This week in the western Christian calendar is Holy Week, when we particularly remember the journey Jesus took which led to his execution. After that we celebrate Easter, a festival which recalls the transforming new life which followed.
There is a transformation going on in the building this Easter here at Central, with the start of work on the Basement Central project downstairs. But we are also remembering our Christian stories of transformation, of that journey which Jesus took, of his public humiliation and execution – and the transformation of human life which followed. Our gathering together over the next few days will be focused on the following services:
Maundy Thursday (28th March) at 7.30pm: a contemplative service with Bible readings recalling Jesus’s last days and a symbolic putting out of candles. This service will be held in the halls rather than the main chapel – you can get in via the side door to the right of the main entrance. We will be particularly welcoming friends from St Columba’s URC at this service but (of course) anyone is welcome to come and hear the stories and reflect on what they might mean to us all today. The service will be led by Revd Graham Carter.
Good Friday (29th March) at 7.30pm: we will be joining in the united service of witness at York Minster.
Easter Day (31st March): three services to celebrate the good news of new life offered to us by God through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. There’ll be an early service at 8.30 am (led by Paul Carter), followed by breakfast together. Our normal Sunday morning service at 10.30 will be an Easter communion led by our own minister, Revd Chris Humble. There will also be an evening service at 6.30, led by Ralph Frankland. Remember that the clocks will have gone forward during the night before Easter Day!
As always, anyone is welcome to come and join us to worship, to hear the old stories and listen for good news for today, or just to see what we’re about.