Holy Week 2020

The Way of the Cross: an online retreat for Holy Week

The Holy Week story dominates the gospels, and the cross is the central Christian symbol. Yet all too easily this mystery at the heart of Christian faith slips by in the rush of approaching Easter and its transforming potential cannot penetrate deeply into our lives. Led by David and Helen Newman, this online retreat offers the opportunity to enter deeply into the last week of Jesus’ life, to find ourselves there with all our sadness, weakness and vulnerability, and to discover the life and hope that emerges out of the darkness.


All the videos are now available and will remain online for those who missed the retreat and would like to take part (or those who want to re-watch a favourite!)


Sunday 5th April (Palm Sunday): Introduction and The Passion Narrative from Mark

Monday 6th April: Embracing the Journey

Tuesday 7th April: Releasing Love

Wednesday 8th April: Revealing Character

Thursday 9th April: Risking Obedience

Good Friday 10th April: The Sacrifice of Love

Saturday 11th April: Waiting for Dawn


As part of your prayer and worship this week you might want to listen to two songs composed and sung by members of the Launde Community. Jesus, as a Mother is a setting of a canticle from Common Worship which is often used in Lent. As the Mist was composed by Emily Walker to mark the 900th anniversary celebrations at Launde Abbey in 2019.

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Jesus, as a Mother

Download the words for Jesus, as a Mother here.

As the Mist

Download the words for As the Mist here.


David Newman

David Newman has been the Warden of Launde Abbey for three years and enjoys the opportunity to support people in their spiritual growth and development through leading retreats, courses, quiet days, and spiritual direction. He has a long experience of pastoral leadership in the church through incumbencies in Derby and Loughborough and most recently as archdeacon of Loughborough. His first book, Growing up into the Children of God, was published last year.

Helen Newman

Helen Newman has many years’ experience of pastoral counselling, spiritual direction and supervision. Prior to coming as Chaplain to Launde Abbey in 2017 she was the lead Chaplain at LOROS, the hospice for Leicestershire and Rutland and is very committed to helping people find God in times of darkness and struggle. Since moving to Launde Abbey she has been Diocesan Director of Ordinands for a year, and continues on the vocations team. She runs a supervision group for spiritual directors. David and Helen have 3 grown up married children and 5 grandchildren and love being grandparents.