The Season of Lent comes upon us quite quickly in 2015, so we thought it would be useful to give newsletter readers a sneak preview of what’s in store. More details will be available in the February newsletter.
Ash Wednesday, 18th February: The beginning of Lent is usually marked with serious intent in solemn services including the imposition of ashes. Lent is a penitential season of growth and spiritual stretching. So that as many as possible can worship that day services will be at 7.15am and 8.00pm. The evening service will include Allegri’s Miserere.
Night Prayer During Lent: On each Wednesday evening of Lent – following Choir Practice – there will be services of Compline (Night Prayer), the traditional monastic office at the end of the day. On Wednesday 4th & 18th March, choir members will lead a sung version of the service. 30 minutes of reflective worship midweek.
Lent Lectures: Our popular Lent Lectures take place on Sunday evenings in Lent from 7pm to 8pm. This year’s theme is Near & Far: Being an Anglican in a Global Church. Anglicanism is a worldwide faith tradition. Not only that, but we are very aware in Battersea of being a diverse community where Anglicans from all over the world belong to our church. We will explore the global nature of what it means to be Anglican across the world, with speakers who originate from various parts of the Anglican Communion, or who have extensive experience of Anglicanism as a global expression of Christianity. Not to be missed. Contact Person: Simon Butler
Lent Study Groups: Many people like to join a Study Group in Lent. As in previous years, we will be using the popular “York Courses”. This year’s course is entitled Praise Him – Songs of Praise in the New Testament, with input from biblical scholars, Archbishop Justin Welby, David Suchet and Sister Wendy Beckett. Details of the various days and times of groups will be available soon. Contact Person: Peter Wintgens.
Lent Quiet Day: Too Busy Not to Pray. Last year a number of people valued a day away for quiet and prayer. In 2015 we’re planning a similar day with the focus on finding ways of praying in busy lives. The day will be led by Chris Chapman, who advises churches in Southwark on Spiritual Development and Spirituality. The date is Saturday 7th March from 10am to 4pm, with the venue to be finalised. Cost £15. Contact Person: Simon Butler
First Communion Classes: St Mary’s will begin admitting children to communion before confirmation from Easter. For those children aged 8 and over who wish to be prepared – and whose parents are supportive of this important step of inclusion in the life of the church – there will be preparation classes during Lent. The admission will take place on Easter Sunday. Contact Person: Asi Munisi/Philip Krinks.
Palm Sunday Evening, 29th March at 6.30pm: St Mary’s Choir will be leading our devotional service at the beginning of Holy Week, with meditations to accompany some wonderful English Holy Week Music: Finzi’s Lo, the Full Final Sacrifice, Walton’s Drop, Drop, Slow Tears and Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs.