Lent and Easter 2021
Lent is a holy season for Christians, which begins on Ash Wednesday (17 February this year) and ends on Easter Sunday (4 April). Christians have traditionally observed a period of fasting and penitence during Lent since at least the 4th Century. The 40 weekdays of Lent (Sundays are not included) reminded believers of the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness. Christians engage in many different activities at this time. Many find it a useful time to pray or study their Bibles more, increase their giving, or to take up another discipline.
This year, we have had to limit what we are doing at Putney, owing to COVID, but we hope that this may still be a season of reflection and growth for us all.
Ash Wednesday, 17 February
This year we will be joining our friends at the Chaplaincy of the University of Roehampton for a special ecumenical ashing service at 1:00 pm. The service will be conducted via Zoom and all are welcome. Please e-mail Geoffrey for log-in details here.
As usual during Lent, our preaching on Sunday mornings (whether in person or online) will follow a consistent theme. This year we are focussing on the stories of Jesus in our gospels and considering two simple questions: (1) What does the story tell us about Jesus? (2) What does it tell us about us?
The stories our preachers have chosen are:
- 21 Feb (Lent 1) - Jesus in the Wilderness (Matthew 4:1-11) - Rev'd Geoffrey Farrar
- 28 Feb (Lent 2) - Jesus and his friends (John 11:1-44) - Rev'd Geoffrey Farrar
- 7 Mar Lent 3) - Jesus and the Woman of Samaria (John 4:4-42) - Isabel Tayler
- 14 Mar (4 / Mothering) - Jesus and his mother (John 19: 25-27) - Deacon Kathy Johnson
- 21 Mar (5 / Passion) - Jesus and Pilate (John 18:28-38) - Rev'd Geoffrey Farrar
- 28 Mar (6 / Palm) - Jesus and the crowd (Mark 11.1-11) - Rev'd Allison Waterhouse
During February and March, we shall be joining fellow Christians in Churches Together in Putney and Roehampton for a fascinating series of talks about truth. These will take place on Thursday evenings from 7:30 pm. Please see here for more details.
During Lent, our regular Sunday evening Bible Studies will continue as we carry on studying the gospel of Mark.
In the final week of Lent, traditionally called 'Holy Week', we shall be holding some special services. Details of these will be confirmed nearer the day depending on the latest changes to Government guidelines.