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September Church Services

6th SeptemberCafe Lite online & 6.30pm Taize Communion
13th September9.30am Communion
20th September8.30am & 9.30 Communion
27th September9.30am Communion followed by PCC AGM

There are no services at The Good Shepherd this month. There also will not be any MESSY CHURCH or Cafe Lite (apart from online), the regulations are too restrictive and we cannot serve food.

Restrictions and Requirements

  • Masks must be worn (signs up at all 3 churches) except for person conducting the service
  • Hand sanitising on entry and exit (small hand sanitisers in each church)
  • List of those attending with name and contact details for each service, to be kept for 3 weeks
  • Covid 19 designated area in each church with Covid 19 first aid box
  • Social distancing and limit of numbers within buildings, those of same household can sit together
  • Service sheets to be left out for 72 hours after service and church locked
  • Communion: bread only, no kneeling, one way system
  • No sharing of the peace, no singing
  • No refreshments

These restrictions are based on Government, Hampshire County Council, and CofE/diocese instructions.

Proposed Return To Church Services

Our plans reflect the requirements under Government Guidelines currently published, and are outlined as follows:

  • Provision of Hand Sanitizer for use of all those entering the Church
  • Strict observance of Social Distancing
  • No Refreshments
  • No Hymn Singing
  • No Peace

Sunday 16th August All Saints’ Church, Fawley

8.30am Communion (BCP)

9.30am Communion

Sunday 23rd August     Recorded Service

As provided during lockdown


Wednesdays St. Francis’ Church Langley

12th August09.30am      Communion
19th August09.30am      Communion
26th August09.30am      Communion
2nd  September09.30am      Communion

EASTER DAY

Alleluia Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed Alleluia!

We also have a printable version here of this service.

Sing, listen to or think about your favourite Easter hymn or piece of music

Christ yesterday and today, the beginning and the end, Alpha and Omega, all time belongs to him, and all ages; to him be glory and power, through every age and for ever.  Amen.

If you have a candle, light it now (or imagine a candle)

May the light of Christ rising in glory, banish all darkness from our hearts and minds.  Alleluia! Christ is Risen! He is risen indeed Alleluia!

The Easter Gospel: from John 20 v1-18 (or you may like to read Matthew28 v1-10)

Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the tomb….  Mary stood weeping outside the tomb. As she wept, she bent over to look into the tomb; and she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had been lying, one at the head and the other at the feet. They said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping?’ She said to them, ‘They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.’ 

When she had said this, she turned round and saw Jesus standing there, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? For whom are you looking?’ Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’

She turned and said to him in Hebrew, ‘Rabbouni!’ (which means Teacher). Jesus said to her, ‘Do not hold on to me, because I have not yet ascended to the Father. But go to my brothers and say to them, “I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.”’. Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord’.

For reflection:

  • Imagine that scene, very early in the morning, all is quiet, all is still, all is fresh … how does the story touch you? Where does your imagination take you?
  • Think about all the signs of new life around you in nature… spring flowers, blossom, buds and leaves emerging on the trees, birds and animals…
  • Remember all the times when things have turned around for you, when hope returned after a period of sadness or difficulty…

For prayer:

  • For everyone around the world celebrating Easter today
  • For all good news stories where hope has triumphed
  • For all babies born today
  • For our church family separated, but together in heart and mind

The risen Christ came and stood among his disciples and said: “Peace be with you”.  Then were they glad when they saw the Lord.  The peace of the risen Lord be always with you. Alleluia!

Ending Prayer: Risen Lord Jesus, as Mary Magdalene met you in the garden on that first Easter morning, so may we meet you today and every day.  May we be strengthened in faith, know the power of your presence and be ready to share the Good news with others.  Amen.

Musical Suggestions

Jesus Christ is Risen today https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6sj9ljVsfk
Thine be the glory https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbBOOmkMLmI
In Christ Alone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ouGuG97l2RY
Surrexit Christus (Taize) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXKFhiacVbk

EASTER MESSAGE: from the Priest in Charge

It is a strange Easter, for the first time for over 30 years I will not be involved in leading Easter worship, but an experience which persecuted Christians have known throughout the church’s history.  I have access to online music and am free to worship with others albeit electronically.  It makes me thankful for all the times when I have been able to meet with others and worship.  As I saw recently, the churches may be shut but the tomb is empty, the truth of Jesus Christ risen from the dead is not affected by a shut building! 

In the midst of suffering and death we see hope and goodness triumphing, as people go the extra mile to support our vital services, key workers and look out for their neighbours, and nature is recovering from the battering we humans have given it over the years. 

I pray that when this is over, we will remember the lessons we have learnt and live new and more generous and caring lives to the benefit of the universe and each other.  HAPPY EASTER.

Many thanks 

Caroline

The Venerable Caroline Baston
Interim Priest in Charge, parish of Fawley