Cindi Cogswell, 31 Highfords, Icklesham

Palm Sunday on the 24th March begins Holy Week. This is the day when Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and was met with a jubilant crowd laying palm leaves in his way. How many children know this? A recent survey revealed that a significant number of children in Britain had little knowledge of the meaning of Easter and some thought that Jesus died at Christmas. Others believed that Rudolph and Jingle Bells resonating in shopping malls was the extent of Christmas. The fact is we do our children no favours for such confusion and more needs to be done to educate them on the scriptures. Many countries, often considered third world, have overtaken us in this essential knowledge and we seem to have slipped well behind. The Morning Worship for Palm Sunday is at 10.30 am in St Thomas’s Church and all are welcome to attend the service.

A meeting for Holy Week has been arranged by the Friends of Winchelsea Methodist Chapel on Wednesday 27th March at 7 for 7.30 pm. This time of fellowship and reflection will be led by the Revd Robin Robert under the theme of ‘Reflecting on the Road to Glory’. All are warmly invited to the Chapel and light refreshments will be provided before the talk from 7 pm.

The Friends of the Ancient Monuments & Museum are holding Cellar Tours on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st March in aid of the Pipewell Gate Appeal Fund. Both tours start at 11 am and the cost is £5 p.p. Please meet at the Town Well in Castle Street.

The Easter services at St Thomas’s Church begin on Maundy Thursday 28th March at 8 pm for a Communion Service. This service will commemorate Jesus’ last supper with his disciples on the eve of the crucifixion. Also on Maundy Thursday St Thomas’s Primary School breaks up for the Easter holidays. Castle Class plan to take their art creations to Rye and join in the Carnival. This year the theme is water and the children will walk around the town with an array of hand-crafted fish on bamboo canes.

Good Friday’s services on the 29th March will start at 12 noon for half an hour, with the last in the Lent series of Stations of the Cross led by Michael McFadyean. The Good Friday Meditation service begins at 2.30 till 4 pm and consists of a meditative ninety-minute series of readings, congregational hymns and periods of silence.

On Easter Sunday, 31st March, the annual Sunrise Service at 6.30 am will be held on the beach at the end of Dogs Hill and friends from St Thomas’s and St Richard’s Church will be joined by members of Rye Baptist Church. After a grand celebration of Jesus’ resurrection all are invited to St Richard’s Church where breakfast will be served.

A Paperback Book Fair will be held in St Thomas’s Church on Saturday 6th April from 10.30 am to 4 pm. If you are able to help for an hour or so with selling teas or books please let the Churchwardens know. The Book Fair will run alongside the Church Market on that day so plenty of refreshments available and the proceeds are in aid of church funds.

Winchelsea Beach

The Palm Sunday service in St Richard’s Church will be led by Revd Howard Norton, beginning at 9.15 am on the 24th March. Please come along if you can and enjoy some time together.

An evening of Bingo will take place in the Community Hall this Wednesday 27th March at 7 for 7.30 pm. There are prizes to be won for winning numbers and light refreshments will be available.

A Table Sale, the first this year will be on Easter Saturday, 30th March at 2 pm in the Community Hall. Buyers and sellers are always welcome and the number to ring if you would like to book a table is 01797 224820.

The Easter Sunday Sunrise Service on 31st March will begin at 6.30 am on the Beach by Dogs Hill. Don’t forget that the clocks go forward one hour as well. St Thomas’s, St Richard’s and Rye Baptist Church will be joining together in the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection and after the service breakfast will be provided at St Richard’s Church.