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HOLY WEEK 2018 - The greatest story ever told…


Every Holy Week, we tell again the story which Hollywood described as “the greatest story ever told” – the story of how much God loves us.  “Truly,” as John Wayne intones at the end of the film, “this man was the Son of God.”


And our church traditions, means that we don’t just have to be passive - mere listeners, or observers, in that re-telling.  We can become involved in the action.  We can walk with Jesus through the last week of his life – from the high points, the deceptive celebrations of the entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, the meal with his friends – through the conflicts and confrontations, the political machinations, violence and confusion, betrayals and abandonments - which culminated in the darkness and suffering of Good Friday, on a bleak hillside outside the holy city.  And of course the new start, God’s overturning of all the worst that we humans can do, on Easter Day.


Perhaps this is a year when you could take up that opportunity to become part of that story, to accompany Jesus through the highs and lows.


Holy Week begins on:



when we remember Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, riding on a donkey. 

Services will be at the usual times in all three churches (9.30am at St Elizabeth’s; 10.00am at St Clare’s; 11.00am at St Andrew’s).  Come and hear, or take part in, the dramatized reading of The Passion Gospel.



Holy Communion at 7.00pm in St Andrew’s (Monday), St Clare’s (Tuesday), St Elizabeth’s (Wednesday) with guided reflections about the people and events in this last week of Jesus’ life.



7.00pm at St Clare’s. 


“The time came for Jesus to celebrate the Passover with his friends… ‘This is my body… This is my blood.’”


Come and share in a simple meal to commemorate Jesus’ commandment for us to love and serve one another as God has loved us and to remember Jesus’ institution of the Eucharist at the centre of our worship. 

Then, just as Jesus and his confused and frightened friends fled in disarray from the upper room to the Garden of Gethsemane, so we leave the table in silence…


“And it was night.”

Sit in silence with Jesus, amongst the flowers and candles in the Lady Chapel at St Clare’s, remembering this lonely time of grief and fear as he waits for his enemies to come and arrest him.  The reserved sacrament is exposed for all to see, symbolizing the way Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God, makes himself vulnerable to our hate and our violence of thought, word and deed.


Our Watch ends at midnight, with the quiet monastic office of Compline at 11.45pm.



            “There is a green hill, far away, without a city wall.”


2.00pm at St Clare’s

The Last Hour

A solemn service to mark the last hour before Jesus died on the cross.


3.00pm at St Elizabeth’s

Stations of the Cross



5.00am in St Elizabeth’s community room.

The Vigil before sunrise.

As day breaks on Easter Day we hear the story of God’s long relationship with his people as recounted in the Bible: the Creation and the Fall - the crossing of the Red Sea to freedom in the Promised Land - all the way up to dawn on that first Easter morning.


“Why do you look for the living amongst the dead?  He is not here, but has risen.”


6.00am outside St Elizabeth’s main door.

The Lighting of the New Fire and the Easter Ceremonies - followed by breakfast!


9.30am, 10.00am and 11.00am – services at the usual times in our three churches.




The events of Holy Week lie at the heart of our faith.  Come and walk with Jesus as we remember the world-changing events of this most holy week.

At St Clare's

Messy Church

We meet on Saturday afternoon from 4pm (registration from 3.30pm) at St Clare's Church.

From January 2018 we will be on Third Saturday of each month!!!

17th March - Passport to Easter with the journey through Lent and Holy Week leading to Easter. Please come and join us.

21st April - based on the parable of The Lost Sheep. Again please come and join the fun.

19th May - T.B.A.

16th June - T.B.A.

21st July - Messtival (Messy Church for Aycliffe Festival)

fun stalls outside, stocks, hook a duck etc. Food -hotdogs, drink, ice-cream to be served through out session (token system to be used)

18th August - T.B.A.

15th September  - T.B.A.

20th October - T.B.A.

17th November - T.B.A.

22nd December Messy Christmas

this is the only messy to be later due to other commitments.

                                                   Please note dates may change with little warning.


Feelgood Films

TUE 27th FEB RESTING PLACE  Morgan Freeman, John Lithgow

Tue 6th Mar  CARMEN JONES  Dorothy Dandridge, Harry Belafonte

Tue 13th Mar  THREE COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN  Clifton Webb, Dorothy McGuireLouis Jourdan, Jean Peters, Rossano Brazzi

Tue 20th Mar  TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD  Gregory Peck

Tue 27th Mar  THE SHACK  Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer

Tue 3rd Apr  A LITTLE CHAOS Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Alan Rickman

            Tue 10th Apr MY SISTER EILEEN  Janet Leigh, Jack Lemmon,  Betty Garrett

Tue 17th Apr  GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES  Marilyn Monroe, Jane Russell

Tue 24th Apr  THE MIRROR HAS TWO FACES  Barbra Streisand, Jeff Bridges

All films start at 1-15pm, after tea/ coffee at 1pm (included in the £2)  Children £1


Entry is £2.00 for Adult and £1.00 for Children.

Tea/Coffee served at 1pm film begins at 1.15 pm. Bring some lunch if you wish.

Children must accompanied by an adult.

Contact Ric Hargreaves 01325 316755 for details.


Kidz Flicks

Next showing:  My Little Pony Movie - Saturday 3rd March.

Definitely something for everyone here !

Doors open at 1.30 p.m.  - great value at only £1.

Please let any families you know , know about KIDZ FLICKS. We are on the first Saturday of every month.

Other Events at St Clare's


10th – Mother’s Union Daffodil Coffee Morning 10-12noon. Shine Choir will be performing. Usual stalls will be there, why not come along and be entertained by the children of the Parish who will be singing Spring songs, Easter songs and special song for those very special mothers, god-mothers out there. A lovely morning to enjoy a cuppa and a bacon buttie!!


6TH – Easter Craft Afternoon 2-4pm - £4 per ticket. Limited to 50.

All dates are subject to change, alteration or cancellation without notice please watch this space!