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Introducing Lent


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.

A Place for Us:

A Lent Course based on West Side Story


Tuesdays 7.30 p.m.* Church Room, Puddletown

starting 28th February


In 1957, Broadway saw the new production of a musical retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, with music by Leonard Bernstein and lyrics from Stephen Sondheim. This was West Side Story. A film  version followed in 1962. Sixty years later and based more closely on the stage show than its predecessor, Stephen Spielberg directed a second film adaptation. Our course is based on this. It picks up many Lenten themes: fear, love, betrayal, death and reconciliation.


Using key scenes from the film and passages of Scripture, the course authors, Lavinia Byrne and Jane McBride, provide introductions, reflections and questions for discussion.




Week 1                   West Side Story — Watching the film (149 minutes)*

Week 2                   Belonging and inclusion

Week 3                   Otherness and difference

Week 4                   The gift of love

Week 5                   The promise of a place for us

Week 6                     The tragedy of betrayal

*with the exception of Week 1, each session will end at 9 p.m.

Women of Holy Week

Based on the book by Paula Gooder


Mondays 2.00 p.m.— 3.15 p.m.

Royal Oak, Milborne St Andrew


Come and join Maggie each week and listen to a story about different women who move from the sidelines and into the drama of Holy Week.  After listening to the story we will have some questions to think about and discuss as we journey through Lent together.


Ash Wednesday

22nd February

6.00 p.m. Puddletown Church

A service of Holy Communion  with the Imposition of Ashes

Morning, Evening Prayer and Compline in Lent


Morning Prayer takes place each day on Zoom.

Mon-Thurs. 8.30 a.m.; Sat. 9.00 a.m.

Compline 6.00 p.m. Wednesdays

Milborne Church (starting 1st March)

Evening Prayer 6.30 p.m. Thursday evenings

Dewlish church (beginning 2nd March)

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 Water Aid with a donation at the same time.

7th March:         Parsonage Farm, Dewlish

14th March:          Up-Top, Dewlish

4th 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;

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