Category Archives: Lent

Lent 2023: Churches Together in Redbourn

Throughout Lent 2023 the Churches Together in Redbourn are offering sessions, activities, services and events at varying days, times and locations so that you can choose to participate in those that excite your interest and are at a convenient hour and place.

Evening and Afternoon Sessions

Thursday 2 March

7.30 to 9.00pm – at St Mary’s Church
‘Injustice and Inequality, introducing the work of the Mill End Community Group’.
Speaker Robin McEwen – Methodist Church Outreach Worker

Thursday 16 March

7.30 to 9.00pm – at St Mary’s Church
‘Insulate Britain, Just Stop Oil, and the role of direct action in the face of ecological crisis’ and ‘Christian Climate Action’
Speakers Craig Scudder Insulate Britain; Sue Hampton CCA

Tuesday 21 March

2.30 to 4.00pm – at St John Fisher Church
‘Anna Chaplains … offering spiritual care in later life … named after the widow, Anna, appearing with Simeon in Luke 2: 36-38Speaker Maggie Dodd – Anna Chaplain in St Albans

Saturday 25 March

2.30 to 4.00pm – at St Mary’s Church
‘The churches’ and individuals’ response to the climate crisis’ Talk and activities for all ages
Philip Nalpanis – Green Christian St Albans and a local representative for A Rocha UK

Churches Together in Redbourn Services

Friday 3 March

11.00 to 12noon – at Redbourn Methodist Church World Day of Prayer 2023 – ‘I have heard about your faith’ Christians in Taiwan bless us with the service they have prepared

Saturday 18 March

2.30 to 3.30pm St Matthew’s Care Home CTR Service for the residents of St Matthew’s

Lent Lunches – at Redbourn Methodist Church

Friday 3; Friday 10; Friday 17; Friday 24 & Friday 31 March – 12.30pm Churches Together in Redbourn 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 to our Lent charities – Christian Aid and CAFOD.

Must my flock feed on what you have trampled and drink what you have muddied with your feet? Ezekiel 34:19

… share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house. Isaiah 58: 7

Jesus said: ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.’
from Matthew 25: 31-46

Words of the prophets of the Old Testament, and of Jesus, resonate with many who would bring to our attention – in various ways – the injustices within our society, and the damage inflicted on our fragile environment.

They should resonate with us, too.

This Lent … join with the Churches Together in Redbourn to hear how individuals and organisations are working to make a change for the better; offer the light of hope in dark places; and encourage us to tread lightly on the earth.

Holy Week and Easter at St Mary’s

The services of Holy Week and Easter are, without question, the most important of the year as we enter ‘real time’ and immerse ourselves in the events of the last days of Jesus’s life in Jerusalem; events that take us from the upper room with his friends to his betrayal in Gethsemane, from his trial and crucifixion to his glorious and triumphant rising to new life on that first Easter morning.

We invite you to join us as we make this journey together, and all are welcome at any of our services:

Palm Sunday – 10th April

We meet at the Cricket Pavilion car park at 9.15am and then process to St Mary’s singing and waving our palms, as we remember Jesus entering Jerusalem and being greeted by the crowds.

When we arrive at St Mary’s, the service includes a dramatised reading of the Passion account with members of the congregation taking the parts of the various characters in the Biblical story.

At 6.30 pm we offer The Way of The Cross – a service with choir anthems and congregational hymns interspersed with prayers, scripture and poetry as we mark the start of Holy Week.

Holy Week  

Monday 11th, Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th April

8.00 pm           Holy Eucharist with Devotional Address

Preacher: The Venerable Jonathan Smith

On the first three evenings of Holy Week, we gather for a communion service and our guest preacher for these there evenings is The Venerable Jonathan Smith, former Archdeacon of St Albans who will be exploring the theme of ‘Restoration’

Maundy Thursday – 14th April

8.00 pm           The Liturgy of the Lord’s Supper with foot washing

9.00 pm           The Vigil of Gethsemane until midnight, concluding with

11.50 pm         Compline

A service that portrays Jesus gathering with his disciples in the Upper Room. During the Last Supper Jesus kneels and washes their feet as an example to them of humble, loving service. He also inaugurates the Eucharist by taking the bread and wine of the meal they were sharing and commands them to continue to take bread and wine and share them as a special way of remembering him.

At the end of the service, we process to a side-chapel decorated in greenery to represent the Garden of Gethsemane and there we sit, and pray and watch as we remember Jesus praying in the garden and then recall his betrayal by Judas and arrest. We offer the short service of Compline at 11.50 pm to end the Vigil at midnight.

GOOD FRIDAY – 15th April

10.00 am         All Age Service

11.30 am         Ecumenical Walk of Witness from St John Fisher RC Church to the Common

1.30 pm           Good Friday Liturgy with Communion

Our service at 10.00 am is for all ages and remembers the last events of Jesus’s life as he his arrested, and put on trial and led out to die on a cross for us.  We sing and pray and share in activities that help us understand more deeply into this amazing sacrificial love that Jesus shows on the cross.

At 11.30 am we gather at the Catholic Church in Peppard Close, with Christians from St John Fisher, Redbourn Methodist Church and St Mary’s to share in this shared act of witness to our common faith as we walk, following a large wooden cross, through the village offering hymns prayers and Bible readings and we finish with hot cross buns and refreshments at the Methodist Church on North Common.

At 1.30 pm we gather for this stark and solemn act of worship at the very time that Jesus was on the Cross. In the service we hear the story of his crucifixion, we offer our prayers and share in communion together, finishing at 3 pm – at the very time that Jesus breathed his last.

EASTER DAY – 17th April

6.00 am           Dawn Vigil with Easter Ceremonies including Parish Breakfast, leading into

8.00 am           The First Communion of Easter (Book of Common Prayer)

9.30 am           Online Easter Broadcast via

10.00 am        All Age Easter Eucharist followed by Refreshments and Easter Egg Hunt

11.30 am         Morning Praise with Holy Baptism

Our dawn vigil starts in the early light and in a sequence of readings we recall the story of our salvation history. We bless and light our Easter candle and then carry it into the church as the first light of Easter, representing the rising of Christ. We conclude this dawn service by affirming our baptismal promises and then share breakfast together.

Our 8am Easter Day service will be led by Bishop Robin and will include a couple of rousing Easter hymns as well as sharing in communion together.

Our 10 am Easter service will be outside on the church lawn if the weather is dry, or in church if wet. A joyful celebration of Easter with hymns, prayers and an All-Age talk. The service will be followed by refreshments and an Easter Egg hunt in the churchyard.

As well as our morning services in person, we offer a special Easter broadcast online via our St Mary’s website and YouTube that recalls the story of Easter in a series of powerful flashbacks.  It will be well worth a look, whether you are able to come to some of the other services in person or not.

EASTER MONDAY – 18th April

10.30 am         Meet at St Mary’s for the Pilgrimage to St Albans – All welcome

 Picnic Lunch on the Abbey Orchard followed by service at 3.00 pm

The Easter Monday Pilgrimage has been a tradition for over 50 years and we invite you to join us. All are welcome. We will gather for breakfast baps at 10.30 am and then set off at around 11.15 am for the gentle 6 mile walk, following the River Ver, through the Gorhambury Estate and Verulamium to the Abbey for a picnic lunch outside and an Easter celebration service with the Bishops in the Cathedral at 3 pm. We can arrange some lifts back for those who only want to walk there and not back again afterwards!