Sunday the 28th February is the Second Sunday of Lent and for our 10am service it’s Paul and Eve – BCM Worship and Creation Care – who are taking the lead with a focus on fair trade. How we shop makes a difference – a cheap deal for us can mean continued poverty for others and detrimental climate change for us all!
Sunday the 21st February is the First Sunday of Lent and for our 10am service it’s St Thomas who are taking the lead with a focus on fasting …and over to St Mark’s to talk about food in prayers! Today George Kidner, taking part in the Bishops Permission to Preach, brings the sermon.
Wednesday 17th February is Ash Wednesday and St Mark’s and St Thomas churches come together for a 6pm service of ashing. Ash Wednesday focuses the Christian’s heart on repentance and prayer, through personal and communal confession.
During Lent we usually don’t use Alleluia’s in our liturgy, as this is a more sombre, penitential season. There’s an interesting tradition that has developed in some places, to hide the Alleluias during Lent. You might like to download this Alleluia colouring sheet, decorate it, and then hide it at home during lent… and then bring it out again on Easter day to celebrate.
In a really challenging season, why not focus on self-care this Lent. Here are 40 self-care ideas to choose from, why not pick one each day and give yourself a boost of positivity.
With Ash Wednesday nearly upon us, the start of Lent is not far behind. As we are unable to meet in the building to remember the start of this important part of the Christian calendar together, you may still wish to ash yourself, during our shared online service with St Thomas and All Saints, Lymington – that will be going out at 6pm on the 17th February.
How might a Rule (or Rhythm) of Life help us to grow and be more fruitful in our relationships with God, with each other, and with the communities we’re part of? Take time to reflect on one of these short online retreats from Winchester Diocese!
We invite you to journey through Lent with us, using items and symbols that you can find around your home or on your daily exercise.