Lent 2021

Lent starts with Ash Wednesday 17 February 2021.

There are five Sundays in Lent, from 21 February to 21 March. Sunday 14 February is celebrated as Mothering Sunday.

Sunday 21 February is the 1st Sunday of Lent. An online Mass will be recorded on Saturday evening and will be available to listen to and join in with on Sunday morning. To access the service recording go to https://greenfordmagna.info/sunday-21-february-1st-sunday-of-lent-worship-at-home/ The preacher at this service will be Rev. Dr. Dave Bookless, Director of Theology for A Rocha International, an international Christian nature conservation organisation, part-time Vicar of St. Mary’s Norwood Green, Southall, and a member of the Church of England’s Environment Working Group. Born in India, Dave and his wife Anne have lived in Southall since 1991, and their four daughters have all grown up there. He has a PhD in Theology & Biodiversity Conservation from Cambridge University, has spoken and lectured on environmental issues across six continents, and contributed to over 20 books including Planetwise and God Doesn’t do Waste.

Sunday 28 February is the 2nd Sunday of Lent. An online Mass will be recorded on Saturday evening and will be available to listen to and join in with on Sunday morning. Continuing on the theme of care for God’s creation, the reflection at this service will be given by Katy Lawrence, Deputy Headteacher at Edward Betham Cof E Primary School. The link to the service is https://greenfordmagna.info/sunday-28-february-2nd-sunday-of-lent-worship-at-home/

Lent is a time for reflection and contemplation, and as usual there will be study groups during Lent, which this year will be held online. You might like to do this by becoming more aware of the natural world around you either on your daily walk or just by looking out of the window. You may find it helpful to use Through the Window, Connecting with Nature when you Can’t get Outside suggests Revd Jacqueline. We hope you find this useful and would appreciate your feedback. Download it as a PDF here.

Our Lent Book this year is Candles in the Dark: Faith, hope and love in a time of pandemic. Twenty-Six short reflections from Bishop Rowan Williams, one of the most profound and pastoral Christian thinkers of our times. Available online for £10 or less and locally from Perivale Christian Bookshop (Click and Collect) and Pitshanger Books.

There will be an opportunity to meet together as part of our daytime and evening groups via zoom for prayer, coffee & catch up and to discuss the book over four weeks. Week 1 Thursday 25 Feb 7pm or Friday 26 Feb 9.30am; Week 2 Thursday 4 March 7pm or Friday 5 March 9.30am; Week 3 Thursday 11 March 7pm or Friday 12 March 9.30am; Week 4 Thursday 18 March 7pm or Friday 19 March 9.30am

The format for the Lent groups is Prayer and drinks for 45 minutes followed by the book review at either 7.45 pm or 10.15 am. Please contact Fr Graham if you would like to know more and would like to be part of the Lent Groups.

The Lent appeal this year is in support of the Diocese of London’s campaign, Challenging Youth Violence. For more details and information about how you can give please visit https://www.london.anglican.org/lentappeal2021