Lent & Easter 2017


'Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying "This is the way; walk in it." (Isaiah 30: 21)

St Mary's is open every day for you!  Pause and ponder at the prayer stations dotted around the church.  Take a Lent prayer, borrow a Lent book, or simply be still for a few moments in God's presence.



Lent Course

We are delighted to welcome The Right Reverend Michael Baughen, retired Bishop of Chester, to lead our Lent Course this year entitled 'Centred on Christ'. 

Taking examples from Paul's life as demonstrated in his letter to the Philippians, we are challenged to centre our lives on Christ. Reflect on the practical implications of embracing Christ's mindset as a loving, humble servant, considering the impact on relationships and witness in our personal and church families. Finally, explore the peace of a Christ-centred life when we learn to rejoice in Christ and not in circumstances.

The 6 week course will be shared with our fellow churches in the village and will take place on Monday evenings in St Mary's Church between 7.30 and 9.00 pm.  The course starts on Monday, 27th February.  It would be great if you could make every session however this accessible course means you can dip in and out so come when you can.  Sign the list in church, or email stmaryschidd@btinternet.com if you would like to join.  Course booklet available in advance or on the night, £3.

Lent Lectures at Guildford Cathedral - Thursday evenings in the Chapel 

'From Creation to New Creation ... exploring the biblical vision within our life of worship and witness' 

Speakers include The Very Rev'd Dianna Gwilliams, Dean of Guildford and The Rt Rev'd Andrew Watson, Bishop of Guildford.  All lectures are free to attend and will be followed by an opportunity for discussion.  The evening concludes with Compline at 9 pm.  Please contact Julie@guildford-cathedral.or (01483 547863) for more information.

Men @ St Mary's Lent Meetings: The Crown on Sunday evening  2nd April at 8 pm.  Contact Gerald Williams (beechwood38@gmail.com) or James Quickfall (james.quickfall@hotmail.co.uk) for more information.


A New or Renewed Faith? (Tuesday 21st March) - What do we believe?  with Rev Canon Geoffrey Curtis.  God, the Three-in-One, revisited.  Who is God?  Could the language be clearer?  How do we approach the Creeds? 8.00 to 9.00 pm in the Church Room. 


Church Explorers Day Out (Thursday 23rd March) A visit to Guildford Cathedral starting with a talk by the chief guide at 10.30 am.  A chance to learn more about a place we all take for granted as it is so close to home.  There will be an opportunity for lunch and further exploration in the afternoon.  Please email Ruth (ruthg17@live.co.uk) if you are interested.

Pub Lunch and Walk (Saturday 25th March) Come along for a convivial lunch at the Half Moon in Northchapel followed by a 3 mile (approx) circular walk.   Alternatively, if that sounds too arduous just come along for lunch!  Contact Tony Ward (gandt@homewiththewards.freeserve.co.uk - 683939) or sign up on the list in church.

Winter Journey: Spring Garden (Sunday 2nd April, 3.30 pm)  As 'The Way of the Cross' beckons Geoffrey Curtis and Beverley Draper will lead a reflective afternoon incorporating readings, images, music and prayers.



Mothering Sunday (26th March) -  posies of flowers will be handed out 


Palm Sunday (9th April) - Services at 8.00 am and 10.00 am at which palm crosses will be blessed and distributed.

Lent Supper (Monday, 10th April) Come along to be fed and inspired at the beginning of Holy Week.  BIshop Michael Baughen will speak on his most recent book' The One Big Question: the God of Love in a World of Suffering'.  List to sign in church or contact Faith Reynolds (f.reynolds.j@btinternet.com or 683239).

Maundy Thursday (13th April) - 'Friends, Food and Fellowship -We remember the supper Jesus shared with his friends on the night before he died as we share a meal in the church room (6.30 pm) followed by a Eucharist in Church (8 pm).  See the sign up list in church for what to bring.

Good Friday (14th April) 

  • Walk of Witness meet at 10.00 am at St Theresa's to begin a walk around the village following the symbolic cross which has been signed by members of all the village churches.
  • At the Cross  - 2.00 pm (1 hr) Reflective service of readings, music and prayer 

Easter Saturday (15th April) - 6.30 pm (45 mins) service of readings, reflections, music and prayers

Easter Sunday (16th April) - 8.00 am (1662) and 10.00 am Parish Communion to celebrate this Holy Day.