Church of England Diocese of Portsmouth St. Mary, Portsea

Next Steps for Mothering Sunday, Passiontide and Easter

15 Mar 2021, 12:15 a.m.

The Standing Committee and Ministry Team reflected on our next steps as a Parish, and I am delighted to be able to update you that after a testing of our system last Sunday at St Mary’s

From March 14th we will be resuming worship that you can attend at St Mary’s at 8 and 10am; St Faith’s at 9am and St Wilfrid’s at 4pm.

Alongside this you are welcome to join us at St Mary’s for the Noon Mass each weekday.

Until March 29th we are not permitted to gather or mingle with more than one other person – so at the end of the service we ask that you remain in your seat while we guide people out a row at a time to enable all to feel safe and so avoid gatherings around the doorways.

We continue to ask that all who attend wear a face covering and once in the Church remain in their seat and space.  If you would like to join us for a service it will help if you could let us know in advance.

We also continue to invite you to join us in a simple pattern for Lent.

Holy Week and Easter

We have also been reflecting on how to mark Holy Week this year and we are delighted that Very Revd Nicholas Frayling (retired Dean of Chicester) has offered to provide us with reflections each day and during our celebrations of Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday.

Many of us have valued and enjoyed Nicholas’ contribution to the daily reflections. He will be with us at the <strong>Noon Mass at St Mary’s (which will also be streamed) on Monday – Weds (29th – 31st March) and will give a reflection at the end of the service.

Details of the Services for Maundy Thursday following will be shared with you in a couple of weeks.

We hope you will be able to join with us in them in some way.