Lent 2019

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Lent 2019:  During Lent our Sunday sermon series will follow a course called ‘Paraclesis’.  This is all about coming alongside others in the journey of life. The sermon series is supplemented by videos and topics for discussion in small groups. This will strengthen the culture of care in both our churches, supporting what goes on in the home groups, from the pastoral care team and within individual friendships. We will start on Sunday, 24 February, with a joint service at St Mary‘s, looking at the story of the Good Samaritan. The service on that day will be followed by a brunch – a chance to spend an extended time talking to others and making new friends with those you might not normally have a chance to speak with.  Below is a table showing the subjects to be covered each week.  Click in the right column to view a summary of the sermon for each week.  Click here to listen to the sermons,

Week 1: Sunday 24th February

Caring: The Good Samaritan
(Joint service at St Marys at 10am followed by brunch)

Week 1 sermon

Week 2: Sunday 3rd March

Loving: Feeding the 5000

Week 2 sermon

Week 3: Sunday 10th March

Journey: The road to Emmaus

Week 3 sermon

Week 4: Sunday 17th March

Living: The man by the pool of Bethesda

Week 4 sermon

Week 5: Sunday 24th March

Healing: The woman in the temple
(Joint service at St Francis at 10am followed by brunch)

Week 5 sermon

Sunday 31st March

Mothering Sunday


Week 6: Sunday 7th April

Connecting: Peter & John helping the man at the Beautiful Gate

Week 6 sermon


The Paraclesis material is relevant to everybody as we will all have situations where we want to offer God‘s care to someone (a family member or a friend maybe) but we might not know where to start or how to make the offer.  It is planned that small groups to discuss 'Paraclesis' will be held on Monday evenings 8pm-9.30pm; Tuesday afternoons 2pm-3.30pm; Tuesday evenings 7.30pm-9pm; Wednesday evenings 8pm-9.30pm; Thursday mornings 10am-11.30pm; Thursday afternoons 2pm-3.30pm and Friday mornings 10am-11.30am.  Sign-up sheets for the small group sessions are in the back of the church.

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