Designed by the Revd Canon Dr Julie Gittoes and the Revd Barnaby Perkins
New for Lent Challenge 2017 is an online six week Lent course, designed by church leaders for church leaders, to use with disciples to help encourage worship, conversation, reflection and prayer during Lent and Holy Week.
Each week of the course can be viewed online using the links on this page and downloaded as a Word document and printed, if required.
This Lent course draws on the key themes of the new diocesan vision, Transforming Church, Transforming Lives - prayer and growth; transformation and the mission of God; the people of God, Church and Kingdom.
Each of the six week sessions begins with a time of prayer and a conversation starter to introduce the theme. This is followed by a Bible reading - and a reflection on that passage drawing on the tradition of lectio divina. A short reflection is offered to lead into further exploration of the response to the week's theme.
The discussion questions engage with the vision of Transforming Church, Transforming Lives. The ‘footprints' section is an opportunity to consider practical actions which you can take in the week ahead; actions which enable you to be alert to the activity of God in the world. These suggestions stand alongside those related to projects supported by the Bishop of Guildford's Foundation and the Diocese of Kebbi in Nigeria. Each weekly session ends with prayer.
At the end of the six week online Lent course is a worship service for Holy Week – Stations of the Cross.
Meet the online Lent course designers
The Revd Canon Dr Julie Gittoes has been a Residentiary Canon at Guildford Cathedral since 2012. She is responsible for developing the Cathedral's educational work, including establishing a series of public lectures. Julie was previously Vicar of All Saints' Hampton in the London Diocese. She teaches doctrine for Guildford's Local Ministry Programme. Julie continues to engage in theological research and writing on ecclesiology, sacraments and the work of Dan Hardy. She has recently co-edited "Generous Ecclesiology: Church, World and the Kingdom of God" and contributed to "Thinking Again About Marriage: Key theological questions". She is a member of the Society for the Study of Theology and her other interests include politics, film, art and fiction.
The Revd Barnaby Perkins was assistant curate at St Nicolas’ Guildford until 2013, when he took up the post of Rector of East and West Clandon. He supports Arsenal football club and enjoys reading the work of theologians who have been dead at least 500 years, particularly St Thomas Aquinas.
- NB - The Lent Challenge 2017 printed leaflet for congregations contains some simpler, more individual challenges and actions during Lent.