2018 Lenten activities
ASH WEDNESDAY – 14th February
There will be services of Holy Communion at St Mary’s church at 8.30am and St Maurice church at 9.30am, and Sung Eucharist with imposition of ashes at both churches at 7.30pm
This year our Lent Groups are going to focus on “Making new disciples”. This is one of the three main strands of the Diocesan Vision and an essential element of our life together. We will be following “The Joy of the Gospel” by Paula Gooder, available as an e-book or in hard copy.
Sign up sheets will be available in church from 11th February. The Lent groups will begin during the week beginning Sunday 18th February and will last for five weeks.
LATE IN LENT
An opportunity to worship in stillness and quiet each week during Lent. These simple reflective services will use liturgies based on Celtic, Taize and other forms of worship. Services will be held in St Mary’s church at 8.00pm each Wednesday evening.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
This is an ancient devotion, in which we spiritually walk with Jesus on the way of his passion, death and resurrection. Stations of the cross will take place in St Mary’s church on Fridays in Lent at 11.30 am and will be followed by a simple lunch at St Maurice church hall.
Lent lunches will be served in St Maurice Church Hall at 12.30pm on Fridays
PALM SUNDAY – 25th March
MAUNDY THURSDAY – 29th March
GOOD FRIDAY – 30th March
HOLY SATURDAY – 31st March
- DETHRONING MAMMON: Making Money Serve Grace (Bloomsbury £9.99) – The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2017. In his first full-length book Justin Welby looks at the subject of money and materialism. Designed for study in the weeks of Lent leading up to Easter, Dethroning Mammon reflects on the impact of our own attitudes, and of the pressures that surround us, on how we handle the power of money, called Mammon in this book. Who will be on the throne of our lives? Who will direct our actions and attitudes? Is it Jesus Christ, who brings truth, hope and freedom? Or is it Mammon, so attractive, so clear, but leading us into paths that tangle, trip and deceive? Archbishop Justin explores the tensions that arise in a society dominated by Mammon’s modern aliases, economics and finance, and by the pressures of our culture to conform to Mammon’s expectations. Following the Gospels towards Easter, this book asks the reader what it means to dethrone Mammon in the values and priorities of our civilisation and in our own existence. In Dethroning Mammon, Archbishop Justin challenges us to use Lent as a time of learning to trust in the abundance and grace of God.
- I AM WITH YOU ALWAYS (Bloomsbury £9.99) – The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Book 2016. A priest of the American Episcopal Church, Kathryn Greene-Mcreight, explores the scriptural portrayal of God’s presence among us as light in darkness. Readings of scripture are woven into a framework patterned on the seven monastic hours of prayer and the seven days of creation. In his preface Archbishop Justin recommends taking a chapter for each week of Lent to read and reflect on.
- MEETING GOD IN PAUL (SPCK £8.99) – this time by a former Archbishop, Rowan Williams. Another set of addresses given in his cathedral during Holy Week when he was at Canterbury. This simple but profound introduction to Paul will be helpful at any time of the year, but the final questions and Bible studies for reflection will greatly assist those wishing to read it during Lent’.
- REFLECTIONS FOR LENT (CHP £4.99) – four contributors with an introduction to Lent by Sam Wells (Vicar of St Martins-in-the-fields). For several years now Church House Publishing have produced ‘Reflections for Daily Prayer’ a short reflection on one of the readings from the Morning Prayer lectionary for each weekday of the year. More recently they have printed the Advent and Lent parts separately. Having used the annual one for several years some contributors are more stimulating than others. Some of the best give these Lent reflections.
- STATIONS OF THE CROSS (Liturgical Press £2.99) – by Timothy Radcliffe.