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PACT Lent Courses: 1 March to 13 April 2017

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:

Summary of Lent Courses

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Petersfield Methodist Church

Venue: Petersfield Methodist Church

Sessions:

  • Thursdays mornings from 9 March at 11:00 am - ‘Defending the faith today’, led by Rev Stephen Wright. Light lunch available afterwards
  • Sundays afternoons from 12 March at 4:00 p.m.- ’From the Ram to the Lamb’, led by John and Rosemary Davies: rosemary.j.davies@ntlworld.com

Dates   Times   Sessions
Thursday 9 March     11:00 am      Defending the faith today - followed by soup lunch
Sunday 12 March   4:00 pm   From the Ram to the Lamb
Thursday 16 March     11:00 am   Upper Room - followed by a light lunch
Sunday 19 March  

4:00 pm

  From the Ram to the Lamb
Thursday 23 March   11:00 am   Defending the faith today - followed by soup lunch
Sunday 26 March   4:00 pm   From the Ram to the Lamb
Thursday 30 March   11:00 am   Defending the faith today - followed by soup lunch
Sunday 2 April   4:00 pm   From the Ram to the Lamb
Thursday 6 April   11:00 am   Defending the faith today - followed by soup lunch
Sunday 9 April   4:00 pm   From the Ram to the Lamb
Thursday 13 April   11:00 am   Defending the faith today - followed by soup lunch
Sunday 16 April   4:00 pm   From the Ram to the Lamb
Thursday 20 April   11:00 am   Defending the faith today - followed by soup lunch

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The Salvation Army, Swan Street, Petersfield

The Salvation Army are organising a series of Prayer Walks around Petersfield - there will be a short meeting at 5.00 pm followed by Prayer Walk starting at 5.30 pm from Salvation Army Hall.

Dates Organisations for which we will be praying
Sunday 5 March Churches - download the first Prayer Walk PDF with details
Sunday 12 March PACT Organisations - download the second Prayer Walk PDF with details
Sunday 19 March Government provision & emergency Services
Sunday 26 March Public spaces
Sunday 2 April Trouble spots

All are welcome to join us - each prayer walk will take 45-60 minutes. Tea and Coffee will be available after the walk.

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St Laurence Catholic Church, Station Road, Petersfield

Lent Course: Catholicism – The New Evangelisation (Bishop Barron)

Though this course reflects experiences in the Catholic Church it does address issues that is of concern to all Christians. All are welcome to take part on the Tuesdays of Lent 7:30 pm in St Laurence Hall. Fr Peter Hollins

Dates Title Details
Tuesday 7 March Introduction “What is the New Evangelization?”, “Why is it worthwhile?”, and “How does one do it?” Father Barron explains how the concept of a “new” evangelisation began to take shape in the second Vatican Council, and was amplified by later teachings. The Council reinforced that the Church does not have a mission, it IS a mission. Pope John Paul II called for new ardour, new expressions and new methods to reach out to an increasingly secular culture, especially in the West. This calling is not just the responsibility of the Church at large; it is also the responsibility of each individual Christian who has been baptised into a “missionary vocation.”
Tuesday 14 March New Ardour New enthusiasm, new energy and renewal from the Holy Spirit constitute “new ardour.” Today, we need a new passion for the mission of offering friendship with Jesus Christ to others. Father Barron takes us behind the scenes at World Youth Day and other energetic examples of new ardour. He reminds us that the Church is a community of love, and we are called to spread Christ’s love universally. The deepest source of Christian ardour is the reality of the resurrection, which fuels us to actively reach out in love to others with this “good news.”
Tuesday 21 March New Expressions 1 It’s not an expression of a different truth, but the same truth proclaimed and lived by Christ that we have to express in a different cultural setting. Secularism tries to push God out of the public square and deny his existence. Father Barron explains why secularism is on the rise: Confusion about who and what God is; trying to fill human longing for God with the temporal and materials things of this world; and relativism that purports that there is no objective truth.
Tuesday 28 March New Expressions 2
Tuesday 4 April New Methods Father Barron calls for “using the means and methods of our time to evangelise.” We gain insight from J.R.R. Tolkien, who wrote fantasy literature, such as “Lord of the Rings,” that has Christianity at its core; or from Fulton Sheen who won an Emmy for his Catholic preaching on a major, non-religious television network.

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St Mary's Buriton

Our Lent groups are full now - praise the Lord!

During Lent we will have a prayer trail for the Lord's Prayer. Seven prayer stations will be set up around the church for people to come and use individually at their own convenience. The prayer trail will be available each day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm except during services.


Steep, Froxfield and Privett

Food for Thought

Food is, perhaps, the most basic relationship we have with the world around us. Despite the popularity of numerous cookery programmes we do less actual cooking ourselves, and more consuming of what others, or machines, have created for us.

We meet in a different home on each of the five Tuesdays of Lent, enjoy some light refreshments, then an hour of discussion.

  • 7:30 - 8:00pm: Food and refreshments
  • 8:00 - 9:00 pm: Discussion
Dates Venue
Tuesday 7 March Steep
Tuesday 14 March Petersfield
Tuesday 21 March Steep
Tuesday 28 March Froxfield
Tuesday 4 April Privett

You can attend all or some, but please let us know if you will be coming: steepfroxfieldprivett@gmail.com; or 264282 (The Vicarage). Venue details provided when you book.

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