Lent is a time when we traditionally slow down and reflect, journeying alongside Jesus as he travels through the wilderness for 40 days. We might take time to pray, to study, to attend extra services, read a spiritual book and join a Lent group. The sermons are more reflective, leading us towards the events of Holy Week, then on Good Friday we remember Christ’s death and of course on Easter Sunday we celebrate his resurrection. Lent starts on Ash Wednesday which is the 5th March this year.
As we journey together we have chosen a course called “Puzzling Questions” for our Lent Groups. Normally, four groups run, two during the day and two in the evening – if you would like to join one of the groups then contact Lesley. We will also be running a group for youth this year. The topics are:
- Who am I?
- What is God like?
- What happens after I die?
- How can I be happy?
- Why is there suffering in the world?
- What is the spiritual world and how does it impact my life?
If you would like to take part but groups aren’t your thing then you can just get a copy of the workbook, which costs £3.99. There is also a book that the course is based on entitled “How can I be Happy?” which costs £7.99.
This year our Sunday Lent sermons will be based on a book by Stephen Cottrell entitled “The Nail”. The book offers reflections on Christ’s crucifixion, each chapter focussing on a different character, who describes his or her experience of the Passion. Members of the congregation will be giving their own meditations. If you would like to buy this book it is £6.99.
On Fridays at 12 noon at St Mark’s Church there will be a service led by visiting clergy from the other churches in the area. The theme for their sermons will be “God and the World” considering topics such as Climate Change and the impact this has on God’s World. After the service a Lent Lunch will be provided, the proceeds being given to charity.
The Ash Wednesday services on the 5th March will be joint Parish Services and will be at:
- 9:30am at St John’s Church and
- 7:30pm at St George’s Church
There will not be a Joint Parish Service on the fifth Sunday in March (30th) because it is Mothering Sunday and so the services will be:
- 9:30am at St John’s Church
- 10:00am at St George’s Church (joint service with Family Praise)
- 11:00am at St Mark’s Church
- 6:00pm at St Marks – Youth Mothering Sunday Communion Service (all welcome)
Posies will be given to all the mothers in the congregation.
Holy Week Starts on 14th April and there will be Communion Services in one of the churches each day – look out for details in next month’s magazine.
We hope you have a very blessed Lent
Lesley and Alan