Lent and Easter with Pathfinder Church and the Northstowe Church Network

You are welcome and invited to join us as we spend time preparing and discerning during Lent, then retelling the story of Holy Week, through quiet prayer, outdoor trails, meals, and more, before gathering at sunrise on Easter Morning... then celebrating communion after breakfast in the school as we proclaim the good news that Christ Is Risen!

Getting ready for Lent
If you fancy something to read during Lent, why not visit the “Lent Library” at Pathfinder Church on Sunday? With suggestions for those of all ages. As always, we may not agree with everything they say but within their pages we might find something which encourages us on our journey with God. Please ask someone to use the church phone to take a photo of you with the book you’ve borrowed.
On Sundays, Pathfinder Church will be thinking about how discipleship is not just a solitary activity. Join us week by week as we explore how we worship, give, pray, share and commit. On Sunday 17th March, as a sign of our commitment, there is an opportunity to welcome people into membership for the first time (talk to Beth to find out more) and to formally join our denominational lists into a single Northstowe Church Network membership list  - ready to vote at the AGM on 14th April.

Meanwhile,  through Lent, Little Explorers will be focusing on the biblical stories. First, telling the story of Jesus’ time in the Wilderness, and then unpacking the events of Holy Week.
 
The Compline Community will continue to follow the lectionary readings as they pray with the Time To Pray App. Then, in Holy Week, they invite us all to join them at 8pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday for special Holy Week Complines.
 
All through Holy Week, we invite you to not just join in with the special events from your regular worshiping community, but perhaps to try out something new from across the network.

More details about special events

Pancake Party


WHEN: Sunday 11th Feb, 3.30-5pm

WHERE: The Pathfinder CofE Primary School Hall

Join our afternoon tea with pancake decorating, activates, and games, The side chapel will also have appropriate resources and reflections as we prepare for Lent- other activities will continue throughout.

Let us know if you can bring along a bowl of batter, or want to help cook!

Ash Wednesday with the 5folds villages

WHEN: Ash Wednesday, 14th Feb

WHERE: in our sister Anglican churches in the 5folds Villages
We unite with those in our neighbouring villages to mark the start of Lent  and the season of reflection as we walk towards Easter. Both services will include space for reflection, repentance, being marked with ash, and communion.
 

From dust we come, 
to dust we will return: 
we belong to God. 
Bless us now at the beginning of Lent; 
hear our regrets, our prayers, our dreams. 
Keep us close to you, God. 
Keep us close to you. Amen 

  Ruth Burgess, from In Love with the Life of Life: Daily Readings for Lent and Holy Week, Neil Paynter (Ed) 

Palm Sunday: Wild Church

WHEN: Sunday 24th March, 3.30-4.30pm

WHERE: The Pathfinder CofE Primary School Field

We will gather in the open air to tell the stories of Holy Week, starting with the Triumphal Entry on Palm Sunday, through interaction, storytelling and reflection.  There space for those who enjoy getting their hands dirty (or their feet wet) and those preferring a more contemplative experience. 

Photo: "footwashing" from the 2022 Wild Church Palm Sunday

Holy Week Complines

WHEN: Monday 25th, Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th March

WHERE: Stephen's (get in touch if you need the address)

Each night, we will share in a simple half hour Compline at Stephen’s house. Please join us from 8pm if you would like a cuppa and to chat beforehand, or simply slip in just before our 8.15pm start. 

If you can’t join us in person, please pray-along-from home: we’re using the traditional words of Night Prayer interwoven with a Bible reading telling the story of what happened on that day.

Maundy Thursday Communion Meal

WHEN:  Thursday 28th March 8-10pm

WHERE: Stephen's

At 8pm on Maundy Thursday, we will follow the example of Jesus' friends, and gather for a meal. Only, our meal will involve Jacket Potatoes (bring and share a topping). Like the disciples, we will have opportunities during that meal to reflect on all that has happened so far in Holy Week, and prepare for where the story takes us next - into Good Friday and beyond.

We will break open and share Scripture. We will break and share bread. We will retell the story of the Last Supper.. and share sacramentally in Communion.

NOTE: There are limited spaces for this, so please book in soon, and let us know if your plans change


 

Good Friday Afternoon Tea 

WHEN: Friday 29th March, 3.30-5pm

WHERE: The Pathfinder CofE Primary School Hall

On Good Friday, bring along your friends, neighbours, and family to join our a Hot Cross Bun Afternoon Tea 
  • From 3.30pm: Hot Cross Buns, Afternoon Tea, activities, crafts and games - fun for everyone, of all religious and non religious beliefs!
  • 4:25pm: Optional Good Friday guided reflections for those who enjoy contemplation, and those who like to get their hands dirty,  while other activities continue in the main hall
  • 5pm: Finish

Holy Saturday: we wait... 

On Holy Saturday, we sit with pain and brokenness.... 

Easter Sunday Sunrise

Where: Bug Hunters Waters (or inside in Phase Two if wet)

When: 31st March 6.30am

Meet us on Stirling Road, just before the Urban Splash housing Lockhart Way) to walk down to the banks of Bug Hunters Waters, ready to welcome in Resurrection Sunday as the sun rises!

If the weather is bad,  we'll watch the sunrise from inside...

Either way, this will be a short  peaceful, reflective start to Easter Sunday.

Followed (optionally) by bacon / veggie bacon!

Please RSVP so we can keep you informed of weather-appropriate plans - and get enough bacon ready!

Easter Sunday 
Breakfast Communion 

Where: The Pathfinder CofE Primary School Hall

When: 31st March 9.30am-10.45am

Join us for breakfast and celebration with pastries, hymns, storytelling, and communion



RSVP: If you can let us know if you are planning to come, it will help ensure we get enough breakfast ready! But there is always space for a few more!  

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