We are cancelling the Movie Night this Saturday- there wasn’t a lot of response, and the weather is predicted to be HOT and HUMID- two conditions that make the Parish Hall unpleasant. I hope you understand. Please do not feel badly- there are no bad feelings allowed for Summer Programming!
That being said, we are extending the food drive for the Chelmsford Food Pantry through the summer, and encourage you all to think of this when you start to come back to the Church for Sunday services. Food can be dropped off in the Narthex on Sundays or still left at the double glass doors near the office during the week.
Thank you all for your generosity- it helps so much!
I hope you are coming to tonight’s Easter Vigil service at 300 Apollo Dr. ( the same parking lot as at Christmas Eve.) Plan to arrive between 7:15-7:30pm. The service starts at 7:30pm.
We will be set up a little differently tonight. Instead of hanging the screen on the building- which was significantly complicated- we have rented a big truck to hang the screen on. We were originally planning on most parishioners sitting in staggered parking lot spaces- but given the temp predictions for a cold night- you can also choose to stay in your car, and be parked behind the sitters.
This might be a good option if you are either concerned about covid contact or just want to stay warm. When you pull into the lot, the usher will ask you which you would like to do- sit in a space or stay in your car. If you want to be sitting outside- dress for the cold and have fun doing it. ;- )
Masks are required. And don’t forget to bring bells to ring, an Easter donation to give if you can, and an open heart ready to worship.
You are all invited to join us for Morning Prayer in Zoom each day during Holy Week. The link is in your Sunday email from All Saints, or you can contact the office to have it sent to you. 978-256-5673 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The service room opens at 7:45am and the service starts at 8am. The service lasts approx. 20 minutes. Here are the order of services:
The prayers and readings for each station can be found in a booklet that is available in the Cloisters. Or, you can use the audio files we have created to take a “guided” tour of the prayer stations. You can access the files from your data phone by visiting this site and clicking on this button.
This year at All Saints’ we are using The Way of the Cross to pray the Stations of the Cross during Holy Week. Ten Stations have been set up outside of the church buildings, in an easy walk around. At each Station there is a “meditation box” that has been created by a parishioner for you to look at as you pray.
You can also pray the Stations at home, using these audio files. We hope these Stations of the Cross help you to enter into the mystery of Holy Week and Easter.
If you would like a copy of the booklet, you can download the pdf here:
The lilies surrounding the altar on Easter represent the memorial gifts of parishioners in remembrance of loved ones. You may also donate to the Episcopal Relief and Development Fund or to the ‘In Thanksgiving For’ category for donations to the Endowment Fund in memory of a loved one.
The Empty Tomb Pageant : a Filmed Play for the Easter Vigil Service
This pageant will tell the story of Mary Magdalene and her friends visiting the tomb on Easter morning, intent on performing burial rites, only to find the rock rolled back. She runs to get Simon Peter and John. The two disciples witness the empty tomb and return to their homes. Mary stays, crying. When Mary looks in the tomb she sees two angels in white. When she asks them where Jesus is, they tell her, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.” Then Mary turns to see a man she mistakes for a gardener, but he is Jesus, and when he says her name, she recognizes him.
The Pageant Plan: Filming the Tomb Scene
Our plan is to film the scene at the tomb with the 6 actors (Mary M. + the Disciples Simon Peter and John+2 angels + Jesus) all masked and socially distanced at the Chelmsford Lime Quarry on Sunday, March 21st in the afternoon. Since the kids will be masked, we will also ask that they join a zoom meeting to record the audio for the scene on a date prior to the filming.
Easter Angel Dancers
We will also have a simple, choreographed dance for all who would like to be an Easter Dancing Angel. The dance will also be filmed together- masked and socially distanced- at All Saints’ Church with the dancers framed in the cloisters (see photo). This filming will also be on Saturday , March 21st…time TBD.
Narrators and Alleluia Kids
The pageant will need narrators to read parts of the pageant. Narrators will record themselves reading at home.
We invite EVERY CHILD to dress up in their Easter celebration clothes- whatever that looks like in your family- and join the end of the video saying “Alleluia” or “He is Risen.” These videos can be made at your convenience and emailed to us prior to March 22nd.