Lent and Easter 2020
Lent is a holy season for Christians, which begins on Ash Wednesday (26 February this year) and ends on Easter Sunday (12 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.
As usual at Putney, we shall be marking the season in a number of ways:
We shall start Easter at Putney with a short service of communion and ashing on Ash Wednesday, 26 February, at 10:00 am. All are welcome at this service.
In anticipation of the forthcoming production of Jesus Christ Superstar at the church, we will be exploring the different characters presented in the musical on Sunday mornings in Lent. As part of their worship, preachers will explore the presentation of the key characters in the Passion story and the issues their stories raise. See here for more details.
Similarly, we shall be meeting with our friends at Barnes Methodist Church to study the film version of the musical, and the theological issues it raises. It starts on Friday, 6 March. More details may be found here.
Also in March, we shall be hosting an exciting series of discussion evenings at the church, organised by Churches Together in Putney and Roehampton. We start on Thursday, 5 March, with a conversation about human sexuality. See here for more details.
In the final week of Lent, traditionally called 'Holy Week', we shall be holding two special services:
- Maundy Thursday (9 April) at 7:00 pm - a special service of holy communion, beginning with a simple meal, reflecting on the Last Supper; and
- Good Friday (10 April) at 10:30 am at Putney Methodist Church - a reflective service, where we pause to remember the incredible love and bravery Jesus showed at his Crucifixion.
On Easter Sunday (12 April), there will be a morning communion at 10:30 am and an evening service (also including communion) of 'Easter Praise' at 6:30 pm, including our very own PMC Singers. Anyone is welcome to join in any of these activities.
See Diary for full details of all dates and times.