Ash Wednesday 6th March 7.30pm at St John’s Church - Holy Communion
Sunday 10th March 6.30pm at St Aldhelm’s Church - The Word became Flesh (John 1:14)
Sunday 17th March 6.30pm at Emmanuel Church - God is Love (1 John 4:16)
Sunday 24th March 6.30pm at St Mary’s Church - Close to the Father’s Heart (John 1:18)
Sunday 31st March 6.30pm at St John’s Church (Witness Service) - I have called you Friends
Sunday 7th April 6.30pm at St Ann’s Church - Abide in Me (John 15:4)
Sunday 14th April 6.30pm at Emmanuel Church - We declare to You (1 John 1:1)
Maundy Thursday 18th April 7.30pm at St Aldhelm’s Church - Fellowship and Informal Communion
John’s Gospel and his letters tell the story of a God who is love and who ‘so loved the world’ that he sent his only Son, so that we ‘may not perish, but may have eternal life’ (John 3:16). This Son, Jesus, ‘became flesh and lived among us’ (John 1:14) in order to reveal this God of love to us (John 1:18), to lay down his life for us in love (John 10:11), and to gather us into a community of love (1 John 4:9-11) that will share God’s love with the whole world (1 John 3:16-18).
It is a Gospel that invites us not only to learn about God, but also to enter into a loving and personal relationship with God. Jesus spoke about a God who longs to abide in us and we, abiding in Him. ‘Just as the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love’ (John 15:9). ‘We love because He first loved us’ (1 John 4:19). This is the message that lies at the centre of our Evening Services in Lent. Through praise and worship, reflection and prayer we hope to draw closer to God and become greater channels of God’s love in the world.