Lent Course

Parish Of Acton

St Mary’s and All Saints

 

LENT COURSE 2018

“Scarred by Struggle, Transformed by Hope”

with Sister Joan Chittister OSB and Rev. Nick Jones

 

 

Introduction to the Course

Everyone goes through times of pain and sorrow, depression and darkness, stress and suffering. It is in the necessary struggles of life, however, that we stretch our souls and gain new insights enabling us to go on. Building on the biblical story of Jacob wrestling with God and our own stories of life-changing disappointment, the course explores the    landscape of suffering and hope.

 

What to expect

Good company; refreshments; a short DVD on the theme; discussion; a reflective exercise; materials for reading and reflection inbetween sessions.

The course is led by Nick Jones, Rector of Acton.

 

Sister Joan Chittister

 The course uses DVD and other material from Sister Joan Chittister, best-selling writer and broadcaster, who is part of the Sisters of Erie, a Roman Catholic Benedictine  monastery in Pennsylvania.

 

Dates and Times

The course begins with Ash Wednesday services on Wednesday 14 February at St Mary’s Church, 1 The Mount, Acton, W3 6SX, at both 11.00am and 7.30pm. 

The services will include the traditional rite of Ashing.

 

The course will run on the five following Wednesdays: 

21 & 28 February;  7, 14 & 21 March.

 

There will be a daytime group 11.30 to 12.30 at The Blend House Café, 114 Churchfield Road, Acton, W3 6BY. There will be a full range of refreshments  to buy.

There are great facilities for children.

 

There will be an evening group 8 to 9pm at The Rectory, 14 Cumberland Park, Acton, W3 6SX. Refreshments will be provided.

 

You are welcome to go between the groups according to your availability.

 

Who the course is for

The course is for anyone who wishes to explore and deepen their spirituality using the resources of the Christian tradition. 

Everyone is welcome of whatever faith tradition or none.

 

 Further Information

This is available from the course leader, Nick Jones, via:

Email: nick.jones@stmaryacton.org.uk

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100012445000494

Twitter: @georgenewbrook

Phone: 020 8993 0422 (0ffice)

             020 8992 8876 (home)

 

Suggestions for Lent activities:

  • Live Lent App from the Church of England, free to download (readings, Prayers, Reflections for each day)
  • How Shall We Then Live? by Sam Wells (vicar of St Martin in the Fields) – looking at contemporary issues from a Christian perspective
  • The Splash of Words by Mark Oakley, Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral – a collection of poems with commentary.

 

 

 


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