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Welcome to Lent, a season of around forty days to be renewed and reshaped without even going anywhere near an exercise or slimming class! For Christians, it’s a time to pause and to look at ourselves and our lives through Jesus’ eyes and to see what needs to be given up and also what needs to be taken up. As I write, I am looking forward to this opportunity in drawing closer to God and to work through a deep spring clean in my life, both physical and spiritual. Giving up treats and fasting in an attitude of self-denial while taking up charitable giving, and spending more time in the study of scripture and in prayer isn’t necessarily easy, even for the Vicar!

Forty days to remember what it is like to live by the grace of God alone and not by what we can supply for ourselves. We just need to push ourselves out of a place of comfort into the wilderness, leaving behind the pacifiers that only nourish us for a while; whether it is eating, shopping, blaming or even taking care of people, they fill an empty place inside us that belongs to God alone.1 To enter the wilderness is to leave them behind, and nothing is too small to give up. Even a chocolate bar will do. For forty days, simply pay attention to how often your mind travels in that direction. When you are tempted as you will be to take a sneaky bite, decide instead whose you will be. Sit with the feeling it evokes and see what you find out. Expect great things from God and from yourself. Believe that everything is possible.

 

Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him

Matthew 4.10

 

Holy God, our lives are laid open before you:

rescue us from the chaos of sin and through the death of your Son

bring us healing and make us whole in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

1Home By Another Way © 1999 Barbara Brown Taylor

 

March Diary:

Sunday 1st,10am All Ages Together Journeying into Lent

Genesis 2.15-17, 3.1-7 Matthew 4.1-11

 

Lent Study Group: Tuesdays at 7pm from 3rd March, Vicarage.

 

Wednesday 4th,11am Healing Service

 

Wednesday 11th, 18th, 25th 11am Lent Study & Holy Communion

 

Sunday 8th,10am Lent 2

Genesis 12.1-4a, Psalm 121, John 3.1-17

 

Wednesday 11th, 6.30pm PCC Meeting The Courtyard Room

 

Sunday 15th,10am Lent 3

Exodus 17.1-7, Psalm 95, John 4.5-42

 

Sunday 22nd,10am Lent 4 Mothering Sunday

Colossians 3.12-17, Luke 2.33-35

 

Saturday 28th March put clocks forward one hour.

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Sunday 29th,10am Lent 5 Passiontide

Ezekiel 37.1-14, Psalm 130, John 11.1-45

 

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Second Wednesday of the month

1–2.30pm, a group for those who enjoy the company of others with singing and conversation. Dementia friendly. Wednesday 11th March, lunch is provided so booking is appreciated.

 

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Thursdays 11am-1pm on 12th March & 9th April,

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A peaceful space for spiritual contemplation, meditation and exploration of your inner beliefs and spiritual nature. Refreshments will be available. Please speak to Chloe, Mission Apprentice for more information.

 

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Easter Messy fun for all the family to explore with craft, story, songs and food. Tuesday 7th April 10.30am -12.30pm.

 

 

Hands on Crafts

Thursday afternoons 2pm – 3.30pm No experience or skill necessary to explore your creativity in a variety of ways. All are welcome to come and join in! Selly Oak NNS - “Live Laugh Love”.

 

Lent Bible Study & Discussion Groups

Tuesdays 7pm The Vicarage

 

Wednesdays at 11am The Lady Chapel

 

 

            

April Diary:

Sunday 5th, 10am All Ages Together Palm Sunday

 

SEE SEPARATE SHEET FOR THE FULL HOLY WEEK PROGRAMME

 

Wednesday 8th,11am Stations of the Cross & Holy Communion

 

Sunday 12th, 9am Shared Breakfast

10am Easter Day Service & Easter Egg Hunt

 

Wednesday 15th,11am Holy Communion

Sunday 19th ,10am Easter 2

 

Wednesday 22nd, 11am Service of Prayer

 

Sunday 26th,10am Easter 3

 

Wednesday 29th, 11am Holy Communion

 

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Open every Wednesday midday–2pm at Holy Cross

 companionship and light refreshments with social activities

a warm and friendly welcome for all

If you are lonely or bereaved or are needing some social support

you will be especially welcome.

 

 

During the evenings at the Community Centre you will find:

Tuesday – Scout groups

Wednesday - Slimming World

Friday - Taekwondo

Enquiries for all Christenings, Weddings and Funerals

vicar@holycrosschurchbillesleycommon.co.uk