Lent & Holy Week 2022

Introduction

The season of Lent is a time to deepen our relationship with God through prayer, reflection and study as we prepare for Holy Week and our annual remembering of the suffering, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

This year Lent begins on Wednesday 2nd March, and the theme for this year’s program is spiritual well-being: body, mind and soul. We’re going to be exploring how we might look after our own spiritual well-being by seeking Christ in prayer, learning about the God we find in scripture, encountering Christ in nature; and by joyfully sharing this through the way we live in the world. We’re delighted to be sharing in this journey with Southdown Methodists.

Revd Tim has produced a short video to explain what we are doing this year at St John's to help you in your quest to know God better, or you can read on below (if you prefer a paper version, use this version).

Spiritual Well-being: Body, Mind and Soul

Our calendar

The calendar on the website will be updated this week with our activities; in the meantime we have produced a handy overview of all our activities for this year as a one page overview.  This can be downloaded here (it can be printed on a single sheet of A4 paper if wanted).

Meeting God in our bodies

An opportunity to experience God using our bodies, with activities around Harpenden. Suitable for all ages, followed by simple refreshments.

  • Saturday 5 March: litter pick – meet at St John’s
  • Saturday 12 March: prayer walk – start at Southdown Methodists
  • Saturday 19 March: dog walk – start at St John’s
  • Saturday 26 March: guided nature walk – start at St John’s
  • Saturday 2 April: Lent and Easter trail – start at Southdown Methodists

Engaging the mind: Study Group focus on Receiving Christ

At Christmas we heard in John’s Gospel the words “To all who received him … he gave power to become children of God.” (John 1.12.) This raises big questions. Aren’t we all children of God anyway? Just how can we receive Christ? And what does it mean to have a relationship with God? we’ll explore these questions, and more, over five weekly sessions.

  • Session 1: Receiving Christ: as children of God
  • Session 2: Receiving Christ: in the stranger and the needy
  • Session 3: Receiving Christ: in Holy Communion
  • Session 4: Receiving Christ: through prayer and fellowship
  • Session 5: “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1.27)

Each Tuesday, 8 March to 5 April 2.00pm at St John’s Church Hall - OR Each Wednesday 9 March to 6 April 7.45pm on Zoom

For the Zoom code, or to let us know that you are coming along in-person, please email the Parish Office (or call 01582 712776) - or sign the list in Church. There’s a course booklet for this course.

Feeding the soul: guided silent meditation


Take time to listen to our inner being, and experience God through the silence of our hearts. Five weekly sessions, practicing the art of contemplative silence. Suitable for beginners.

Beginning Monday 7 March and Wednesday 9 March, over five weeks:

  • Mondays: 10.15am in the Lady Chapel at St John’s, 30 minutes
  • Wednesdays: 6.00pm at Southdown Methodists, 30 minutes

An offer of spiritual support

We want to extend a special opportunity for every adult at St John’s to have a 45-minute conversation with a member of the ministry team. As people of faith, our spiritual health and wellbeing is something we should also take seriously, but often we don’t have a chance to think about our faith and prayer life or talk it through with someone. Please get in touch with the parish office by phone (01582 712776) or email as soon as possible so we can arrange a session.

Holy Week and Easter 2022

We encourage you to immerse yourselves in these powerful services during Holy Week – the most important in the church year – as we enter a kind of ‘real time’, reliving and being drawn into the dramatic events of the final days in Jesus’s life that lead to our salvation. you can find details of all our services from Palm Sunday to Easter Day here.

Regular services at St John’s
Why not come to an extra service each week as part of your Lent commitment?

Sunday
8am Holy Communion in the Lady Chapel
9.30am Parish Eucharist (also live streamed) followed by coffee in the hall (All-age Eucharists on 6 March and 3 April)
Wednesday
10.30am Holy Eucharist is celebrated in the Lady Chapel
Monday to Thursday
9.30am Morning prayer is said
5pm Evening prayer is said

A final word...

We hope our programme of events has inspired you and that you can commit to come to one (or maybe more) of these series in Lent. But they’re only suggestions to consider alongside your own commitments and spiritual needs. With activities across various days and times, we hope you’ll be able to come along to something. Whatever you decide to give up or take up, and however you choose to observe the season of Lent, we hope it will be a time of encouragement and blessing and brings you nearer to God.