Good Friday at St Matthew & St Wilfrid Sunderland

Good Friday is the day the church stops to remember Jesus death on the cross, his ultimate sacrifice, the price he paid for us all.

At St Matthew & St Wilfrid Sunderland there are two opportunities to join us and share in refelction and worship as we come to the foot of the cross. Everyone is welcome to join us.

At 12:30pm we will be holding our Good Friday Worship servce at Doxford Park Community Centre. This informal and interactive service of reflection and prayer is based around the stations of the cross and helps come closer to the foot of the cross as we think more about the events of Good Friday.

At 2:00pm we have the tradditional Good Friday Solemn Liturgy at The Parish Church. In this rich symbolic service we enter the pain of Good Friday and spend time in penitence, prayer and silence.

Do also join us on Easter Sunday for our services:

Sunday 21st April 9:15am Easter Communion at Doxford Park Community Centre

Sunday 21st April 10:45am Easter Communion at The Parish Church

Maundy Thursday at St Matthew & St Wilfrid Sunderland

On Maundy Thursday the church gathers in many ways through its different traditions to remember the events of the night before Jesus crucifixion. From the last supper to washing of the disciples feet by Jesus and then his betrayal in the garden of Gethsemane.

At St Matthew & St Wilfrid’s we will be gathering on Maundy Thursday in two distinct ways.

At 9:15am Holy Communion at Haddington Vale, Doxford will include a ceremonial washing of hands.  We will wash one another’s hands in a deep spirit of love, preparing one another to enter into the service of God who came among us as a servant, and to love and serve one another as Christ loves and serves us.

At  7:00pm Holy Communion at The Parish Church will be concluded with the stripping of the sanctuary where we carefully and lovingly remove the  cross, vessels, linens and candles from the altar. We strip the altar to bare wood and what is left is vulnerable, as we think Jesus arrested, vulnerable and taken away. Someone turns out the lights and the congregation files out in silence.

Both services are full of power and symbolism and bring us closer to the cross of Christ, please join us for one or even both if you can. Everyone is welcome.

At Look out for details of our other services at St Matthew & St Wilfrid during Holy Week

Friday 19th April 12:30am Good Friday Worship at Doxford Park Community Centre

Friday 19th April 2:00pm Good Friday Solemn Liturgy at The Parish Church

Sunday 21st April 9:15am Easter Communion at Doxford Park Community Centre

Sunday 21st April 10:45am Easter Communion at The Parish Church

Reconciliation in Holy Week

We live in a divided world, we war with one another over things global, national and local and as a result reconciliation is one of our greatest needs and at the heart of the Christian faith.

At St Matthew & St Wilfrid’s Sunderland we will be holding our annual reconcilation service this Holy week on Tuesday 16th April at 7pm at The Parish Church.

The service is inspired by the Coventry litany of reconcilation that followed the bombing at Coventry Cathedral in the Second World War. This service is an opportinty to reach out to others and to ask for God’s forgiveness. Everyone is welcome and there will be refreshments after the service. Please do come and join us.

Look out for details of our other services at St Matthew & St Wilfrid during Holy Week

Wednesday 17th April 9:30am Holy Communion at The Parish Church

Thursday 18th April 9:15am Holy Communion at Haddington Vale, Doxford

Thursday 18th April  7:00pm Maundy Thursday Communion at The Parish Church

Friday 19th April 12:30am Good Friday Worship at Doxford Park Community Centre

Friday 19th April 2:00pm Good Friday Solemn Liturgy at The Parish Church

Sunday 21st April 9:15am Easter Communion at Doxford Park Community Centre

Sunday 21st April 10:45am Easter Communion at The Parish Church

Palm Sunday at St Matthew & St Wilfrid’s

As we enter Holy Week here at St Matthew & St Wilfrid’s please come and join us for one of our Palm Sunday Services on Sunday 14th April 2019

9:15 at Doxford Park Community Centre  A service of Worship and the Word as we remember Jesus triumphant entry into Jeruslam, a mix of modern and tradional worship, a service of blessing and reflection. All ages are welcome.

10:45 at The Parish Church A service of Holy Communion beginning with a procession and shouts of joy, journeying into the story of Palm Sunday. A traditional parish communion service for all. All ages are welcome.

Look out for details of our other services at St Matthew & St Wilfrid during Holy Week

Tuesday 16th April 7:00pm Service of Reconciliation  at The Parish Church

Wednesday 17th April 9:30am Holy Communion at The Parish Church

Thursday 18th April 9:15am Holy Communion at Haddington Vale, Doxford

Thursday 18th April  7:00pm Maundy Thursday Communion at The Parish Church

Friday 19th April 12:30am Good Friday Worship at Doxford Park Community Centre

Friday 19th April 2:00pm Good Friday Solemn Liturgy at The Parish Church

Sunday 21st April 9:15am Easter Communion at Doxford Park Community Centre

Sunday 21st April 10:45am Easter Communion at The Parish Church