Resources and services for Easter and beyond
Churches across Harborough have been increasing their online presence (and making use of the post for people without internet access) in order to encourage worship, prayer and meditation over the Easter period.
A special Easter assembly for Market Harborough for children and their families to watch at home has been produced, with the support of all the ministers of Harborough Churches Together. This assembly was produced and led by Revs Andy Giles, Stephen Haward, Alison Iliffe, James Pickersgill and Andy Murphy, and can be watched online here: School Easter Assembly 2020.
Here is a summary of the arrangements for each church. You can also access their websites via the “Town churches” button on the left for more information.
Anglican Church (Church of England)
Services via the video conferencing site Zoom.us. These include reflective services every day in Holy Week, including Saturday, and an interactive service on Sunday. To join these, which are open to all, you will need a passcode and possibly a password (due to Zoom’s increased security, rather than the church limiting access) which is available for each event via the website - www.harborough-anglican.org.uk/new-events.
Everything is through our website and so there will be messages and reflections for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday, including Holy Communion on Thursday and Sunday. As well as messages and reflections we also have lots of worship, prayer, Bible study, and other resources on one page for everyone to make use of during this time. Here are our addresses:
Easter Day there is an audio service at 10.30 am via the Church website www.mhcongregational.church which also has other resources. For those out for their daily exercise, there is an Easter garden being created in front of the chapel as a sign of new life and hope.
Harborough Community Church
We are having a virtual Communion Service on Good Friday at 11:00 and on Sunday an Easter talk plus things for kids. These are downloadable from the HCC website or on Youtube: www.harboroughcommunitychurch.org.uk.
Living Rock Church
On Friday we'll be releasing two new 'Worship at Home' playlists on Spotify and YouTube - one for kids, one for everyone else. We will also be releasing a Good Friday Encouragement video (part of a series of encouragement videos we're doing) at 8.00 am on Good Friday - this will be showing on our Online Church Platform and our YouTube channel.
On Easter Sunday we'll be live streaming our gathering at 10:30am. There will be an Easter message along with a virtual egg hunt for children. Also there will be resources for parents and children to use to support the message. People can join in and watch the whole thing online here: livingrock.online.church (note that this platform includes a chat facility, prayer requests and integrated Bible app). Resources for parents/kids can be found here: livingrock.church/hotrock
People can also follow us on social media and check our website throughout the weekend for Easter-related content.
We encourage one another to pray at certain times (and light a candle on a Sunday night) and to remember we are never alone. We are trying to support our congregation and our neighbours who may be in need, and trying to coordinate help whenever requests reach us. Our Circuit Website is a central forum where we are trying to give people thoughtful and helpful resources for prayer, reflection and encouragement. And our new YouTube Channel is posting regular video messages to try to offer some encouragement. For Good Friday, we will be inviting people to put a palm cross in their window, or to carry one with them on their daily exercise walk.
Roman Catholic Church
Regular members are kept informed via the website www.olvic.com (250 emails go out every week) with suggested prayers, reflections etc. A large number of Churches are streaming daily Mass, and also will be streaming all the Holy Week services. All can be found on www.churchservices.tv. It is a matter of “take your pick” from the many choices offered.