PACT Lent Programme: 21 February to 27 March
Lent is a time when Christians remember the 40 days and nights Jesus spent alone in the desert without food, being tempted by the Devil. Jesus used this time to prepare for His work by fasting and praying.
The weeks of Lent were once the time when new Christians, who were to be baptized on Easter Eve, were taught about the Christian faith and life. Those who had already been baptized thought again about the promises they had once made and promise to be true to them. Lent was a time for spring-cleaning lives, as well as homes.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, the day after Pancake Day, six and a half weeks before Easter Day. The last week of Lent begins with Palm Sunday, which celebrates the day Jesus entered Jerusalem and the people lay down palms at his feet. Lent ends the day before Easter Sunday, which is known as Holy Saturday. Sundays are not counted in the forty days.
In the Roman Catholic Church, Lent officially ends at sundown on Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday), with the beginning of the mass of the Lord's Supper.
Once again PACT (Petersfield Area Churches Together) is offering a variety of ways in which we can journey through Lent together.
You are welcome to come to as many of these events as you like. Please telephone the host/leader to book a place on your chosen course.
There are five courses (click a course name for more details):
- York Courses 2010: When I Survey... Christ's cross and ours
- The Purpose Driven Life
- Not A Tame Lion - CS Lewis
- Faith and Life Group
- Tearfund: Carbon Fast
- Year for Priests: A Series of Talks on the Nature of Priesthood
PACT LENT PROGRAMME AT A GLANCE
|Morning||York Course 6
|Afternoon||York Course 1
|Faith and Life
|York Course 4
|Carbon Fast 3
|York Course 5
|Evening||York Course 2
|York Course 3
|Carbon Fast 2
Driven Life 2
|Not A Tame Lion
|Carbon Fast 1
|Year for Priests
The death of Christ is a dominant and dramatic theme in the New Testament. So it’s not surprising that, over the centuries, the Cross has become the symbol of the Christian faith. But Christians do not honour a dead hero; we worship a Living Lord.
According to the Bible, the death of Jesus is not the end of a track – it’s the gateway into life. His crucifixion gives rise to many key themes and you’ll explore some of these in this course including: the place of silence in our noisy world; despair and hope; a suffering world; the challenge of living as disciples when Christianity is no longer mainstream …
- Session 1 - Darkness at Noon
- Session 2 - Into Great Silence
- Session 3 - The Child on the Cross
- Session 4 - Outside a City Wall
- Session 5 - Touching the Rock
York Course 3
Venue: 5 Lower Mead, Herne Farm Estate
Day/Time: Tuesdays 7.30 pm beginning 23 February
Leaders: Rev'd Felicity Heal leading with Sylvia Bovington hosting
Contact: Sylvia Bovington 01730 262590
York Course 4
Venue: 21 Grenehurst Way, The Village, GU31 4AZ
Day/Time: Wednesdays 2.30 beginning 24 February
Leaders: Barbara Ward leading and Beryl Turner hosting
Contact: Barbara Ward on 01730 267834
The course is a 40 day study and those who participate will need to make a 25 - 30 minute daily commitment to reading and reflecting upon the particular study for the day. All are welcome, and those who wish to participate should obtain a copy of the "Purpose Driven Life" book from the Unity Bookshop before the course commences.
A five-week Lent course based around two films:
- The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
The course aims to bring ideas from Lewis's writing to a wider contemporary audience. In doing so the course looks at issues of suffering, God's absence, the gift of the present moment, as well as a few ideas less well explored in present day Christianity: heaven, judgement, and the forces of evil.
Venue: The Salvation Army, Swan Street
Day/Time: Sundays 6:30 - 7.30 pm
Beginning: 21 February, tea and coffee available
Leader/Contact: Stewart Madden on 01730 262820
A time for reflection, discussion, prayer.
Venue: All Saints’ Church Vestry Room, Steep
Day/Time: Tuesdays, 2.30 pm - 4 pm
Beginning: 23 February
Leader/Contact: Rev'd Joanna Farrell on 01730 828450
A different Lent Course. Instead of the traditional abstinence from sweets, wine, etc., Tearfund proposes a Christian “Carbon Fast”. Ours is based on a York Course-style interview with Sir John Houghton, CBE, FRS, the eminent climate scientist and Christian. UK temperature records have been kept for 160 years: of these, eight of the ten warmest years occurred since 2000. Hence the urgent need to reverse the growing consumption of oil, gas and coal to cut the emission of CO2, one of the principal causes of Climate Change. The course involves an energy-saving action every day: members complete a checklist to find their “Carbon Footprint”. Your efforts really can help!
For more details visit the Carbon Fast web site
Carbon Fast 1
Venue: 15 Holt Down, GU31 4PQ
Day/Time: Tuesdays 7.30 pm beginning 23 February
Leading: Ken Tottle leading with Ken and Olivia Tottle hosting
Contact: Ken and Olivia Tottle 01730 233769
Carbon Fast 2
Venue: 5 Copse Close, GU31 4DL
Day/Time: Wednesdays 7.30 pm beginning 24 February
Leading: John Powell leading with John and Margaret Powell hosting
Contact: John and Margaret Powell 01730 267294
Carbon Fast 3
Venue: 43 Hanger Way
Day/Time: Fridays 2.30 pm beginning 26 February
Leading: Gerald Druce leading with Gillian and Gerald Druce hosting
Contact: Gillian and Gerald Druce on 01730 266107
A Series of Talks on the Nature of Priesthood, to be given in St Laurence Church Hall, Petersfield at 7:30 pm
Tuesday 23 February – Christ as Priest
An exploration of the Letter to the Hebrews
Speaker – John Huntriss (please bring your bible)
Tuesday 2 March – The Seminary
The Selection and Training of Priests
Speaker – Monsignor Jeremy Garratt
Tuesday 9 March – The Mass
The new translation and the Essential Role of the Priest
Speaker – Canon Alan Griffiths
Tuesday 16 March – The Missionary Priest
The Challenges facing a modern Missionary
Speaker – Fr Paul Mooney, a Mill Hill Missionary
All are welcome. There will be a break for tea or coffee and the talks will end at about 9.30