On the night before he died Jesus shared a supper with his friends. He shared bread and wine with them and said that they should continue to do this to remember him. This is an important aspect of the worship at St Christopher’s and is called Communion or Eucharist (meaning ‘Thanksgiving’).
Holy Communion Live Streaming
While we are not able to meet together for worship Revd Duncan Jennings will be celebrating Holy Communion in the Vicarage each Sunday at 9.00 a.m and this will be streamed live on Facebook. To watch, go to Facebook/ St Christopher’s in Thornhill and friends.
Click to see the Service sheet and Hymns for Palm Sunday so that you can join in.
There will also be Worship for Maundy Thursday on 9th April at 7.30 p.m.
We can join in worship in our own homes as we maintain regular prayer during such difficult times.
The Church of England have provided Morning and Night Prayer services to be used individually at home, available HERE.
Worship at Home
Prayer for the week (the Collect) beginning Sunday 5th April 2020, Palm Sunday
True and humble king,
hailed by the crowd as Messiah:
grant us the faith to know you and love you,
that we may be found beside you
on the way of the cross,
which is the path of glory.
Readings for Palm Sunday,
and reflections from Duncan:
Matthew 21: 1-11 & Matthew 27: 11-54
How quickly the palm leaves, which are waved with such joy and jubilation, turn into the cross of sorrow and suffering; yet through which the salvation of all has been achieved!
Philippians 2: 5-11
In this Hymn to Christ which St Paul includes in his letter to the early Christians in Philippi, he reminds us of the deep humility of Jesus, God in human likeness; who, in total obedience, was brought to death on the Cross. But that it was through the Cross that God exalted Jesus so that we can recognise him not as a man, but as our risen Lord and Saviour – to be glorified and worshipped by all.
If you know of anyone who would appreciate printed copies of the Worship at Home service or prayer, reading and reflection each week, particularly those who do not use the internet, please let Chris know and this can be arranged.
Worship on Radio, TV and on-line
Sunday 5th April 2020, Palm Sunday
BBC Radio 3 – 3.00 p.m. Choral Evensong
BBC Radio 4 – 8.10 a.m. Sunday Worship for Palm Sunday
BBC Radio Solent 8.00 a.m. A service for Palm Sunday
TV – BBC 1 10.45 a.m. Sunday Worship for Palm Sunday from Hereford Cathedral
1.15 p.m. Songs of Praise from Glasgow
On-line – The Bishop of Winchester and his team will be providing worship for Holy Week and Easter, you will be able to find each day’s services and reflections on the Diocesan website .
Throughout the week:
Winchester Cathedral will provide Common Worship Morning and Evening Prayer each day, at 8.30am and 5.30pm respectively, via Zoom.
Every day there will be a reflection from one of our Bishops, Dean Catherine or members of the Cathedral Chapter which will follow the Holy Week story, using John’s Gospel as a basis.
Bishop Tim will preside at a pre-recorded Sunday Eucharist from Wolvesey, with Sally Dakin preaching. This will be available on the Diocesan YouTube channel .
Winchester Cathedral will provide a reading of the Passion, featuring multiple voices from English cathedrals organised by the Precentors.
Unfortunately public worship at all churches has been suspended until further notice.
8.00 a.m. Holy Communion on the 1st Sunday of each month (for 30 minutes).
9.30 a.m. Parish Communion (for just over 1 hour) with hymns and a sermon, followed by Coffee Time.
Most Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
8.15 a.m. Morning Prayer (for about 30 minutes)
5.30 p.m. Healing Worship (for 30 minutes) A quiet communion with special
prayers for those who are ill, and the laying on of hands for those who
10.00 a.m. Communion and Coffee (for about 45 minutes) with a chat about the
Bible reading, followed by refreshments.
Please refer to our notice sheet on Facebook or Twitter (see side panel)
for weekly news and notices.
For details of worship on special occasions please refer to the What’s On page.
Nappy changing facilities are available.
There is a loop system in the church and hall; if you wear a hearing aid you should set it to ‘T’. The Freeman Room and elsewhere have a Personal Hearing Amplifier available.
The Church Centre is accessible for wheelchairs, and there are two designated wheelchair / buggy spaces in church. The Church Centre has two accessible toilets and accessible parking bays are available in the car park.
LARGE PRINT Large print / paper copies of the worship, hymns and notice sheet are available from the Welcomers.
If you require a gluten-free Communion Wafer please mention it to our Welcomers when you arrive. Please also let us know if you have a particular need which is not listed here and we will do our best to help.