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Churches are closed until further notice due to the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. Please see below and also our Church at Home web page for ways to worship during this time.

Weekly Resources Church@Home Click here or on the logo on the left to access our Weekly Resources for parents to use with children and young people at home. If you would like to receive a weekly email of story and craft ideas from Matt our Children & Youth Leader then,  please let him know by email

Online Worship for Sunday 29th March 2020 - Passion Sunday

As a Team Ministry, we are producing a weekly video of a short act of worship. Today's service for Passion Sunday is led by Rev'd Alex Jeewan. Please click here or on the image on the right to see and listen to this 30 minute service. The text for this service can be downloaded here and is shown below.  The readings can be followed in this week's Grapevine here. Also you can download previous Online Services here. Online service 27 March 2020ed


Today we enter Passiontide: commemorating the intense period leading to Jesus’s own suffering on the cross. As we too feel so much anxiety and uncertainty, let us hold firm, knowing that Christ trod this path before us. You might like to light a candle at home while you use this leaflet, symbolising Jesus as the Light of the World: and to say the prayers and readings out loud.


We gather together, united in purpose though separate in place, in the name of God, our Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer.
We say together (or why not sing!) an opening hymn:

     Praise to the Holiest in the height,
      And in the depth be praise:
    In all His words most wonderful;
      Most sure in all His ways.

    O loving wisdom of our God,
      When all was sin and shame,
    The second Adam to the fight
      And to the rescue came.

    O generous love! that He, who smote
      In man for man the foe,
    The double agony in man
      For man should undergo.

    And in the garden secretly,
      And on the cross on high,
    Should teach His brethren, and inspire
      To suffer and to die.

    Praise to the Holiest in the height,
      And in the depth be praise:
    In all His words most wonderful;
      Most sure in all His ways.

The Lord is here:   His Spirit is with us.      
We have come together as the family of God in this community. And especially we thank you, Heavenly Father, for your family, the Church; and for your love in sending us your Son Jesus to live and die and rise again to bring us close to you. Help us to pray to you in faith, to sing your praise with gratitude, and to listen to your word with eagerness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayers of Penitence  

God shows his love to us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Let us then show our love for him by confessing our sins in penitence and faith.

Lord our God, in our sin we have avoided your call. Our love for you is like a morning cloud, like the dew that goes away early. Have mercy upon us; deliver us from judgement; bind up our wounds and revive us; in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hearing God's forgiveness  

May the God of love and power forgive us and free us from our sins, heal and strengthen us by his Spirit, and raise us to new life in Christ our Lord. Amen.


We now follow the readings on the Grapevine:

Collect (the special prayer for today)
First Reading: Romans Chapter 8, verses 6-11
Gospel reading: St John’s Gospel, Chapter 11, verses 1-45


You may wish to read the Reflection on the Grapevine. In a moment of quiet, think what message this may have for you, and ask God to help you live it out in your life this week.

We declare our faith together

        We believe and trust in God the Father,
        from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.
        We believe in God the Son,
        who lives in our hearts through faith, and fills us with his love.
        We believe in God the Holy Spirit,
        who strengthens us with power from on high.
        This is our faith. We believe and trust in one God;
        Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.


Prayers of Intercession

Father of all, we come to you longing for peace and health throughout your world. Help us to trust that throughout our anxiety and difficulties, your loving purposes will prevail, and to hold to your loving promise of a new creation where pain will cease and tears be wiped from every eye.
Lord in your mercy            Hear our prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, you suffered and gave your life that we might live. You taught us to love our neighbour, and to care for those in need as if we cared for you. Give us strength to comfort the fearful, to bring help to the sick, and to reassure the isolated. May we and your whole Church throughout the world stand as a beacon of your love.
Lord in your mercy            Hear our prayer

God of compassion, be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation, especially ……do name those on your own heart. In their loneliness, be their consolation; in their anxiety, be their hope; in their darkness, be their light.
Lord in your mercy            Hear our prayer

Gracious God, give skill, sympathy and resilience to all caring for the sick, and wisdom to all seeking a cure. Strengthen them with your Spirit, that through their work many will be restored to health. Give wisdom to our government; energy to all key workers and volunteers; and keep us mindful of each other.
Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.    Amen.

Sharing Christ’s Peace  

Once we were far off, but now in union with Christ Jesus we have been brought near through the shedding of Christ’s blood: for he is our peace.
The peace of the Lord be always with you. And also with you.    
As you say this, hold in your mind all who are joining in these prayers today.

The Lord’s Prayer        

Let us pray together as Jesus has taught us

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come, thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

We ask God’s grace for the week ahead

Heavenly Father, may your strength sustain us in joy and in sorrow. May your peace enfold us in our waking and in our sleeping, and may your presence be with us now and always: in the name of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.  
We say (or sing!) a final hymn:
Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with thee;
Thou changest not, thy compassions, they fail not
As thou hast been thou forever wilt be.
Great is thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed thy hand hath provided—
Great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!

Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,
Sun, moon and stars in their courses above,
Join with all nature in manifold witness
To thy great faithfulness, mercy and love. Great is …..

Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,
Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide;
Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside! Great is….
May the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit, be with us all now and evermore: and may we go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ.  Amen.

Christian Copyright Licence no 2292341. Common Worship, from which material used in this service is taken, is © The Archbishops' Council of the Church of England, 2000-2006

For more resources for worshipping together as a family, please click here.

You may also wish to join in with other churches who are live-streaming their services this Sunday via Facebook live. Please find the link here to St John the Baptist Church in Epping.

There are many resources you may want to use to help you establish a prayer rhythm during this time and you can find the link here.

Please let us know which of these resources you find helpful so we can continue to produce them. Also, we would gratefully receive any ideas you may have as we work out how to serve you during this time.

And, until we meet again, may the  God of compassion, whose Son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary, shared the life of a home in Nazareth, and on the cross drew the whole human family to himself: strengthen us in our daily living that in joy and sorrow we may know the power of his presence to bind together and to heal; and the blessing of God Almighty, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be amongst us and remain with us always. Amen.

With love,

The Saffron Walden Team Ministry

Please also see our Church at Home web page for other ways to worship during this time.



Our usual pattern of Sunday Services can be seen below:

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Each Sunday there is  a traditional Holy Communion service at 8am without music or singing. There is also a service at 10am which involves the choir and music and takes the form of Holy Communion except on most third Sundays of the month when there is a family service.  Tea, coffee and biscuits are served after the 10am services when there is plenty of time to meet new people and ask more questions. There are also services each Sunday afternoon or evening which vary each week - see below.

Holy Communion at 8am (BCP)

This early morning communion service uses the traditional language of the Book of Common Prayer. There are no hymns, and there is a short sermon or talk. The service takes 40 minutes.

Team JC at 9.45am

Team JC (Our Sunday School) is for children aged 3 to 11 and meets on Sundays during term time, except  when there is a Family Service (usually the 3rd Sunday of each month).  Starting with breakfast in the Parish Rooms at 9.45am and finishing in the Church at 11.15am, there are stories, games and craft.

Holy Communion at 10am

The communion service that is usually on the first, second, fourth and fifth Sundays uses modern language liturgy from Common Worship and includes hymns along with a sermon.  During this time our children’s group, Team JC, meets nearby in the Parish Rooms and joins us just before we receive communion.  The service lasts about an hour and a quarter and refreshments are served afterwards. See photos taken at one of our 10am Holy Communion services.

Family Service at 10am

Usually on the third Sunday each month there is a shorter and more informal service which includes drama, a mix of contemporary songs and hymns and a short talk.   This lasts about 45 minutes and refreshments are served afterwards.

Holy Communion at 11.45am

This said service in modern language usually takes place on the third Sunday of the month, following the family services, and includes bible readings, a short sermon and prayers of intercession.  It is held in the North Chapel.

Holy Communion with Prayers for Wholeness and Healing.

This service of Holy Communion usually takes place on the 3rd Sunday of the month (6.30pm in Summer and 4pm in winter) and has a focus on prayers for healing. It includes hymns and a short talk and is held in the South Chapel.

Choral Evensong

This usually takes place on the 2nd Sunday of the month (6.30pm in Summer and 4pm in winter) and lasts an hour. Using the liturgy from the Book of Common Prayer this service includes an anthem and musical settings sung by the choir along with hymns and a sermon. To find out more have a look at our Choral Evensong service sheet.


A said service using the Book of Common Prayer which usually takes place on the 4th and 5th Sundays of the month (6.30pm in Summer and 4pm in winter)

Taizé Service

A Taizé service involves sung and chanted prayers, meditation, a period of silence, and liturgical readings. This takes places on Sunday afternoons/evenings several times a year in the North Chapel and lasts about 45 minutes. Download a past service sheet to give you a better idea about this service. Find out more about the Taizé Community here.

H2H at 6.30pm

(Highway to Heaven)  All are invited to our café-style worship led by our youth group, Aftershock.  H2H takes place in the Parish Rooms at 6.30pm on the 1st Sunday of each month.  Cake, coffee and tea provided. All welcome – young and old!