Faith news round-up: A very holy week ahead

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This week is important in the Christian and Sikh faith calendars.

This is the most solemn week of the Christian year – Holy Week – and is leads us up to Easter. It is the week during which Christians particularly remember the last days of Jesus’s life.

Holy Week begins today, Palm Sunday (April 13).

Meanwhile, Vaisakhi and the Khalsa, also spelled Baisakhi, is one of the most important dates in the Sikh calendar. It is the Sikh New Year festival and is celebrated on April 13 or 14. It also commemorates 1699, the year Sikhism was born as a collective faith. That year, the 10th guru, Guru Gobind Singh, chose Vaisakhi as the occasion to transform the Sikhs into a family of soldier saints, known as the Khalsa Panth.

Next week: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday (Christian)


Hemel’s Expression Academy is running an event in collaboration with South Hill Church, taking place from Thursday April 17 to Sunday April 20.

This will include several fun workshops (art, dance, drama, marshmallow bunnies, Easter garden making and more) as well as a theatre performance and a live art exhibition.

Call 07969869405, email or go online to to find out more or get involved.


Twelve hours of non-stop prayer, worship and creativity is coming with Expressions Academy.

What? As part of the Easter Extravaganza (above) Expressions is also running 12 hours of prayer and worship in the town centre prayer room, with plenty of space and resources to engage with God in a variety of ways.

When? Easter Saturday April 19 from 7pm to 7am.

Due to the situation with fob access to the building please arrive at 7pm, 10pm, 1pm or 4pm if possible or contact Expressions prior to the event if you have different plans (avoid a phone ringing throughout prayer). Organiser say people may attend for however long they wish.

Where? Hamilton House, 111 Marlowes, HP11BB – the red office block building opposite the market square. The prayer room is situated on floor 2. Entry will be through the back of the building on the one-way road. There should be road parking spaces at this time but this is not guaranteed. Anyone attending is asked not to park in the spaces belonging to the building.

More info? Email or go online to


Late last year Angela English stepped down as co-ordinator for the flower arrangers. As she explained, she had been doing it for over 40 years and it was time for a change.

Over the decades Angela has also been verger and recently sacristan to the church. She has decided to step down from these duties too.

She has been an immense help to any number of clergy and members of the congregation.

A fund of good ideas and imaginative initiatives, she has been a driving force behind our successful hunger lunches, art exhibitions, rose pruning and working parties in the churchyard. Her flair reached its zenith each year with the altar of repose on Maundy Thursday.

She has worked incredibly hard to keep St Leonard’s to the physical and liturgical high standard it now enjoys.

We thank her for what she has done and wish her every blessing in the future.

In other news, Death Watch beetles have definitely been confirmed in the roof of the Abbey. At the same time, the bishop also confirmed five mice, two jackdaws and a bat.


The Friends of Flaunden Church present Joseph Haydn, The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross.

Op. 51 for String Quartet with Max Pitcher, Ruth Boughton and The Chess Players from 11am on, Palm Sunday, April 13.

There will be a glass of wine in the Church Room afterwards.


South Bucks Jewish Community (SBJC) is getting ready for the festival of Passover, which begins on Monday, April 14.

Members will be sharing their own Passover stories before the community’s Shabbat morning service on Saturday, April 12.

There will also be a community Seder – a Jewish ritual feast that marks the beginning of the holiday of Passover – in Amersham on the second night of Passover: Tuesday, April 15.

The SBJC is a Liberal Jewish Community with members from West Herts, South Buks and the surrounding areas.

To find out more about SBJC visit

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