Special Services

  • United Deanery and Churches Together Taizé Service

    Sunday 8th March at 6.30pm

    All Saints’ Church, Botley

    Join with us and our friends from our other Deanery Churches and the Churches in Hedge End and West End, as we join together for a short, quiet evening service using the simple meditative chants of the Taizé Community in France to enhance our prayers for Holy Week.

  • Palm Sunday

    Sunday 5th April at 10.00am

    All Saints’ Church, Botley

    In this service we celebrate our Lord’s entry into Jerusalem with palm crosses, beginning with a procession from Botley Square at 9.45am.

    The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!” “Blessed is the king of Israel!” Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written: “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.
    John 12:12-19

  • Maundy Thursday Service

    Thursday 9th April at 7.30pm

    St. Peter’s Church, Curdridge

    At this truly moving service, we remember the Last Supper and Jesus’ promise to us. Things done and said by Jesus at that last supper with his disciples are the cornerstone of our church lives and identities.  It is at this meal that the first-ever Holy Communion was given and we remember it at every Eucharist Service.  During this service, we can be part of a unique moment in our church year, where we may have our feet washed just as the disciples did.  This is not compulsory and you will still appreciate fully this special service even if you omit this part. However as Christ washed the feet of Peter so, Bishop Christopher washes the feet of our clergy, and on Maundy Thursday they wash ours.

    I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.
    John 13:15

  • Good Friday

    Friday 10th April at 8.00am

    8am: All Saints’ Church, Botley
    Meditation and communion service.

    10am: All Saint’s Botley
    The Good Friday Parish walk will begin at 10am at All Saints’ Botley with a short service and from there we will walk to St. Peter’s, Curdridge, stopping along the way for bible readings. We have a short service at St. Peter’s then on towards Durley, pausing for more readings from the story of Good Friday.

    We will stop in the memorial hall in Durley for a picnic lunch if you have brought one, and a hot cross bun, then on to Holy Cross for a final service:

    1.30pm: Holy Cross, Durley

    This is a tremendous community event and is for everyone, whether they come to church or not. Dogs and children are welcome.
    Invite your friends and family.

    For those who do not wish to walk there is a meditation at Holy Cross at 11.45am and you will be most welcome to meet us at the Memorial Hall for lunch.

  • Easter Day

    Sunday 12th April at 6.00am

    6am: Holy Cross, Durley

    Easter Day, 12th April, begins at Holy Cross, Durley with the Dawn service at 6am. This is truly one of the most special services to be had at BCD churches.

    We start around a fire outside before dawn then move into the church for a candlelight service. A candle will be lit during this service for each church and will not be extinguished until it is used to light the new Easter candles.

    10am: Service in each of our three churches
    The 10am service is always a wonderful service where we can celebrate our Saviour’s resurrection.

    ‘He is risen indeed, hallelujah’

    We will dedicate the new Easter candle and have an Easter egg hunt for the children and young at heart after the service.

    Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified.
    He has risen! He is not here.
    See the place where they laid him.
    Mark 16:6

  • Ascension Day Service

    Thursday 21st May at 7.30pm

    St. Andrews Church, Meonstoke

    The Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, also known as Holy Thursday, Ascension Day, or Ascension Thursday, commemorates the bodily Ascension of Jesus into heaven.  Ascension Day is traditionally celebrated on a Thursday, the fortieth day of Easter and marks the end of Easter but the beginning of a period of waiting until Pentecost.

    But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.
    Acts 1:8-11