Lent and Easter are an important part of the Christian calendar. The season of Lent lasts for forty days (not including Sundays). Lent will start on 17th February 2021 and end on 3rd April 2021. It is a time when Christians reflect and prepare for the celebrations of Easter. Some people fast, eat frugally or give up treats following the example of Jesus, who fasted for forty days in the wilderness.
People also give to charity, set aside time to study the bible and meet with other Christians to reflect on Jesus' life and prepare for the events of Holy Week and Easter.
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent. Ashes made from palm crosses are blessed and are used to make crosses on people's foreheads. The custom dates back to the middle ages.
Ash Wednesday services set the tone for Lent, with sombre readings and hymns and a focus on penitence (saying sorry for and turning away from sin).
As the church is closed, there will be online resources available to you during the season.
St John's Virtual Lent Course
This year we will be running a virtual Lent Course on Zoom which will follow the Archbishop of Canterbury's Lent book, 'Living His Story' by Hannah Steele. The book focuses on how we can share the Good News of Jesus Christ and how Christ has changed our lives through our journey with him.
The six sessions will take place at 8pm every Tuesday, beginning on 23rd February. The first session is called 'The Greatest Story of All Time' which will help us to explore the many joys that Christ brings us through his story. Each session begins with a Bible reading and a brief time of teaching, followed by some discussion based on questions from the talk. The sessions will end in prayer. The course has been designed so that you do not need to buy the book to take part. However, if you wish to buy your own copy, it can be found here: https://spckpublishing.co.uk/living-his-story
If you would like to take part, please contact Revd Jonny Rapson click here
The Church of England's Lent resources theme for 2021, building on the success of recent years, is #LiveLent: God's Story, Our Story.
From Ash Wednesday (17 February) to Easter Sunday (4 April), there are six reflections for each week, written by Stephen Hance, the Church of England’s National Lead for Evangelism and Witness. Each reflection includes a short passage from the Bible, a brief exploration of the reading, and a prayer. Additionally, each week has a unifying theme and an action to be taken during the week.
The reflections will also be available as a free app (launching in early February), emails, audio and through the Church of England’s social media accounts. The app version will include a daily Family Activity, offering a simple way to explore a story or a theme from the day’s reflection.
#LiveLent 2021 church resources: God’s Story, Our Story
Service of Holy Communion for Ash Wednesday - Wednesday 17th February 2021
The Revd Jonny Rapson leads us in a service of Holy Communion for Ash Wednesday.
Our readings will be brought to us by Pam & Sue.
Order of Service
Service of Holy Communion