February 2015
Ash Wednesday
Picture, Applying Ash to Forehead
Our preparation for Easter began with our traditional 'Ash Wednesday' Service. A smaller congregation than we've often had in the past sat together in our choir stalls at the front of the church for a regular Service of Holy Communion except, in addition and after we'd heard the traditional readings, our Rector, The Rev'd Tony Lomas, applied a cross of soot to the head of each person attending as a sign of penance for our sins. (Return to top)

Again in accordance with tradition, the soot had been made earlier by burning the 'Palm Crosses' from last year and mixing the soot with olive oil to make it suitable for 'anointing'. (Return to top)
Family Service - 'Preparing for Lent'
Poster, Lent Preparation
The Season of 'Lent' starts with 'Ash Wednesday' which this year was on 5th March, so for our Family Service got us thinking about what Lent means and what God might be saying to each of us this Lent. The service followed our usual 'All-Age' format for adults and young people but the sermon asked questions about why Jesus went into the wilderness - not to see if he could resist temptation but to listen for God, what he wanted Jesus to do and how he was going to do it. (Return to top)

The congregation seemed reluctant to answer when the questions were put but we learn afterwards that they weren't sure if they were supposed to be answering or if the minister was going to provide the answers himself as it's unusual for the congregation to speak during a sermon - we'll have to make that clearer next time! (Return to top)