From the Vicar


They say, as you get older, time seems to speed up, certainly, as I remember it, time at school seemed to go much slower, particularly if it was double English looking at Milton or Chaucer on a sunny afternoon. Nowadays days just rush by and it's time to write another letter for the Parish Magazine and not only that it's now the April magazine and we are about to celebrate Holy Week and Easter, it only seems five minutes since it was Christmas.

Despite being a quite demanding time of the year, both for clergy and laity, Holy Week and Easter are the most wonderful and rewarding parts of the Church calendar. I haven't looked back to check but I have the feeling that every year I use this letter to encourage as many of you as possible to enter into the keeping of Holy Week as a prelude to celebrating Easter. I would go as far as to say that unless you have kept Holy Week celebrating Easter makes no real sense; you can't truly stand with Our Lord in the Easter Garden unless you were also with him on the road to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, in the Upper Room with him on Maundy Thursday and at the foot of the Cross with him on Good Friday. It is one of the fundamental truths of Christianity that it is a way of life - lived with Christ and fellow Christians - not a solitary activity or something you do on Sunday morning.

Keeping Holy Week can be demanding both mentally and spiritually. During one week we are asked to enter a world of optimism which seems to be dashed; an intimate meal which ends in betrayal; we witness a rigged trial and mob justice ending in terrible suffering and a gruesome death and are asked to consider people who show every human frailty. Yet out of all this God brings resurrection and new life and hope and it is also with that that we are invited to join in on Easter Day. I hope that each one of you will take the opportunity that you are given in this Parish to follow the steps of Our Lord through Holy Week so that on Easter Day your Alleluias will indeed come from the heart.

Before we get to Holy Week, because Easter is so late this year we will be holding the Annual Parochial Church Meeting on Monday 7th April at 7.45pm in the Annexe. This is an opportunity to review the last year in the Parish and to elect Churchwardens and members of the Parochial Church Council, do make a note of the date in your diaries.

Wishing you all every Blessing for Holy Week

And a truly joyful Easter 

Your Priest and Vicar

Fr Nicholas Davis  

P.S. in case anybody does not know why the date of Easter can vary so much each year it is all to do with the Moon. Easter Day is the first Sunday after the first Full Moon after the Spring or Vernal Equinox. This year the Equinox falls on Thursday March 20th the next Full Moon is Tuesday April 15th and so Easter Day is Sunday April 20th.



Don't forget, this will be the All Saints Annexe on Monday 7th April at 745pm



The Art Exhibition is nearly with us again, and this will be held at All Saints Church, with a preview evening on Thursday 1st May and will run until Monday 5th May



As in previous years, we will not be doing house to house collections, but envelopes will be available in church, but there will be various in store colections at the Co-op at Fiveways and Abbotts Road and also a street collection in the town centre, if anyone can help



Revised Common Lectionary:- Year A


Sung Eucharist                   Sung Evensong


6th April PASSION SUNDAY    

All Age Eucharist                 Psalm 30

Ezekiel 37: 1 - 14                 Lamentations 3: 19 - 33

John 11: 1 - 45                    Matthew 20: 17 - 34


13th April PALM SUNDAY

Palm Gospel Matthew 21: 1 - 11

Isaiah 50: 4 - 9a                   Psalm 80

Philippians 2: 5 - 11                        Isaiah 5: 1 - 7

Passion according

    to Matthew            Matthew 21: 33 - 46



Exodus 12: 1 - 4 & 11 - 14                                    

I Corinthians 11: 23 - 26                                                    

John 13: 1 - 17 & 31b - 35                                   


18th April GOOD FRIDAY  

Isaiah 52: 13 - 53: 12                                 

Hebrews 4: 14 - 16 & 5: 7 - 9                                                        

The Passion according to John                                      



Genesis 1: 1- 2:4a

Exodus 14: 10 - 31 & 15: 20 - 21

Isaiah 55: 1 - 11

Romans 6: 3 - 11

Matthew 28: 1 - 10


20th April EASTER DAY

Acts 10: 34 - 43                     Psalm  105

Colossians 3: 1 - 4               Song of Solomon 3: 2

                                               & 8: 6 - 7

John 20: 1 - 18                     Revelation 1: 12 - 18          


27th April THE SECOND SUNDAY EASTER (Low Sunday)

Acts 2: 14a & 22 - 32          Psalm 30: 1 - 5           

I Peter 1: 3 - 9                        Daniel 6: 1 - 23

John 20: 19 - 31                   Mark 15: 46 - 16: end




1st        Feria in Lent 9.30am Eucharist at S. Cedd's     

            7.45pm Lent Group Meeting in the Annexe


3rd        Feria in Lent 10.00am Eucharist at All Saints'



           8.00 Eucharist at All Saints'

10.00am Parish All Age Eucharist at S. Cedd's

            6.30pm Sung Evensong at All Saints'



            7.45pm in the Annexe


8th       Feria in Lent 9.30am Eucharist at S. Cedd's                  

            7.45pm Lent Group Meeting in the Annexe


10th     Feria in Lent 10.00am Eucharist at All Saints'


13th     PALM SUNDAY

           8.00 Eucharist at All Saints'

           10.00am Procession of Palms

              & Parish Sung Eucharist at All Saints'

            6.30pm Sung Evensong at All Saints'


14th     Monday in Holy Week

           7.45pm Eucharist of Reconciliation at All Saints'


15th     Tuesday in Holy Week

           9.30am Eucharist at S. Cedd's


16th     Wednesday in Holy Week

            9.30am Stations of the Cross and Eucharist at All Saints'




17th     MAUNDY THURSDAY      

            11.00am Eucharist of the Chrism

               at Chelmsford Cathedral

            7.45pm Parish Sung Eucharist of the Last Supper

                Followed by watch until 10.00pm


18th     GOOD FRIDAY

            10.00am Stations of the Cross beginning at S. Cedd's

             2.00pm Liturgy of the Passion at All Saints'



            7.45pm Lighting of the Easter fire, vigil    

               and First Solemn Eucharist of Easter (with incense)


20th     EASTER DAY

           8.00 Eucharist at All Saints'

           10.00am Parish Sung Eucharist at All Saints'

            6.30pm  Sung Evensong at All Saints'



            9.30am Eucharist at S. Cedd's



            10.00am Eucharist at All Saints'


27th      THE SECOND SUNDAY OF EASTER (Low Sunday)

            8.00 Eucharist at All Saints'

            10.00am Parish Sung Eucharist at All Saints'

             6.30pm  Sung Evensong at All Saints'


29th      S. Catherine of Siena, V. & Dr. Patron of Europe

             9.30am Eucharist at S. Cedd's