Thinking of the community at Holy Trinity as the period of lockdown and social distancing continues, but also as Eastertide unfolds.
For those who like a video stream of a full service, the SEC is still offering on at 11 a.m. on Sunday mornings.
You also might find the attached reflection on praying at Holy Trinity at this time of interest. It is important that we stay connected as a church community and I am wondering whether the building can still serve as a focus in prayer and meditation. All your prayers at this time are certainly much appreciated and so are your continued financial contributions.
I wish you all a good 3rd week of Easter and send blessings from HT,
Holy Week is the most important time of the Church Year and although we will not be able to gather for public worship, the services of this most holy time will be observed privately in the sacred space of our church building. I very much hope that you’ll be able to join me in worship from your homes and use some of the resources available on our website.
Palm Sunday: Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem.
A service will be said at 10.30 a.m. and there will be a pew sheet, an audio recording of the first part of the service, a sermon and intercessions. You are especially invited to join in the first part of the service, the Blessing of the Palms (and perhaps have a branch from your garden or one made from paper ready). Palms will be blessed at church and we’ll sing the processional hymn ‘All glory laud and honour’ as we enter into the spiritual reality of Holy Week.
Stations of the Cross: There will be an audio recording available offering meditations on the Stations of the Cross (accompanied by pictures of our own set of stations at HT). This prayer resource may be used at any time during Holy Week. The reflections I’ve recorded are adapted from the Walsingham Pilgrim Manual of 2015.
Maundy Thursday: Recalling the Last Supper and the Watch in the Garden of Gethsemane.
A service will be said at 7.30 p.m. A Pew Sheet with the readings and some prayers as well as a sermon will be available as we mark the Institution of the Eucharist by recalling the Last Supper. While we will not be able to join in the Eucharist together, we can join the Watch with Christ from our homes – please commit to a watch slot (of perhaps 30 min) sometime between 8 p.m. and midnight (and let me know when you are planning to join the watch – it would be lovely if we could cover these four hours between us).
Good Friday: Recalling Jesus’ Passion and Death.
A service will be said at 6.30 p.m. An audio file of the Good Friday Liturgy will be available. Listen to and pray with the Collect, the Passion Gospel Reading, the Sung Reproaches and the Solemn Prayers set for this day.
The Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday: A service will be said at 9 p.m. at Holy Trinity. This service is the highlight of the celebrations of Holy Week as we make the transition from darkness to the new light of Easter. You may want to light a candle in your own home (as the new Paschal Candle is blessed in church) and listen to our recording of the first part of this ancient service, featuring the Exultet (the sung Easter Proclamation), a set of readings and psalms (pre-recorded by some members of our congregation), culminating in the Easter Gospel and the Renewal of our Baptismal Vows.
Easter Day: A service will be said at 10.30 a.m. There will a pew sheet with the readings, a sermon and intercessions for Easter (and perhaps even a hymn or two to sing along!).
Please join me in observing Holy Week and pray with other members of Holy Trinity as we find new ways of worship and Easter celebration.
Yours in Christ,
Although we are unable to gather for worship in the church, we are still Church.
We are providing resources on this website to help you remain part of the community at prayer, in communion with our sisters & brothers in Stirling and around the world.
These resources include:
A Message from Stirling Council & SVE
Stirling Council and Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise (SVE) has created a webpage offering community groups, individuals and businesses the opportunity to offer support to those most in need during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The Council and SVE continues to receive an unprecedented number of enquiries from residents, local groups and organisations seeking guidance on how to support vulnerable people and keep them safe during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The www.investinstirling.com/key-sectors/volunteering site will allow communities groups and individuals to register their interest and help the local authority to co-ordinate the influx of support offers coming in from across the Stirling area.
At present the Council and SVE are looking primarily for volunteers to undertake the roles below, although there will be a range of additional requirements emerging over the next few weeks:
- Befrienders to stay in touch with people over the telephone or using technology
- Volunteer drivers
- Volunteers to assist with essential groceries and collecting prescriptions
- Volunteers to assist with food preparation for vulnerable people.
The Council is working closely with its national partners, communities and third sector organisations to ensure that everyone in Stirling will have access to the local support they need to get through this challenging period.
Stirling Council Leader, Cllr Scott Farmer, said: “We work closely with Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise, the volunteering agency in the Stirling area, to connect people with volunteering opportunities that will make a big difference. It’s vital that we make sure the right help gets to the right people at the right time. In this ever-changing environment we’re ensuring that we capture every single offer of help available and get it directly to the most vulnerable. Anyone who can offer support and help should register online”.
Convener of the Community Planning & Regeneration Committee, Cllr Chris Kane, said: “Having a clear and central overview of all available support allows us to ensure we can support those most in need with timely and suitable volunteer support. This approach also ensures that the health of volunteers, and those they are there to support, is protected at all times
“We have been blown away by the response from our citizens, communities, local industry and third sector organisations who have demonstrated loudly and clearly that community spirit is alive and well right across Stirling.”
Natalie Masterson, Chief Executive of Stirlingshire Voluntary Enterprise said: “The voluntary sector has jumped into action to support Stirling’s most vulnerable citizens, with many organisations adapting their services and activities to meet the needs of the community during the crisis.
“They need volunteers desperately at this time, if you can volunteer to help your community tackle COVID 19 please do.”
Bishop Ian's Address to Synod
Read his address here: Charge to Synod 8 Mar 2020
Mothers Union Forth Valley Branch
We are a friendly group of twenty three ladies, now often joined by some gentlemen, if a monthly meeting is of interest to them.
As well as having regular meetings we work in the community:
a. to knit baby matinee jackets for the Larbert Hospital Neonatal Unit
b. to collect knickers, handbags, bath towels, toiletries and flip-flops for those in need.
Helen Kemp and Mary Kenyon would be very pleased to hear from you if you feel you could help. Please don't hesitate to join us if you are free and interested in a meeting. You don't have to be a member and you would be very welcome. It's more about fellowship and helping people.
Our programme this year is as follows (all subject to cancellation):
Tuesday 17 March
Visit to St Ninian's Cathedral, Perth to meet World Wide President Sharon Harper for prayer time and lunch
Wednesday 18 March - 2 pm
Lent Reflection led by Edna Ravey in her house
Wednesday 25 March
Lady Day, St John's Perth, Guest Speaker from Aberlour Children's Trust
Thursday 16 April
Coffee Meeting, Dunblane
Wednesday 20 May - 2.30
Music at Holy Trinity - Alistair Warwick, Director of Music
Thursday 18 June
Coffee Meeting, Dobbies, Stirling
Wednesday 16 July - 2 pm
Book Club discussion, venue tba
MU Link - Celtic Communion Services, 10.30 am at St Mary's, Dunblane:
1st Thursday of the month.
Services focus on a different aspect of the work of MU around the world, followed by tea and coffee
Pop-Up Café - St James, Dollar
1st Tuesday of the month
For further information please contact Helen Kemp or Mary Kenyon
HT Tots Cafe
More volunteers are needed for our ever-popular HT Tots Cafe on a Monday morning. To help is not onerous: we are looking for 2-3 people who would be willing to perhaps help out once a month (ca. 9.30 - 12 all in all), put out toys (and perhaps tables and chairs) but mainly make coffee, toast bagels and have a good time!
Could you help with this or know of someone who would enjoy volunteering in that way? Please contact us if you are interested.
For this year's Lent Fellowship Groups see Prayer Diary
Find our Church Magazine here
Explore the Diocesan website, which has lots of up-to-date news and photographs.