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Lent 2023

Embracing Justice

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Ash Wednesday

Wednesday 22nd February

10.30am  Holy Eucharist with Ashing

7.45pm    Holy Eucharist with Ashing

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Sermon Series -
Justice and the Kingdom of God


During the Eucharist on Wednesdays and Sundays 

in Lent.

Our preaching this Lent will focus on social justice, including themes of money, power, race, gender and rebuilding lives. 

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Messy Church

Saturday 19th March, 3pm - 5pm

Activities, games, crafts, stories and worship for all the family, exploring what justice means. Rounded off with a shared meal. 

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Sacred Space - Iona Service

Sunday 19th March 6pm

The Iona Community is committed to peace and justice, and this simple, beautiful style of worship leaves space for patience, protest and praise. 


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Prayer Walks

A resource for you to use at any time this Lent, available online and in print form. You may also like to join Lucy as she prayer walks the parish. Times and starting locations each week will be found on the e-newsletter and pew sheet. 


Weekly Meditations

A weekly offer of meditations, one of each of the five principles of Social Justice, with a prayer, focus text, and links to local and global groups working in that area. 

Available through our Thursday email newsletter. 

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Booklet - Live Lent Embracing Justice

Pick up a booklet from the back of Church, with Bible readings, reflections, prayers and suggested actions for each day of Lent. 

There is an adult version as well as a booklet for parents and children to enjoy together. 

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Lent Course - Embracing Justice

7.45pm Thursdays, 23rd February to 30th March inclusive

In the Holt Room and on Zoom

A course exploring the theology and practice of social justice. We will delve into scripture together and hear from members and friends of St Andrew's about their work in Social Justice in Bedford and beyond.

23rd February:  God and Social Justice

2nd March:        'In prison and you visited me'

9th March:         'Hungry and you fed me'

16th March:       'A stranger and you welcomed me'

23rd March:       'Good news to the poor'

30th March:       'Let the oppressed go free'

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Charity Concert for Emmaus

Saturday 11th March, in Church, 7.30pm

Proceeds from this popular concert by the Ouse Orchestra and Chorus will support Emmaus Village Carlton. 

Tickets available through Eventbrite or on the door. 

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Open Lunch 

12noon every Thursday in March - in the Holt Room

This Lent there is such a thing as a free lunch!

Open to everyone in our community; enjoy a wonderful homemade lunch of soup, bread and cheese. There is no charge, but any donations will go to support the work of The Trussell Trust, supporting Foodbanks nationwide. 

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Film Night - 'Pride'

Saturday 18th March, 7pm, in the Main Hall

During the Welsh miners' strike, gay and lesbian activists forge an unlikely alliance with the families of the striking miners. Based on a true story, this comedy-drama is about a shared fight for social justice across divides. 

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