2nd Sunday of Lent

This is the week when the hard challenges of Lent begin to get very much harder! Immediately before these verses in Mark 8, when Jesus is with the disciples at Caesarea Philippi, Peter has made his confession of faith – or perhaps it is his recognition – when asked by Jesus, ‘Who do you think I am?’ Peter answers, ‘You are the Messiah, the Christ.’ … More 2nd Sunday of Lent

I give up giving up!

I’ve had a enough of giving up this year! I won’t detail a bit of it, because I know you have, too! It’s Lent and maybe you’re expecting me to ask you to pick something you’ll really miss and give it up, but I’m not going to give up a single thing and I’m not going to tell you that you should give up anything, either. I’ve had enough of it! … More I give up giving up!

Wellington Blog by the Rev Dr Roger Sturrock

The Mars rover is called “Perseverance” and it reflects the years of planning and preparation that went into its launch and successful landing. During the Covid pandemic, a smaller team of scientists was based at NASA headquarters but many other members of the scientific team worked from home despite all the difficulties entailed by working in isolation! A truly remarkable achievement!! … More Wellington Blog by the Rev Dr Roger Sturrock

1st Sunday of Lent

It is the moment in between…

Between call and answer, between revelation and proclamation, between promise and fulfilment. And Jesus is led by the Spirit into the wilderness and there he is tempted. He remains there for forty days and he is with wild animals and the angels minister to him.

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Ash Wednesday

February sees the transition from the season of Epiphany to the season of Lent in the Christian Year. In the readings from Scripture in the lectionary, we move from a time of gifts-the showing forth of God in unexpected places, such as a shed outside an inn-to a time of struggle and self-examination, marked by Jesus’s going into the wilderness after his baptism by John in the River Jordan. We move from the deep joy of the Incarnation, the Word becoming human in Jesus Christ, to more difficult questions about what that means in practice for the followers of Jesus. How then shall we live? What does it mean to be a disciple, to walk in his way, to be a community of faith? … More Ash Wednesday

Shrove Tuesday

Pancakes are associated with Shrove Tuesday, the day preceding Lent, because they are a way to use up rich foods such as eggs, milk, and sugar, before the fasting season of the 40 days of Lent. Traditionally, Christians repented of their sins on Shrove Tuesday and were granted absolution by the priest – they were “Shriven.” … More Shrove Tuesday

Welcome to Journey of Lent – download our Lent Booklet

People’s perceptions of Lent vary wildly. For some it’s a time to trim the waistline or initiate an exercise routine after the failed resolutions of the new year. For some it is a time to pick up a new skill or to develop a routine of bible reading and prayer. Not very long ago Lent was six weeks of austerity where sugar, meat, and fat were forbidden. But what about for us, this year? … More Welcome to Journey of Lent – download our Lent Booklet

Wellington Blog by the Rev Dr Norman Shanks

According to an ancient Greek myth, Pandora’s box contained all the evils of the world, and once these were released only hope remained. As the lockdown restrictions continue and we contemplate all that is going on in the wider world, hope is something we all need to hold on to; and it is very noticeable, if hardly surprising, how often hope is spoken of in media interviews, newspaper columns, and people’s conversations day by day. … More Wellington Blog by the Rev Dr Norman Shanks