Lent began on Wednesday March 2nd. We are offering resources for daily reflection and the opportunity to meet online with our friends from Fleet URC for Lent Study groups.
Daily Devotions “The Journey to Jerusalem”
We are grateful to the Reverend Michael Hodgson for the Daily Devotions he has prepared and generously given us permission to share in our community. You are welcome to view the booklet online or print it out for personal use.
Online Lent Group meetings: ‘Holy Habits: Following Jesus’
The Lent Bible Study Series is now complete
This year, we will be discussing some of the content of the Lenten course Following Jesus which looks at Holy Habits in the life and passion of Jesus, written by Andrew Roberts, Methodist Minister and author of Holy Habits (Malcolm Down Publishing, 2016). The aim of Holy Habits is to deepen the discipleship of those who are following Jesus, which seems a good focus during Lent.
All the Biblical material is taken from Luke’s Gospel.
Each session will follow a similar structure
a time of Gathering – a time of Reflection – a chance to Respond.
We are grateful to the Reverend Graham Hoslett for agreeing to lead some sessions with us.
Monday 7th March at 11 a.m. Jesus guided by Scripture led by Reverend Graham Hoslett
Monday 21st March at 11 a.m. Jesus serving with gladness led by Reverend Graham Hoslett
Monday 4th April at 11 a.m. Jesus generous under pressure led by Lay Preacher Karen Smith
This is the link to a video Andrew recorded in 2021 which gives a brief introduction to the Lent programme as well as a video session to support each of the Holy Habits sessions in Following Jesus:
Lent resources from Eco congregation Scotland
Rev’d David Coleman, URC minister and chaplain to Eco Congregations Scotland has produced five sermons for Lent which are freely available for us to use. David has now produced four of the five in both written and video format and once the storms pass (as at 23/2/22) will record and upload the final video.
Lent Resources from CTBI – Following Christ in the Footsteps of the Saints
This journey through Lent, available to download below, draws upon 16 individual resources on St Winefride put together by MTAG and links to a 70-mile pilgrimage from Holywell, Wales, to Shrewsbury in April and May 2022, led by Bishop Sarah Bullock from the Anglican Diocese of Lichfield.
A weekly Lent Bible study with Church on the Margins, the Joint Public Issues Team, Church Action on Poverty and Life on the Breadline.
About this event
When: The first four Thursdays of Lent, from 7-8:30pm.
Where: on Zoom
In 2018 an estimated 14.2 million people were living in poverty in the UK, including more than 25% of children.
What does poverty look like in the UK today, and how can the Church respond?
Join us for four sessions exploring the Lent resources from Life on the Breadline, a three-year project which explored how austerity has affected Christian engagement with poverty in the UK and the theological motivations which underpin it.
We’ll hear from experts by experience, and be guided through each session by a member of the team from one of our four partner organisations. Our hope is that we will dig deeper into causes and understanding of poverty, and be empowered to act for a world where everyone is able to flourish.
Each session will include reflection, discussion, bible study and prayer.
Find out more about the Life on the Breadline Lent course here.
To get the most out of the course, we suggest you join us for as many sessions as possible. However, we recognise that this might not be possible. When you register, you will be asked to indicate which sessions you plan on attending.
Services over the Easter weekend
We intend to offer a range of services over the Easter weekend:
Thursday April 14th A Tenebrae service at 7.30 p.m. in the Osborne Hall. Booking is essential.
There is a booking sheet at church or contact Karen Smith
Friday April 15th A reflective act of worship at St.Alban’s Church at 11 a.m., followed by a
Walk of Witness through the village to Beacon Hill URC, where there will
be a short time of prayer, followed by refreshments
Sunday April 17th An Agape Breakfast in The Hub at 8.30 a.m. Booking is essential.
Easter Morning Worship at 10 a.m.