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.
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; firstname.lastname@example.org