March 21st 2021
Lent 5 – Passion Sunday
Welcome to the weekly message for the Fifth Sunday of Lent which is also Passion Sunday.
This coming week sees the anniversary of when the country first went into lockdown. Since the first lockdown began in 2020, hundreds of thousands of people have died. Too many lives have been cut short and millions have been bereaved. Behind the statistics and whatever the cause, every death has been devastating for the people left behind.
On Tuesday 23 March, the first anniversary of the first UK lockdown, a National Day of Reflection is being held to reflect on our collective loss, support those who’ve been bereaved, and hope for a brighter future. Elstow Abbey will be open all day for individual prayer from 10:00am – 6:00pm.
There are still tough times ahead, as the death toll continues to rise. This annual day will give us all time to pause and think about this unprecedented loss we’re facing, and support each other through grief in the years to come. You will see on the attached poster you can also light a virtual candle.
This Sunday there will be a 09:00 Holy Communion from the FEPOW Chapel which will be live-streamed to our YouTube Channel:
And the 10:00am Parish Communion from the Abbey nave which will be live-streamed to our Facebook page:
At both services we will limit the numbers to a maximum of 30.
There is an online Zoom Sunday school this week at 11:00am (let me know if you’d like to join so a link can be sent to you).
As usual we will also gather at 11:30am via Zoom on Sunday for the weekly coffee and natter.
Rev’d Fr. Paul Messam
Priest-in-charge of the Elstow Abbey and Elstow Team.
Assistant Area Dean of Bedford
Bedford MK42 9XT