The Diocese of Chichester with Together in Sussex are launching Hearing You, a new pastoral phone line to enable the people of Sussex to feel connected and supported. For more information please click here
The Parish Council would like your views on the future of the Post Office in Groombridge – but we only have until Sunday 31st May to complete the survey. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeGTSHzFWzNB59ucuoMgR9NDyFU26TmQi7jMYAkTK6SBK-8xQ/viewformGroombridge
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Sunday School reading and activities available click here
This 24 hour phone line has been set up by the Church of England to enable people to join virtual church services during lockdown.
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Annual Parochial Church meeting – was to have been this Sunday, 19 April. The Church of England has extended the deadline to parishes for hosting their APCM until 31 October. We will set a new date once we are ‘back to normal’.
Baby Café Tunbridge Wells is currently offering specialist free 1:1 video support with all aspects of feeding babies and group support in our Facebook group on Monday mornings 10-12. This is to help with a reduction in local postnatal support services. More info on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/bcltwells
There will be no May edition of the Parish Magazine. Should restrictions lift during May, we may issue a Church and Village news-sheet to be downloaded from the website.
Easter Sunday Family Service video & Zoom Call Details Click Here
Background to this ancient liturgy
This service has its origins in the 4th century Eastern Orthodox church as a night time Vigil of waiting, fasting and prayer. In the West this came to symbolise the return of the light of Christ and the beginning of the Easter celebration. The service begins with the ‘new fire’ outside, from which a taper is lit. By candlelight 5 nails (representing the 5 wounds of Christ) are inserted into the large Paschal (Easter) candle. Sometimes the nails have incense on the head, and this represents the aromatic spices used to prepare Christ’s body for burial.
The large Paschal candle is lit from the taper with the new fire, and the light is brought into the church. In candlelight, the Exsultet is sung. This is thought to have been written by St Ambrose and, if so, must pre-date his death in 397 AD. Then all the lights come on, and the liturgy continues. The English translation omitted the ancient reference to the usefulness of bees but, in these ecological times, it is sometimes reinstated; I like the link back to the first monks and nuns who kept this liturgy alive, and probably kept bees. So I’m including the bees this year.
Light now floods the church and the sound of handbells rings out the tidings that Christ has not died, but is risen! We sing the Gloria and hear the first Alleluias, neither of which do we hear throughout the whole of the Lenten season.
Holy Saturday Service Video Click Here