Keeping a Holy Lent @ St John's 2017

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Here are a few ways in which you can enrich your keeping of Lent 2017 in preparation for the Holy Week and the joy of the Resurrection at the Easter Vigil (15.3.17 @ 2030hrs).

Ash Wednesday—1st March
7.00am Ashes to Go at Fulham Broadway Tube Station
9.15am Mass with Ashing for St John’s CE School—all welcome
7.00pm Solemn Mass with Ashing
Mass for 4 voices Tallis 
Purge me, O Lord from all my sin Tallis
Miserere mei Allegri
Lent Book
In his first full-length book Archbishop Justin Welby looks at the subject of money and materialism. Designed to be read slowly over the weeks of Lent, Dethroning Mammon reflects on the impact of our own attitudes to the pressures that surround us and on how we handle the power of money, called Mammon in this book. Who will be on the throne of our lives? Who will direct our actions and attitudes? Is it Jesus Christ, who brings truth, hope and freedom? Or is it Mammon, so attractive, so clear, but leading us into paths that tangle, trip and deceive?
Archbishop Justin explores the tensions that arise in a society dominated by Mammon's modern aliases, economics and finance, and by the pressures of our culture to conform to Mammon’s expectations. Following the Gospels towards Easter, this book asks the reader what it means to dethrone Mammon in the values and priorities of our civilisation and in our own existence, Archbishop Justin challenges us to use Lent as a time of learning to trust in the abundance and grace of God.
RRP £9.99 but you can get it for as little as £6.95 on the web (£6.64 for Kindle)
If you’d like to discuss this together with others then come to the Vicarage:
7.00pm Wednesday 8th March
7.00pm Wednesday 22nd March
Preachers in Lent
Our preachers in Lent will also be looking at Dethroning Mammon on the first 3 Sundays of Lent—come along and get a new perspective
5th March—Lent 1 Revd Dr Tina Beardsley
‘The NHS as national religion: healthcare and Dethroning Mammon.’
Christina (Tina) Beardsley has been in pastoral ministry for nearly 40 years: 22 in parishes and 16 in healthcare chaplaincy. She has recently retired as Head of Multi-faith Chaplaincy at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital and is now a site Investigator/knowledge broker for a research project into the place of prayer in public hospitals. Tina is a Visiting Lecturer in Healthcare Chaplaincy at St Mary's University, Twickenham and writes and speaks about spirituality in healthcare settings. She is an also advocate for the full inclusion of LGBTI+ people in the Church of England and has been a Trustee of Changing Attitude, England. 
12th March—Lent 2 Rev’d Dr Barry Orford
‘Anglo-Catholic saints and old idols: history and Dethroning Mammon’
The Revd Dr Barry A. Orford was ordained in Wales, subsequently working as a member of the Community of the Resurrection, and then as Priest Librarian and Archivist at Pusey House, Oxford. He retired in 2015, and is now part-time Priest in Charge of St Dunstan-in-the-West, Fleet Street.  
19th March—Lent 3 Mr Iain Osborne
‘Consumerism and Mammon: shopping for the Kingdom.’
Iain Osborne is currently training for ordination at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, but until 2015-16 he sat on the boards of the UK's economic regulators for aviation and the health sector.  At the Civil Aviation Authority he was executive board member responsible for policy and consumer protection (approving multi-billion pound investment plans at Heathrow and Gatwick, advising on runway expansion, enforcing consumer and competition law).  At the health sector regulator Monitor he was a non-executive director, overseeing the well-being of the NHS and regulation of healthcare providers' £80bn+ spend.  As one of the UK's most experienced economic regulators, he was previously Chief Executive of Northern Ireland's utility regulator for gas, water and electricity; led European Commission and Ofgem work to promote competition in gas and electricity markets; and was regulation director for a leading new entrant to pan-European telecommunications markets. 
Lent Course
We’re really lucky this year to have Marcos Peters, an experienced Christian and theologian, to lead our Lent course on Tuesday evenings. He’s looking at Living the Gospel through the oikos - a Greek word from the New Testament that means household or extended network of friends. It runs over four  Tuesday evenings 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th March in the Parish Office at 7.30pm. The evening will finish at 9.00pm sharp!
Sign up via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or in Church on Sundays.
There will be an opportunity to attend the group on Wednesdays at 10am in the Parish Office.
Valuing Life

Fancy something different? Feeding the inner person in a visual, meditative way? On Saturday 1st April 10-12 Fr Mark will be leading a visit to the National Gallery. Entrance is free! We’ll be looking at a range of pictures which will help us reflect on our material life and explore the connections between God and humanity, beauty and holiness and the age-old problems of wickedness, pain and suffering.
Let Fr Mark know if you’re coming via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. but he’ll be waiting on the steps of the Gallery come what may! 



8.30am Holy Communion (BCP)
10.30am Parish Mass (CW) with choir, Crèche and Sunday School
6.00pm Mass in the Weekday Chapel
6.30pm Parish Surgery for enquiries about banns of marriage, baptisms, house blessings, etc.
9.00am Holy Hour and Morning Prayer
9.30am Mass in the Weekday Chapel
11.00am Lunch Club activities
12.30pm Lunch Club dinner is served!
9.00am Holy Hour and Morning Prayer
9.30am Mass with Anointing of the Sick in the Weekday Chapel
11.00am Mass in Farm Lane Residential Centre monthly; see calendar for details
11.30am Latin Line Dance with Open Age H&F
2.30pm Mass in St John's CE School
The church is open from 8am till late for prayer in the Weekday Chapel - come in and light a candle.
10.00am Stations of the Cross Weekday Chapel
The church is open from 8am till late for prayer in the Weekday Chapel - come in and light a candle.


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