Easter At All SaintS
Readings for Lent
Here are some suggestions for readings during the Lent period.
The first suggestions is a Lent prayer tree. This fits well with our current topic of persisting in prayer - the tree could be a great tool to help you do this. It could also make a great project for a family to do in Lent and this tree could help you take up daily prayer. The Prayer tree can be found (and ordered) here.
For those who would like a book, I suggest Reconciliation by Muthuraj Swamy, which is also the recommendation by Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury. Though chapters are short, there is also a Bible passage to read every day. This is a rich book and one that will require more focus and thought, but I think it covers a critical topic and I am looking forward to working my way through it. If you want to know more, you can watch videos of Justin and Muthuraj in conversation here and here.
For those who want something that is perhaps easier to follow I recommend Pilgrim Journeys: The Beatitudes: 40 days of reflections for Lent 2019 by Bishop Steven Croft. Each day provides you with a short reflection on a Bible reading, an invitation to pray and a suggestion of how you might respond to the Beatitudes’ challenge to live as God intends, both as an individual and in community.
Finally, the Diocesan Lent Project will be emailing out daily thoughts and reflections to help people become more confident and prayerful disciples - this is perfect timing for us as it fits so well with our vision plan this year. Please follow this link to sign up for this service.
Lent Quiet Day
We will be holding a guided quiet day in church from 10am-3pm (doors closing at
4 pm) on Saturday 6th April. There will be 6 areas to take you on a journey through Psalm 23 and our prayer
is that you meet with God in a new and fresh way, knowing that He is the One
who can take you to a place of rest and restoration. The tendency is often to rush away so this will be an opportunity to spend time
with God allowing Him to speak to you. Come by yourself, come with the family,
the day is yours. Stay for as long as you wish or come and go as it suits you.
In fact you can do with it as you feel is right for you. If you would like prayer it will be available on the day.
Eph. 1:17 I pray that the Father of glory, the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, would impart to you the riches of the spirit of wisdom and the spirit of revelation to know Him through your deepening intimacy with Him.
(The Passion Translation)
Other dates for Easter events:
Sunday 7th April – join us at 7pm as we watch the film ‘The Shack’.
Thursday 18th April – Maundy Thursday meal at 6.30pm.
Friday 19th April – Good Friday: 9.30am – 11.30am Easter Workshop
2pm - An hour before the Cross
Sunday 21st April – Easter Sunday: 6am - Early Service with breakfast
10am – Easter Communion and Celebration.
Lent Opportunities in local Churches
As members and participants in Churches in Ewell, Cuddington and Stoneleigh we would like to invite one another to come together across the churches during Lent – to find out more about one another’s beliefs, practices and traditions.
ASH WEDNESDAY 6 MARCH join with St Johns Stoneleigh at 10am or with St Pauls at 8pm for their Ash Wednesday service
TUESDAY 12 MARCH come and “Experience Easter” at Ruxley church 6.30 – 9.30. Various activity stations will be set up in the church as 10 year olds from local schools will be visiting during the day. (School programme organised locally by Spinnaker Trust). The evening will include the chance to pray for this venture and the children who will be experiencing it.
FRIDAY 29 MARCH come to St Clements 7.45. Hear about and experience the “stations of the Cross” as Father Graham and representatives from CAFOD lead us through this meditative time as part of their Lent tradition.
SATURDAY 6 APRIL come to All Saints “Quiet Day” between 10am and 4pm. Activity stations will be set up all based on Psalm 23.
WEDNESDAY 10 APRIL 8pm. Stoneleigh Baptist will host an evening of worship and prayer with the opportunity to find out a little more of the activities of the church, and perhaps even answer the question “what do Baptists especially believe?”