucharist – (ZOOM) – Fr Mike
Wednesday 31st March 9.30am Eucharist – (ZOOM) – Fr John
There will be no usual coffee gathering after this service as it will be followed by a very special Ecumenical Stations of the Cross that will include most of the churches in Haywards Heath. The usual ZOOM link will open at 10.15am and this special event will start at 10.30am but we will keep the link open for a while after the service to give an opportunity for everyone to meet and socialise online.
1st April Holy Thursday Eucharist 8.00pm (ZOOM)
Fr Mike presides and leads an (imaginative) service streamed from home
Following the service, the Reserved Sacrament will be left visible in a ciborium on the ZOOM link for a period of reflection and prayer.
2nd April Good Friday Service 2.00pm – Fr John presides at this very solemn occasion
4th April EASTER DAY EUCHARIST and re-opening of churches
St Wilfrid’s 9.00am (Facebook streaming only)
We will all gather (safely) outside the West door of St Wilfrid’s Church. The Easter fire will be kindled and the Pascal Candle carried into church ahead of a congregational procession, but some of you may, of course, take your (distanced) seats earlier if you so wish. The Easter Liturgy will follow.
The Easter Eucharist at the Presentation Church will be led by Father David at 10.30am.
Sunday 11th April Eucharist (Fr Stephen Terry Presides)
9.00am St Wilfrid’s (Facebook streaming only); 10.30am Presentation Church
Here is the usual ZOOM link that you can click on when we hope you can join us online:
Meeting ID: 308 355 9074 Passcode: Keepsafe
We also mirror (live) the Sunday Eucharist on our parish Facebook videos page where you can also view some previous services and other events such as our recent videoed school assemblies. The permanent link for this is:
A reminder that you are very welcome to join St Richard’s ZOOM Lenten Stations of the Cross (Friday at 6.00pm)
Meeting ID: 822 5631 1387 Passcode: 480256
FINALLY, we would like, again, to let people know that work will hopefully start soon on some very necessary repairs to our wonderful church tower at St Wilfrid’s. An application to carry out the repairs has been lodged with the Diocese and we expect the Archdeacon to issue a Letter of Authority to commence work shortly. Details of the very necessary financial appeal will be circulated after Easter.
The Wardens can always be contacted via email email@example.com for matters such as wedding and baptism enquiry dates etc. Although the church is not open for these activities at present, they are recorded in the Church Diary so that we do not forget them.
So, hoping that we will see many of you in our churches on Easter Day, and also on screen during our streamed Holy Week programme of services.
God Bless and Keep Safe – Arthur and Derek