Prayer resources for use at home and elsewhere:
A form of Ante-Communion: This form of service is designed for personal use when unable to attend a service of Holy Communion.
The service of Evensong held at St John's on 8th July, our first service back in church, is now available on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlmEgLzlRos
A simple service of Morning Prayer for use from Easter to Pentecost (Whitsunday) is now available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=marZmGuZFqU There are moments within the service where folk may wish to pause to read a psalm or scripture reading or for prayer - it's an idea to have a Bible or copies of daily or weekly readings to hand.
Prayers for use when unable to attend a funeral.
Our Easter Service is available at https://youtu.be/Lw--e1t-5Ow
For Holy Week
Ideas for Palm Sunday:
Make your own ‘palm’ cross out of paper or card.
Make your own card or banner with a colourful ‘Hosanna !’ written on it.
Perhaps display the palm cross, ‘Hosanna’ banner, or a piece of greenery in your window.
Note: In an Oxfordshire village they always used to grab branches of ‘Pussy Willow’ from the hedgerows to wave as the congregation processed from the village green to the church – If you have a garden then any bit of greenery would do to represent your palm branch.
Draw or paint something of the scene described in the Gospel for Palm Sunday: Matthew 21.1-11:
Watch the nationally available Palm Sunday Eucharist with the Bishop of Manchester that will be released on the Church of England’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/thechurchofengland/
Click here for an A3 pdf file with higher resolution image of the virtual welldressing
view a 90 second browse through some of the floral displays that form our virtual welldressing online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHRkTaXp_RI
How to make a Palm Cross:
You could use paper or ribbon rather than a palm leaf...
A short video to commemorate Thomas Ken is available on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8DYIRi-r_CA
Our Patronal Festival
Our parish church was founded by St Aldhelm and dedicated to St John the Baptist. There are a couple of feast days for St John the Baptist - his birth is remembered on 24th June, his death is remembered on 29 August. We keep our Patronal Festival on the Sunday nearest to the 24th June and would normally serve strawberries and cream with refreshments after the service. This year we offer you the order of service that can be found here that you may like use.