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PACT Lent Courses: 10 February to 24 March 2016

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

  Morning   Afternoon   Evening
Sunday     The Upper Room
Petersfield Methodist Church
Monday     The Ten Commandments
St Mary's Buriton
  The Penitential Psalms
St Mary's Buriton
Tuesday     The Psalms
All Saint's, Steep
  Not a tame lion
St Peter's
Wednesday         Exploring the Gospels
St Laurence

The Upper Room
Petersfield Methodist Church
The Eucharist

St Mary's Buriton
Introducing Ignatian Spirituality
St Mary Magdalen Sheet
The Psalms
All Saint's, Steep
Friday     Not a tame lion
St Peter's
Saturday         Compline
St Mary's Buriton

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army in Petersfield are not running a Lent Course this year - they have organised a 24/6 Prayer Event, running from Saturday 19 March to Thursday 24 March: commencing with a praise party at 6.00 pm on 19 March.

Members of other churches are welcome to join us - see the notice board in the Hall.

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St Peter’s - 'Not a tame lion', based on the book by Hilary Brand

A course using the writings of C S Lewis to explore themes of Christian living. No prior knowledge of the books of C S Lewis is necessary, but if you want to prepare, you could read or watch 'the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe' and 'Shadowlands'.

Lewis' Narnia stories are a wonderful adventure, and a powerful exploration of Christianity, as is the great 'Screwtape letters'. In other books he lays bare his own experiences of love and loss. We will use excepts of books and film clips to help us discuss five themes:

  • Contact: Rev’d Canon Will Hughes 01730 260464
  • Hosts and Leader: Rev’d Canon Will Hughes
  • Venue: The Meeting Room, St Peter's Church
  • Maximum number: No limit
Dates   Times   Sessions
Friday 12 February   12:00 noon      1. Living in the shadows
Tuesday 16 February   7:30 pm  
Friday 19 February     12:00 noon   2. Living with the beyond
Tuesday 23 February   7:30 pm  
Friday 26 February   12:00 noon   3. Living with the unexplained
Tuesday 1 March   7:30 pm  
Friday 4 March   12:00 noon   4. Living with what we've been given
Tuesday 8 March   7:30 pm  
Friday 11 March   12:00 noon   5. Living with absence
Tuesday 15 March   7:30 pm  

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St Laurence - Exploring the Gospels

There will be six Wednesdays sessions in the hall, beginning 10 February They include time for reflection and discussion.

  • Contact: Parish Office Tel: 01730 262290 -
  • Venue: St Laurence Church Hall, Station Road, Petersfield
  • Day/Time: Wednesdays from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm (except 15 March - a Tuesday)
Wednesday   10 February   Jesus is led by the Spirit into a wilderness to be tested
Wednesday   17 February   Jesus glory is glimpsed on the mountain,
Wednesday   24 February   Jesus offers the water of life to the thirsty
Wednesday   2 March   Jesus offers sight to those who are blind
Wednesday   9 March   Jesus raises Lazarus from the tomb
Tuesday 15 March   The Passion in St Luke's Gospel

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: or St Mary Magdalen Church office 302695
  • Materials: There is no charge for the course but a contribution for materials would be appreciated - £3 or as you can afford.
  • Venue: The Upper Room, Petersfield Methodist Church
  • Sessions: all run from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm
  • Number: a maximum of 12 on the course


  • Thursday 18 February
  • Thursday 25 February
  • Thursday 3 March
  • Thursday 10 March
  • Thursday 17 March
  • Thursday 24 March

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Petersfield Methodist Church

Leader: David Rice. 01428 642787 :

  • Contact: 01428 642787 :
  • Venue: Petersfield Methodist Church


  • Thursdays mornings from 11th at 11:00 am - Light lunch available afterwards
  • Sundays afternoons from 14th at 4:30 p.m.
Dates   Times   Sessions
Thursday 11 February      11:00 am      Upper Room - followed by a light lunch
Sunday 14 February   4:30 pm   Upper Room
Thursday 18 February     11:00 am   Upper Room - followed by a light lunch
Sunday 21 February   4:30 pm   Upper Room
Thursday 25 February   11:00 am   Upper Room - followed by a light lunch
Sunday 28 February   4:30 pm   Upper Room
Thursday 3 March   11:00 am   Upper Room - followed by a light lunch
Sunday 6 March   4:30 pm   Upper Room
Thursday 10 March   11:00 am   Upper Room - followed by a light lunch
Sunday 13 March   4:30 pm   Upper Room
Thursday 17 March   11:00 am   Upper Room - followed by a light lunch
Sunday 20 March   4:30 pm   Upper Room
Thursday 24 March   11:00 am   Upper Room - followed by a light lunch

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St Mary's Buriton

St Mary's are running four Lent Courses:

  • The Ten Commandments: Six Mondays at 2:30pm, beginning 15 February
    A look at the Ten Commandments, and passages from the New Testament which throw light on them. How relevant are they for us today?
    Contact: Naomi - 262586 -
  • The Penitential Psalms, Four Mondays at 7.30pm, beginning 15 February :
    A closer look at some of the penitential psalms often used during Holy Week and what they have to say to us today
    Contact: Tom - 233786 -
  • The Eucharist: Six Thursdays at 2.30pm beginning 11 February
    A look at how the transforming nature of the Eucharist can impact on the whole of life
    Contact: Judith - 269390 -
  • Compline: Saturdays at 9.30pm beginning 13 February
    A quiet and contemplative service lasting about 20 minutes with which to end the week and/or prepare spiritually for Sunday’s worship
    All welcome - just come and join us in the church

Please note: Limited places are available on each course. A minimum of four people will be required for any group to run.

In addition, there are two one-off events:

  • Ash Wednesday: 10 February: Holy Communion including marking with ashes 7.30pm in the church
  • On Sunday 13 March: Tom Cooper will give a talk on his training so far as a Reader, halfway through his course
    6:00pm in the Seward Room

All Saints', Steep

The Psalms: Prayers for Today’s Church

  • Five Tuesdays starting on 16 February in Hawkley Village Hall between 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm
  • Five Thursdays starting on 18 February at All Saint's, Steep between 10:30 am and 12:00 noon

Further information from Rev'd John Owen ( or Rev'd Chris Prior-Jones (

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