St Michael and All Angels Church, Bedford Park

Lent at St Michael & All Angels 2014
(5 March - 17 April)

What is Lent? Click here for a liturgical guide by Cathie James, Master of ceremonies
Lent services in 2014

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 redemption
- 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

Lent for Children

For details of our 2014 Lent programme see below

dominus flevitLent Sermons

The English word 'redemption' means to 'repurchase' or 'to buy back'. In Christian theology the word is used as a metaphor for what is achieved through the life, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the New Testament it often refers to the possibility of the forgiveness of sins and also freedom and new life as a result of faith in Christ.

In Lent the sermons at 10am Mass on Sunday mornings explore the significance of this Christian doctrine for the world today.
Preachers:
Lent 1: Sunday 9 March: Fr Andrew Davison, Starbridge Lecturer in Theology and Natural Science (elect), Univesity of Cambridge
Lent 2: Sunday 16 March: Father Neil Evans, Director of Ministry in London Diocese
Lent 3: Sunday 23 March: Mother Melanie Marshall, Curate
Lent 4: Sunday 30 March: Family Mass for Mothering Sunday - Sarah Lenton, subdeacon
Lent 5: Sunday 6 April: Passion Sunday: Sarah Lenton, Subdeacon:

Lent Charity Appeal

Throughout 2014, St Michael & All Angels will be supporting three charities. Details will be announced shortly and they will include:
The Upper Room - a centre for the homeless and disadvantaged in West London.
Hamlin Fistula UK - offering medical help and community support to women in Ethiopia suffering from major injuries associated with childbirth.
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.

Lent Lunches

Lent lunch - February 2010You 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 2014 (see above). They start at 12.30pm and all the venues are close enough to be reached easily from St Michael's. The first Lent Lunch will be hosted this coming Sunday March 9th by Michael Pownall. 
Come and join us for soup and cheese, starting from 12.15 to 12.30.  Details from Alyson Mitchell : alymitchell@hotmail.com. 

Why Me ?

At the 6.30pm Evensong service, members of the congregation give a personal reflection on their life and faith:

Sunday 9 March- Judith Miller
Sunday 16 March- Amanda Bradley
Sunday 23 March - David Kerr
Sunday 30 March - Jane Blanckenhagen
Sunday 6 April - Sir Michael Pownall

Events and Trips: Delighting in God

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 church

Friday 14th March: departing Turnham Green tube station at 2pm
NATIONAL GALLERY
Our own Sarah Lenton, subdeacon and music historian, will offer a commentary on selected paintings which touch on our Lent theme.
Cost: FREE

Friday 21st March:departingTurnham Green tube station at 11am
BRICK LANE MUSIC HALL
Celebrate St Patrick's Irish Party Week at the only permanent home of British Music Hall: a real day out complete with 3 course lunch
Cost: £35.00

Thursday 27th March: departing Turnham Green tube station at 12 noon
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN'S HOUSE
In the heart of London, an architectural gem rich in historic significance and home of the Historical Experience, a dramatic interactive tour.
Cost: £6.00/5.00 (half price for National Trust members)

Wednesday 2nd April: depart Turnham Green tube station at 1pm
CITY WALKING TOUR
A private guided tour from St Paul's to the Tower of London, including key sites of the historic City, with London's premier tourguides
Cost: £8.00

Thursday 10th April: depart Turnham Green tube station at 12 noon
FOUNDLING MUSEUM
London's first Foundling Hospital became London's first public art gallery, thanks to William Hogarth's bequest. Our visit begins with a free recital by oboeist Oliver Phillips, followed by a tour and a chance to view a special exhibition of Handel's royal music.
Cost: £8.00

Study Groups

A variety of discussion groups to help you on your Christian journey

The Book of Job: an introduction: Sundays at 11.30am
In a series of short presentations with discussion (45mins), Father Kevin will explore one of the first documents to consider why bad things happen to good people.
9th March (in Choir Vestry), 23rd March, 30th March, 6th April (Gabriel Room)

Prayer - the Church's Banquet': Mondays at 7pm in church
Prayer can be life's biggest adventure, but like all communication it takes practice. Come and explore ways of praying, with practical guidance and discussion, with Mother Melanie
17th March, 24th March, 31st March and 7th April

Painting the Unimaginable:Thursdays at 8pm in the Raphael Room
How do painters do it? A few squidges of paint on a palette and they produce a moment of indecision, the passage of time, or- and most mysterious of all - some abstract ideas on theology. Find out with Sarah Lenton, subdeacon, how they do it in these illustrated, and sometimes practical, sessions
20th March, 27th March, 3rd April, 10th April

Study Book

Our recommended study book for Lent is the Archbishop's Lent Book:
Looking through the Cross: Revd. Dr Graham Tomlin
The Dean of St Mellitus College, a theological training centre based in London, Dr Tomlin explores how life viewed through the lens fo Christ's Crucifixion can transform, challenge, and heal

Copies available for £7.00 (RRP £10) at the back of Church after Mass in Lent, or from the Parish Office.
Why not get togther and discuss the book with other members of the congregation?

Prayer and Worship

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

Daily Office
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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lent at St Michael & All Angels 2012
(22 February- 4 April)

- Lent Lunches (right): Lunch in homes or the Parish Hall to raise money for our Lent Appeal.
- Lent Sermons: A Sunday morning sermon series exploring the significance of the writings of Dame Julian of Norwich.
- Why me again? 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
(details below)

Lent lunch - February 2010For details of our 2012 Lent programme see below

Lent Sermons

'Love was his meaning'
An exploration of the writings of Dame Julian of Norwich. Julian of Norwich lived in the 14th century and wrote one of the world's great spiritual books, 'The Revelations of Divine Love'

Preachers:
Sunday 26 February: Father Stephen Stavrou, Assistant Priest
Sunday 4 March: Sarah Lenton, subdeacon
Sunday 11 March: Father Kevin Morris: Vicar
Lent lunch - February 2010Sunday 18 March (Mothering Sunday Family Mass): Sarah Lenton, subdeacon
Sunday 25 March: Father Graham Morgan, Asistant Priest

Lent Charity Appeal

Throughout 2012, St Michael & All Angels will be supporting three charities. Details will be announced shortly and they will include:
The Upper Room - a centre for the homeless and disadvantaged in West London.
CEDARS - dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged children in an around Chiswick.
Hamlin Fistula UK offering medical help and community support to women in Ethiopia suffering from major injuries associated with childbirth
The income from the Lent Appeal is divided equally between them.

Lent Lunches

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 2012 (see above). The start time is 12.30pm and all the venues are close enough to be reached after the Sunday Lent Study Group (see below).

Sunday 26th February: Kim Parkash's home - for details please see leaflet at back of church or contact the Parish Office

Sunday 4th March: Susan and Oliver Stirling's home - for details please see leaflet at back of church or contact the Parish Office

Sunday 11th March: Leslie Lyle & Mandy - Michael Room

Sunday 18th March: Mothering Sunday - no Lent lunch

Sunday 25th March: Joanna and Peter Wolton's home - for details please see leaflet at back of church or contact the Parish Office

Sunday 1st April: Children's Church parents - Michael Room

Why me again?

At the 6.30pm Evensong service, members of the congregation give a personal reflection on their life and faith:
Sunday 26 February - David Beresford
Sunday 4th March - Anne Mower
Sunday 11th March - Oliver West
Sunday 18th March - Mary Pears
Sunday 25th March - Miriam Morris

Events and Trips

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:

Monday 27th February
Fulham Palace: History
A private guided tour of the historic Grade 1 listed Fulham Palace and Gardens. Home of the Bishops of London for over 1300 years.
Cost £6.00 - departing from Turnham Green Station at 1pm

Wednesday 7th March
Wallace Collection: Painting
A private guided tour of the highlights of this superb collection of French 18th century and Old Master paintings
Cost £8.00 - departing from church at 1pm

Monday 12th March
Dickens House Museum: Literature
A private guided tour of the Dickens' House Museum in this bicentenary year of the author's birth.
Cost: £7.00 - depart from Turnham Green Station at 1pm

Monday 19th March
St George's Chapel, Windsor : Architecture/Sacred Space
In celebration of Her Majesty the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, a private tour of the historic chapel of St George - also includes general entry to Windsor Castle.
Cost: £17/£15.50 concessions - departing from Turnham Green station at 12.15pm

Wednesday 28th March (note corrected date)
'Of Gods and Men': Film
A viewing of this incredible true-story of a group of Cistercian monks living in North Africa who under threat of violence from terrorist groups must decide whether to stay or leave the impoverished community which they serve.
Venue: Crypt Chapel at 2.30pm

Study Groups

a) What does it mean to be 'Anglo Catholic'?
In a series of short presentations with discussion (45 mins), Father Stephen Stavrou explores the political, social, spiritual and contemporary importance of this often used but rarely understood term
Sundays 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th March at 11.30am in the Gabriel Room

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What is the plot?
What does it mean?
And what has it got to do with Easter?

Come to a four-part course with music and PowerPoint slides led by Sarah Lenton on Wednesdays 7th, 14th, 21st and 28th March at 8 pm in the Raphael Room. Entrance via Church car park in Priory Avenue at back of Church. Download poster with further details

Study Book

Our recommended study book for Lent is:
'Through Julian's Windows' by Sr Elizabeth Ruth Obbard
Sister Elizabeth is a solitary Carmelite nun who explores the life and meaning of Julian of Norwich for our own time and our faith today.Copies available for £8 at the back of church after Mass in Lent or from the Parish Office. Why not get together and discuss this bok with other members of the congregation?

Prayer and Worship

Stations of the Cross
A short meditative service journeying with Christ on the way of the Cross
Fridays throughout Lent
Venue: St Michael & All Angels Church at 6.30pm

Daily Office
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.

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)
Mondays at 6.30pm after Mass or by appointment. Further times will be advertised during Holy Week

Daily Scripture readings and prayers: A Lenten leaflet, suitable for both individuals and families, with suggested Scripture readings and prayers to assist with our preparation for Easter has been assembled and copies are available at the back of the church.

Websites: to help you in your daily prayer:
www.sacredspace.ie
An invitation to make a 'Sacred Space' for prayer in your daily life led by the Jesuit community

www.pray-as-you-go.com
Downloadable podcasts to play on your way to work. Lasting between ten and thirteen minutes , they combine music,scripture and questions for reflection.

Lent at St Michael & All Angels 2010
Lent at St Michael & All Angels in 2009