Lent Course for 2016
Our Lent course for 2016 uses the film “The Theory of Everything”, the multi-award winning film about Stephen Hawking, as its starting point. Written Hilary Brand, the course explores ways in which the mysteries of the universe and of everyday life - and the acceptance that we have more questions than answers - can reinvigorate our faith and spiritual journey.
It is based around five weekly group sessions entitled:
The experience of wonder:
The enigma of weakness:
The complexity of relationships:
The encounter with frailty:
The hope beyond brokenness:
Each session includes an extract from the film, group discussion questions and a meditation. There are also short introductory and follow up chapters for individual reading each week. Finally, there are daily readings presenting the Bible as a book struggling to make sense of life, rather than a book of absolute answers, but finding meaning in the face of mystery via the paradox of humility and trust before God.
Venues for this years groups and lunches are set out below. A separate email with the full addresses has been sent out by the church. If did not receive it, but would like further information concerning the venue or indeed the course it's self, please contact one of the Churchwardens via this email link
Lent commences on Ash Wednesday, 10th February. There will be a service at 5 pm at Saint Pargoire.
The Lent groups will start on Wednesday, 17th February at 10.30 am prompt. Please arrive by 10.15 am if you would like a cup of coffee beforehand.
The group will last for about 1 1/2 hours and will be followed by a simple Lent lunch of soup, bread and a piece of fruit. This will be served from about 12.30 pm.
You are warmly invited to attend the group and lunch , or if this is not possible, either the group or the lunch. Please inform the host if you are attending and whether it will be for the whole session or just a part of it.
February 17th Hosts Ingrid and Nigel Summersault, in Le Pouget, close to Canet
February 24th Hosts, Bobbie and Colin Trickett, close to St. Pons de Mauchiens.
March 2nd Hosts Eleanor Grant in Nizas close to Pezenas
March 9th Hosts Jenny Morgan in Merinos, close to Lac du Salagou
March 16th Hosts Delia and Roger Smith in Autignac.
Bishop's Lent Appeal for 2016
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
BISHOP’S LENT APPEAL 2016
My last two appeals have been for aid for migrants coming into Italy and Greece. They related to work in our own diocese. This appeal, by contrast, is for the education of Palestinian children in the Holy Land. It relates to our neighbouring diocese of Jerusalem and the Middle East. Education is of vital importance in attempts to secure a peaceful future for the Middle East. Education makes it easier for youngsters to stay in their home countries rather than embarking on the refugee trail. And tangible help for Middle Eastern Christians expresses our solidarity with a community whose numbers have fallen from 20% to 2% of the land’s total population in the last 60 years.
So this year’s appeal supports the Arab Evangelical Episcopal School in Ramallah in the West Bank. It will help the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem in the distribution of bursaries to needy students at the school.
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