Ash Wednesday 6th March: 

Lent this year begins on Wed. 6th Mar. We shall mark the start of the season of repentance and renewal with an opportunity to celebrate the Eucharist and receive the imposition of ashes at all services. The regular 9.30am Holy Communion (BCP) will be held, together with an evening celebration of Holy Communion (CW) at 7.30pm. Do make an effort to come to one of these services so that we can support one another at the start of Lent.

Nest Sunday – First Sunday of Lent: As Lent has starts, the flavour of our Sunday worship changes to reflect the penitential character of the season. We omit the Gloria, reserving if for the joy of Eastertide and the Sunday Parish Communion service booklet for Lent chooses prayers which help us to think about where we stand before God. The Prayer Book Holy Communion services will use the full version of the Commandments, again helping us to think about our life and actions.

It would be wrong to characterise Lent as a season of gloom. I like to think of it as a chance to take up things, as much as giving things up, in order that we might better serve our neighbours. What we save can then be donated to help others in need (perhaps via the ‘Count Your Blessings’ Christian Aid initiative). Do please think about what you are going to do as an ‘extra’ during Lent – perhaps to come along to one of the special Lent activities. I do hope that we all enjoy the coming six weeks and approach Holy Week and Easter knowing better the loving forgiveness of God.

Lent Activities 2019:

Count Your Blessings this Lent with Christian Aid

Celebrate the good things in your life this Lent with a thought-provoking Count Your Blessings calendar.

This Lent, reflect each day on the blessings in your life and join in giving thanks. Be inspired by daily opportunities to give, act and pray for communities in need. Enjoy Count Your Blessings as a personal journey or share it with family or friends. Leaflets available for both adults and children at the back of church today.

Lent Breakfast

There will be a Lent breakfast on the 17th and 24th March and 7th and 14th Apr. at 8:45am in the Community Room. This gives an opportunity for those who attend the 8.00am service and those who can arrive early for the 10.00am service to share fellowship over breakfast.  A small donation will be asked and all are most welcome to the services and breakfast.