Lent & Easter



Care for God's Creation is the Church of England's Lent campaign for 2020. 

Message from Archbishop Justin Welby and Archbishop John Sentamu

"This Lent, we hope both adults and children might engage in God’s plea for us to “Care for Creation”. It is an opportunity for us to rebuild our relationship with our planet, and in turn with the God who is Lord of everything. During this time, we hope you might engage in prayer, learn more about the remarkable world we have been given and build habits that last beyond the season to protect and honour the earth." 

Discover more about Lent, Holy Week and Easter on the Church of England's website.

Lent workship texts



Lent 2020 - Housegroups in the Westbourne Parish

Four groups will meet for 5 sessions, starting in March 2020. Three groups will study a York Course, “Superstar”; the other group will consider the “I am sayings of Christ”. Sign-up notice in St John the Baptist Church for further details.


Lent Lunches 2020

On each Friday during Lent there will be a lunch with a short talk, soup with bread and cheese as usual at 12.30pm in Westbourne Parish Hall.

The first lunch on 28 February 2020 will support ‘Final Straw Solent’ a local charity which highlights the impact of plastic pollution on our environment and tries to minimise the amount of plastic entering our local seas and wider oceans.

All welcome to come along. If you have not been to the Parish Hall before, it is on Westbourne Road, PO10 8UL, West Sussex. 


Lent resources






Lent 2020 - Church of England resources

#LiveLent - a 40 days challenge. This year's Lent campaign features weekly themes shaped around the first Genesis account of creation, it explores the urgent need for humans to value and protect the abundance God has created. This year’s #LiveLent challenge offers 40 short reflections and suggested actions to help you, your family and your church live in greater harmony with God, neighbour and nature.

Many of these resources are now available to download on the Church of England's website (link above).

  • a 40-day reflection booklet for adults
  • a 40-day reflection booklet for kids
  • an app for Android and iOS
  • email reflections
  • a social media campaign with daily posts


Lent talks in the Octagon Parish (in the setting of Compline)

Thursdays at 7pm, St Peter’s East Marden.

More information and directions on the Octagon Parish website.

27 Feb 2020  ‘The Church & the World’ (Revd Professor Graham Smith)

5 Mar 2020    ‘The Church in the countryside’  (Revd Rob Dillingham)

12 Mar 2020.  ‘The Cathedral in the World’  (Very Revd Stephen Waine)

19 Mar 2020   ‘The Church and Education’  (Mrs Fiona Mullett)

26 Mar 2020   ‘The Church and Other Faiths’  (Revd Dr Richard Sudworth)

2 April 2020    ‘The Church and Politics’  (Revd Marcus Walker)



Join us for our Easter services

The dates for 2020 will be published shortly. The below is a guide of the services and events which normally take place in the parish. 

Palm Sunday

​9.30am​    Service (details to follow)

Monday – Wednesday

7.30pm​     Details to follow

Maundy Thursday

​7.30pm​     Sung Communion to 8.40pm (followed by Silent Vigil)

Good Friday

10.00am​   Walk the Way of The Cross (starts from Monks Hill)

​​​2.00pm​     Hour ‘At The Cross’ with hymns (details tbc)

Holy Saturday

2.00 to 4.00pm    Activity (details to follow)

​​​7.30pm​​                Waiting and Praying – Readings and Silence (45 minutes)

Easter Day (more information shortly)

5.15am      Early morning service (details to follow)

​​​8.00am​      Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)

​​9.30am​      Parish Communion

​​​11.15am​    Sung Communion at Woodmancote


Easter Greeting

Revd Andrew Doye's greeting from 2019.
"This month of April contains the most poignant and arresting days of the Christian Year. From Palm Sunday, and through the days that follow, there unwinds for us the incomparable narrative of acclaim, confrontation, rejection, mis-trial, suffering and prayer; of silent absence, and of joyous restitution and glorious new life. It is the story of God’s abiding presence through the darkest night; and the resurrection pronounces healing on a world’s cruel ills.

"As we rest a while alongside the re-telling of Holy Week, may we be strengthened beyond all expectation in the knowledge and consolation of God’s love; may our prayer become a deeper endeavour than hitherto; and may our hearts and minds perceive afresh the divine compassion: drawing us to God, and shaping us each to be the person we most seek to be.

"Every blessing along the Way.

" ‘Alleluia, Christ is risen!’ ‘He is risen, indeed: Alleluia!’ "

We will publish the 2020 Easter Greeting on this page in April 2020.


Good Friday walk 

Good Friday WalkEvery year members of the St John the Baptist congregation walk through Westbourne on Good Friday with a large wooden cross.

The walk is a traditional part of Easter in the village.

The Rector, the Revd Andrew Doye, said: “The walk is a great way for us to remember Jesus's journey to the place where he was crucified, and the sacrifice he made for us. We share the sadness of Good Friday and look forward to the joy and hope of the resurrection on Easter Day.”

The Good Friday walk for 2020 is being arranged and we hope you will be able to join us this year. All are welcome to take part.



Easter flowers

Easter flowers in the churchIf you want to help with Easter flowers, more details will be available on the noticeboard in St John the Baptist Church nearer the time.

Thank you to everyone who helps with Easter arrangements in the churches.


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