PRAYING TOGETHER 
Prayer for those visiting our website 
 
Almighty and eternal God, 
who created us in your own image and gave us the will to seek after all that is good, true and beautiful,  
especially in the person of Our Lord Jesus Christ, 
we give you thanks for the freedom of communication. 
Grant, we pray you, that through our journies in this website we may be led to  
charity, prayer, patience and greater understanding of each other 
and that we may discern more closely, your will for your pilgrims here on earth. 
To the glory of the Word made Flesh. 
Amen. 
 
From Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England (2000), which is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2000. 
Lent 2019 at St Laurence 
 
For Lent this year at St Laurence we are running a 
Pilgrim Course: The Church & Kingdom 
This course explores what it means to live as a child of the kingdom of God and to follow in the way of Christ each day as a member of his Church. 
 
6 March: Praying through Life 
Explores the importance of prayer, particularly daily prayer as foundational for the Christian life. 
13 March: At home and at work 
Looks at how we live out our faith every day and of the importance of Sabbath. 
20 March: Living generously 
Considers what it means to reflect the generosity of God in our own lives. 
27 March: In all my relationships 
Looks at how faith in the God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit shapes and changes all our relationships. 
3 April: Confronting the injustices of the world 
Considers how the Christian life requires us to be involved in the affairs of the world and to witness to God’s kingdom of peace and justice every day. 
10 April: Treading lightly on the earth 
Explores our relationship with the earth itself. 
 
These sessions are on Wednesdays 3.00 pm – 4.30 pm 
at Downton Vicarage, Barford Lane 
For more information contact: Rev Frank Gimson 01725 510326 
Other Local Lent courses 
 
Lent at Downton Baptist Church 
 
We invite you to join our Lent Study on Sunday evenings at 6.30 pm, starting on Sunday 10th March
All are welcome - if you are interested in joining us then please contact the church office on 01725 512971.  
Thank you. 
 
Other Lent Groups within the Forest and Avon Team 
 
At St Birinus Church, Morgans Vale at 7.00pm "What do you believe?" 
 
Whether we go to church regularly or not, many of us consider ourselves a Christian and would say we have a faith. Yet we may not feel comfortable in answering the above question. Over six evenings we will encourage each other to spend time exploring our faith, God and life. 
 
March: Tues 5th, Tues 12th, Tues 19th, Wed 27th 
April: Tues 2nd, Tues 9th 
 
If you would like to book a place(s) or require further details please contact Veronica Batchelor on 01725 513878 or email batchelor446@btinternet.com 
 
At Landford Methodist Hall at 11.00am "To my dear friends..." 
 
Exploring Paul's Letter to the Philippians. Four Friday morning bible studies for Lent led by Rev David Bacon. 
 
March: Fri 22nd, Fri 29th 
April: Fri 5th, Fri 12th 
 
Coffee served from 11.00am 
Bible Study from 11.15-12.15pm 
Soup and bread lunch for those who would like to stay 
All very welcome - just turn up 
 
Growing Together at St Laurence Church 
Growing Together is an informal discussion group which meets fortnightly on 
Wednesday mornings at 10.00 am. 
 
Our aim is to explore the Christian faith and relate it to topical issues. Meetings are led by members of the group, and everyone has the chance to talk about their thoughts and ideas.  
 
Anyone is welcome to come to a meeting; please contact Philip Jones (01725 512204) for details of  
venue and discussion topics, or for any further information. 
 
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