Journey Through Lent 2018

The Parish of Hempsted with St Mary de Lode and St Mary de Crypt, Gloucester & Gloucester Cathedral

Wednesday 14 February - Thursday 29 March 2018

For centuries, the 40 days from Ash Wednesday through to Holy Week and Easter have been used by Christians as a dedicated time for exploring faith and spirituality.

Whether you are just beginning to explore Christianity, keen to know more or wanting to go deeper, we hope there is something in our varied Lent programme that can encourage and help you in your faith journey. 

Click here to download our Lent Leaflet

Ash Wednesday Eucharist with imposition of ashes for the beginning of Lent

Wednesday 14 February 7.30pm
Sung by The Oriel Singers

Mass: St Magnus Mass - William Petter
Motet: A Litany - William Walton

All are welcome to to come and mark the beginning of Lent


Lent is a time when we are invited to slow down in order to draw closer to God. Working together, we are offering the following opportunities for reflection.

Fruitfulness on the Front Line

The vast majority of Christians spend the vast majority of their waking time in non-church related activities. So imagine what the impact might be on our neighbours, our schools, clubs and workplaces if we were really able to help each other to make a difference for Christ right where we are, on our daily frontline

If you’re looking to make a difference where you are, this course is for you!

Tuesdays at 7.30pm-9.00pm in the Education Centre, St Mary’s Square

Wednesdays at 11.00am:

Wednesday 21 February at St Mary de Lode Church, St Mary’s Square, Gloucester GL1 2QT

Wednesday 28 February at the Lysons Hall, St Swithun’s Road, Hempsted GL2 5LH

Wednesday 7 March at St Mary de Lode Church

Wednesday 14 March at the Lysons Hall

Wednesday 21 March at St Mary de Lode Church

Join us, if you wish, for the Eucharist in either St Mary de Lode or St Swithun’s, Hempsted  at 10.15am or simply come along for coffee at 10.45am with group discussion 11.00am-12noon


Friday Lent Lunches 12nooon - 1.30pm

A simple lunch in support of the Bishop’s Episcopal Collection 2018 raising money for extra classrooms in St Mary’s English Medium School, Dornakal and for the work of Gloucestershire Young Carers

23 February  at St Mary de Lode Church, St Mary’s Square, Gloucester GL1 2QT

9 March at Lysons Hall, St Swithun’s Road, Hempsted GL2 5LH


Saturday Lent Prayers 10.00am - 10.30am

St Mary de Lode Church, St Mary’s Square, Gloucester GL1 2QT

An opportunity to pray together during Lent

17 February, 24 February, 3 March, 10 March, and 17 March


Returning to the Light: Taize Prayer for Lent

Thursday 15 March 7.30pm St Mary de Lode Church 


Daily Lent Reflection on Facebook

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Recommended Lent Reading

Silence: The Gateway to God by David Runcorn (Grove Spirituality)

This is a book about silence for those who don’t find it easy but know that they need it! This insightful guide explores Christian understandings of silence, and suggests ways of growing in our relationship with it. It offers practical advice on how we make space for God

£3.00 available from  or call 01452 385070


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