Observation of Lent

Lent Pilgrim Course: Turning to Christ
8pm on Wednesday Evenings. The first session will be held in Compton Parish Room on the 21st February. These sessions will be based on the commitments to “turn to Christ” which we make at baptism and repeat at Easter and will be orientated towards anyone who wants to look afresh at the building blocks of the Chrisitan faith and so will be particularly relevant for anyone who is contemplating baptism or confirmation, who is preparing to be a parent or is becoming a Godparent. It would be good to know how many will attend this course so we can procure booklets for you (please email me at rector@theoctagonparish.org.uk).

Lent Discussion Group: The Face From the Cross
7pm on Thursday evenings beginning on 22nd February at East Marden in which we will follow the materials provided by Chichester Diocese and meditating on the work of the artist Martin Earle, The Face from the Cross. Each meeting will end with a service of Compline

Online Morning Prayers for Lent
Prayers for Lent will be held every Tuesday morning at 9am via Zoom beginning on 20th February. Those who wish to join should email Carol Stamper who will send a the link each week.

Lent Lunches
Held from 12.30 – 2.00pm, Lent Lunches will consist of a simple lunch of soup, bread and water.
Monetary donations will be taken in aid of The Rural Refugee Network – a local charity that helps rehouse refugee individuals and families, providing them with the resources and support they need to resettle and feel part of their community, however long their stay.
For further details, please contact our churchwarden, Carol Stamper at cstamper@theoctagonparish.org.uk

Palm Sunday Celebrations

Sunday 24th March
10:00am      Palm Sunday Festival Eucharist at Christchurch, Forestside
2:00pm        Palm Sunday procession from West Marden to Compton. Sundays are not included in Lent (as every Sunday is a mini-Easter Day) so we will begin with optional Sunday lunch at the Victoria Inn (from 12:30).  Fancy dress is encouraged!
3:00pm        Palm Sunday Celebration at St Mary, Compton


Easter Week

Monday 25th March
12:00noon Feast of the Annunciation and North Marden Patronal
Holy Communion St Mary, North Marden
9:00pm Said Compline St Mary, Compton

Tuesday 26th March
9:00am Online Morning Prayer (contact Carol Stamper for details)
9:00pm Said Compline St Mary, Compton

Wednesday 27th March
12:00noon Midday prayer in Holy Week St Paul, Stansted
9:00pm Said Compline St Mary, Compton

Thursday 28th March
7:00pm Maundy Thursday Shared Meal and Agape Communion at Forestside Village Hall (optional vigil to midnight Christchurch, Forestside)

Friday 29th March
12:00noon Good Friday Family Service St Mary, Compton 2:00pm Meditation on Christ’s Words On the Cross at St Michael, Up Marden

Saturday 30th March
8.00pm Easter Vigil and Holy Communion St Peter, East Marden

Sunday 31st March Easter Day
8:00am Easter BCP Holy Communion St Peter, Racton
10:00am The Octagon Easter Eucharist St Mary, Stoughton

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