Special Programmes and Events


Ash Wednesday: St Mary and St John, 7.30pm. Sung Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes (setting: John Merbecke. Address: The Vicar)


Daily Eucharist – Monday to Friday

During Lent, you might like to commit to coming to a weekday Eucharist in Lent (maybe even more than one!). See here for Lent Calendar


Study Group: “Meeting Jesus”

Tuesday evenings during Lent, 7pm, in the Richard Benson Hall. 20th Feb; 27th Feb; 6th March; 13th March; 20th March

This year we will be following the ‘Meeting Jesus through the Gospel of St John’ study guide, provided by SSJE, our Cowley Brothers in Massachusetts. As well as being a great link to our church history, this insightful booklet will help us focus and reflect on our spiritual journey. The evening with be a discussion group led by Father Phil, with light refreshments. This booklet and course will be the heart of our Lenten study together.


Stations of the Cross

Mondays in Lent, 7pm, St Mary and St John Church.

Cowley St John Parish and St Stephen’s House ordinands are joining together to pray the Stations of the Cross every Monday evening in Lent. This is a traditional Lenten devotion. It would be good if we all came at least once to experience it.


Reading and Discussion Group (Eco-theology, Environmentalism)

We are planning to set up a new group looking at the religious/philosophical response to environmental issues. We hope the group will have an ecumenical element, and will therefore be an ‘Eco-Ecu’ group! If you would like to know more please contact Michael Barrett who is looking at some book suggestions:  mpbarrett12@btinternet.com. Times and dates to be announced.





Prayer Space Eucharist, St Albans

Sunday 4th March, 9.30am.

The Sunday Eucharist will begin with an opportunity to share in a prayer space with a variety of prayer activities on a Lentern theme.


Alice Floyd – Discussion of Failure in the Light of Christ

Monday 26th February, 7.30pm, St Alban’s Church

Evening performance and discussion thinking about the theme of failure in Christian discipleship. Those of us who shared in Alice’s ‘Metanoia’ evening at St Albans look forward to another opportunity to share, pray and think together.


Dances of Universal Peace in Lent

Saturday 17th March, 2-4pm, St Alban’s Hall

A celebration of dance across different spiritual and religious traditions. The dances and singing are simple and repetitive. There are refreshments as we gather, and half way through. The pace is gentle, meditative and supportive. Lead by Rev’d Susannah Reide.


Mothering Sunday

Sunday 11th March. 4.15pm walk to Christ Church Cathedral for 6.30pm Evensong, followed by a pub supper.


Film night in Lent

Monday 12th March, 7pm – 10pm, at the Vicarage.

“Jesus of Montreal”: The film tells the story of a group of actors in Montreal who perform a Passion play in a Quebec church, combining religious belief with unconventional theories on a historical Jesus. As the church turns against the main actor and author of the play, his life increasingly mirrors the story of Jesus, and the film adapts numerous stories from the New Testament. Come and join us for a fun evening!


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