LENT COURSE 2018 – details and sign-up (Also details of Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday)

LENT 2018

Shrove Tuesday, February 13th: PANCAKE PARTY, The Church Hall, Fordingbridge, 5.30-6.45.  All welcome – no need to book, no charge.

Ash Wednesday, February 14th: HOLY COMMUNION & ASHING, St Mary’s, Fordingbridge, 11.30a.m., followed by the first of the Lent Lunches in the Church Hall.

SUNG EUCHARIST & ASHING, St Mary’s, Fordingbridge, 7.30p.m.


Bishop Jonathan of Southampton will be joining us for the whole of Holy Week (full details to follow in the Lent Programme), and there will be a Confirmation Service (including Baptisms of adults or children if anyone would like it) on Saturday, March 31st (Easter Eve), St Mary’s, Fordingbridge, 7.30p.m.  It will be an informal and joyful Service, beginning with the lighting of the Easter Fire on the Glebe Field, and then going into the Church.  Please speak to any of the Staff Team if you might like to be Baptised or Confirmed, or if you would like to know more.

OUR LENT COURSE – 2018 Final Details

There are three options for Lent Groups this year, beginning in the week of Feb 19th. 

Firstly, we shall be using ‘Love is the Meaning: Growing in Faith with Julian of Norwich’, based on a book by Ann Lewin, who is known to many people here. There will be groups in Breamore from 2pm to 3.30pm on Monday afternoons – at I Outwick Cottages, Upper Street, SP6 2BU; and in Fordingbridge, at the Rectory, from 10am to 11.15am Wednesday mornings  – 71, Church Street, SP6 1BB. 

‘Love is the meaning’ is the phrase chosen by the mystic 14th century writer Julian of Norwich to encapsulate all that had been revealed to her in the series of visions that led her to write one of world’s greatest spiritual books, her Revelations of Divine Love which continues to inspire countless readers today.  Its everyday imagery and warm intimacy set it apart from other great spiritual classics. Ann Lewin uses its homely qualities to provide the basis for an exploration of our own experiences of the spiritual life, and as we search for answers to life’s big questions: How can we hold fast to the truth of God’s love in the face of suffering and disaster?  Does prayer change anything?  How can Julian help us to speak freshly about God to our world?  What do we do when God seems far away and silent?  Can we actually believe that ‘all will be well’ as Julian did?  These and other questions are explored here.

Secondly, on Thursday evenings from 7.30pm to 9pm at Frogham Chapel, SP6 2HZ (turn right towards the school at the junction of Frogham Hill and Blissford Hill, and the chapel is about 100 yds along on the left – ask someone if you’re not sure!), we shall be using ‘Finding A Voice: King’s Speech Lent Course’ – Based on the 4 times Oscar winning film ‘The King’s Speech’, Hilary Brand opens her Lent Course with an engaging new examination of the fears that prevent our true expression as followers of Christ.  Sign-up sheets available in Church, or more details by contacting the Church Office.

Also, Fordingbridge URC are organising a Lent Bible Study Course. Monday afternoons, 2.30-4.00pm, using a Lent Book: ‘40 Stories of Hope’ – testimonies from prisoners and ex-offenders.  All welcome.

We can provide copies of the books, or they are available through Amazon, etc.

Canon Gary Philbrick

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