Intergenerational Outdoor Easter Communion

We are so looking forward to celebrating Easter Day on Sunday. Here are a few more details to help you get ready for the service.

We will gather together outside to begin with, where we will hear the Easter story and think about how we relate to that. Then we will move in singles, pairs, family groups or bubbles to a range of prayer stations. Inside the church there will be a chance to watch the beautiful video that Beth, Fiona and Ben have created. This quiet and gentle video will allow us time to reflect on the Easter story. We will also be able to look at the beautiful flower arrangements and consider how the beauty of nature speaks to us of resurrection and new life.  We can spend time remembering loved ones with the lovely lilies.  The third prayer station will be Easter in a Box where we can retell the story and wonder about how we connect with the life of Jesus and what resurrection and hope mean to us.

The outside prayer stations will consist of building a large Easter garden which we will then invite others to visit across the week on their walks round the village.  We will have some chicks outside and will think about how God gathers us under His wings to keep us safe and sheltered. These prayer stations are for adults and children, and there will be other activities for the children.

After a time to time and reflect with the prayer stations, we will gather round the fire again for Communion. Please bring your own cup or glass to have wine or juice poured out.  There will be a time of worship and we are allowed to sing outside – which will be such a joy.

Following this we will light the Pascal candle from the fire and take it into the church. We will end with a blessing (and an Easter egg hunt !)

The forecast is dry and sunny, but cold so please wrap up warm. You make like to bring a chair, or fold up seat as we have limited adult sized garden chairs at the moment.

It is such a joy at the moment to be able to worship and sing outside, and to really gather together as the whole family, young and old alike. We do hope you will join us.

Outdoor Church @ St K’s

At St Katharine’s we have been making much more use of our churchyard area to have our all age services, Eco church and Covid safe children’s groups.

Our first outdoor St K’s Together was a day that poured with rain but in this case, rain didn’t stop play! Adults and children all gathered around the campfire…. physically distanced but socially connected….as we celebrated being back together again.

With marshmallows toasting and the fire pit burning, we truly felt connected across the age groups.

Inside the church, similar groups worked on craft projects (physically apart but socially linked!) Using clay and chatting about a wide range of topics, there were times of prayer, laughter and a sense of being the church family together.

Our monthly Eco Church session involved using a Kelly Kettle to provide hot drinks. What a revelation! If you’ve never seen one it’s a real mystery until you know how it works! You’ll have to come along and find out! During this session we had great fun moving leaf mulch from the churchyard to the Coach House to plant daffodils in pots. Meanwhile, another group worked hard to rake the grass in the wildflower areas of the churchyard. Yellow rattle seeds were planted ready for wildflower planting in the Spring.

We are seeking to hear the Holy Spirit in these times and bring scriptural truths naturally into our conversations.  The planting of daffodil bulbs led easily to chatting about how prayers can seem to be unanswered but often God is working in unseen ways.

Looking at the amazing fungus on the decaying tree stumps covered how God has the most efficient recycling system, and His desire for us to care for Creation.

Perhaps most importantly of all, this new way of being church – having fun and even getting soaked – spoke to us all of connection and relationship. Connection with our heavenly Father who loves and delights in us. Relationship with each other, working together, being together, sharing together.  This new way of doing church has revealed again something important….WE… the people…are the church.