Easter Message from Martin

  • 11 April 2020
  • Author: Gillian
  • Number of views: 269
Easter Message from Martin

Dear friends,

This comes with my very best wishes for Easter – and for Eastertide.

Just as Lent saw huge changes in the way we have had to do things, both as a church community and as members of the wider community, so we trust that the 50 days of Eastertide can see life return – towards a ‘new normal’.

We will all have been changed by the experiences of this public health crisis. So many lives and livelihoods have tragically been lost, but we have also seen that no one, no matter how deep their pain, need feel isolated. New local support networks have sprung up, priorities and perspectives have been reset, and new ways of being and doing have emerged. Amidst the suffering there has been transformation. As has been said, ‘to live is to change’, and this Easter our thanks to God for his gifts of life and of life renewed are more heartfelt than ever.

On behalf of us all, I am grateful to everyone who has been involved in maintaining and developing the life of our churches – in worship and in service – during this time.

Our website is now ‘bursting’ with resources, as are those of the Church of England and of our Diocese, and I hope you have been able to access and use them.

For Easter Day, I have recorded a video of an Easter Communion for us all, and Bishop John has recorded a podcast of his Easter sermon. We may not be able to gather together to celebrate, but these resources will offer us a chance still to worship together, in spirit and in truth.

They can downloaded from our website, from 8pm on Easter Eve: https://www.richmondhudswellparish.org.uk/Holy-Week-Easter

or, for the video: https://youtu.be/WrPLbwzBkSM

and the podcast: https://anchor.fm/st-marys-church-richmond/episodes/Easter-2020-A-Hard-Resurrection-eclc3q

With every blessing,


Holy Week Reflections

at St Mary's Church Online

  • 4 April 2020
  • Author: Gillian
  • Number of views: 293
Holy Week Reflections

We may all be at home, but we can still "be church" and journey through Holy Week together. 

Holy Week reflections available on here and on our podcast site for Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.  Please look on our Holy Week and Easter Resources page here for the written reflections and links to the podcasts (spoken reflections). 

Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Day resources will be available later in the week.  

The Palm Sunday Passion Gospel is available on our podcast site via the Holy Week and Easter Resource page.