SPECIAL SERVICES IN APRIL 2017

Chrism and Blessing of Oils Service – Thursday 13th April

Every year on Maundy Thursday, a service is held in the Cathedral where all the clergy in the diocese come together to renew their vows made at ordination and where the holy oils of baptism, chrism and of the sick are presented for blessing. Archbishop Justin will preside at this service and Bishop Trevor will preach. People from all congregations are welcome to attend. Soup and sandwiches are served after the service but booking is essential if you wish to stay and eat. Please let me know by March 31st if you would like to come. It is always a most moving service and a good opportunity to worship together in the cathedral.

Cathedral Evensong – Wednesday 29th March

The clergy and people of every parish in the diocese are prayed for on a regular cycle of prayer. All the parishes in the G7 Benefice will be prayed for in Canterbury Cathedral on Wednesday 29th March both at the 8am Holy Communion Service and at Evensong which takes place at 5.30pm. You will be welcome to attend either of these services if you wish.

Benefice Service – April 30th Little Chart

It is always a great joy when members from all the congregations of the benefice come together to worship on the fifth Sundays. The service at the end of April will begin with coffee at 10am, the service beginning at 10.30am, and will be held in Little Chart Church. For the last year, Little Chart Church has been the home of the Cornerstone congregation (formerly known as Refresh). The notable features of this congregation lie in its flexibility, its hospitality and its informality. Each ‘service’ begins with refreshments and the ‘congregation’ sit at tables throughout the service for a mixture of prayer, worship, discussion and reflection. The monthly Communion reflects the Agape of the early church where people met together for “teaching and fellowship, for the breaking of bread and prayers” (Acts 2: 42) Along with the Cornerstone leaders, I invite you to come to this service where we can continue to strengthen our fellowship across the benefice.

Sheila