Lent and Easter
Lent and Easter can be seen as a journey, from the beginning on Ash Wednesday when we remember how we need God's help in our lives, through to the final joyous celebrations on Easter Day.
Ash Wednesday, with the optional
marking of the cross on our foreheads in ash, is when we begin to think about
our dependance on God and how we might spend the next weeks. The weeks of
Lent offer a time of thoughtful reflection - with Mothering Sunday offering a
burst of celebration along the way. There are often Lent Groups meeting
during Lent - each following a chosen course of study, sharing and learning
together. The churches are usually left without flowers to remind us of the
thoughtfulness of the season.
In Holy Week, one of the most special times in the Church Year, we follow our Lord through the last week of his life, beginning with Palm Sunday and his dramatic entry into Jerusalem. In church we read the story of the Passion, often in dramatised form.
On Maundy Thursday we remember Jesus's example of loving service as he washed the disciples feet and broke bread with them at the Lord's supper.
Good Friday, the most solemn day in the Christian year, is when we remember Jesus' trial and crucifixion.
Easter Saturday offer a day of
waiting and anticipation - often with an evening service of renewing Baptismal
promises and bring the new light of Easter into the darkened church.
On Easter Day we celebrate the resurrection - God's raising Jesus to new life. The churches are specially decorated and we praise God in joyful hymns and music.
Lent and Easter 2018
In 2018 the special Lent and Easter
services are as follows:
Ash Wednesday 14 February 7:30pm Communion Service with optional ashing - at Littlebourne
Mothering Sunday 11th March
9:30am Family Communion at Wickhambreaux (posies given)
11am Family Communion at Littlebourne (posies given)
Palm Sunday 25th March
9:30am Communion service - with dramatised Passion Gospel at Wickhambreaux
11am Communion Service - with dramatised Passion Gospel at Littlebourne
HOLY WEEK across the benefice of four churches
Monday 26th March, Tuesday 27th March,
Wednesday 28th March - all at 7:00pm for 25 mins
A short quiet service of Compline (Night Prayer) - Littlebourne Church
Maundy Thursday 29th March
7:30pm Communion service at Littlebourne - with stripping of the altar
Good Friday 30th March
2:00pm An Hour by the Cross - devotional service at Littlebourne Church
Easter Saturday 31st March
8-30pm Vigil service at Ickham Church - with Easter fire, lighting of the four churches' Easter Candles and renewal of Baptismal promises.
Easter Day 1st April
9:30am Family Communion at Wickhambreaux
11:00am Family Communion at Littlebourne
6:00pm Holy Communion service at Stodmarsh
Easter Lilies, St Vincent’s Church. All those wishing to purchase an East
in memory of a loved one – the list is now in Church. A donation of £4 per lily
would be appreciated. For further information, please contact Gill Estcourt
We were delighted to welcome the classes of Littlebourne primary school to St Vincent’s church last Thursday, to see and join in the activities of “Experience Easter”.
Some Easter Garden's prepared by children at Littlebourne Primary School: