Lent and Easter 2023

Crucifixion-8627-2The Crucifixion from the East
window of St Mary's Church

Since early days Christians have observed Holy Week, Good Friday and Easter Day - the time of our Lord’s Passion and Resurrection - with great devotion. Lent is the season of preparation for this great festival, and is traditionally a season of prayer, study and penitence. In the death of Jesus, we see the seriousness of sin and the cost of our forgiveness. Hearing the call to repentance, we renew our commitment to seek to be faithful disciples.

Lent Courses

2 types of Lent Courses are available:

Lent Courses across the Team 2023
Four different 'streams' aimed at going deeper into a specific area of Christian living. Jump right into one and see where it leads you, or dip your toe into different options. Click here for details.

Diocesan Lent Modules 2023
The Lent Modules are a collection of education, training and skills events across the Diocese during Lent each year. They form a series of short courses running across the diocese between Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Many are online. Courses cost between £15 and £25. Click here for details.

Special Services at St Mary’s Church in Lent and Holy Week

ASH WEDNESDAY 22nd February 2023

8.00am Morning Prayer
9.30am Holy Communion with imposition of ashes*
7.30pm Choral Eucharist with imposition of ashes*

*The imposition of ashes  involves making a cold ash mark on the forehead as a solemn reminder of human mortality and the need for reconciliation with God.


8.00am Holy Communion BCP  This service will be livestreamed and the YouTube link is: https://youtube.com/live/3vcenpWh5LM?feature=share
10.30am Family Service - children are particularly welcome at this service


We warmly welcome you to to join us during this most special week of the Christian Year

8.00am Holy Communion BCP
10.30am Holy Communion with Passion reading. This service will be livestreamed - YouTube link: https://youtube.com/live/rWnLH1WeUks?feature=share
6.30pm Choral Evensong

Monday 3rd April

9.30am Holy Communion
7.30pm Bible Study and Compline in the Parish Rooms

Tuesday 4th April

9.30am Holy Communion
5.00pm Evening Prayer on Zoom

7.30pm Bible Study and Compline in the Parish Rooms

Wednesday 5th April

8.00am Morning Prayer
9.30am Holy Communion
7.30pm Bible Study and Compline in the Parish Rooms


9.30am Holy Communion
7.30pm Choral Eucharist


10.30 am Walk of Witness from Abbey Lane to St Mary’s Church ending with a short service
2.00 pm Hour at the Cross: quiet prayer and structured devotions
7.30 pm Devotional offering: Bob Chilcott’s St John Passion - St Mary's Choir and Musicians. All welcome. Retiring collection.


6.00am Sunrise Holy Communion
8.00am BCP Holy Communion
10.30 am Family Communion.
This service will be livestreamed - YouTube link: https://www.youtube.com/live/NbDQMn3SXZQ?feature=share
 6.30 pm Choral Evensong