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Churches prepare for Lent

by Michael Ford last modified 11 Mar, 2011 10:30 AM

Parishes and schools across Wiltshire and Dorset are preparing for Easter in a variety of ways throughout the season of Lent, which starts tomorrow (Ash Wednesday, 9 March).

Churches prepare for Lent

Lent Ash Cross

There is a traditional Pancake Race at Wimborne Minster today (11am), a fun occasion for all ages. The event celebrates Shrove Tuesday, the day before Lent. Participants must bring a frying pan and a suitable pancake.

Talks for Lent include five weekly sessions at Donhead St Mary Village Hall (starting Thursday 17 March, 7.30pm), with the theme 'The Man from Nazareth'.

The Fully Alive course, commissioned by the Diocese, will be run in a number of venues during Lent. The resources, designed for small groups, explore Christianity in fresh ways and encourage parishioners to be more active in their communities.

Other courses include five-week Lent film clubs in Broughton Gifford, Great Chalfield and Holt St Katharine (Mondays starting 14 March). Club members will invite friends, watch the films and eat together, discussing the films afterwards. Film titles include Creation, Bruce Almighty, Seven Pounds, Run Lola Run, and Jesus of Montreal.

Musical reflections for Lent include ‘The part music has played on my Christian journey’ in the Queen Thorne (Mondays starting 14 March, 7.30pm). Speakers include the Precentor of Salisbury Cathedral Canon Jeremy Davies, Archdeacon of Sherborne the Ven Paul Taylor, and Bishop Timothy Dudley-Smith, author of a number of modern hymns.
There will also be a Passover Supper at Radnor Hall, Bodenham on Thursday 21 April (6pm). The traditional form of this meal was the ‘Last Supper’ celebrated by Christ and his disciples, and explains the context and origin of the Eucharist (communion service).



Lent in the Diocese of Salisbury 
Lent in the Church of England 

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