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Vicar: Revd Anthony Giles: 0115 965 3727
Benefice Administrator: Tracey Akehurst  0115 965 2114

If you have a church query please contact Tracey on 0115 965 2114/ tracey@4churches.org.uk

The Season of Lent

Dear All,

The season of Lent takes us into the forty days Jesus spent in the wilderness before beginning his public work. The wilderness was not just a physical location – an empty, barren desert – but also a spiritual and psychological one too, with the absence of the familiar support networks and signposts of life. Jesus was on His own, facing a new and uncertain future. It was a time of testing, a time of questioning and wrestling with new doubts, and a time of temptations.

In that sense the wilderness is an experience we all have to endure at some time. The death of a loved one, the collapse of a precious relationship, a serious illness perhaps – each of these, and others, can be very worrying. Suddenly it feels like a wilderness; suddenly there seem to be fewer pointers to guide us. We feel we are adrift.

It is at times like this that we discover what inner resources we have – our inner strength, and also what spiritual resources we have too. We also discover, don’t we, what friendship really means: ‘the value of a friend is weighed in shared tears’, Benjamin Franklin.

The experience of Jesus in the wilderness offers us two important insights into the wilderness moments of life. Firstly, the importance of holding close what we know of God, and second, to keep time for God no matter how we feel. But these are tremendously hard to do. We can easily lose sight spiritually and feel that we are ‘deserted’.

Understanding how God draws close to us in these moments in life is very much the focus of Lent for Christians. Why not join us as we explore Lent this year. There will be an Ash Wednesday service, this year in Woodborough, on Wednesday 26th February. There will be a Lent Course meeting to listen, learn and grow together (more details to follow).

And, finally, something we did a few of years ago and, I know, many found refreshing and I’d like us to think of doing again; why not ask a close friend to buy you a Christian book to read, something you might never read otherwise. And you do the same for them?

May each of us draw closer to God this Lenten season, and know His love and blessings.

Warmly, Anthony

Church Services Across the United Benefice of Epperstone, Oxton, Gonalston & Woodborough

2nd February

8.00a.m. Holy Communion (W’b)

10.00a.m.The Ark (W’b)

 

9th February

9.30a.m. Holy Communion (W’b)

9.30a.m Holy Communion (Ep)

11.00a.m Holy Communion (Ox)

 

16th February

9.30a.m. Holy Communion (W’b)

9.30a.m Holy Communion (Ep)

11.00a.m BCP Holy Communion (Gon)

4.00p.m Prayer & Reflection (Ox)

 

23rd February

9.30a.m. Morning Worship (W’b)

9.30a.m. All Age Worship (Ep)

11.00a.m. All Age Worship (Ox)

 

26th February

12.30p.m Mid-week Holy Communion (W’b)

7.00p.m Ash Wednesday Service (W’b)

 

1st March

8.00a.m. Holy Communion (W’b)

10.00a.m.The Ark (W’b)

Church Happenings

Wednesday 5th February
10.00a.m. Coffee Drop In, St. Swithun’s, W’b

7.30p.m Julian Meeting, St. Swithun’s., W’b

 

Sunday 9th February

9.30a.m Stars & Explorers, St. Swithun’s, W’b

 

Wednesday 12th February

9.30a.m Play Church, St. Swithun’s, W’b

 

Friday 14th February

2.00p.m Scramblers, Oxton village hall

 

Sunday 16th February

9.30a.m Stars & Explorers, St. Swithun’s, W’b

10.00a.m Sunday Club, Oxton village hall

 

Wednesday 19th February

9.30a.m Play Day, St. Swithun’s

10.00a.m Coffee Drop in, Oxton village hall

7.30p.m Julian Meeting, St. Swithun’s., W’b

 

Sunday 23rd February

9.30a.m Stars & Explorers, St. Swithun’s, W’b

 

Wednesday 4th March

10.00a.m. Coffee Drop In, St. Swithun’s
7.30p.m Julian Meeting, St. Swithun’s., W’b

 

Coffee Drop in takes place every
Wednesday at Holy Cross, Epperstone, 10.45a.m –12 noon)