Just some of the special events happening over Holy Week and Easter in the Diocese of Gloucester.
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Throughout the Easter period
Cheeky Chick Easter Trail and family craft
Venue and time: Gloucester Cathedral, 1-16 April (excluding Good Friday, 7 April)
Description: Visitors can collect a trail sheet from the Cathedral Welcome Desk, which will task them with finding a flock of cheeky chicks that have escaped around the Cathedral while learning more about the beautiful building and the Easter story.
Fun family craft activities are also being held in the Chapter House on Tuesday 11, Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 April, 12.30-3.30pm. Book here: Easter Family Activity Sessions
Saturday, 1 April
Venue and time: St Bartholomew’s, Coaley, 10am to 12pm
Description: Hear the Easter story, plus crafts, painting and refreshments. Children of all ages welcome.
Stainer’s Crucifixion and Magnificat and Nunc Dimitis in B flat
Venue and time: St Mary’s Church, Fairford, 7.30pm
Description: Fairford & District Choral Society will be performing Stainer’s Crucifixion and Magnificat and Nunc Dimitis in B flat at St Mary’s Church, Fairford. Tickets cost £15 and are on sale at Fairford Opticians.
Palm Sunday, 2 April
Palm Sunday service
Venue and time: Gloucester Cathedral, 10.15am
Description: Palm Sunday marks the start of Holy Week, and is the day on which we come together to remember Christ’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. All are welcome to this service, which will also be live-streamed.
Monday 3 April
Sportily North Gloucester celebration
Venue and time: Twigworth, Innsworth and Longford, from 11am
Description: A free fun family day out full of sports, games, Easter Egg hunt, food and fun to celebrate the work of Sportily in the local area.
Wednesday 5 April
Easter egg hunt
Venue and time: St Bartholomew’s, Lower Cam, 11am to 1pm
Description: A family fun day, with Easter egg hunt and crafts in church. Open to all.
Maundy Thursday, 6 April
Diocesan Chrism Eucharist
Venue and time: Gloucester Cathedral, 11am
Description: All are warmly welcome to attend The Chrism Eucharist which will feature the blessing of holy oils and will be led by The Right Revd Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester. There will also be a Maundy Thursday Eucharist at 7.30pm.
Sportily – Active Easter Explore
Venue and time: Blakeney Youth Club, Cinderford Road, Blakeney, GL15 4DZ, 10am to 12 noon
Description: A free family event engaging with themes from the Easter story, through activities and craft. Families are welcome to stay and eat together after the session, please bring own lunch.
Good Friday, 7 April
The Way of the Cross
Venue and time: Gloucester Cathedral, 10.30am
Description: A powerful piece of theatre which re-enacts the last few hours before Jesus’ death. It will begin at the Cathedral at 10.30am, before moving along the streets of Gloucester. The Liturgy of Good Friday will then take place in the Nave of the Cathedral from 12 noon, a solemn three-hour devotion at the cross. The Cathedral Choir will also perform Bach’s ‘St John Passion’ at 7pm; all are welcome, with tickets available to book in advance via the Cathedral website.
Venue and time: Holy Trinity Church, Minchinhampton, time TBC
Description: Share hot cross buns and help to make an Easter garden.
Holy Saturday, 8 April
Easter bonnet competition
Venue: All Saints’ Church, Longhope, 2pm to 4pm
Description: The church will be decorated with over 60 lilies, which have been sponsored by villagers in memory of loved ones. The church will be open for tea and cake and an Easter Bonnet competition and parade, featuring a friendly miniature pony Berry.
Easter Sunday, 9 April
Sunrise bonfire service
Venue: The Christian Adventure Centre, Viney Hill, starts 5am
Description: The Revd David Gardiner from Lydney Parish will be leading a simple, informal act of worship with Bible readings, prayers and singing around a bonfire to welcome the dawn and celebrate Christ’s resurrection. Finishing with hot drinks and a simple breakfast.
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Can we join for Easter sunrise service
Hello Boyd – yes the Viney Hill sunrise service will start at 5am. Location and contact information are on their website: https://vineyhilladventure.org/contact/