Lent, Holy Week and Easter 2018

We welcome everyone to St Mary's at any time and especially during Lent, Holy Week and Easter. Please come and join us. Key services and activities are listed below.

Lenten observance leaflet: please pick up a copy of this leaflet which has a host of suggestions for reading matter, prayer and practical action for keeping a 'good and holy Lent'. They are available at the back of church.

If you have any questions, please contact the Church Office (01923 721002).

Beginning the Journey

14 February


Ash Wednesday - ‘turn away from sin and be faithful to Christ’

The holy season of Lent leads us towards the cross. As the season begins, we are marked again by the cross with which we were signed at our baptism, a reminder of the death and resurrection of Christ. The ash is made by burning the palm crosses which were blessed on Palm Sunday last year.



Holy Communion– with Imposition of Ashes

Lent study course

Live Lent: Let Your Life Shine is our Lent study this year

During Lent we are gathering together in house groups to journey through the Gospel of St John. We shall be following the Church of England's Lent Study Course Live Lent: Let Your Life Shine. The course is excitingh, informative, reflective and accessible and we invite you to join us.

If you would like to join a group, please sign up on the lists at the back of church or speak to Karen in the Church Office.

> Further information...


18 March



Passion Sunday


Said Holy Communion (BCP)


Parish Eucharist


Evening prayer

Holy Week

25 March

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday


Holy Communion with blessing and distribution of Palms


Parish Eucharist with blessing and distribution of Palms

  12 noon

Lent Lunch

A simple soup, bread and cheese lunch. All profits will go towards our Lent collection for WaterAid.

  6.00pm Evening prayer
29 March

Maundy Thursday



Liturgy of Maundy Thursday

We recall the meal Jesus shared with his disciples before his arrest, and his act of humility when washing the feet of his disciples.

30 March

Good Friday


The Stations of the Cross

Using the Stations of our own church, this service provides space for reflection on Christ's journey towards his death.

> have a look at the St Mary's Stations of the Cross


Holy Communion

The bread and wine consecrated during the Eucharist on Maundy Thursday are offered in this beautifully simple service. A reminder that Christ's presence is with us, always.

31 March

Easter Eve



Lighting of the Easter Fire and Paschal Candle

Our celebration of Easter begins with the Easter Vigil during which the story of our Christian heritage is recalled. We then light the new Easter Fire and the Paschal Candle. All are invited to renew their baptismal vows.

Easter Celebrations

1 April

Easter Day

The most important day of the Christian Year. We celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the gift of eternal life. Alleluia!



Easter Alleluia!

A simple, ecumenical service of early morning praise. Held at Berry Lane Open Space followed by coffee and hot cross buns.



Said Communion (BCP)



Parish Easter Day Communion followed by the annual Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Monday

2 April


Easter Pilgrimage to St AlbansEaster Pilgrimage to St Albans

Keen walkers leave early from St Mary's to get to St Albans, meeting other pilgrims along the way.

If you don't fancy walking, you can always meet up with everyone at the Abbey.

Further details will be available nearer the date.

Regular church services during Lent

Monday to Friday


Morning Prayer



Midweek Communion



Holy Communion (BCP)



Parish Eucharist (modern language)


Evening Prayer

t, Holy Week and Easter 2016

Lent Appeal 2018

Water is essential for maintaining life, particularly in countries of persistent drought.

During Lent we will be collecting money to buy taps through WaterAid.

  • £15 buys five plastic taps in Sierra Leone
  • £30 buys handwashing stations for three families in Mozambique
  • £50 buys the tools to build the structures that will bring clean water

WaterAid is our Lent charity




Last updated: February 11, 2018


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