The season of Lent begins with sung Communion with the imposition of ashes at St Giles Church at 8pm on Wednesday 6 March.
We shall be holding Lent lunches in the Benefice beginning at 12.30pm, in Plaxtol Church on 7, 14 March and 4 April and in St Giles Shipbourne on 14 and 28 March and 11 April. We shall share a simple meal of soup and bread together in church, followed by a short time of prayer, and an opportunity to contribute to a fund out of which both churches will buy gift bibles for those leaving our villages' primary schools this summer.
Lenten Study groups
This year we shall be looking at "Life's Great Questions" using a recently published book of the same title, written by Jean Vanier. We shall meet mainly in the Rectory, on Wednesdays throughout Lent, with an option for a morning group (10.40am for coffee and an 11.00am start); or an evening group (7.40pm for coffee and an 8.00pm start). All are welcome.
Easter Day will be on Sunday 21 April this year. Our celebration of Easter will begin with a formal Eucharist service on Maundy Thursday, 18 April.
Concert at Shipbourne Church
From War into Peace: Remembering 1919.
Hal and Lara Cazalet and Emily Ward will perform in a concert of words and music to mark the centenary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, which ended the First World War. The concert will take place at 5pm on Sunday 12 May.