St Bride's: News - Lent & Easter at St Bride's

St Bride's: News

Lent & Easter at St Bride's

Lent & Easter at St Bride's

LENT, Holy Week & Easter Services

Ash Wednesday 6th March
1:15pm - Choral Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes

Palm Sunday 14th April
11:00am - Orchestral Choral Eucharist with Blessing & distribution of Palm Crosses
5:30pm - Choral Evensong with Sermon in Music

Maundy Thursday 18th April
6:00pm - Choral Eucharist and ceremonial Stripping of the Altar

Good Friday 19th April
12:00pm - Pergolesi: Stabat Mater
1:00pm - An Hour of Devotion
2:00pm - Stainer: Crucifixion

Easter Sunday 21st April
6:00am - Kindling of the Easter Fire followed by Egg Rolling in Fleet Street and Breakfast
11:00am - Choral Eucharist for Easter Day
5:30pm - Choral Evensong

People tend to assume that the season of Lent is always bleak and depressing. In fact it can be the opposite, as it is a time that is full of spiritual riches, during which we can grow in self-knowledge, and deepen our relationship with God.

You are warmly invited to join us, either by coming to our special services, or by participating in one of the other suggested activities that we have on offer this year. You can read a Lent Book, join in the choir's #LessMeatLent campaign, give to a foodbank, or simply listen to beautiful, thought provoking music.


Following on from the success of last year's Plastic-Less Lent endeavour, which received international acclaim, St Bride's choir are planning a new challenge for the environmentally conscious among the congregation - "Less Meat Lent". A recent study led by the University of Oxford concluded that avoiding meat and dairy was the "single biggest thing" we can do to reduce our impact on the Earth.

Choir Lent 2019.jpegCould you consider giving up or at least cutting down your meat consumption during Lent this year? If you are already vegetarian, perhaps dabble with veganism? If so, the choir will be with you every step of the way, sharing the low-down about the impact of meat & dairy production; passing on our favourite recipes; road-testing meat- and dairy-free alternatives; and generally eating a heck of a lot more vegetables. Find out more →

Follow the choir's adventure on Facebook: @StBrides_Choir - Twitter: @StBrides_Choir

Hashtag: #LessMeatLent

St Bride's Lent Book

Dw80t9ZXcAAcE3P.jpgAs Lent reading this year, we are recommending Henry Martin's new book Eavesdropping: Learning to pray from those who talked to Jesus (DLT, 2019).

Henry is an artist, writer and Anglican priest, based in Manchester. His book offers a short reflection for every day from Shrove Tuesday to Easter Monday, each one based upon a phrase drawn from an encounter with Jesus described in one of the Gospels.

Each section ends with a suggested way in which this resulting insight might aid us in prayer. The book is thought-provoking, accessible, and heartfelt, and copies are available for purchase (£12.99) at the St Bride's shop, although you may prefer to order your own.

We shall be meeting in the Rectory for pizza and an opportunity to share our reflections on the book immediately after the 6.00pm Maundy Thursday Choral Eucharist on 18th April, and hope you can join us! A sign-up list for that meeting will be available in church - or simply email us to let us know that you would like to come (so we don't run out of pizza!).

Lent Hackney Food Bank Appeal

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Jesus reminds us that there is more to life than food; that the food that he provides is not merely food for the body, but for the soul. However, you cannot expect people to begin a spiritual journey, while they lack the basic means of survival.

Every day people in the UK go hungry through poverty. A simple box of food makes a big difference, with foodbanks helping prevent crime, housing loss, family breakdown and mental health problems.

We are once again holding a Lent collection to support the work of the Hackney Food Bank whose mission is to provide three days' nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are in crisis.

They currently need tinned food (not beans!), long-life fruit juice, shampoo, & shower gel. You can check what is most in need at their Donate Food page.

Please consider adding a few items to your shop each week and to bring them to the collection point at the back of St Bride's.

Diocese of London Lent Appeal: Modern Day Slavery: Hidden in plain sight

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Bishop Sarah's Lent Appeal this year will build on Archbishop Justin's 2017 Clewer Initiative. It calls for a community wide response to modern day slavery and the creation of a network of advocates seeking to end it.

Hidden in plain sight

"Thousands are forced into domestic servitude, forced labour or sexual exploitation in plain sight of Londoners, and many more are at risk of falling through the cracks, hidden from the view of the authorities, charities and the church." - Bishop Sarah

The Appeal is partnering with five charities that are already working to end Modern Day Slavery in London:

  • Ella's Home - working with women in London trafficked for Sexual Exploitation;
  • Kalayaan - supporting migrant domestic workers in London who have been subjected to forced labour or have been trafficked to the UK for domestic servitude;
  • Love 146 - supporting trafficked young people in London;
  • Rise Project of The Children's Society - support for boys and young men aged 11-17 in London that have been trafficked;
  • Tamar - working with women in Westminster trafficked for Sexual Exploitation.

We are joining the call for parishes to raise both awareness and funds to support these charities' incredible work. This year, we shall not be providing alcohol after our Sunday morning services during Lent and we invite the congregation to donate generously to the refreshments plate which will go to support the Appeal.

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