Lent, Holy Week, and Easter

Easter is the oldest festival kept by the church and a time when many Christians were baptised. Lent was, at first, the time when candidates were prepared for baptism and tested by the bishop. Now it is a period of six and half weeks in which Christians can prepare for Easter by thinking about their faith more deeply and learning about it.

It recalls Jesus’ forty days of temptation in the desert just before the start of his ministry. Often Christians give up a luxury or give some money to charity as an act of self disci-pline. Far more positive is do something extra during this time. This helps us to grow in our faith.

All four gospels tell the story of Jesus’ temptations. This year we are following Mark’s Gospel, see Mark 1.9-15. Mark’s account is very succinct. See also Matthew 4.1-11 and Luke 4. 1-12 for more detail.

Lent course: Bible to go!
This book, by Sister Elizabeth Pio, and available from Amazon, is a practical encouragement to use the Bible in everyday life. We will use it to deepen our own study of the Bible.

Three groups will meet weekly for five sessions, starting in the week beginning 19th February. Each group may be
slightly different so we suggest that you join one group.

St. Luke’s Church Lenten journey….
Lent takes us on a journey, reflecting on Jesus’ offering of himself and giving us space to think about our own faith. At St. Luke’s there will be formal opportunities offered to explore our faith in discussion, services where we may join in worship to deepen our knowledge of Jesus’ love for us, and other activities to help us grow in faith. Reading a specific ‘Christian’ book is also a good way of going deeper into our faith. On Easter Sunday we will have the opportunity to renew our Baptismal promises together, having thought about what they mean to us. Please do consider how you will travel through Lent this year, and make the most of opportunities offered to us all - of all ages—to deepen our faith.

Ash Wednesday, 14th February
Holy Communion, with ashing
10.00 am (with address) and 8.00 pm.

Lent Lunches - Sundays:18th February, 4th and 18th March
A simple soup, bread and cheese lunch in the fellowship area, at midday, after church. Money offering to FACE (Friends of the Anglican Church in Ethiopia). All ages welcome

Sundays at Six
Shared services with the Church of the Good Shepherd, Cox Green (ChOGS) and All Saints, at 6pm.
18th February Reflective service, ChOGS
25th February Taize service, here
4th March Eucharist for St. David’s Day, All Saints
11th March 4pm, Confirmation service, St. Stephen’s Windsor
18th March Roughshod Theatre Company, introduction to a week of mission, here
25th March Stations of the Cross, All Saints
8th April Stations of the Resurrection, ChOGS
22nd April Choral Evensong, here

Mothering Sunday, 11th March, at 10..00 am,
an All Age Service of the Word, with gifts for mums

Lenten Quiet Morning, Saturday 24th March, 10.15 am - 1.00 pm, in church.

Messy Church
Fridays 2nd March and 6th April, 3.30-5.30pm

Palm Sunday, 25th March, 9.45 am, at The Town Hall

The People’s Passion - shared worship with ChOGS
and All Saints, led by Roughshod Theatre Company.
Morning Prayer (8.30 am) and Evening prayer (5.00 pm) daily

Monday 26th March
9.00 am, Holy Communion,
8.00 pm, Compline with address

Tuesday 27th March
8.00 pm, Holy Communion & meditation

Wednesday 28th March
10.00 am, Holy Communion & address
8.00 pm, Stations of Cross

Maundy Thursday, 29th March
11.00 am, Chrism mass at Christchurch cathedral
6.30 pm, Seder (Passover) meal - please sign up
8.30 pm, Holy Communion with footwashing, & Watch
(Watch till midnight, stay, come, and go as you wish)

Good Friday, 30th March
11.00 am, Walk of Witness, town centre
1.00 pm, an Hour at the Cross
2.00 pm, The Liturgy of the Last Hour

Holy Saturday, 31st March
9.00 am Morning Prayer
4.00 pm All Age Saving Stories service

Easter Sunday. 1st April
6.00 am, Dawn Service in Kidwells Park
8.00 am, Holy Communion
with Lighting of the Paschal candle
10.00 am, All Age Communion,
and blessing of the Easter Garden

Suggested Reading and Resources
Some people like to read through specially written material for Lent, or just to read a spiritual book. This list is a very brief selection:

Google: Church House Bookshop or Amazon for more Lent resources

OR: why not read through a whole gospel during Lent (or all four!)

OR: come to Sundays at Six / Morning or Evening Prayer

Also… See the website www.livelent.net and the associated material: Love Life, Live Lent

OR: the CofE material at: https://www.churchofengland.org/lent

OR: pick up and use the Christian Aid, Count Your Blessings leaflet, available in church or on the Christian Aid website

Further details of all Lenten material from the Parish Office: 622733

For printable version of the above information, please click here