These special, one-off events occur on specific dates.
Messy Church at St James’
23 Feb 2020, 4 p.m. for 1hr 30m
Low Lane Horsforth, Leeds Leeds
This month we will be looking at the story of Abraham. Come along to have fun, make crafts, learn about God and chat about life, meet new friends and share a meal together.
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The Sung Eucharist of Ash Wednesday with Imposition of Ashes
26 Feb 2020, 7:30 p.m. for 1hr 15m
St James Woodside Low Lane Horsforth, Leeds Leeds LS18 5QW United Kingdom
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. The weeks leading up to Easter have traditionally been characterised by self-examination and self-denial, by penitence and the study of scripture, and by preparation for Easter. These characteristics emerged from earliest times as a result of the Church’s use of Lent as a time for preparing candidates for baptism. Later, the spiritual value for all Christians of joining in with these preparations came to be recognised.
As a sign both of penitence and of commitment to the Lent journey, it became common from the middle ages for Christians to be marked in ash with the sign of the cross on their foreheads. We follow this practice tonight: all who wish to do so are invited to come forward for ashing during the Liturgy of Penitence.