Lent – Appeal, Sermons, Visits, Readings, Lunches

March 1 – April 13 2017

What is Lent? Click here for a liturgical guide by Cathie James, Master of Ceremonies
Lent services in 2017

People at Lent Lunch in Ramillies Road - 22.3.15At St Michael & All Angels, we mark Lent in a variety of ways – in services and in other activities (scroll down for more details of each activity):

– Lent Sermons: The Sunday morning sermon series will focus on the theology of Christian worship
– Lent Lunches
: Lunch in homes (right) or the Parish Hall to raise money for our Lent Appeal
– Why me? At Evensong, 6.30pm Sundays, members of the congregation give personal reflections on their life and faith (details below)
– Events and Courses, Reflection and Prayer 

Lent Sermons

During the Sunday morning Eucharist. The Revd Dr John Gibaut (Director of Faith and Unity in the Anglican Communion) will help us discover afresh what it means to fully participate in the sacramental mysteries of Christ.

Lent 1: Sunday March 5th Reading the Bible
Lent 2: Sunday March 12th Holy Baptism
Lent 3: Sunday March 19th Reconciliation
Lent 4: Sunday March 26th Family Mass for Mothering Sunday Preacher: Sarah Lenton
Lent 5: Sunday April 2nd The Holy Eucharist

Lent Charity Appeal

Friendship and Food for Christians and Muslims in Aleppo

Ldent Appeal - AleppoThis Lent we will be supporting the charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), which seeks to help persecuted and oppressed Christians.  It is supporting many projects in Aleppo to help those who are now living in a destroyed and starving city, struggling to survive. Our Lent Appeal will support a food kitchen in Aleppo run by Father Ziad Hilal and his team, serving around 7,500 meals a day to everyone who needs food and comfort. Fr Ziad says the Church is feeding many Christian and Muslims in a starving city and the kitchen itself is run by a team of people from both faiths.

Highlighting the good inter-faith relations that exist in spite of persecution and violence, Fr Ziad said: “The only way is dialogue between Syrians of different faiths because with weapons we couldn’t find a resolution. We have to stop the weapons and work for peace.”

During Lent we are holding four lunches to raise money for our Lent Appeal. We will also have our green Lent Jar for donations at the back of the Church.

Lent Lunches

You are warmly invited to join other members of the congregation and their families for lunch on four Sundays during Lent in the homes of parishioners and in the Parish Hall. There is no charge but donations are invited to our Lent Appeal (see above). They start at 12.30pm and all the venues are close enough to be reached easily from St Michael’s:

Sunday March 12th – hosted by the Children’s Church in St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall
Sunday March 19th – hosted by Michael Pownall – see notice in church for address
Sunday March 26th – Mothering Sunday, no Lent lunch
Sunday April 2nd – hosted by Sally and Peter Haigh – see notice in church for address
Sunday April 9th – hosted by the Sidespeople in St Michael & All Angels Parish Hall

Why Me ?

At the 6.30pm Evensong service, members of the congregation give a personal reflection on their life and faith:

Sunday March 5th – Layla Cook
Sunday March 12th – Sue Jordan
Sunday March 19th – Fiona Dunn
Sunday March 26th- Timothy George
Sunday April 2nd – Dinah Garrett

Sunday April 9th, Palm Sunday: 7.30pm Sacred Concert:
A reflection on the Passion including Jesu Meine Freude – J.S. Bach

Events and Trips: Delighting in God

During Lent we make a series of visits to places where we can reflect on the connections between faith and art as a means of inspiring and guiding us on our Lenten journey. Please sign up at the back of the church:

Thursday March 9th: Cliveden – Architecture
A visit to the National Trust estate of Cliveden (at Taplow near Maidenhead) to walk around the gardens, see the Astor’s family Chapel and hear about current conservation projects, guided by the National Trust Conservator Vicki Marsland. The visit includes lunch in the Orangery (individual payment). Cost NT members: Free.  Cost non-NT members: £9. Departing from church at 10.30am

Wednesday March 15th:  2 Temple Place – Art
A guided tour of the neo-Gothic Mansion, one of London’s architectural gems, built by William Waldorf Astor. It aims to showcase collections of art from around the UK and this year it hosts an exhibition on Sussex Modernism. Cost: £10. Departing from Turnham Green Tube at 1.45pm

Monday March 20th: Backstage tour of the National Theatre – Theatre
Opened in 1977, this building on the South Bank was designed for the National Theatre Company which was founded in 1963 and housed at the Old Vic. It has three theatres: Olivier, Lyttelton and Dorfman. The tour lasts 75 minutes and will explore the usually unseen areas of the backstage world. Cost: £8.25.  Departing from Turnham Green Tube at 11am.

Tuesday March 28th: The Gospel According to Mark read by David Suchet at St Paul’s Cathedral – Literature
The earliest of the Gospels is short, urgent, passionate and dramatic and reads a little like a front-line despatch from Christ’s life and death. Just before Holy Week we have a unique opportunity to hear the Gospel of Mark in its entirety read by one of our greatest actors.’ Cost: Free. Departing from Turnham Green Tube at 5.15pm

Thursday April 6th: Chelsea Physic Garden – Garden history
Founded in 1673 as the Apothecaries’ Garden, with the purpose of training in the identification and use of medicinal plants, we will have an hour’s guided tour of this Garden which also played a key role in introducing rubber to Malyasia and establishing the tea industry in India.  Cost: £10. Departing from Turnham Green Tube at 11.15am

Study Groups

Luther and the Reformation
Sundays at 11.30am in the Gabriel Room. This year is the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Reformation. In a series of short presentations we will explore the impact of Luther and the Reformation on our faith and culture. Led by The Vicar. March 5, March 12, March 19.  April 2 Luther and Bach – Jonathan Dods.

Doing The Christian Thing’: Christian ethics for home, work and life.
Mondays 8pm. Fr. Edward will be exploring how our Christian identity can affect the decisions we make and the way in which we act by examining a range of Christian approaches to ethics in light of our everyday experiences. March 6, 13, 20, 27 and April 3.

Re-Thinking Christ – in 20th Century Fiction and Film
Wednesdays 8pm at St Peter’s Church, Southfields Road. Led by Fr. Fabrizio. We will explore our belief in Jesus as Christ through films including The Last Temptation of Christ, Jesus of Nazareth, Mel Gibson’s The Passion of The Christ (led by Graham Holderness), Jesus of Montreal and RisenMarch 8, 15, 22, 29, and April 5.

Study Book

Our recommended study book for Lent is:
‘Being Christian’ – Rowan Williams
What are the essential elements of the Christian life, those simple and recognisable things that make us realise that we are part of the Christian community? Rowan Williams reflects on four basic activities that have remained constant and indispensable for Christians throughout the centuries: baptism, the reading of the Bible, the Eucharist and prayer. Copies are available for £8 at the back of church after Mass in Lent or from the Parish Office.

Prayer and Worship

Stations of the Cross
A short meditative service journeying with Christ on the way of the Cross
Fridays at 6.30pm from March 10th throughout Lent. Venue: St Michael & All Angels Church

Daily Office and Mass
Mondays 5.30pm, Wednesdays 12 noon, Thursdays 9.30am, Saturdays 9.30am. Venue: St Michael & All Angels Church

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)
Mondays at 6.30pm after Mass or by appointment. Further times will be advertised during Holy Week. Venue: St Michael & All Angels Church