At St Michael & All Angels, we mark Lent in a variety of ways - in services and in other activities (scroll down for more details of each activity):
- Lent Lunches: Lunch in homes or the Parish Hall to raise money for our Lent Appeal.
- Lent Sermons: The Sunday morning sermon series will focus on the theology of the body, and of our living and dying
- Why me?: At Evensong, 6.30pm Sundays, members of the congregation give personal reflections on their life and faith (details below)
- Events and Courses, Reflection and Prayer
'For we brought nothing into this world.....'
The Christian understanding of dying and death has been replaced by many secular and atheistic ideas of what happens when we die. The Christian funeral rite has always had a strong place within the Christian community but increasingly is relegated in favour of secular poems and music, thanksgiving services and memorials. What do Christians teach about death and how should our faith in Christ influence the rite of our final parting? The Lent Sunday morning sermons will explore the Christian theology of the body and our living and dying.
Lent 1: Sunday 22 February: Mother Melanie Marshall, Assistant Priest
Lent 2: Sunday 1 March: Fr Graham Morgan Kt., Hon Assistant Priest
Lent 3: Sunday 8 March: Father Neil Evans, Director of Ministry in the Diocese of London
Lent 4: Sunday 15 March: Family Mass for Mothering Sunday - Sarah Lenton, subdeacon
Lent 5: Sunday 22 March: Passion Sunday: Fr Kevin Morris, Vicar
Sunday 29th March at 7.30pm: 'The Crucifixion' by John Stainer
A meditation on the Passion with Choir, soloists and hymns
Throughout 2015, St Michael & All Angels will be supporting three charities.
The Upper Room - a centre for the homeless and disadvantaged in West London.
The Mulberry Centre, a drop-in centre in Isleworth, offering information and support to anyone affected by a diagnosis of cancer.
The income from the Lent Appeal is divided equally between them.
Msaada (the name means 'help' in Swahili): provides high quality dairy cows in calf, along with full training and veterinary support, to people who are living below the poverty line in Rwanda. It was founded by the BBC correspondent and Chiswick resident Fergal Keane to help restore dignity to the forgotten victims of the Rwandan genocide and was selected in 2015 to be St Michael's overseas charity for the next 3 years .
You are warmly invited to join other members of the congregation and their families for a simple lunch each Sunday during Lent (with the exception of Mothering Sunday). There is no charge but donations are invited to our Lent Appeal in aid of the three charities St Michael's will support in 2015 (see above). They start at 12.30pm and all the venues are close enough to be reached easily from St Michael's.
Please see the Sunday pew sheets for details
At the 6.30pm Evensong service, members of the congregation give a personal reflection on their life and faith:
Sunday 22 February- Sarah Lenton
Sunday 1 March- John White
Sunday 8 March - Mark Critchlow
Sunday 15 March - Christina Balmer
Sunday 22 March - Chris Chauncy
During Lent we make a series of visits to places where we can reflect on the connections between faith and art as a means of inspiring and guiding us on our Lenten journey. Please sign up at the back of the church:
Tuesday 24th February: departing Turnham Green Tube at 10.30am
Middle Temple & Temple Church (Architecture & Sacred Space)
A guided tour of the Middle Temple, one of England's four ancient societies of lawyers, followed by a visit to the 12th century church of the Crusaders, still in use today.
Cost: Middle Temple £7, Temple Church £5 (£3 concessions)
Monday 2nd March:
departing Turnham Green Tube at 10.30am
Greenwich Maritime Museum (History)
A guided tour of the world's largest maritime museum, looking at the highlights covering centuries of exploration,trade and battle by sea, and Britain's unique place in naval history.
Wednesday 11th March: departing Turnham Green Tube at 2pm
'Taken at Midnight' (Drama)
A trip to the Haymarket Theatre to see a play about the celebrated lawyer, Hans Litten, who put Hitler on the witness stand in 1930s Germany, with devastating consequences. Starring Penelope Wilton.
Thursday 19th March: departing Turnham Green Tube at 2pm
Imperial War Museum (History)
An opportunity in this centenary year to look at the Museum's special exhibitions on the First World War, and at the wider history of military and civilian conflict.
Wednesday 25th March:
departing Turnham Green Tube at 1.30pm
Keats Museum Tour (Literature)
This beautiful house in Hampstead and its gardens were home to one of England's great Romantic poets. Come and find out about his context and legacy in these lovely surroundings.
Cost: £5.50 (£3.50 concessions)
The Gospel of Mark: an introduction
Sundays at 11.30am in the Raphael Room.
In a series of short presentations with discussion (45mins), Fr Kevin will explore the earliest of the Four Gospels
22 Feb,1,8,22 March
Following Jesus with Mary
Mondays at 7.30pm - 8.45pm in the Gabriel Room*
Each week Mthr Melanie will consider a different aspect of what the Church teaches about the Blessed Virgin Mary and how her example can help us to become better Christians
23 Feb, 2 (*vestry),9,16 March
Contemplative Prayer in the All Souls Chapel
We will share 45mins of silent prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. You are free to come and go at any time, so come for whatever portion you can. Led by Mthr Melanie
23 Feb, 2 ,9,16 March
Seeing God in Everything
Tuesdays 7-8pm in the Raphael Room (followed by Compline (Night Prayer) in church at 8pm
Sarah Lenton will lead a course reflecting on paintings which help us discern God in situations where He is not immediately apparent.
24 Feb, 3,10,17 March
Our recommended study book for Lent is:
'In God's Hands' by Desmond Tutu
Archbishop Tutu won the Nobel Peace Prize and was appointed Chair of South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission where he pioneered a new approach to moving beyond civil conflict and oppression. As we learn in this book what has driven him is an unshakeable belief that human beings are created in God's image and infinitely valuable.
Copies are available for £10 at the back of church after Mass in Lent or from the Parish Office.
Stations of the Cross
A short meditative service journeying with Christ on the way of the Cross
Fridays at 6.30pm throughout Lent. Venue: St Michael & All Angels Church
Come and join the Church's regular daily cycle of prayer, which takes place before Mass. 9am Sundays, 5.30pm Mondays, 12 noon Wednesdays, 9.30am Thursdays and 9.30am Saturdays. Venue: St Michael & All Angels Church
Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)
Mondays at 6.30pm after Mass or by appointment. Further times will be advertised during Holy Week. Venue: St Michael & All Angels Church