St Thomas the Apostle, Parish Church of Groombridge, East Sussex, United Kingdom Diosese of Chichester


As well as our regular services during the Easter Period, we have additional services during Holy Week, with a procession through the village on Good Friday and the New Fire Service on Saturday evening.

Services in Holy Week

8:00 pm Monday 21st March
Monday of Holy Week - Reflection & Compline

This is a short service of Refection ending with Compline, the final church service of the day. The English word Compline is derived from the Latin completorium, as Compline is the completion of the working day.
The word was first used in this sense about the beginning of the 6th century by St. Benedict.

8:00 pm Tuesday 22nd March
Tuesday of Holy Week - Reflection & Compline

8:00 pm Wednesday 23rd March
Wednesday of Holy Week - Stations of the Cross

 The Stations of the Cross are also called the Via Dolorosa or Way of Sorrows, or simply, The Way. In Jerusalem, the Via Dolorosa is believed to be the actual path that Jesus walked, and the stations there, the actual places the events occurred.

 The tradition of moving around the Stations to commemorate and reflect upon the Passion of Christ began with St. Francis of Assisi and extended throughout the Church in the medieval period.

 It is most commonly done during Lent, especially on Good Friday, but it also done on other days as well, especially Wednesdays during Holy Week.

8:00 pm Thursday 24th March
Maundy Thursday - Sung Eucharist with Vigil

Maundy Thursday, also known as Holy Thursday is the Christian holy day, falling on the Thursday before Easter.

It commemorates the Maundy and Last Supper of Jesus with his disciples as described in the gospels.  

9:30 am Friday 25th March
Good Friday - Liturgy of the Cross

9:30 am Liturgy of the Cross
9:30 am Good Friday hour for children in school
10:30 am Hot Cross Buns
11:20 am Procession with Cross through village
12:00 to 3:00 pm Church open for private prayer and reflection

8:00 pm Saturday 26th March
Holy Saturday - New Fire service

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Revd Sharon Francis MA BTh - The Vicarage, 4 The Close, Corseley Road, Groombridge TN3 9SE
Telephone 01892 864265
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