We are one parish with the good fortune of having two churches in Surbiton with their own histories and styles.
We're coming up to the biggest week of the Church's year, Holy Week.
It's the week when we remember the last days of Jesus' life on earth, and then the first sight of his risen presence, burst from the tomb on Easter Day. Our services are full of drama.
It starts with Palm Sunday. Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and so we are not quite riding on a donkey, but certainly following a donkey down from St Mark's to St Andrew's walking all through the town to do it. Then, during the service, we stage a semi-dramatized version of the Bible's account of Jesus' arrest and trial. Our main services this year take place at St Andrew's.
On Maundy Thursday, we have probably the most moving service of the year. The church is beautiful. The service is an evening one, and so we remember in particular the Last Supper and Jesus' act of profound love in washing his disciples' feet. We then recall his journey to the garden, and his betrayal. The service concludes with the plaintive chant of a psalm as the altar and all the decorations are stripped out of the church. All are welcome to stay in quiet prayer until midnight (but you don't have to!)
On Good Friday, the church is bare. In the morning, children can come to experience worship afresh and think about the meaning of the Easter story. This is sensitively and creatively done with actions and symbols. Do join us From 12 noon, St Andrew's is open for meditative readings, and at 2pm, we enter the Good Friday liturgy, thinking about the Cross and laying our sins there. At 3pm, the service ends, the we depart from the Church, just as Christ departed the earth at this time on the Friday nearly 2000 years ago. Some churches celebrate his rising from the tomb at dawn on Sunday morning: we do it after dark on Saturday night, at a service known as "The Easter Vigil". It's the biggest service of the church's year. Amazing readings, the church in darkness, the ancient song the Exsultet sung, then light arrives as we celebrate Christ's bursting from the tomb. To be followed, if not by champagne, then by some fizz or other! On Easter Day, we have two big services, each with a baptism, either at 9.15 at St Mark's (especially for smaller children, followed by an Easter Egg hunt) or at 11am at St Andrew's, with the choir, the great hymns, and again an Easter Egg hunt. Glorious.
From life to death to new life, all in 8 days. Join us for all or part of the journey. Every year, its power amazes me.
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20 April 2014
Thursday 24th April
The Flying Circus Group will visit The Royal Courts of Justice for a Self Guided Tour led by Chris Ennis. Meet 10am Platform 1 Surbiton Station. All welcome, nothing to join, no need to book, just turn up. More info from Chris, Harry, or John 8399 5476.
Faith and Fun: 20-40something Social Group: We are touring Surbiton Pubs! @7pm: Duke Of York (2 for £14 burger deal). @8pm: The Victoria. @9pm: The Black Lion. @10pm: The Antelope for a pint of 'Surbiton' RSVP Eleanor.
Saturday 3rd May
1.30pm Children's Trail and visit to Southwark Cathedral. Trail aimed at Foundation/KS1 age children accompanied by parent or carer. Leaving Surbiton station at 11am. Please contact Celia O'Neill asap if interested.
Sunday 4th May
The Annual Meeting is taking place after the 9.15am All Age service at St. Mark's Church. Be a part of PCC: Every May, we hold PCC elections: the PCC stands for "Parochial Church Council" and meets once a month to assist the vicar in directing the church. Is this something you'd like to think about? Nomination forms are at the back of the church.
The Great St Mark's Parish Bake-off @3pm. Dust off your oven gloves, get out the flour and eggs and be ready to enter the parish bake-off. More details nearer the time. Judging 3pm, Tasting 4pm.