Lent is a time for self-examination, penitence, self-denial, study, almsgiving and preparation for Easter. In the early church as candidates for baptism at Easter were instructed in Christian faith, and as penitents prepared themselves, through fasting and penance, the whole Christian community was invited to join them in a process of study and repentance, the extension of which over forty days would remind them of the forty days that Jesus spent in the wilderness, being tested by Satan.
Ash Wednesday - 14 February 2018
Ashes are an ancient sign of penitence; from the middle ages it became the custom to begin Lent by being marked in ash with the sign of the cross. We will hold our usual services of Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes at 9.30am at the Good Shepherd and 6.00pm at the Parish Church.
This year we will hold two Lent lunches, with the proceeds going to the Bishop's Lent Appeal (this year for our brothers and sisters in the Anglican Church in Papua New Guinea). The meal with consist of a simple bowl of soup and bread and cheese to follow:
16 February - 12 noon for 12.30pm at The St Andrew's Centre.
Please be in touch with Ann Cox (01603 436619) or Olga Bradshaw (01603 435678) to book a place.
16 March 12 noon for 12.30pm at The Rectory.
Please be in touch with The Rector (email@example.com or 01603 927291) to book a place.
Lent Group: Prayer
Lent offers us the opportunity to deepen our relationship with God and prayer is central to this. Yet how often have we wondered whether we might try different approaches to it or do it more often? This six-session course looks at prayer from a number of different perspectives. We will gather on Wednesday afternoons at The St Andrew's Centre at 2.00 with tea and coffee, starting our study at 2.15pm. The sessions will last just over an hour. The sessions are open to all within our community.
Please note that there is no session on 21 February. The course is being run jointly by Fr James and the Revd Matthew. For further information please contact the Rector: The Revd James Stewart on 01603 927291 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The choir at the Parish Church will sing a service of Choral Evensong for Lent on 4 March (The Third Sunday of Lent) at 5.00pm. Come and experience God's presence in the beautiful liturgy of the Book of Common Prayer and the choral music.Download Flyer