Holy Week and Easter
From Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem to his crucifixion and resurrection, Christians through the ages have found that recalling these last days in the life of Jesus continue to have a life-changing effect on us in the present. We welcome you to journey with us through the liturgies, devotions and activities of this holiest week of the year.
Palm Sunday | 10 April
- Palm Procession and Parade, 10:15am
Join us as we mark Jesus's triumphant entry into Jerusalem in a lively procession down Pitshanger Lane. We gather outside The Village Inn pub to parade to St Barnabas Church with palms and joyful songs.
- Sung High Mass, 10.30am
Palm Sunday worship continues at St Barnabas Church after the parade. During this Eucharist the poignant story of Jesus' journey to the cross, the Passion, is brought to life in a powerful sung setting. Our talented choir and soloists perform the roles of Jesus, Pilate, the Pharisees and the crowds.
- Come and Sing “Amazing Grace” with Henry Tozer – Fundraiser for Christian Aid's Ukraine Crisis Appeal, 3–5pm
Join the Ealing Gospel Choir for this come and sing experience under the inspirational teaching of Henry Tozer. Together we'll learn a simple yet powerful arrangement by Henry of the classic soul hymn "Amazing Grace". No singing experience required! Then join the choir to sing this on Easter Sunday (17 April, 10:30 a.m.) during communion. Click here to book.
There will also be a Bring and Buy Home Produce table during this event. Bring along any homemade preserves or baked goods during to the morning service or “Come and Sing” event to sell in aid of the Ukraine Crisis Appeal.
Monday to Wednesday in Holy Week l 11-13 April
- Stations of the Cross followed by Sung Compline, 8pm
Join us as we recall the final few hours of Jesus' life in Stations of the Cross, followed by the ancient service of Compline.
Maundy Thursday I 14th April
- High Mass of the Last Supper (with washing of feet & vigil), 8pm
A meditative service with the washing of feet and the stripping of the church to mark the night before Jesus was betrayed.
Good Friday | 15th April
- Walk of Witness, 9:30am (meet in front of Village Inn)
Christians from all over Ealing gather to mark Good Friday. We will meet outside the Village Inn at 9.30 to walk to Ealing Abbey and Christ the Saviour.
- Children’s Workshop, 10:30–12pm
Join us to for some fun, interactive crafts together with hot cross buns and drinks as we prepare for Easter.
- Liturgy of Good Friday, 2pm
A service reflecting on the great sacrifice of Christ, with Veneration of the Cross. The choir will sing a powerful setting of the Passion.
- Drop-In Veneration of the Cross, 3–5pm
The large cross will be set out on the front garden of the church. You are invited to stop in to make personal prayers at the foot of the cross with time to reflect on the power of the crucifixion.
Holy Saturday | 16th April
- Church Cleaning, 10am–12pm
The church building is prepared for the celebration of Easter. Come along to add to the numbers of a joyful band of volunteers as we clean, polish and flower arrange. Sustenance in the form of hot cross buns and other refreshments!
- Great Vigil and First Mass of Easter, 8pm
Enter into one of the most powerful acts of worship in the Christian calendar, the Easter Liturgy. We light the new fire, mark the Easter candle with the sign of the cross and sing an ancient hymn. At a poignant moment, the lights are switched on, the bells are rung and the church is filled with flowers.
Easter Day I 17th April
- Said Mass (BCP), 8am
Start Easter Sunday with this short spoken service of Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel, using the beautiful liturgy of the 1662 Book of Common prayer.
- Family High Mass, 10.30am
The new Bishop of Willesden will lead us in this a celebration of new life and hope, with popular Easter hymns and a child-friendly sermon. New Christians will be baptised, confirmed and admitted to Holy Communion. Don't miss the symphony of handbells rung by the children to celebrate the Easter Victory! Following the service there will be a bring-and-share celebration lunch in the hall.
- Easter Egg Hunt, 12pm in the church grounds
Children are invited to join the fun on Easter day, hunting for hidden Easter eggs in the church grounds after the High Mass.