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Lent 2018

Here's what's on offer.
More details are on their way...

Ash Wednesday
Wednesday 14 February, 19.00-20.00
A solemn and joyful service, to mark the beginning of Lent and to mark our foreheads with the dust we have in common with each other and with our God, in Jesus Christ.
Pop-up Bible Study
Thursdays in Lent, 18.00-19.00
February 15, 22; March 1, 8, 15, 22
Teaterbaren Cafe, Kulturhuset, Sergels Torg
Tackling the Gospel reading for the coming Sunday in conversation with each other, the text and the wider world.
Just drop by. Text and coffee provided.

Plastic Fast
Refuse - Refill - Reduce
Organised by our Sustainability Group, with weekly updates giving you information about plastic and the environment, practical challenges to make a change, and a text to focus your thoughts and prayers that week.

Mini Retreat
Sunday 18 March, 13.30-15.30
Join people from the Virtual Contemplative Prayer Group as we gather for quiet guided prayer and breathing space in and around the church.

Still with God
Virtual Contemplative Prayer Group
Gathering together during the week can be really difficult. Life just isn't that shape for most of us.
But this Lent we can once again enjoy the benefits of praying together even when we're not in the same place, with our Virtual Contemplative Prayer Group.
Contemplative prayer is mindfulness in prayer form: simple, wordless prayer that has been used by Christians down the centuries to practise the presence of God and develop spiritual attentiveness. It is a response to an invitation:
'Be still and know that I am God'. Psalm 46.10

Here's how it works:

After Ash Wednesday, each weekday in Lent, take 15-20 minutes to be still and quiet and attentive in prayer, whenever and wherever suits you.

At the end of your prayer time, call to mind others in the Group, and pray something simple, like: 'May they be well, may they be happy'.

Then say the Lord's Prayer. And get on with the rest of the day.
You'll find some guidance below.

And there's more...

On Sunday 11 February those of us who are around will have a short meeting towards the end of our Sigfrid lunch to say hello to each other and get advice.

When we are underway I will send out some wise words each weekday to help keep us engaged, and the name of a prayer partner.

And on Sunday 18 March at 13.30, after a simple Lent lunch, those of us who can be there will gather for a mini-retreat in and around the church – and we'll welcome others to join us.

It's important we know who is taking part, so we can be committed to one another.
You can
sign up by emailing me .

Suggestions for your Prayer

Time and Place

  • Choose a regular time that works well for you

  • Find somewhere quiet and uncluttered, if possible

  • Make sure you will not be unduly disturbed (phone off)

  • Set a timer for 15-20 minutes


  • Entrust the time and yourself to God (eg by crossing yourself)

  • Sit comfortably using a straight-backed chair, stool or cushion

  • Give your weight to the ground through your feet or knees, and sitting bones

  • Allow your back to unfurl and lengthen, with your hands at rest – in your lap, maybe

  • Make sure your jaw, neck and shoulders are not tense (try a slight smile!)

  • Some people find having the chin tucked in slightly is helpful

  • Have your eyes closed, or half-open and softly focused


  • Notice your body, attending to small sensations

  • Notice thoughts and feelings without clinging to them or pushing them away

  • Gently rest your attention on your breath, in and out

  • Attend to the actual sensation – God's gift of the present moment

  • Allow a word or phrase (Maranatha, maybe) to repeat itself silently as you breathe

  • Gently, patiently, return to the breath/word when you notice your mind has wandered

To end

  • Take a few moments to call others to mind as vividly as you can

  • Pray simply for them: May they be well, may they be happy

  • Slowly and gently, pray the Lord's Prayer

  • Find a way to offer your thanks to God, (eg making a bow)

  • Move into the rest of the day