Lent, Easter & Holy Week 2019

God of trackless desert
Whose Son walked untamed
Whose kingdom is not distant
But breaking in among us:
Give us time and space
To find a new identity
To let go of control
And walk the pilgrim way.

Mystery of goodness
By whose gaze
We are being called into being and held in life:
Teach us the secrecy of prayer
Which seeks no reward;
The generosity of love which forgets itself;
The gift of a treasure
Uncountable and unconsumed;
Through Jesus Christ the Son of the wilderness

Lord God, help us to live simply during this time of fasting and prayer and to appreciate the small things in life.

Join us for Lent at the Parish of Christ Church and St John Clapham 

Ash Wednesday

The First Day of Lent is the time when we place ourselves into God’s hands for the Lenten season (40 days) preparing us for Easter and the Paschal Mystery.


Lent is a penitential season of reflection, when we pay particular attention to:

  • Praying
  • Fasting
  • Giving

We may choose to do something differently:  perhaps to take up something we find hard to do; to take extra time in our lives to read the bible and to pray; or to give up something that we will miss. In doing either of these things, we may choose to put the money we save towards people who are less well off than ourselves.

Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession)

Lent is a time for many to reflect on their spiritual lives. If you feel you would like to take up the opportunity of confession, Penny and Sue are available throughout Lent. Please see one of them to arrange a time.

Every Lent, there is a Bishop’s Lent Call “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” for us to support financially and by our prayers. 

In 2019 the Bishop’s Lent Call is supporting projects within Southwark Diocese and in Kenya, Sri Lanka and our Link Dioceses in Zimbabwe.

Projects in Zimbabwe

  • Initiatives supporting agribusiness, education and infrastructure in our Link Dioceses of Central Zimbabwe, Matabeleland, Masvingo and Manicaland.
  • Improving leprosy-affected communities in Sri Lanka.
  • Urban mission training at Carlile College, Nairobi.

Projects in the Diocese of Southwark

  • The Sutton Women’s Centre.
  • Christian CARE, Merton.
  • Salmon Youth Centre.

Worship and learning opportunities in Clapham at our local Churches

Midweek Eucharists    
Monday 7.00am: Christ Church Clapham
Wednesday 9.00am: St John’s

Sunday evenings in Lent
6:30pm evening services as follows:

Sunday 10th March
St. Mary’s Church
Speaker: Paul Morrison from Joint Public Issues Team (JPIT )

Sunday 17th March
Clapham Baptist Church, Speaker: Fr. Caspar from St. Mary’s will speak about the vow of poverty

Sunday 24th March
St. James Church
Speaker: Alison Williams from The Trussell Trust

Sunday 31st March
Orthodox Church at St. Peter’s Clapham
Speaker: From Christian Aid about poverty in the developing world.

Sunday 7th April
St. Paul’s Church Clapham
Speaker to be confirmed

Sunday 14th April
Clapham Methodist Church
During Lent there will be discussion groups focusing on our faith and how it relates to our daily life.

‘Art for Lent’
An opportunity to think about Lenten themes through pictures.
Sundays 10th, 17th, 24th and 31st March and 7th April at 12.30pm:

Mapping Lent
An exciting exploration of Bible passages, through scripture, discussion, poetry and music. Come along to share your faith and insight with others.
Wednesdays 13th, 20th, 27th March, 3rd, 10th April at 7.30pm
Christ Church Clapham Vicarage

First Communion Preparation
Study group for parents and their children preparing for Admission to Communion.
Introductory session Shrove Tuesday 5th March at 3:45pm followed by pancakes, then Tuesdays 12th, 19th, 26th March and 2nd, 9th April at 3:45pm.

Passover Meal
For the whole parish on Tuesday 16th April at 7:30pm.

Easter and Holy Week 2019

Palm Sunday
Sunday 14th April
10:00.am   Procession through the streets of our parish, we meet at The Laurels, 70 Union Rd, London SW4 6JT
11:00am    Parish Eucharist with Reading of ‘The Passion’

Monday 15th April
7:30pm     Eucharist of Reconciliation followed by Compline

Tuesday 16th April
7:30pm      Passover Meal in Vicarage Room for the whole parish.

Wednesday 17th April
9:00am     Eucharist and Stations of the Cross at St John’s
7:30pm     Stations of the Cross followed by Compline at Christ Church

Maundy Thursday
Thursday 18th April
8:00pm  Liturgy of the Day, Last Supper and foot washing followed by prayerful Vigil in Church (Garden  of Gethsemane)

Good Friday
Friday 19th April
8:00am  Morning Prayer
10:00am  Prep. of Good Friday garden
11:00am  Liturgy of the Day with Sung St. John’s Passion

Holy Saturday
Saturday 20th April
10:00am  Preparation of the Easter Garden
11:00am  Preparation and Cleaning the Church
8:30pm  Easter Vigil with Baptisms, First Communion followed by party and fireworks.

Easter Day
Sunday 21st April
11.00am  Festival Eucharist with Easter egg hunt for children

Preparations for Easter 2019 at Christ Church Clapham

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