Supper at Emmaus What are you talking about?
What are you talking about? is a question that Jesus asked two travellers just after that first Easter. Like Christmas, Easter can get consumed with arranging holidays, childcare, family meals, and the equal distribution of Easter eggs between children. You may also review whether your gardening or DIY plans for the Easter weekend might be a little ambitious after all! This picture of Jesus sharing a meal, sharing Holy Communion with the two travellers and their hosts reminds us that Jesus’ resurrection, and the hope and joy this brings, is at the heart of Easter. Whilst enjoying Easter, take a few moments to talk about the event at its centre and consider what it means to you and those you gather with this Easter break

E-mail: office@croftonparish.org.uk Office telephone number: 01329 661154 (Mondays to Fridays 9 am to 1 pm)

Easter services and events at Holy Rood and St. Edmund's churches

There are special services and events at Holy Rood and St Edmund’s right across the Easter period, starting with services at 7.30pm every evening during Holy Week – Compline on Monday 14 April at Holy Rood, Taize on Tuesday 15th at St Edmund’s, a Celtic style service on Wednesday 16th at Holy Rood, and Holy Communion on Maundy Thursday (17th) also at Holy Rood.

Easter Speaks – an interactive Easter Journey at Holy Rood Church

Easter Speaks is a series of interactive stations around the church on Good Friday from 12 noon to 4pm, and on Easter Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Follow the route through the church to find displays and materials to help you explore Easter’s powerful message of hope, joy and forgiveness – light a candle to show light in the darkness, or write the name on a ‘star of hope’ of someone you know who is troubled, because Easter reminds us that there is hope even in the darkest times because of God’s love. (You may wish to know that chocolate also makes an appearance during the journey!)
‘Easter Speaks’ is suitable for all ages from 4 years upwards, although very young children must be accompanied by an adult. Allow 40 minutes to complete the journey.
There are children’s activities from 2pm to 3pm on Good Friday, making candles and Easter gardens. Refreshments served in the church centre.

GOOD FRIDAY
Join with all the Stubbington Churches for an open air service on the Green (near the pet shop) at 11am, hot chocolate and hot cross buns served after.

St Edmund’s Church is open for private prayer and reflection from 12 noon to 2pm. A meditation on the cross is from 2pm to 3pm.

EASTER SUNDAY
Sunrise service on Hill Head Beach (Salterns car park) at 6am, breakfast served after in the rotary hut, all welcome.
9.30am, Easter Holy Communion at St Edmund’s Church
10.30am, Family Communion at Holy Rood Church
6.30pm, the Easter Story at St Edmund’s church, with traditional Easter readings and hymns
7.30pm, at Holy Rood Church, the Easter concert Risen! Suggested donation of £5 (£2.50 concessions) Tickets available from Holy Rood Church Office

Our Men's launch into the pub quiz world reaps success!

As you'll have seen from the TN Sheet, the "Mighty MOG" entered the Crofton Pub (monthly) Quiz on 1st April.
Although it was All Fools' Day (!), your valiant team were delighted to come 2nd (no, NOT out of two teams! - at least a dozen, probably 15 or so).
Flushed with success, we will now be competing again for the May Quiz Night (Tuesday 6th May) - do see Laurie B if you'd like to take part.

26th April 10 - 4 Dr Adam Bradford

An opportunity to hear why from a detailed study of the Greek text Dr Bradford believes that amongst other things Jesus rose to become the most senior Rabbi of his time. Please bring your own lunc, drinks will be provided.

Lent 2014

LENT COURSE 2014 is based on John Ortberg’s book ‘The Life You’ve Always Wanted’, on five Wednesday evenings from 12 March to 9 April at churches around the village. See link for details of each session and venues. 

 

LENT LUNCHES  Lent lunches start Saturday, 8th March and every Saturday in Lent.  Come and enjoy a simple lunch of soup, bread and cheese, served in the Oak Room at the Church Centre, meet new people, and help raise money for Tearfund.  With your help, we can see millions escape extreme poverty permanently.  Lunch served between 12.00 and 1.15pm.

To see a flyer regarding Lent please click here.

Risen - Easter Sunday 20th April 2014 7:30pm

Easter Sunday Risen! Concert April 20th - A Celebration of The Passion, The Resurrection and the Ascension. 7.30 pm. Doors open 7.00 pm

Featuring songs from the musical Risen! plus join in with classic praise songs. 

Proceeds to Barnabas Ministry of Encourager and The House of the Heroes

Tickets- suggested donation £5.00 - concessions - £2.50

Tickets available from Holy Rood Church Office 01329 661154.

Ken Shearsmith's Blog

Ken Shearsmith has started a new blog today, which will be added to on a regular basis, covering how and why he started Mustard Seed Band, and the two musicals, HisStory and Risen! You can find the blog at www.risen.org.uk where you can subscribe and get the latest posts direct to your inbox and if you like the Facebook page you will get each new post via your Facbook Timeline. The link for that is www.facebook.com/kenshearsmithsblog.

 

Messy Church

Messy Church is church with a difference - a family-friendly time of fun, games, food and craft.  It’s on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 3.30 – 5.50pm in Holy Rood Church, so great to come along right after collecting the children from school. The next one is on Wednesday 14th May. We start with an hour of games and craft activities, then a celebration with songs and a Bible story, then a hot meal together – so no need to think what to cook for tea on Messy Church days! To find out more contact the church office, 01329 661154 or email office@croftonparish.org.uk

Prayer

‘You heard my cry for mercy when I called to you for help’ Psalm 31:22
Every day there is prayer going on in this church for all kinds of different people and situations. Some are anxious about family members, or facing illness, unemployment or money problems. If you would like prayer for any situation please click on the Prayer Requests button and email prayer@croftonparish.org.uk  You don’t have to give your name if you’d rather not, but please be assured that anything you say or share with us will be treated in the strictest confidence. If you would like one of the clergy to pray for you at home that can also be arranged.