Finding God in comfort and creativity
Lent is a time when Christians intentionally make room in busy lives to draw nearer to God. It’s a period for preparing hearts and minds for the great festival of Easter. Lent can be a time to clear away the clutter from our lives through reflection and prayer, and to reassess our priorities. God offers us renewal and refreshment, healing and restoration.
Tuesdays at 7.30 p.m.
Church Room, Puddletown
Starting 8th March
Where do we turn in times of challenge? How do we find strength and support? Bookshops are full of self-help guides, but how does our faith enable us to cope and come through? What can God provide to aid us when we are weak?
This course is written by Paula Gooder, now Canon Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral. She is a Church of England Licensed Lay Minister (Lay Reader) and an inspiring theologian for people at all stages of their Christian life.
Week 1 What kind of comfort does God offer?
Week 2 How can the wilderness be a place of comfort as well as unhappiness?
Week 3 How can we bring comfort to others, even when we need it ourselves?
Week 4 How can simply encountering God give us hope?
Week 5 What might having God’s strength in our lives feel like?
Encountering God through Works of Art
Thursdays 1.00 p.m. Zoom starting 10th March
Each week we will look at a work of art based on a story from the life of Jesus. What does the painting say to us? How does it convey a message about Jesus? What did the artists think they were saying through their work?
We will read the Bible stories together, and there will be space for members of the group to respond in written word – prose or poetry – picture or craft. So make sure you have at hand pens, paper, colours or paints, clay, fabric or anything else you could use to express your response to what we share together.
We’ll start each session with prayers then move on to discussion before being creative ourselves. We’ll formally end at 2.15 p.m. but do carry on your creativity between sessions. It would be great to share each week how the artwork and Bible story has inspired each of us to respond.
Please feel free to eat your lunch as we listen, chat and create.
6.00 p.m. Milborne St Andrew Church
A service of Holy Communion with the Imposition of Ashes
Holy Week and Easter
Please look at the monthly service posters or April Parish magazine for details of Holy Week and Easter services.
Dewlish Lent Lunches — open to all
Tuesdays at 12.30 p.m.
Come and enjoy soup, bread and cheese in congenial surroundings, and support a charity with a donation at the same time.
22nd March: Parsonage Farm, Dewlish
29th March: Up-Top, Dewlish
5th April: Dewlish Village Hall
We would love to welcome you to any or all of the events offered in this leaflet. You do not have to be a regular churchgoer to attend. All that is needed is a willingness to explore what faith might mean for you, a commitment to listening to others’ ideas without judgment and a desire to learn.
For information about anything in this leaflet, please contact the
Vicar, Sarah Hillman, on 01305 848784; email@example.com