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PACT Lent Programme: 5th March to 19th April 2014

Friday 18th April - Good Friday
PACT Walk of Witness - 9:30 am from Methodist Church in Station Road
10:00 am in Petersfield Square - PACT Good Friday Service led by John Callaghan

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.

From the PACT Webmaster:

At a Glance

           Sunday            Monday             Tuesday       Wednesday      Thursday      Friday       Saturday
AM     The 12 Disciples
St Mary's Buriton
          The 12 Disciples
St Mary's Buriton
PM     The 12 Disciples
St Mary's Buriton
      Kesher Course       Encounters:
The Creed
St Peter's
EVE The Salvation Army
  The 12 Disciples
St Mary's Buriton
The Creed
St Peter's
      Frontline Studies
Life Church
All Saints' Steep
The Litergy
St Laurence

St Mary’s, Buriton - The Twelve Disciples: Seeing Jesus through their eyes

Leader/Venue Contact Naomi 262586  
Day/Time Mondays at 9:30* am and 2:30 pm      Starting on 10th March
Leader/Venue       Contact Tom 233786  
Day/Time Mondays at 7:30 pm Starting on 10th March
Venue/Contact       Contact Judith 269390  
Day/Time Thursdays at 10:00 am Starting on 13th March

*The Monday 9.30 am group is a group especially for parents of young children (children will be welcome but not supervised at this group (excpet by their parents fo course!)

Note: These details have been updated from those published in the leaflet

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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           Merrymeet, 38 Upper Heyshott, Petersfield
Day/Time   Wednesdays 2:30 pm starting 12th March
Host/Leader   Anne Randall will host and Christine Tully will lead
Contact   Anne 01730 265703   Christine 01730 262716

Click here for more details of the Kesher Course

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The Salvation Army, Petersfield

Captain Barrie Cox from The Salvation Army will once again be leading a series of studies based on the early Christian church and the letters of Paul. This will take place at the Salvation Army Hall on Sunday evenings during the lent period, and will commence at 6.30 pm.

Venue/Contact       The Salvation Army, Swan Street, GU32 3AD     Barrie 01730 601474
Day/Time Sundays 6:30 pm - for six weeks Starting on Sunday 9th March

St Peter’s - Encounters : The Creed

We say it every week, but we don’t often get to look at what it means, and why it matters. What does it mean that Jesus was ‘eternally begotten of the Father’? Who are ‘the quick and the dead’? Are we part of ’one holy catholic and apostolic Church’?

This year’s course will be an opportunity to discuss all these things and more.

Each session will run twice, firstly on Friday at 12:00 noon in St Peters Church, and then on the next Tuesday at 7:30pm at the Vicarage.

Contact: Rev’d Will Hughes 01730 260464

Dates   Location   Time   Session
Friday 7th March      St Peter's Church    12:00 noon      'I believe' and the making of the creeds
Tuesday 11th March   The Vicarage   7:30 pm  
Friday 14th March   St Peter's Church   12:00 noon   One God, the Father Almighty
Tuesday 18th March   The Vicarage   7:30 pm  
Friday 21st March   St Peter's Church   12:00 noon   One Lord, Jesus Christ
Tuesday 25th March   The Vicarage   7:30 pm  
Friday 28th March   St Peter's Church   12:00 noon   For our salvation He came down…
Tuesday 1st April   The Vicarage   7:30 pm  
Friday 4th April   St Peter's Church   12:00 noon   The Holy Spirit and the Church
Tuesday 8th April   The Vicarage      7:30 pm  

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All Saints’, Steep and High Cross, Froxfield

The two parishes of Froxfield and Steep are offering an evening Lent Course using the newly published course produced by the Church of England, called 'Pilgrim', and the course focuses on The Lord's Prayer. Drop in for one session or attend more; we think it will be of interest and relevance for today.

Venue          Froxfield Village Hall
Day/Time   4 Tuesday evenings starting 25th March, 7.30 pm
Contact   Rev'd John Owen on 01730 264282

Read more about the Pilgrim course

Life Church Petersfield

Frontline Studies: Life on the Frontline

This creative and practical small group resource is a six-session DVD series for small groups seeking to help one another live fruitfully and faithfully for Christ in the daily places of life and work. Each session has a short film, discussion material, Bible reflections and stories illustrating how the principles have been worked out in real life. We may be old or young; healthy or infirm; rich or poor; employed or not. We may be busy or bored; optimistic or pessimistic; radically cutting edge or relatively retro. Whoever we are, as Christians, we have at least one thing in common: we each have a Frontline.

  • Your Frontline: the place where you spend much of your time
  • Your Frontline: the place where you meet people who don’t know Jesus
  • Your Frontline: the place God has called you
  • Your Frontline: the place of possibility and potential

Often though, we don’t see ourselves, our workplaces homes, colleges and clubs in this light. But what might God want to do where we are day by day? How might he use us? How will we grow?

The sessions are:

  1. The Frontline Call – What is my Frontline and why does it matter?
  2. The Frontline Commission – What happens when life on our Frontline feels difficult?
  3. The Frontline Community – How do all our various church activities equip us for our lives when we are apart?
  4. The Frontline Concern – How do you know what to do on your Frontline?
  5. The Frontline Cry – How does our Frontline shape our prayers?
  6. The Frontline Commitment – How can we sustain our commitment to one another on the Frontline?

For more details visit the web site of the The London Institute for Contemporary Christianity and read John Studd's Faith Comment from 11 September 2013 to see how one aspect of this course features in Life Church Petersfield services.

Venue        11 Sussex Gardens, Petersfield (Caroline Freeland)
Day/Time   Thursdays 8:00 pm starting 6th March
Contact   John Studd 01730 264857 

Sunday 2 March: This course will not be running

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St Laurence - Encounters : The Scriptural Roots of the Liturgy

Led by John Huntriss

All are welcome. Please bring your Bible with you. There will be a break for tea/coffee and talks will be on four Tuesdays starting on 4th March 7.30 pm and ending about 9.30 pm

4th March    Baptism
11th March   Sanctuary
18th March   The Word
25th March   The Eucharist

Venue/Contact       St Laurence Hall  
Day/Time Tuesdays 7:30 pm    Starting on Tuesday 4th March

Petersfield Choir

Petersfield Choir will be performing a programme of Lent / Passiontide music. This will be similar to the Free Radicals' Easter Concert in previous years, but on a larger scale. It will be a relaxing evening of beautiful and contemplative music suitable for the season.

Venue          St Laurence RC Church, Station Road
Day/Time     Saturday 5th April at 7.30 pm

Free admission - retiring collection for charity


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