Choose your Lent course!

Symbols of Easter a Lent course led by Rev. Richard Webb

One of our 2012 Lent courses

Lent is an important time in our Christian calendar, one that helps us prepare for the great events of Easter; and one way to get the most out of this year’s Lent is to join one of our friendly and informative Lent groups.

We have five Lent groups following four different Lent courses this year. All the courses begin in the week commencing 27th February and run for five weeks.

Choose a course, place, and time that suits you best:

Symbols of Easter 2.00pm Tuesdays (from 28 Feb)
Symbols of Easter
White House Cottage, High St., Charing.
Created and led by Rev. Richard Webb – 714 663
Symbols of Easter 7.00pm Tuesdays (from 28 Feb)
Symbols of Easter
Holy Trinity Church, Church Hill, Charing Heath
Created and led by Rev. Richard Webb – 714 663
Handing on the Torch 7.30pm Tuesdays (from 28 Feb)
Handing on the Torch – sacred words for a secular world
Willow Cottage, Old Ashford Road, Charing
Led by Elizabeth Ellen – 712 563
Finding a Voice 7.45pm Wednesdays (from 29 Feb)
Finding a Voice – a Lent course based on The King’s Speech
Applewood House, The Hill, Charing
Led by Kevin Moon – 713 894
The Naturalist and the Christ 7.30pm Thursdays (from 1 Mar)
The Naturalist and the Christ – a Lent course based on the film “Creation”
Burleigh Bungalow, Burleigh Rd off Station Rd, Charing
Led by Caroline Asteraki-Speer – 714 028

Please phone the leader of your preferred Lent group as soon as possible to reserve your place (sounds a bit formal but you know what we mean), or to find out more details. We look forward to seeing you soon.

More about the courses

The four Lent courses our Lent groups are following this year are:

Rev. Richard Webb’s Lent course: Symbols of Easter

Symbols of Easter is a new Lent course created and led by Rev. Richard Webb.

“We will be dipping into a book written by Max Lucado entitled ‘He chose the nails’ based on John 19 reflecting on some of the Easter events; The torn flesh; the robe; the path; the sign; the blood and water. All are welcome to join us for an hour of reflection, music and prayer each week as we prepare for the Great Festival of Easter again this year.” Rev. Richard WebbRev. Richard Webb

For more details call Richard on 714 663.

He Chose the Nails by Max LucadoBook: He Chose the Nails: What God Did To Win Your heart by Max Lucado.

“Lucado invites us to understand the symbols surrounding Christ’s crucifixion and celebrate the significance of the promises they offer. From the sign in different languages tacked to the cross (“I will speak to you in your language”) to the burial clothing (“I can turn your tragedy into triumph”) he speaks of each symbol as a “gift of grace” that reveals God’s love for mankind.”Description from

York course: Handing on the Torch – sacred words for a secular world.

York Courses are well-known for creating compelling and fascinating courses. The Lent course: “Handing on the Torch – sacred words for a secular world is a brand new course for 2012.

“Christianity is the largest movement our world has ever seen. It continues to grow at an immense pace – especially in Asia (including China), Africa and Latin America. At the same time, Christianity in the West struggles to grow and – perhaps – even to survive. In this course we consider some of the reasons for this and what it might mean for individual Christians, for churches and for Western culture, in a world where alternative beliefs are increasingly on offer.” York Courses

Website page for course: Handing on the Torch – sacred words for a secular world

Hilary Brand’s Finding a Voicea Lent course based on The King’s Speech.

Hilary Brand’s Finding a Voicea Lent course based on The King’s Speech.

“Followers of Christ are described in the New Testament as a royal priesthood and inheritors of the kingdom people with incredible potential and enormous responsibility. Yet the selves we see in the mirror are flawed and failing, all too often tongue-tied and terrified. The King s Speech is such a runaway success because it holds that mirror to our world and offers hope of overcoming the difficulties. It shows hope built out of friendship, trust and supportive love, and courage in the face of gathering evil. Lent is traditionally a time for strengthening resolve, bringing believers together in trust and encouragement as they strive to follow their calling. The purpose of this course could be summed up in the words of the King s speech therapist: To give them faith in their voice and let them know a friend is listening. The course provides five group sessions using the film as a starting point along with personal weekly reading exploring more fully the issues raised, and Bible readings to root it in Christian values.” Description from

Tim Heaton’s The Naturalist and the Christa Lent course based on the film “Creation”

Tim Heaton’s The Naturalist and the Christa Lent course based on the film “Creation”

“This five-part Lent course draws on the life, work and religious struggles of Charles Darwin as depicted in the 2009 film ‘Creation’, a film based on the book ‘Annie’s Box’ by Darwin’s great-great-grandson Randal Keynes. This compelling and accessible Lent course looks at questions of great importance to all Christians. Can God and evolution co-exist? Why did the Victorian Church find it so hard to accept Darwin’s theory? Why do some Christians today find it difficult? What implications does evolution have for the Church and her doctrine? What is the authority or ‘reliability’ of scripture? To what extent were Darwin’s own Christian beliefs shaped by the theology of his day, and how did this lead to his loss of faith after the death of his daughter Annie in 1851? Where is God in all the suffering of his creation? This innovative and interactive Lent course, which is written for Christians of all denominations and could easily be undertaken by an ecumenical group comprising different traditions, addresses these questions with clarity and depth of understanding in a proven and highly successful format.” Description from