Church Events for FEBRUARY & MARCH 2016

Lent is the period which comes before Easter in the Christian calendar. It begins on Ash Wednesday, and is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ's sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days. Lent is usually marked by fasting, both from food and festivities. Only a small number of people today fast for the whole of Lent, although some maintain the practice on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. It is now more common for believers to give up a particular vice, such as favourite foods or smoking. Whatever the sacrifice it is a reflection of Jesus' deprivation in the wilderness and a test of self-discipline.


7th        February         Sunday                  10.30am Holy Communion


10th      February         Ash Wednesday         09.30am Holy Communion with ashing

Ash Wednesday is the beginning of Lent for Western Christian churches. It's a day of penitence to clean the soul before the Lent fast. Anglican churches hold special services at which worshippers are marked with ashes as a symbol of death and sorrow for sin.

Did you know?

The ashes used on Ash Wednesday are usually made by burning the palm crosses that were blessed on the previous year's Palm Sunday.


13th & 14th February  Saturday & Sunday 11.30am – 3.30pm

  Snowdrop Walks       Church Tours and Refreshments 


14th February             First Sunday of Lent         8am Holy Communion

                                                                                 10.30am Family Service


20th &21st February    Saturday & Sunday 11.30am – 3.30pm

  Snowdrop Walks Church Tours and Refreshments 


21st February             Second Sunday of Lent 10.30am Holy Communion


27th & 28th February  Saturday & Sunday 11.30am – 3.30pm

  Snowdrop Walks Church Tours and Refreshments 


28th February Third Sunday of Lent 10.30am Morning Worship


6th March                    Mothering Sunday     10.30am Holy Communion

Church Sunday School would like to invite all children to bring along parents to celebrate together (Mother’s Day activities and crafts).


13th March                  Passion Sunday           8.00am Holy Communion

                                                                      10.30am Family Service 

Passiontide is a name for the last two weeks of Lent, beginning on the Fifth Sunday of Lent, long celebrated as Passion Sunday, and ending on Holy Saturday. 


20th March                  Palm Sunday  10.30am Holy Communion   

The most solemn week of the Christian year, Holy Week, is the week leading up to Easter, and is the week during which Christians particularly remember the last week of Jesus's life. Holy Week begins on Palm Sunday, a day that commemorates Christ's triumphant arrival in Jerusalem to the cheers of the crowd. Later in that week many of the people in that cheering crowd would be among those shouting that Jesus should be executed.

Did you know?

It is called Palm Sunday because the crowds waved palm branches as they followed Jesus' procession into Jerusalem.


20th March                 Easter Egg Hunt          2pm – 4pm (in church if wet)

In aid of Whaplode Playing Field Association Ltd. All Welcome – Please see poster ~ ALL CHILDREN WELCOME ~ 


24th March      Thursday         9.30 am End of Term School Service

Staff and pupils of Whaplode Church of England Primary School will come and take part in this Service.


24th March      Maundy Thursday     6pm Last Supper Holy Communion

This service is to re-enact the things that Jesus did at the Last Supper. On Maundy Thursday Christians remember when Jesus ate the Passover meal with his disciples, breaking bread and drinking wine, which is now known as the Last Supper.

Did you know?

In England it is traditional for the King or Queen to give out Maundy money to some of their people, often to elderly people who are in need. This is a small bag of silver coins that have been specially made for the occasion. The tradition of giving Maundy money began in 1662 when the reigning monarch stopped the practice of washing the feet of some of his people and decided to give money to the poor instead.


25th March                  Good Friday    2pm Service

Good Friday is a day of mourning in church. During the services Christians meditate on Jesus' suffering and death on the cross, and what this means for their faith.

Did you know?
It is a tradition to eat hot cross buns with cross icing this day.

The word “crucifixion” comes from the Latin word “crucifixio,” or “crucifixus,” meaning “fixed to a cross.”


27th March                  Easter Sunday 10.30am Holy Communion

Easter is the most important festival in the Christian calendar. It celebrates the resurrection from the dead of Jesus, three days after he was executed. The Easter story is at the heart of Christianity.

Did you know?

In medieval times, a festival of egg throwing was held in church, when the priest would throw a hard-boiled egg to one of the choirboys. It was then tossed from one choirboy to the next and whoever held the egg when the clock struck 12 was the winner and could keep it.



            We invite you to join us for all or any of these Events and Services during Lent and Easter.

With every blessing                                                                Revd. Julie Timings