Beginning the journey

Turn away from sin and be faithful to Christ

Lent leads us towards the cross and, as the season begins, we are marked with the cross with which we were signed at our baptism, a reminder of both death to life and life in death. The ash is made by burning the palm crosses which were blessed on Palm Sunday last year.

10.00am: Holy Communion with imposition of ashes

7.30pm: Holy Communion with imposition of ashes

Lent courses and prayer meetings

God Has No Favourites 

This year we will be exploring the York Course ‘God Has No Favourites’.

There will be three courses running:

Day Time Leader Start date Venue No of places
Monday 2.30pm John Shaw 26 Feb Landford Close 8
Wednesday 2.00pm Jim & Jane Pummell 21 Feb Highfield Way 10
Thursday 10.00am Revd Gary Norman 22 Feb 63 Church Street 15-20

There is a nominal cost of £5 for the course booklet which will be yours to keep.

Please sign up on the lists at the back of the church.

The Vicar, Revd Gary Norman, will be leading a weekly evening prayer meeting on Wednesdays in church from 7.30-8.30pm (approx). This will be an opportunity to explore, learn and practise the ancient Benedictine contemplative prayer of Lectio Divina. The evening will close with compline.

This group will also be invited to consider an ongoing commitment to meeting and praying together once a month, prayerfully to explore and discern our future mission and outreach.

Passiontide, Palm Sunday and Holy Week

8.00am Holy Communion

10.00am Sung Communion

8.00am Holy Communion with the blessing and distribution of palms

10.00am Sung Communion with the blessing and distribution of palms

Frugal Lent Lunch at 12 noon: Homemade soup and bread with cheese and fruit (all funds raised at the Lent Lunch will go to our Lent charity: WaterAid)

This service will take place at 6.00pm in church. As well as pupils, staff and parents, everyone is welcome to come along.

7.30pm Liturgy of Maundy Thursday and Watch of the Passion in church.

We recall the meal Jesus shared with his disciples before his arrest.

1.00pm The Stations of the Cross in church
Using the Stations of our own church, this service provides space for reflection on Christ’s journey towards his death.

We will hold a silent vigil until 3.00pm.

Easter celebrations

The most important day of the Christian year. We celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ and the gift of eternal life. Alleluia!

7.00am Easter Alleluia
An ecumenical service of early morning praise: Join with Christians across the local area on the open space next to the Methodist Church in Berry Lane to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Refreshments are served afterwards.

8.00am Easter Day Communion

10.00am Easter Day Communion
The Great Feast of Easter is marked with the lighting of the new Easter Fire and the Paschal Candle.
After the service we hold the Annual Easter Egg Hunt!

Easter Pilgrimage to St. Albans
Keen walkers leave from St Mary’s at 8.30am (approx) to get to St Albans, often meeting other pilgrims on the way. Others can catch a lift later to gather for the celebrations at the Abbey from 2.00pm.

Lent, Holy Week and Easter

We are supporting WaterAid through our Lent Appeal

Lent Appeal

This Lent, we are supporting WaterAid to provide clean water in areas of the world where a lack of water and good hygiene are putting people at risk.