Holy Week and Easter 2021

Services (in church)

Palm Sunday  (28 March) – 10.45  Morning Prayer, with Shorter Holy Communion

No service on Wednesday.

Maundy Thursday  –  6.30pm Eucharist with the stripping of the Altars.

Good Friday  – 2 – 3pm Liturgy of the Cross.

Holy Saturdayno services.

Easter Day6.30am – Liturgy and First Eucharist                                                                                

We will gather in front of church, around the brazier for the opening reading and responses, before blessing the new Paschal Candle and proceeding into church for the Eucharist.

                        –  9.30 Easter Communion at St Catherine’s,                                                                             

                        –  10.45 Easter Celebration at the Parish Church.  

PRE-BOOKING

If you hope to attend the 10.45 service, please email Christine Matthews on wiltonpcc@btinternet.com (or drop a note to The Parish Office, West Street, Wilton, SP2 0DL) with numbers in your household/bubble who will be attending.

And for the 9.30 service at Netherhampton, please contact Katie Ray on 01722 335701

Online resources

Recordings of some services will be available in the usual way, on our Facebook page and Website.

Stations of the Cross – with reflections by Fr Timothy Radcliffe – are available on the Website (under “Praying at Home” or “Recent Posts”

Daily meditations – from Palm Sunday to Holy Saturday – a listed under “Holy Week 2021”

Bishop Richard’s reflections continue – listed under “Countdown to Easter”. 

You will also find some of last year’s resources on both the Website and Facebook Page.

Give thanks for your vaccines!

Wilton Parish Church has partnered with Christian Aid, to support the charity’s attempts to combat Covid 19 in some of the world’s poorest nations. In celebration of Christian Aid’s 75th Anniversary, we would like to raise £750!


As you or a family member are protected,
please consider giving what you can –
to help protect those who don’t have access to vaccines.
There is a link below, or a QR Code in the images.
Thank you in advance!
All donations will support Christian Aid’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

https://giving.tapsimple.org/online/christian-aid/wiltonvaccineappeal-124ad?fbclid=IwAR2zVnU_caCXkrwH3B-gabO0LG_9sgKSf7H9cI2tsMPrShFRxyCy0Qf0Wok

EASTER 2021

All being well, our services for Holy Week and Easter will include as much our “traditional” observances as possible.

(All services will be at the Parish Church, apart from Easter Morning.)

Palm Sunday falls on 28 March.

We will attempt to provide Palm Crosses to those whom we know are shielding/unable to get to church, so that you can “join us” in symbolically taking up your own cross. There will be a special service of Morning Prayer, with Shorter Holy Communion for those who wish to stay.

There will be no Wednesday service that week.                                                                                             

Instead there will be a simple Eucharist on Maundy Thursday at 6.30pm – with the stripping of the Altars, I preparation for Good Friday.

On Good Friday we will follow the Liturgy of the Cross from 2 – 3pm.

Holy Saturday will be a day of emptiness and silence, with no services.

Easter Day celebrations begin with the Liturgy and First Eucharist at 6.30am.

We will gather in front of church, around the brazier for the opening reading and responses, before blessing the new Paschal Candle and proceeding into church for the Eucharist.

For all of the above, no pre-booking is necessary.

There will then be a 9.30 Easter Communion at St Catherine’s, for which spaces must be pre-booked:

please contact Katie Ray on 01722 335701

The 10.45 Easter Celebration at the Parish Church will not include Holy Communion – as we hope to welcome as many parishioners as would like to come.                                                                     

If you hope to attend this service, please email Christine Matthews on wiltonpcc@btinternet.com (or drop a note to The Parish Office, West Street, Wilton, SP2 0DL) with numbers in your household/bubble who will be attending.

Requests must be received by Sunday 28 March, and you will be advised, no later than Weds. 31st, whether or not we have been able to allocate a place for you.

CHRISTMAS SERVICES 2020

This year, “Church” is going to look and feel very different!

We want to keep everyone safe, and also help as many people as possible to celebrate the Christmas message of hope and love. Sadly we will not be able to welcome the number of people that we normally see in church and so there be a mix of online Services and Services in church with restricted numbers.

Both choirs, and some of our readers, will be recording a Carol Service – which will be available to view online from Christmas Eve, and there will also be a pre-recorded “Crib Service” online that afternoon from c. 4pm.

We are not able to celebrate Midnight Mass this year, and the only service in church will be at 10.45am on Christmas Morning. Places must be pre-booked for this service as we will not be able to accommodate all who would like to come. To request a place, please email wiltonpcc@btinternet.com – specifying exact names and numbers of your group (and whether adult/child). Successful applicants will be notified the week before. Please do not attend unless you have received this confirmation – we cannot exceed our safe maximum. (St Catherine’s Church will make separate arrangements for Netherhampton residents)

This service will not be a Eucharist this year. Holy Communion will continue to be celebrated each Wednesday at 10am in the Parish Church (except Weds. 30th December) and there will also be Sung Eucharist on Sunday 27th December at 10.45am.

Wilton Windows

In the absence of Christmas Carols Service or Town Treelighting, we’ve encouraged people to decorate a window – to bring a little Christmas cheer.

Below are some of the results!

Charlotte Ponting
Ray and Elaine Johnson
The Mcnulty family (notice the doormat!!)
Michelle Marchment
Another “blaze” from North Street!
Childhood wonder! Window prepared by Tasha Cooney (and admired by Harrison!)
Abigail Collins – “A Merriment of Santas!!”
Christine Matthews – our first “Carol” depiction.

Christmas Star – Pam Edge

ALL EVENTS SUSPENDED

Until further notice church buildings and public buildings are closed.

There are no public events to publicise until further notice.

“Virtual” resources and meetings will be arranged as frequently as possible.

For Holy Week and Easter ideas please check the “categories” list