Lent 2019: ‘Lent with Luke’

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and is a forty day period of prayer and preparation as we ready ourselves for the joy of Easter. There are lots of different ways to approach this season but beginning well is certainly key and so I encourage all of you to come to join us for a service on Ash Wednesday itself.

Then, what comes next is up to you, but we have plenty of things to choose from. The overall theme is entitled ‘Lent with Luke’. Luke’s account of the life and teaching of Jesus is much loved and this is partly because it has a strong emphasis on inclusion for those on the margins on society, and on justice and love. This year, a year when many of the readings we hear in our services are from Luke’s Gospel, seems like a perfect opportunity to look at some of these emphases and at some stories we find only in Luke’s account.

Each talk or service does not rely on being at others, so come to what you can or whatever appeals most.


SUNDAYS at 6.30 pm                                  


On Sunday evenings we’re going to be worshipping in a reflective way exploring some of the key themes and motifs of the Lenten season by using Ray Simpson’s resource ‘Reflective Services for Lent’

10 March

17 March

24 March

Strip Off

Go Wild

Fight Falseness

31 March

7 April

14 April

Be Refreshed

Face Suffering

The Way of the Cross

MONDAYS at 12 noon                    


On Monday lunchtimes we meet in the Transept and enjoy some friendship and lunch together, sharing a simple (but very delicious) meal of homemade soup, bread and fruit. As we do this we’re going to explore together five episodes in Jesus’ life using an excellent resource called ‘Mapping Luke’. It will help us to come at some familiar stories from a rather different angle and so help us make some interesting connections with other stories in the Bible and connections with other events in Jesus’ life and ministry.

11 March

18 March

25 March

1 April

8 April






Luke 2. 22-40 – Jesus is brought to the Temple

Luke 5. 17-26 – Jesus heals a paralytic man

Luke 11. 1-13 – Jesus teaches us to pray

Luke 15. 11-32 – Jesus tells a story

Luke 24. 13-35 – Jesus has supper at Emmaus

TUESDAYS at 9.00 pm                     


On Tuesday evenings we will gather in the Church and be led in a fifteen minute reflection on the five main characters we meet in the story of The Good Samaritan and what each says to us about the nature of God’s justice. Each address will be followed by a time of quiet and then the prayerful service of Compline.

12 March

19 March

26 March

2 April

9 April

An Injured Man

A Priest

A Levite

A Samaritan

An Innkeeper

WEDNESDAYS at 7.30 pm              


During Lent we enhance our usual Wednesday Eucharist with a five minute ‘Thought for the Day’ – an inspiring reflection based on a story about some of the women we meet in the Gospel according to St Luke.

13 March

20 March

27 March

3 April

10 April

Luke 7. 11-17 – The Widow & her Son at Nain

Luke 7. 36-50 – A Sinful yet Loving Woman

Luke 10. 38-42 – Mary and Martha

Luke 13. 10-17 – The healing of a Crippled Woman

Luke 18. 1-8 – The Widow and the Judge

WEDNESDAYS at 10.00am, New Forge Place 

‘The Things He Did’

Ecumenical discussion and study group using the book ‘The Things He Did’ by the Bishop of Chelmsford which will be looking at the various things that Jesus did during the last days of his life, what we now call Holy Week. All are welcome.

13, 20 and 27 March and 3, 10, and 17 April

THURSDAYS at 8.00 pm,  St Mary’s Transept

Making Sense of the Passion’

On Thursday evenings, in a fun and interactive way, we will be exploring how we use the different senses – sight, smell, touch, taste and hearing – to engage with the story of Christ’s Passion, the last days of his life.

14 March    Exploring the Senses

21 March    The Passion in Art

28 March    The Passion in Drama ‘To The Cross’

4 April        The Passion in Music – Stainer’s Crucifixion

11 April      The Passion in Context – The Passover

FRIDAYS at 12.15 pm, Redbourn Methodist Church

Lent Charity Lunches

On Friday lunchtimes, the Redbourn Churches will take it in turn to provide a simple lunch at the Methodist Church as we share together and socialise. Donations equivalent to the cost of your lunch are invited and these will be given away to the charities we’re supporting this Lent.

15, 22, 29 March and 5 and 12 April


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