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PACT Lent Programme: 13 February to 30 March 2013

Lent is a time when Christians remember the 40 days and nights Jesus spent alone in the desert without food, being tempted by the Devil. Jesus used this time to prepare for His work by fasting and praying.

The weeks of Lent were once the time when new Christians, who were to be baptized on Easter Eve, were taught about the Christian faith and life. Those who had already been baptized thought again about the promises they had once made and promise to be true to them. Lent was a time for spring-cleaning lives, as well as homes.

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, the day after Pancake Day, six and a half weeks before Easter Day. The last week of Lent begins with Palm Sunday, which celebrates the day Jesus entered Jerusalem and the people lay down palms at his feet. Lent ends the day before Easter Sunday, which is known as Holy Saturday. Sundays are not counted in the forty days.

In the Roman Catholic Church, Lent officially ends at sundown on Holy Thursday (Maundy Thursday), with the beginning of the mass of the Lord's Supper.

Once again PACT (Petersfield Area Churches Together) is offering a variety of ways in which we can journey through Lent together. You are welcome to come to as many of these events as you like. Please telephone the host/leader to book a place on your chosen course.

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Remember to buy all your books and DVDs from The Unity Book Shop!

At a Glance

           Sunday            Monday             Tuesday       Wednesday      Thursday      Friday       Saturday
AM                     York Course  
PM Petersfield Methodist           Beatitudes       St Peter's  
      St Mary's Buriton           St Mary's Buriton      
EVE The Salvation Army
  Kesher Course   St Peter's           United Reformed Church  
St Peter's   St Mary's Buriton   All Saint's Steep           All Saint's Steep  

St Mary’s, Buriton - A Five-Session course on the Beatitudes

Jesus lived out the Beatitudes – or ‘beautiful attitudes’ in his earthly life and called his followers to do the same. In this course we consider the eight radical sayings from St Matthew’s Gospel that contain both values for living and promises of blessing.

Venue/Contact 42 High Street, Buriton    Naomi Gordon Smith
Day/Time Mondays at 2:30 pm Starting on 18 February
Venue/Contact       7 Heatherfield, Buriton Tom Cooper 01730 233786
Day/Time Mondays at 7:30 pm Starting on 18 February
Venue/Contact       2 Binden Cottages, North Lane, Buriton    David Bee
Day/Time Thursdays at 4:00 pm Starting on 21 February

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Petersfield Methodist - Spiritual Practices

A series on Spiritual Practices produced by the Methodist Church. We will be
meeting at the church on Sunday after the morning service. The idea is to bring
your lunch and stay for the meeting

Venue/Contact       Petersfield Methodist Church     Jeanette Richardson 01730 263317
Day/Time Sundays at 12:30 pm Starting on Sunday 10 February 



Please contact Barbara in advance if you wish to attend.

Venue/Contact       21 Grenehurst Way, The Village, GU31 4AZ Barbara Ward 01730 267834
Day/Time Wednesdays at 2:30 pm    Starting on Wednesday 20 February 


Remember to buy to course books from the Unity Christian Bookshop in Petersfield!Kesher Course

This is five sessions, each consisting of two 45 minute teaching slots using a DVD
and course book - two hours per session with a refreshment break between and a short
time of discussion at the end.

Kesher is a Hebrew word meaning 'connection'. It explores the connection between Judaism, Christianity, Israel and the Church. Very helpful for people to understand something of what is going on in the Middle East today. The first half of the course is a Bible study on the Lord Jesus; the second half gives a historical perspective, but with many references to scripture

Venue/Contact       Merrymeet, 38 Upper Heyshott    Christine Tully 01730 262716
Host/Leader Anne Randall will host and Christine Tully will lead
Day/Time Mondays at 7:30 pm Starting on Monday 18 February 

Click here for more details of the Kesher Course

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Remember to buy your course books from the Unity Christian Bookshop in Petersfield!YORK COURSES 2013: Glimpses of God

We live in turbulent times. In this course, Canon David Winter draws on the Bible as he shows where we can find strength and encouragement as we live through the 21st
century. Under the title Glimpses of God, this course brings a message of hope.

  • Session (1) The God who hears our cry
  • Session (2) The Shepherd who guides and guards his people
  • Session (3) The Son who is the Way, the Truth and the Life
  • Session (4) The God who shares our pain
  • Session (5) The God who calms our fears
Venue/Contact       30 Oaklands Road, Petersfield GU32 2EZ    Judith Peake 01730 263669
Host/Leader Judith Peake and Gill Hancock Gill Hancock 01730 263763
Day/Time Fridays at 10:00 am Starting on Friday 15 February

Click here for more details of York Courses

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The Salvation Army, Petersfield - A series of Prayer Walks around our community

  • Sunday 17 February - Prayer Walk around Churches
  • Sunday 24 February - Prayer Walk around trouble spots of Petersfield
  • Sunday 3 March - Prayer Walk around Government organisations
  • Sunday 10 March - Prayer Walk around PACT organizations
  • Sunday 17 March - Prayer Walk around public services
  • Sunday 24 March - Prayer Walk around our town centre
Venue/Contact       The Salvation Army, Swan Street, GU32 3AD     Captain Linda Read 01730 262820/07872 407403
Day/Time Sundays 6:30 pm - for six weeks Starting on Sunday 17 February


Prayer Walk Places to visit
17 February Churches Stops: St Peters (including St Mary’s Buriton), URC, (including Evangelical, and St Mary Magdalen), Life Church Office, St Laurences, Methodist (including Messy Church, Froxfield and All Saints Steep), then back to The Salvation Army.
24 February Trouble Spots Stops: Skate Park Love Lane, Avenue Pavilion, The Heath.
3 March Government Organisations Stops: Primary School, Petersfield School, Festival Hall, (including. EHDC), Old College - Registrar’s Office, (including Herne Junior School), Job Centre.
10 March PACT Organisations Stops: Food bank, Prospects, Social Concerns and PACT committee (Salvation Army), Holiday Club (Petersfield School), Kings Arms, Chaplaincy (Winton House), Unity Bookshop, then back to Salvation Army to pray for Prayer Impact, Petersfield Counselling Services, and Youthwork Support Team.
17 March Public Services
and Spaces
Stops: Fire Station, Surgery, Hospital, Police Station, Physic Garden, Library and Square.
24 March Town Centre In smaller groups, wander around choosing your own places and areas to pray.


  • After each prayer walk we will go back to hall by 7:30 pm for final prayers and refreshment   
  • Click to download a copy of this Prayer Walk Timetable


St Peter’s - Five Sessions on the theme of Pilgrimage

Each session will last an hour. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

Venue/Contact       St Peter’s church meeting room    Rev’d Will Hughes 01730 260464   
Day/Time Fridays at 12:00 noon   Starting on Friday 15 February
Venue/Contact       The Vicarage on Dragon Street Rev’d Will Hughes on 01730 260464   
Day/Time Tuesdays at 7:30 pm Starting on Tuesday 19 February

Lent Meeting with open agenda

Venue/Contact       The Black Sheep, Sheep Street     Rev’d Will Hughes 01730 260464   
Day/Time Sundays 7:30 pm    Starting on Sunday 17 February

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Petersfield URC - A Journey from Palm Sunday to Ascension

Six Friday Night Talks each one hour in length with a break half way through for refreshments.

Venue/Contact       Petersfield United Reformed Church   
College Street
Church Office 01730 266475
Day/Time Sundays at 7:30 pm    Starting on Sunday 15 February


All Saints’, Steep and High Cross, Froxfield - Discussion based on
the 2009 film, 'Creation' about Charles Darwin

There is a free showing of the film in Steep Village Hall on Friday 1st February
at 7.30 pm and all PACT members are welcome.

Venue/Contact       High House, Winchester Road, Stroud John Owen on 01730 264282
Day/Time Five Tuesdays at 7:45 pm Starting on Tuesday 19 February

Read more about the film Creation

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