.Reporter Jonathan White,
The Holy Week and Easter 2020 programme for St Andrew’s, All Saints’ and St Peter’s Churches in Crewe continues entirely online during the coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak, to avoid non-essential travel and social contact.
Easter is the most important festival in the Christian calendar and celebrates Jesus rising from the dead, three days after he was executed.
The Crewe churches are using online social media website ‘Facebook Live’ and the video conferencing application ‘Zoom’ to give parishioners the opportunity to view live streams of the services that cannot currently be attended due to the pandemic. The services on Facebook Live are saved, so can be watched back later.
The Holy Week and Easter 2020 programme includes: Monday 6th April, 8pm Compline; Tuesday 7th April, 6:30pm Zoom ‘Open’, 8pm Taize Service; Wednesday 8th April, 6:30pm Zoom Mettle, 8pm Stations of the Cross; Maundy Thursday 9th April, 7pm – Zoom Agape Meal, 8pm – Communion, 9pm – Candlelight Watch; Good Friday 10th April, 9:30am All Saints’ Seedlings, 12 noon Children’s Stations of the Cross followed by readings and reflections; Holy Saturday 11th April, 8pm Easter Vigil and Communion; Easter Sunday 12th April, 9:30am Family Communion.
For Facebook Live please visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/standrewschurchcrewe/ .
For Zoom please email Catherine for the code for each meeting.
The churches can be contacted by email: firstname.lastname@example.org and telephone: 07813117385.
Revd Catherine Cleghorn, Curate of St Andrew's, All Saints' and St Peter's Churches, Crewe, said: “Walking in the footsteps of Christ in his journey to the cross during Holy Week is incredibly important for us as worshipping communities, as it helps us to identify with Jesus as God and man, and means that we can more fully enter into the joy and hope of the Easter celebration. We're so glad to have the technology to meet remotely at this difficult, unprecedented and really significant time.”