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PACT Lent Programme: 18 February to 2 April 2015

Friday 3 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 Rev'd Will Hughes

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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At a Glance

           Sunday            Monday             Tuesday       Wednesday      Thursday      Friday      
AM                 The Road to Jerusalem
Petersfield Methodist Church
   
PM Reflections on the way to the Cross
Petersfield Methodist Church
  St Peter and St Paul Hawkley
The Ten Commandments
              Moments of change
times of growth
St Peter's
                       
EVE     The Passion Narratives
St Marys’ Buriton
  Moments of change
times of growth
St Peter's
  Steep and Froxfield
The Ten Commandments
  Frontline Studies: Life on the Frontline
Life Church Petersfield
  Christianity First couple of Centuries
The United Reformed
Church
        Encounters : “The Long Road to Heaven
St Laurence
  The Creeds
St Marys’ Buriton
  Introducing Ignatian Spirituality
St Mary Magdalen Sheet
   
                       

Petersfield United Reformed Church

Christianity - First couple of Centuries of the Early Church

A six week Lecture taking us on a journey from the Resurrection to the foundations of the early church.

  • Venue: The United Reformed Church Petersfield, College Street, Petersfield, GU31  4AG
  • Contact: 01730 266475 - rev.norris@ntlworld.com
  • Maximum Number: 60+
  • Host and Leader: Rev'd Peter Norris
  • Times: 6:45 pm for a prompt start at 7:00 pm
  Friday 20 February 1. Resurrection and Beyond
  Friday 27 February 2. The Last and First Supper       
  Friday 6 March 3. Peter and Paul
  Friday 13 March 4. Persecution
  Friday 20 March 5. Proliferation
  Friday 27 March 6. Canon of Scripture - what’s in, what’s out

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St Peter’s - Moments of change, times of growth

A chance to look at how key moments in our life and faith change us- both at the time, and for the rest of our lives.This will mean looking at how we see ourselves, and how we develop as Christians and as human beings.

  • Contact: Rev’d Will Hughes 01730 260464   revwillhughes@btinternet.com
  • Hosts and Leaders: Rev’d Will Hughes, Rev’d Tom James
  • Venue: The Meeting Room, St Peter's Church
  • Maximum number: No limit
Dates   Times   Sessions
Friday 20 February      12:00 noon      1. How do sacraments change us- how does life change us- how do we change ourselves?
Tuesday 24 February   7:00 pm  
Friday 27 February      12:00 noon   2. Baptism- beginning and re beginning
Tuesday 3 March   7:00 pm  
Friday 6 March   12:00 noon   3. Confession- sins, steps and statements
Tuesday 10 March   7:00 pm  
Friday 13 March   12:00 noon   4. Communion- being together and being sent out
Tuesday 17 March   7:000 pm  
Friday 20 March   12:00 noon   5. Decisions and callings- listening to God and choosing for ourselves
Tuesday 24 March   7:00 pm  

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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.

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?

  • Contact: John Studd: 01730 264857   John@Studd-mail.org
  • Venue: 64 Moggs Mead, Petersfield, GU31 4NX
  • Day/Time: Thursdays at 8:00 pm
  • Maximum number: Eight
  • Materials: a 32-page booklet will be provided, please bring a Bible - any translation.

The sessions are:

  1. Thursday 26 February: The Frontline Call – What is my Frontline and why does it matter?
  2. Thursday 5 March: The Frontline Commission – The Frontline Community – How do all our various church activities equip us for our lives when we are apart?
  3. Thursday 12 March: The Frontline Community – How do all our various church activities equip us for our lives when we are apart?
  4. Thursday 19 March: The Frontline Concern – How do you know what to do on your Frontline?
  5. Thursday 26 March: The Frontline Cry – How does our Frontline shape our prayers?
  6. Thursday 2 April: 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.

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St Laurence - Encounters : “The Long Road to Heaven”

The course is based on the film ‘The Way’ directed by Emilio Estevez and features Martin Sheen. It is the story of Tom, an American doctor, who arrives in France to collect the remains of his adult son, killed in the Pyrenees while walking The Camino de Santiago. Tom decides to take up the pilgrimage himself.

There will be five Tuesday sessions in the hall, beginning 24th February They include time for reflection and discussion.

  • Contact: Parish Office Tel: 01730 262290 - stlaurence@portsmouthdiocese.org.uk
  • Venue: St Laurence Church Hall, Station Road, Petersfield
  • Materials: To get the most of the course it is important to purchase a copy of the book ‘The Long Road to Heaven’ by Tim Heaton’. The five chapters complement to the five sessions. There are copies of this book on Amazon for under £6.00.
  • Day/Time: Tuesdays from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
  Tuesday 24 February
Tuesday 3 March
  Tuesday 17 March
Tuesday 24 March
Tuesday 10 March

St Mary Magdalen Sheet

Introducing Ignatian Spirituality

A series of workshops. Each session will bring in: contemplative listening, prayer and creative expression.No previous experience or artistic talents required!

  • Leader: Barbara Mace
  • Contact: 07798 76 48 98 - barbaramace13@gmail.com
  • Materials: Barbara will supply hand outs and other materials and participants could bring own note/work book.
  • Maximum Number: 10
  • Venue: To be announced - depending upon the number of participants
  • Sessions: all run from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm

 

Thursday 26 February
Thursday 5 March
Thursday 12 March
Thursday 19 March

Thursday 26 March
Thursday 2 April
Thursday 9 April

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Petersfield Methodist Church

Petersfield Methodist Church are running two different Lent Courses:

Thursdays: The Road to Jerusalem
An introduction to the Christian faith based on Mark’s account of Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem, suitable especially for those thinking of deeper involvement in the life of the Church.

Sundays: Reflections on the way to the Cross
A time of quiet, reflective worship following Jesus on his way to the cross.

  • Leader: David Rice. 01428 642787 : dnarice@btinternet.com
  • Contact: 01428 642787 : dnarice@btinternet.com.
  • Venue: Petersfield Methodist Church

Sessions:

  • Thursdays mornings - The Road to Jerusalem - from 19th at 11:00 am - Light lunch available afterwards
  • Sundays afternoons- Reflections on the way to the Cross from 22nd at 4:30 p.m.
Dates   Times   Sessions
Thursday 19 February      11:00 am      The Road to Jerusalem: Session 1
Sunday 22 February   4:30 pm   Reflections: Session 1
Thursday 26 February     11:00 am   The Road to Jerusalem: Session 2
Sunday 1 March   4:30 pm   Reflections: Session 2
Thursday 5 March   11:00 am   The Road to Jerusalem: Session 3
Sunday 8 March   4:30 pm   Reflections: Session 3
Thursday 12 March   11:00 am   The Road to Jerusalem: Session 4
Sunday 15 March   4:30 pm   Reflections: Session 4
Thursday 19 March   11:00 am   The Road to Jerusalem: Session 5
Sunday 22 March   4:30 pm   Reflections: Session 5
Thursday 26 March   11:00 am   The Road to Jerusalem: Session 6
Sunday 29 March   4:30 pm   Reflections: Session 6

Steep and Froxfield

The Ten Commandments

A study/discussion course for the Christian journey in the popular Pilgrim series

  • Leader: Rev'd John Owen
  • Contact: 01730 264282 - revjohnowen@gmail.com
  • Materials: There will be an option to buy a copy of the booklet at £5.99 each.
  • Additional Resources: see the Pilgrim web site-www.pilgrimcourse.org
  • Maximum Number: Flexible
  • Venue: Steep Church (2 meetings) and Froxfield Village Hall (2 meetings)
  • Sessions: all run from 8:00 pm to 9:30 pm
  Wednesday 25 February Steep Church
  Wednesday 4 March Froxfield Village Hall
  Wednesday 11 March Steep Church
  Wednesday 18 March Froxfield Village Hall

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St Marys’ Buriton (Mondays)

The Passion Narratives

Comparing the passion narratives in the different gospels

  • Leader: Dr. Tom Cooper
  • Contact: 01730 233786
  • Maximum Number: 8 - booking required
  • Venue: Various - please contact Tom
  • Sessions: all start at 7:30 pm

 

Monday 23 February
Monday 2 March
Monday 9 March
Monday 16 March
Monday 23 March


St Marys’ Buriton (Wednesdays)

The Creeds

Exploring the meaning in the words we use in the creeds each week

  • Leader: Rev'd Judith Bee  
  • Contact: 01730 269390
  • Maximum Number: 8 - booking required
  • Venue: Please contact Judith
  • Sessions: all start at 7:30 pm

 

Wednesday 25 February
Wednesday 4 March
Wednesday 11 March
Wednesday 18 March
Wednesday 25 March

The Church of St. Peter and St. Paul, Hawkley

The Ten Commandments

A study/discussion course for the Christian journey in the popular Pilgrim series

  • Leader: Rev'd John Owen
  • Contact: 01730 264282 - revjohnowen@gmail.com
  • Materials: There will be an option to buy a copy of the booklet at £5.99 each.
  • Additional Resources: see the Pilgrim web site-www.pilgrimcourse.org
  • Maximum Number: Flexible
  • Venue: Hawkley Village Hall
  • Sessions: all run from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

 

Monday 23 February
Monday 2 March
Monday 9 March
Monday 16 March
Monday 23 March


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