Category Archives: Lent

Stations of the Cross in the Churchyard

The Stations of the Cross are an ancient tradition within the church. They allow us to journey with Christ from his arrest through to his death. The Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem is thought to be the original route taken by Jesus.

Follow the trail through the trees in the churchyard, from 1 to 11, stopping to pause and reflect at each picture, and scanning the QR code for more information.

These pictures are by the New York artist Gwyneth Leech. She has blended traditional Christian iconography with contemporary elements by incorporating the suffering and grief of people around the world.

Find out more at Gwyneth Leech’s website

Click on each image below to find out more about it and follow the link for a piece of music or written reflection:

Images Copyright © 2005 Gwyneth Leech

Holy Week 2020 at St Mary’s

We’re very keen that, as best we can in these difficult times, we enter fully into the services of Holy Week and Easter, the most important week in the church year.

There will be Stations of the Cross and Easter Garden in the churchyard to engage with and we offer the following services online:


PALM SUNDAY – 5th April

On Palm Sunday we remember Jesus entering Jerusalem to be greeted by the crowds. We join in our homes for our 9.30 am service online including a reading of the Passion story.


MONDAY, TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK – 6th, 7th & 8th April, 8.00pm

Each night, we gather online at 8.00 pm for a devotional address from Bishop Robin to help us enter more deeply into the meaning and events of the last days of Jesus’ life, followed by the peaceful service of Compline to end the day.


MAUNDY THURSDAY – 9th April

8.00 pm           EVENING SERVICE with VIGIL

Our evening service online at 8.00 pm recalls the events of the Last Supper, the washing of feet and Jesus’ gift to us of the Eucharist.

It ends with a vigil, reminding us of the Garden of Gethsemane where Christ in his Sacrament waits; and we watch and pray with him.


GOOD FRIDAY – 10th April

10.00 am         ALL AGE SERVICE

Our All Age Service is suitable for everyone. We gather online to offer our songs, prayers and readings as we remember the events of the first Good Friday and Jesus going to the Cross to die for us.

2.00 pm           GOOD FRIDAY SERVICE 

A stark and solemn service offered online at the very time when we recall Jesus hanging on the Cross.


EASTER DAY – 12th April

6.00 am           DAWN VIGIL

Our Easter celebrations start at dawn with the Vigil of Readings, as we hear again the story of our salvation, filling our homes with the new light of Easter.

10.00 am         EASTER DAY SERVICE

A broadcast service at 10.00 am as we join in our together online in our homes to celebrate the risen Christ.


 

Lent 2020: ‘God’s amazing and fragile creation’

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 you to come to join us for a service on 26 Feb – 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 ‘God’s Amazing and Fragile Creation’.

Nobody but the most ardent climate change denier needs telling that we face an environmental catastrophe of huge gravity – quite simply the most important theological issue of our time. As we keep Lent in a variety of ways, we take the opportunity through addresses, worship and discussion to consider the beauty and diversity of God’s creation and our place within it.

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: ALL CREATION SINGS YOUR PRAISE

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’

1 March

8 March

15 March

22 March

29 March

5 April

Stewardship

Water

Land

Biodiversity

Dishonouring Creation

The Way of the Cross

God’s Creation and why it matters

God’s Gift of Water

God’s Gift of Land

God’s Gift of Animal and Plant Diversity

God’s Creation is laid to waste

God’s Salvation of the World


TUESDAYS at 9.00 pm: PANCAKE PEOPLE

On Tuesday evenings we will gather in the Church and be led in a fifteen minute reflection on the five main natural ingredients we need when we make a pancake and what each might say to us about Christian faith and hope. Each address will be followed by a time of quiet and then the prayerful service of Compline.

3 March

10 March

17 March

24 March

31 March

Flour

Salt

Egg

Milk

Oil


WEDNESDAYS at 7.30 pm:  PLANTING PARABLES

During Lent we enhance our usual Wednesday Eucharist with a five minute ‘Thought for the Day’ – an inspiring reflection based on a parable about plants and trees that Jesus used in his teaching.

4 March

11 March

18 March

25 March

1 April

Matthew 13. 3-9, 18-23

Mark 4. 26-29

Mark 4. 30-32

Matthew 13. 24-30

Luke 13. 1-9

The Parable of the Sower

The Growing Seed

The Mustard Seed

The Wheat and the Weeds

The Barren Fig Tree


Churches Together in Redbourn present:

THURSDAYS at 8.00 pm:  ‘EXPLORING THE PARABLES’

On Thursday evenings – in a fun and interactive way that uses different senses and a variety of approaches – we will engage with and explore together the message and meaning of some of the parables that Jesus taught.  In St Mary’s Transept.

  • 5 March      The Prodigal Son
  • 12 March    The Good Samaritan
  • 19 March    The Parable of the Sower
  • 26 March    Parables about Judgement
  • 2 April          The Parable of the Talents

FRIDAYS at 12.15pm: ‘LENT CHARITY LUNCHES’ at Redbourn Methodist Church

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.

6, 13, 20 and 27 March and 3 April


And finally, if you want a little something every day to help you to explore our relationship with God’s creation we have copies of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent Challenge: Live Lent – Care for God’s Creation.

They are usually £1.50 each but we have a limited number to give away. There are two versions of the book – one for adults and one for children to follow each day – please help yourselves.

Whatever you decide to take up or to get involved in, I hope you have a really good Lent.

Yours in Christ,

Will