Everyone is welcome to All Saints’ Church as we journey towards the Crucifixion and onwards to Resurrection.
Holy Week starts on Palm Sunday, 25th March, when we receive palm crosses at the 8.00am and 9.30am Services to remember Jesus’s entry to Jerusalem, greeted by cheering crowds.
By Maundy Thursday, 29th March, the mood has changed and the Service at 7.30pm recalls the Last Supper, when Jesus talked to his friends about his death as he blessed the bread and wine. When Judas had slipped away to betray him, the other disciples followed Jesus as he went to pray in the Garden of Gethsemane, so from 9.00pm to midnight the Lady Chapel, decorated earlier with greenery and candles, is open for the Watch of Prayer – come and go as you like during this time.
Good Friday, the day of Jesus’s crucifixion, is marked first by the Procession of the Cross when people of all the Banstead Five Churches join to follow the cross through the streets of Banstead, starting at All Saints’ car park at 10.00am and ending at the United Reformed Church. At several points we pause to read and reflect on a short Bible passage, and maybe sing a hymn. Then at All Saints’ at noon we begin three hours of guided thought and prayer, readings and music (again you can come and go as you wish), moving at 1.30pm into the Good Friday service which includes the choir singing the ancient and beautiful ‘Reproaches’ and a chance to kneel before the cross. We leave in silence.
A short penitential service marks Holy Saturday.
At dawn on Easter Day (1st April) at the 6.00am Service the Easter candle is lit from the fire kindled outside the church. The light is brought into the church, and we rejoice: Christ is Risen! But some, especially families with children, prefer the joyous Service at 9.30am – and after that young people can hunt for Easter eggs in the churchyard. For those who love music the Festal Choral Evensong at 6.30pm makes a beautiful end to the day.