EASTER will be celebrated everywhere next weekend.
Here, we round-up just a few of the special events you can look forward to as we celebrate Christ’s Resurrection
All Saints in Binfield will mark Easter with a series of services, starting with an evening communion service at 8pm on Maundy Thursday.
On Good Friday, the church will host an all-age service at 10.30am, with a meditation at 2pm.
Its Easter Sunday service will start at 10am.
St Mary’s Church in Beenham is hosting a special service at 2pm on Good Friday. Called The Last Hour, the benefice service will focus on Christ’s sacrifice on the Cross.
Kerith Community Church will screen the film Prince Caspian (PG) at 1pm on Good Friday.
Later in the day it will hold a meeting entitled The Cost of the Cross at 7pm.
It will hold three celebrations on Easter Sunday, at 9am, 11am and 7pm.
For the Churches Together in Caversham event, see the box on page 5.
St Andrew’s in Albert Road will mark the end of Holy Week with a First Eucharist of Easter, which will be held on Saturday, April 8 from 9pm.
On Maundy Thursday, Crowthorne Methodist Church will host A Service of Bread, a reflective service with a simple meal and Holy Communion from 7.30pm.
Brookside Church in Earley is planning a holiday club for children on Wednesday, April 4 and Thursday, April 5.
On Good Friday, the church will host a unique indoor/outdoor Good Friday reflection for the whole church family, incorporating a treasure hunt in and around the church and Maiden Erlegh nature reserve.
On Easter Sunday, it is planned to hold a celebration service with a baptism. It will start at 10.30am.
St James’ and St Mary & St John’s in the Finchampstead and California parish is planning a series of special events.
On Maundy Thursday, St James’ will host a bring and share supper in the church centre from 7pm, followed by Holy Communion at 9pm and a vigil from 10pm to 11pm.
St Mary & St John’s Church host a supper at 7.30pm, with a service at 8.30pm.
On Good Friday, a 9.30am Family Service will be followed by hot cross buns at St James’, while Gorse Ride Junior School willl host a service at 11am.
A 3pm Meditation at the Cross service will be held
at St James’.
A 6am Dawn Service, with breakfast, is how Easter Sunday starts at St James. Services follow at 8am, 9.30am and 11am.
On Easter Sunday, churches in Reading will gather for a joint service starting at 8am.
Held in Forbury Gardens,
the service has been organised by Churches Together In Reading. If wet, it will be held
in nearby Abbey Baptist Church, just in the shadow of The Blade.
Music will be provided by the Reading Central Salvation Army band and Michael Penny, chair of Churches Together Reading will lead the service.
v There are a series of special services planned for Holy Week at All Saints Church, Downshire Square, Reading and St Mark’s, Cranbury Road, Reading.
On Monday, April 2, at 7.30pm, a mass will be held at St Mark’s. On Tuesday, a Mass of Penitence will be held at All Saints from 7.30pm. St Mark’s is the venue for a Passover Meal mass on Wednesday at 7.30pm.
All Saints hosts a Maunday Thursday Mass at 8pm, and
a children’s service at 10am on Good Friday. In the afternoon,
St Mark’s will host a liturgy of the Passion from 2pm.
On Saturday, April 7, All Saints will hold an Easter vigil at 8.30pm, followed by a party.
On Easter Sunday, St Mark’s has a mass at 9.15am, while there are masses at 8am and 10.30am at All Saints.
ON GOOD FRIDAY, churches in Tilehurst will take part in a walk of witness that ends at Tilehurst Triangle.
Each church will start from their own building, making their way to the Triangle for noon.
The Revd Dennis Smith, minister of St Mary Magalden in Tilehurst will speak at the service.
A sunrise Easter Day communion service, starting at 6am, will be held by Tilehurst Methodist on the top of
Streatley Hill, whatever the weather.
All are welcome to this special early morning service.
Three Mile Cross
The Revd David Pawson will speak at South of Reading Christian Fellowship over the course of the weekend, unwrapping Seven Wonders of His Story, a series focusing on Jesus.
All sessions will take place at the church in Three Mile Cross.
On Thursday, April 5, from 7.30pm, he will focus on Christ’s conception and birth.
The Crucifixion is the subject of two sessions on Good Friday at 10.30am and 6.30pm.
On Saturday, April 7, he will speak about burial at 10.30am.
Easter Sunday sees the preacher lead two sessions: Resurrection is the theme at a 10.30am session and Ascension will be the topic of at 6.30pm.
The final talk takes place on Easter Monday at 7.30pm and is on Christ’s Return and Judgment.
For more details, call the church on (0118) 988 4508 or log on to www.sorcf.co.uk.
Churches in Wokingham will open a special Easter shop in Peach Street during Holy Week.
The shop will be open until Good Friday and will display Easter artwork by children from Wokingham schools, be a conduit for information about local community projects and offer craft activites for under fives.
On Good Friday itself, there will be an open-air Passion play performed in Market Place, organised by the Stage Fright theatre company. For more details, see pages 16-17.
Elsewhere, All Saints Church in Wokingham is hosting daily services at 9am and 5pm during Holy Week. It will also hold a sung eucharist at 7.45pm on Maundy Thursday.
On Good Friday, it will hold services at 9.30am (solemn liturgy), 11am (family services) and 8pm (night prayer).
A dawn service, starting at 6am, will start the church’s Easter Day celebrations, with Holy Communion at 8am and 9.30am (all-age) and 11.15am.
Breakfast will be served from 7.15am, while a choral evensong will be held at 6.30pm.
THE shopping precinct will be the venue for a Good Friday act of worship. Starting at 11.30am, the Revd Graham Doel will speak.
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