The week leading up to Easter is called Holy Week and is the most important part of the Christian calendar. Attending a service at one of our Churches is a great way to prepare for the celebration of Easter. At the end of the week the worship draws us towards the crucifixion and the resurrection.  All are welcome at these very special services and there is something for everyone, from traditional to contemporary .

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 St. Peter’s, Henfield

Palm Sunday 25th March at 10.00am: Parish Communion.   We meet at the High Street End of Cagefoot Lane to greet the Donkey at 9.30am There will be a short service (weather permitting) before we commemorate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem by walking back to Church.  When we arrive at St Peter’s the children are invited to join the Children’s church (Sunday School) During this service we hear the story of Jesus’ passion and death.  We also share in Holy Communion.

Monday 26th March at 7.30pm:  Reflective Eucharist at the beginning of Holy Week .

At the start of this sacred week we gather for a short Eucharist (Holy Communion) in which we begin to think about Jesus’ final days. This service will include music, silence, prayer and a short reflection as well as the opportunity to share in the bread and wine of the Eucharist.

Tuesday 27th March at 9.00pm: Compline (Night Prayer) 

Compline, or night prayer, is a contemplative end to the day. A quiet, said service of prayers, a psalm, a reading and a hymn, and time for silence. During this service a short reflection on an aspect of Jesus’ journey towards the cross will be shared.

Maundy Thursday: 29th March at 7.30pm: Holy Communion of the Last Supper and Vigil  During this service we recall all that Jesus did on the night before he died. After Holy Communion the Church is stripped bare we we keep a vigil of silent prayer in the Parham Chapel. At 11pm Compline will be said.

Good Friday: 30th March  

9.30am:  Morning Worship  A short service for all ages reflecting on the story of Good Friday. The service will have prayers, hymns, and some interactive stations of the cross.

10.45am: Walk of Witness   We meet in the car park at Corpus Christi  Church (in the Tanyard) before walking to St Peter’s,  the Free Church, and the High Street. During the walk we will stop to hear parts of the journey of Jesus towards the cross and we sing some well known Good Friday hymns.

2.00pm:  The Liturgy of Good Friday   This reflective service focuses on the Passion reading from St John’s Gospel and also includes a short talk and prayers at the foot of the cross.  We also share in Holy Communion from the reserved sacrament. (the bread and wine blessed during the Maundy Thursday service) Our worship finishes with a recording of Allegri’s “Miserere mei, Deus.”

Easter Day: Sunday 1st April 

6.00am: Dawn Vigil and Easter Eucharist  This early morning service begins outside the Church where we light the new Easter (Paschal) candle symbolising the light of the risen Christ.  This is followed by a vigil of readings, silence and prayers, an Easter Song of Praise and the sharing of Holy Communion.

10.00am:  Easter Day Parish Communion  for all ages  A modern celebration of Holy Communion with well known seasonal Hymns and songs and a short child friendly message.

St. Giles’, Shermanbury

Easter Day: 1st April at 11.15am  Easter Holy Communion  A traditional service of Holy Communion from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. We will be enjoying some popular Easter hymns and a short sermon.

 St. Peter’s, Woodmancote

Palm Sunday 25th March at 9.45am: Morning Prayer (Matins)   A traditional service of Morning Prayer from the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. The service will include a blessing of the Palms.

Wednesday of Holy Week 28th March at 7.30pm: Tenebrae  A service of readings, hymns, psalms, prayers and silence for Holy Week, as we recall the last week of Jesus’ life. During this service the church grows progressively darker.

Easter Day: 1st April  at 9.45am  Easter Holy Communion  A modern service of Holy Communion.  We will be singing some popular Easter hymns and a hearing a short sermon about the message of Easter.


Worshippers and visitors with disabilities are most welcome at all our churches. If you require any assistance please ask a member of the welcome team on arrival. For wheelchair users or those with other disabilities an accessible toilet facility is available in the south aisle of St. Peter’s Henfield, and through the door opposite the south entrance of St. Peter’s Woodmancote. For those who are hard of hearing a loop system is also available in both churches. At present there are no toilet facilities at St.Giles, Shermanbury but the church is wheelchair accessible.

If you are unable to get to the Altar rail to receive the Sacrament, please tell one of the Welcome team and they will make sure the Clergy bring the Sacrament to you during Communion.