Palm Sunday 24th March 2024, 10.30am

Morning Worship Led by the Revd Lucy Brierley

This Service, broadcast live from the Church can be found via the Church’s website – our YouTube Channel  or via our Facebook page. There is an archive of service recordings,   including this one, on our website which can be viewed at home.  If you would like some help to access any of them please email –  or telephone us on 01483 763078.  If you would like a recording of this Service, and any other, they are available in various formats by request. Please contact the Church Office

Opening Words

O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
God’s steadfast love endures forever!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest heaven!

We come to prepare for the holiest of weeks.
We will journey through praise, with joy on our lips;
we will travel through betrayal and death,
cradling hope deep in our hearts.

Jesus leads us through this week, and we will follow,
for he is the life we long for,
he is the Word who sustains us.
We wave palm branches in anticipation,
we lay our love before him.

Setting aside all power, glory, and might, he comes:
modelling humility and obedience for all of us.
Hosanna! Hosanna!
Blessed is the One who brings us the kingdom of God.

Hymn – Make Way, Make Way For Christ The King (R&S 141)

Hymn – Majesty

Prayers & The Lord’s Prayer

Words as Jesus enters Jerusalem (the crowd wave palm leaves)

Jesus is coming

He’s riding on a donkey

Open the gates

Open the ancient doors

Don’t be afraid

Wave the branches

Spread out your coats

Peace in heaven

Glory in the highest heaven

Song as we process into Church: Hosanna, Hosanna

Inside Church
Family Time

Hymn – We Have A King Who Rides A Donkey (R&S 210)


Children and Young People continue in groups

Bible Readings –
Psalm 118 v1, 2, 19-29 Read by Ronald Smith
Matthew 21 v1-11 Read by Margaret Marcham

Hymn – My Song Is Love Unknown v 1, 2, 3, 4, 7  (R&S 207)


Hymn – From Heaven You Came Helpless Babe (R&S 522)

Prayers for Others & Offering Prayer

Hymn – Lift High The Cross (R&S 422)

Closing Words

Easter greetings card to the neighbourhood.  Please take spare cards in the Forum to give to your friends, neighbours and relatives who do not live close to the Church and invite them to come with you to the Services.

You are invited to stay for refreshments after the Service. They will be served in the  Forum and in the Sanctuary.  Please do stay if you can to enjoy a time to meet and talk with each other.

Heathside Car Park.  Free Sunday morning (up until 1 pm) parking for those attending this Church. Please key in your registration number on a device in the Forum in the Church each time you are here.  This can be on arrival or as you leave.  The barrier will rise to let you out of the car park because your number will be recognised. 

If you would like to donate to the work of the Church this can  be done in a variety of ways as described on the “Giving to the Church” page of the website.  For one-off gifts, there is a direct link to the Dona online page from the “Give Online” button on the Home page, and the contactless device in the Forum is also available. There is a plate at the back of the Church and an offering bag under the Dona device in the Forum for anyone wishing to make a cash donation.

WaterAid Lent Appeal – the ways to donate are listed in the February Church Magazine. These include the card machine in the Forum this morning and via the Church website –

Care4Creation – Please take a look at the display boards in the Forum which are related to the ongoing work of the Green Team and the Church’s environmental commitments. You may contribute to this funding through the card machine in the Forum or via the Church’s website.

Leading Worship elsewhere.  Vivien Gerhold is at Elstead URC this morning.

Churches Together Good Friday Act of Worship and Witness in Jubilee Square.  Volunteers still are needed to help set up the Square with equipment and props, and clear away and also to act as stewards – please see John Sinclair or Miriam Chapman.

Wednesday 10th to Friday 12th April – Easter Holiday Fun.  Three mornings from 9.30 to 12.30 for children in Reception to Year 5. For further queries email

Collection point for the York Road Project and Your Sanctuary every Sunday. Items which would be appreciated by the York Road Project are: Sugar sachets, coffee sachets, jars of       coffee, tea; pasta, rice;  squash (orange or blackcurrant), bottled or cans of water;  pot noodles; fresh fruit and vegetables; individually wrapped biscuits or other snacks, individual chocolate bars, tinned goods; boxer shorts (new) – men’s small and medium.  Your Sanctuary would       particularly be grateful for  breakfast cereals, squash, ketchup, mayonnaise, meals in a can and dried herbs & spices. Also toiletries, and new or nearly new unwanted items which may be sold on Ebay. All the donations are very much appreciated.

TODAYEaster Singing Group. Rehearsals for both the adult and children’s (under 11 years) singing groups after the service.   3.00 pm T@3 – Teddy Bears’ Picnic
MONDAYBoys’ and Girls’ Brigades groups: Anchors and Explorers (ages 4/5 – school year 3) 5.30 to 6.30 pm. Junior Section Boys and Girls (school years 4-6) 5.30 to 7.00 pm. Company, Senior and Brigader Sections (school years 7-13) 7.15 to 9.15 pm.
TUESDAY9.30 am Prayers for Children and Young People (Youth Room).  
WEDNESDAYBaby & Toddler Group – not meeting again until 17th April
MAUNDY THURSDAY  11.00 am Monthly mid-week Prayers and Reflection in person and by Zoom, followed by coffee and social time. Zoom link:  Meeting ID – 959-8643-1118   8.00 pm Communion Service led by the Minister (Refreshments from 7.30 pm)
GOOD FRIDAY10.00 am Half-hour Service of Reflection led by the Minister. 11.00 am Churches Together Act of Worship and Witness. Procession starting outside Boots, Commercial Way and walking to Jubilee Square.
SATURDAY11.30 am Youth hike followed by a sleepover at the church.   1.00 pm Marriage Service for Ian Russell and Jackie Stubbs – all friends welcome to share in this Service.   Clocks go forward one hour! 
EASTER DAY9.00 am  Easter Breakfast – sign-up sheet in the Forum to eat and to help.  (Heathside car park free from 8.30 am). 10.00 am Prayers in the Vestry.  10.30 am Family Communion Service with Reception of new Church    Members led by the Minister.   Collection point for food and other items for the York Road Project and Your Sanctuary open every Sunday – please see list on previous page.
UPCOMING Wednesday 10th to Friday 12th April – 9.30 am  Holiday Fun Saturday 13th April – 1.30 – 4.30 pm  Generation Café with Craft Corner Monday 22nd April – 12.45 pm  Lunch & Talk – Vivien Gerhold’s trip to the South-West tip of Australia.  Sign-up sheet in the Forum.