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Update: Maundy Thursday 14th April 2022

Dear brothers and sisters

We are at what many people would consider to be the holiest point of the Christian year. The Lord Jesus had a Passover supper with his disciples; how confused and shocked they must have been when he told them they had to eat his body! I wonder if Peter felt as he did about having his feet washed by his Lord and Master: it all seemed wrong and yet he had to learn to be served by the Servant King and to receive from Jesus if he was to have any part with him. So we feed on the Lord in our hearts by faith with thanksgiving.

Life 22
I thank God for last week’s events, for the many people involved in the smooth running of them, and for the clear and attractive proclamation of the Good News and the people who have been helped to trust in Jesus. If you missed the interviews and talks or would like to hear them again, they are now available on our YouTube channel via the Life 22 tab at the right hand end of the menu on our website.
Good Friday
Tomorrow morning our 10.45am All-age service should be suitable for adults and children. Adults, please come, and if you have children, bring them. It will be a little shorter than a Sunday service. The ethos is serious but not joyless as we focus on the GOOD in what the Lord did on Good Friday. The service will be followed by hot cross buns and coffee. There is no church walk planned but if anyone wants to walk (perhaps continuing the tradition of ascending Solsbury Hill), why not get together spontaneously at that moment?
For a quieter, reflective adult service with hymns, come again to St Mary’s Claverton at 2pm for an Hour At The Cross.
Easter Day
Alleluia, Christ is risen! I’m so looking forward to the joy of being together with many of you for our first Easter since 2018 (I missed 2019 with a broken neck and 2020&21 were very restricted). It’s an all-age communion, lively and fairly short, and if ever there is a weekend to go to church twice, this is it!
The peace of the Lord be with you.

Here is a repeat of some notices previously announced.

Our annual church meeting will be held at 4 pm on 24th April 2022. We will be electing 3 members of PCC. Anyone intending to stand should submit a nomination form before the meeting.

The Communion Cup has become a source of worry for many following the risk of a highly infectious virus. On the other hand, our Lord Jesus commands “Drink this, all of you” and “do this in remembrance of me”. As we eat bread and drink wine together, we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes. The temporary measure of dipping a wafer in the cup has been a substitute for actually drinking but not entirely satisfactory for the longer term. Many non-Anglican churches have individual cups, but our tradition values the common cup for all the people as an expression of our unity as the Body of Christ. To honour this, on Sunday we will have all the wine in one flagon for the thanksgiving prayer, then pour it into individual wine glasses. If you are receiving Communion, you will then be handed a glass containing a little wine, rather than the cup to sip from. Please drink it all and hand the empty glass back. We will also be restoring the pattern of several of us kneeling or standing at the rail together, rather than coming up one at a time and standing.
Coffee will now be served after the 10.45am service rather than before. We still need a few more members of the team to prepare, serve and wash up. Would you be able to serve in that way?
Help with Zoom
If you can’t come to services on site and struggle to join online, please don’t suffer in silence and miss out. If you are on Zoom, you can type in the Zoom Meeting ID: 894 5345 2295. Some people find it much easier to click a link without having to open Zoom first. Here it is: If you would like this to be emailed to you at 10.00am every Sunday, to save you having to remember where you put it, please reply to this email “zoom link reminder please” and we’ll add your email address to the list of special weekly invitations.
If all that gets you a bit flustered and what you really need is a human being to help you, rather than instructions on a screen, please ask and we’d love to send someone round in the flesh.
Jonty Frith
Rector, Bathampton and Claverton
The Vicarage, Bathampton Lane, BATH BA2 6SW
01225 338055 (home & study) / 07905 883075

10.45am every Sunday - ALL WELCOME
Zoom ID: 894 5345 2295
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