On Easter Sunday Bishop Peter led his first live-streamed Eucharist, from his home. You can download the liturgy below.
You can get a further taste of how we celebrated Easter across the diocese in this Twitter moment.
⚡️ “Celebrating Easter 2020 across the Diocese of Bath and Wells”https://t.co/J0FwZGy9Jx
— Diocese Bath & Wells (@BathWells) April 14, 2020
This year, we will be celebrating Easter differently – but as we worship and mark Holy Week in our homes, we can take part in initatives online and at home that will connect us with Christians in this country and around the world. There are lots of services and other initiatives planned that you can take part in, whether online or from your window sill!
Services during Holy Week
Find out what the Church of England has planned for Holy Week here.
The Diocese of Bath and Wells will be sharing a video reflection each day in Holy Week, presented by our Bishops, Archdeacons and others. These will begin on Palm Sunday and will culminate in a Facebook live Eucharist with Bishop Peter on Easter Sunday morning. Join Bishop Peter live on Sunday morning at 10am on our Facebook page. You can download the liturgy for the service below.
Wells Cathedral will also be broadcasting services during Holy Week.
Launde Abbey are hosting an online retreat during Holy Week.
On Maunday Tuesday, clergy in the diocese were invited to renew their vows online via Zoom services with the Bishops and archdeacons. More than 200 clergy did so. The order of service for the online renewal can be downloaded below.
There are lots of ideas around to help us mark and share in the journey of Holy Week.
The Missionaries of the Holy Spirit are encouraging people to put a green branch on a window or door on Palm Sunday to show we are all connected. Join in and post a photo online, copying in @bathwells so we can all see your window displays!
On Easter Sunday, Churches Together in Britain and Ireland has launched Sing Resurrection, an initiative which encourages people to sing an Easter hymn from a doorstep or balcony at 10am on Easter Day, as a ‘counter-infection of joy’ on Easter morning. Do let us know if you’ll be joining in – we’d love to see and share your photos and videos.
Andy Gray, our faith sharing enabler, has produced an Easter picture to colour in which we’d love families to do and put in their windows on Easter Day – as another way of sharing our Easter joy and hope with all those in our communities. Go to the bottom of the page to download a black and white picture to print off and colour in.
Have you seen the Go Team’s Bible Chat Mats too? Also designed by Andy, there are three which are designed to use over the Easter period:
A locked church
Ah my dear Lord, the church is locked
but let my heart be open to your presence;
there let us make, you and I,
your Easter garden;
plant it with flowers,
and let the heavy stone be rolled away.
(Canon Alan Amos, PTO Europe and Salisbury)
Holy Week Reflections
Each day throughout Holy Week we will post a reflection through the eyes of one of our diocesan team. Bishop Ruth shared the first reflection on Palm Sunday. To see all the reflections go to our Holy Week reflections news post.