SOUTH MALLING SCHOOL: Head Teacher, Mrs Jo O’Donoghue, writes: As another very busy term drew to a close last week, the key stage 2 children were able to take a morning out of school to reflect on the meaning of Easter for Christians when they went down to South Malling Church for our Easter service. This year the children explored the themes of Service and Salvation from the Easter story and thought about how they might relate these to their own lives. They read poems, sang songs and showed some wonderful Art Work. Neil, the children’s minister from Trinity, also explained all the many different ways that Trinity serves the Community. A big thank you to Miss Harrison for organising a very thought-provoking service.
TRINITY SOUTH MALLING: (Parish Church). This Sunday is Palm Sunday, and begins Holy Week, leading up to Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Sunday’s All Age Service will also include a Baptism, and will be led by Revd Jeremy Bamber with Music by Martin Dyer.
Later next week, on Maundy Thursday (April 18, starting at 8pm) there will be a Reflective, Tenebrae Service. This marks Christ’s prayers in the Garden of Gethsemane, followed by His arrest and Trial, through short Bible readings as the light is slowly extinguished. Finally, in complete darkness, the congregation silently leaves the Church.
On the following morning, Good Friday, at 10am there will be a combination of Hymns and readings covering the crucifixion. This is a relatively short and very moving period of reflection, lasting about an hour, based on worship from Iona.
Then, on Saturday, children and their parents are welcome to one of the popular Craft Mornings in church, starting at 10am and concluding at noon. All children and their carers are welcome.
The Easter celebrations will culminate with a joyful Communion Service starting at 9.30am next Sunday. Doubtless there will be plenty of Easter Eggs involved. All are welcome.