Lent and Easter

Barnes methodist church easter cross 2024Lent is a holy season for Christians, which begins on Ash Wednesday (14 February this year) and ends on Easter Sunday (31 March). Christians have traditionally observed a period of fasting and penitence during Lent since at least the 4th Century. The 40 weekdays of Lent (Sundays are not included) reminded believers of the 40 days Jesus spent in the wilderness. Christians engage in many different activities at this time. Many find it a useful time to pray or study their Bibles more, increase their giving, or to take up another discipline.

Lenten Bible Study: 'Let Justice Flow'

This year, we will be studying the book of Amos during Lent on Thursday mornings, starting on 15 February at 10:30 am. More details here.

Holy Week

In the final week of Lent (2-9 April), traditionally called 'Holy Week', we shall be marking this special time in a number of ways:

  • Palm Sunday, 24 March (10:30 am) - Morning worship with distribution of palm crosses led by Rev'd Geoffrey Farrar

  • Maundy Thursday, 28 March (10:30 am) Following the end of our Lenten Bible study series, we will have a short communion service to mark Maundy Thursday. We are also invited to join the folks at Putney Methodist Church for a simple meal, followed by Holy Communion at 7:00 pm.
  • Good Friday, 7 April, (from 10:30 am) - Reflective Service led by Deacon Richard Goldstraw before joining the Churches Together in Barnes (CTiB) Walk of Witness at 11:15 am. The walk starts in Castelnau outside Starbucks, visits St Mary’s churchyard and finishes on Barnes Green near the Day Centre. There are readings, prayers and singing at each stop.  All are welcome to then continue onto Barnes Methodist Church for coffee and hot cross buns in the church hall.

  • Easter Sunday, 31 March (10.30am) - Service of Holy Communion led by Rev'd Allison Waterhouse, including the dressing of the cross.  You are welcome to bring flowers to help decorate it.

We do hope that you will be able to join us during this holy season.    


Holy Week