Palm Sunday Service at the Home of Compassion

At Home of Compassion Care Home with Nursing in Thames Ditton, we welcomed Reverend Andrew Cowie for a Palm Sunday service within our building that consisted of a short service and sermon followed by Holy Communion.

Some of our residents are regular parishioners at our local church, St. Nicholas’ church, Thames Ditton; which is ideally placed across the road and most Sundays they gather to join in the service. These days our attendance seems to consist of a majority of the congregation as Thames Ditton is a quite a small village.  Naturally the church are always delighted by our presence.

As a special treat leading up to the Easter festivities, Reverend Andrew Cowie was kind enough to hold the service at the Home of Compassion to commemorate this special day, Palm Sunday. Being a week before Easter, it marks the time when Jesus came to Jerusalem upon his donkey.  As part of the sermon, Reverend Cowie explained how Jesus was showing humility in his choice of transport even though he was the king of all.

Reverend Cowie has recently returned from the Holy Land and regaled us with his stories and how he visited the Garden of Gethsemane which is placed at the foot of the Mount of Olives. We learnt some interesting facts such as the word “Gethsemane” can be translated as olive press.  The olives are pressed three times before the olive stones crack to release their oil.  The Reverend reminded us that Jesus prayed three times in the Garden of Gethsemane, before heading up to the Mount of Olives.

There are olive trees still growing today that would have been around in 33AD, the time Jesus visited, and Reverend Cowie said it made him feel closer to God having touched the very same trees. The walk up to the Mount of Olives was not as long as he expected, but quite steep and at this time of year it is quite wet in Jerusalem, so the dirt track was slippery.  This really made the place come alive for our residents and team members as it brought a personal perspective to the sermon.

We completed the service with Holy Communion. Afterwards Reverend Cowie chatted about his recent travels around Israel and a few folk compared their visits in previous years and how Israel had changed as a country. It was a lovely service and we would like to say a thank you to Reverend Cowie who brought joy and comfort to those of our residents who attended the service.

Home of Compassion is dedicated to providing the highest level of residential, nursing and dementia care for up to 71 elderly residents.

The luxurious care home is set in delightful surroundings in the heart of Thames Ditton, with beautiful views over the river. For more information about Home of Compassion and Caring Homes visit our website at



Home of Compassion

Home Manager

Avril Jones


58 High Street,
Thames Ditton,

0808 223 5406
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