Lent at St Michael & All Angels – Prayer, Sermons, Appeal, Lunches

Lent: March 6 – April 18 2019

What is Lent? Click here for a liturgical guide by Cathie James, Master of Ceremonies
Lent services in 2019                Lent Appeal: Creating jobs for young people in Ghana

At St Michael & All Angels, we mark Lent in services and other activities (scroll down for more details of each activity).

This Lent our focus will be on deepening our prayer life as individuals and as a church community. Our usual Lent programme of study groups and excursions gives way to spending time learning about prayer and praying. We are encouraged to give up time for God, to make room for quiet contemplation and prayer. Each week in Lent, we invite you to come to church for half an hour silent contemplation before the Blessed Sacrament (from March 18th): on Monday evening 7.30pm to 8pm; or Tuesday afternoon 3.30pm to 4pm.

– Lent Sermons: The Sunday morning sermon series will focus on the practical theology of the Gospels.
– Lent Lunches
: Lunch in homes (right) to raise money for our Lent Appeal.
– How I pray: At Evensong, at 6.30pm on Sundays, preachers give personal reflections on their life and faith (details below).
From Sunday March 10th to Saturday March 16th at St Michael & All Angels Church, there’s A Week of Accompanied Prayer at the start of Lent. Sessions available between 8am and 8pm, to help people engage more deeply with their prayer life, assist those finding it difficult to pray and explore different ways of praying and listening to God.
Study book – our recommended study book for Lent is The Ignation Workout for Lent: 40 Days of Prayer, Reflection and Action – Tim Muldoon.

Lent Sermons

‘And when you pray’
The Sunday morning sermons will focus on the practical theology of the Gospels for contemporary Christian life.
During the week there will be opportunities for communal silent prayer before the Sacrament.

At 6.30pm Evensong throughout Lent, ‘How I pray…’
– some personal reflections on the life of prayer.

Scroll down for more details of preachers, and see leaflet in Church.

Lent Charity Appeal

Christian Aid’s Community Partnership – Growing Economic Opportunities for Young People in Ghana (GEOP)
Creating jobs for young people in Ghana

The SMAAA Lent Appeal this year will again support young people in Ghana, helping them gain employment opportunities – and particularly remembering those with disabilities and suffering from discrimination, where more than one fifth of the population in Ghana have disabilities. You can now donate online here.

In Ghana, almost half of the young people are unemployed and, of those looking for jobs each year, only about 2% are employed in the formal sector.  The Christian Aid Project will be working with CA’s Community Partners in Ghana creating new enterprises – such as sustainable fish farms in the coastal areas – and enabling more young people to be trained in paid jobs.  And there is more to this project – with support for women in work, diversification in existing business, and starting-up new businesses including education in finance, marketing and understanding about taxes etc.

We have personal links with Ghana in our congregation and this particular project carries the prospect of matched funding 3:1 from EU. If we can raise £5,000, it will give £20,000 to the project in Ghana – but this is a challenge so we are doing it over two years! We need to raise another £2,000 this year.

During Lent we are holding lunches to raise money for our Lent Appeal. We will also have our green Lent Jar for donations at the back of the Church.
You can now donate online here.

Lent Lunches, in aid of our Lent Charity Appeal

You are warmly invited to join other members of the congregation for lunch on two of the Sundays during Lent in the homes of parishioners. There is no charge but donations are invited to our Lent Appeal (see above). They start at 12.30pm and the venues are close enough to be reached easily from St Michael’s:
Sunday March 24th – hosted by Sally and Peter Haigh
Sunday April 7th – hosted by Carol and Torin Douglas
Please sign the list at the back of the church if you would like to come.

Lent Sermons

Wednesday 6 March 2019: Ash Wednesday

12.30pm Mass and Imposition of Ashes
5pm Children’s Service and Ashing
8pm Solemn Mass and Imposition of Ashes

Sunday 10 March 2019: Lent 1

10am Parish Mass
6.30pm Evensong: Fr David Adamson, Assistant Priest of St George’s, Southwark

Sunday 17 March 2019: Lent 2

10am  Parish Mass
6.30pm Evensong: Anne Mower

Sunday 24 March 2019: Lent 3

10am Parish Mass
6.30pm Evensong: Fr Alan Trigle, Assistant Priest, St Nicholas, Chiswick

Sunday 31 March 2019:
Mothering Sunday, Lent 4

10am Family Mass with St Michael’s Choristers and distribution of flowers
6.30pm Evensong: Terri Miller

Sunday 7 April 2019: Passion Sunday

10am Parish Mass
6.30pm Evensong: Mother Eileen McGregor, Associate Vicar, St Nicholas, Chiswick

Prayer and Worship

Daily Office and Mass
Come and join the Church’s regular daily prayer, which takes place before Mass.
Mondays 5.30pm, Wednesdays 12 noon, Thursdays 9.30am, Saturdays 9.30am. Venue: St Michael & All Angels Church

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)
By appointment. Please contact the Parish Office or speak to one of the Priests. Further times will be advertised during Holy Week. Venue: St Michael & All Angels Church