Wantage Parish

Resources for your spiritual life

Lenten Rose (photo credit Susie Lapwood)
Lenten Rose (photo credit Susie Lapwood)

Spiritual Resources for Lent


Lent is the 40 days (not including Sundays) from Ash Wednesday to the Saturday before Easter. It is often described as a time of preparation and an invitation to go deeper with God. We may choose to do this through more personal reflection and prayer, through fasting or giving something up, through attending special church services or Lent groups, and through giving to others.


Confession: It is traditional to prepare for Easter by making your confession during or immediately before Lent. Please contact the vicar at vicar@wantageparish.com to arrange this.


We have put together a few resources here that you may find useful personally as you consider how you might respond to God’s invitation to go deeper this Lent. Please also check out the Lent and Easter programme of services and special events.


Group meetings for study and prayer


  • Parish Lent group: Mondays at 7.30 pm in Holy Trinity Charlton, led by our parish assistants. We will be using this year’s Diocesan ‘Come and See’ Lent materials 
  • Online Julian Prayer group: Mondays at 5 pm via Zoom. See more details online.
  • Old Testament study group: Tuesday mornings in people’s homes, co-ordinated by Sheenagh Dernie. Contact administrator@wantageparish.com for further information.
  • Bible Reading Group: Tuesdays 5.45 pm in Holy Trinity Church


Personal Discipleship Plan

Lent could be a perfect opportunity to engage with the ‘Personal Discipleship Plan’ scheme, and maybe take up the offer of meeting with one of our team of Encouragers. Contact Susie at PDP@wantageparish.com if you are interested in this. You can find out more on the Oxford diocese web page


Come and See: The Way of Love

This is Oxford Diocese’s invitation for Lent. We will have a Lent Group following this course on Monday evenings, 7.30 pm at Holy Trinity Charlton. All welcome! You can also sign up to receive free daily emails and a link to a weekly video covering the same themes. These can stand alone if you can’t attend the group meetings.


Watch and Pray

This is the Church of England’s Lent focus this year, inspired by the Archbishop’s Lent Book, ‘Tarry Awhile’ (see below). The course invites us to seek God in both familiar and unfamiliar places this Lent: in darkness and in quiet; in movement and migration; in the healing and transforming work of the Spirit; in the weeping of Holy Week and in the joy of Easter morning.  You can sign up for free daily emails, listen via the accompanying app, (or Alexa), and there are booklets too.

 

Apps

‘Pray as you go’ offers daily scripture, led meditation and music through the year, as well as teaching about spiritual practices such as Lectio Divina and the Ignatian Examen. You can opt in to their extra Lent materials as a ‘Lent retreat’. It is available via website and phone app (all free). 


Sign up for Daily meditations from Richard Rohr throughout the year via the Centre for Action and Contemplation

 

Lent Books

The Church House bookshop lists recommendations for recently published Lent books:

 

  • ‘Tarry Awhile: Wisdom from Black Spirituality for People of Faith’ by Selina Stone, The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lent book for 2024 (as mentioned above)
  • ‘Lent with the Beloved Disciple’ by Bishop Michael Marshall, The Bloomsbury Lent book for 2024
  • ‘Godforsaken: The Cross, the greatest hope of all’ by Archbishop Stephen Cottrell. A series of reflections on Jesus’ words ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’


Also from previous years: 

 

Remember our local Christian bookshop Cornerstone as a place to browse and buy!  

 

Other resources

The above are just a few examples. There are many more resources, suitable for any time of year, on the Oxford Diocese website: see here for  discipleship and for prayer and scripture.