Your Guide to Lent, 2018 – Healing, Wholeness and Wellbeing

Download the explanatory leaflet: Lent leaflet 2018

For many of the groups and activities it is important that we know numbers, so please do sign up using the sign-up sheets available in both churches. Additional resources, and events happening outside our Benefice, will be signposted in the weekly pew leaflet. If you would like a conversation with one of the ministry team for further ideas for your own spiritual growth and wellbeing during Lent, please do ask us.

Sunday Sermons

On Sunday mornings during Lent the ministry team will offer sermons based on the readings set for the day, linking them to our theme of healing, wholeness and wellbeing. On Sunday evenings during Evensong we will welcome guest preachers:

  • Sunday Feb 18th, Revd Margaret Robinson, chaplain Birmingham Children’s Hospital
  • Sunday Feb 25th, Revd Jenny Arnold, Bishop’s adviser for healing & wholeness
  • Sunday March 4th, Revd Richard Wharton, Chaplaincy team leader, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sunday March 11th, Christine McAteer, volunteer bus chaplain
  • Sunday March 18th, Rev Ronnie Hall, Managing Chaplain HMP Birmingham

Children and Young People

Our children and young people can sometimes struggle with matters of well-being as much as any adult. Throughout the later part of Lent our Sunday groups will be exploring ways of promoting well-being in their lives through the mediums of art, mindfulness and movement. Each group will engage at an age-appropriate level, the aim being that starting a good practice of self-care at an early age will help them to grow both emotionally and spiritually.


Monday 19th February, 2.00-3.30pm in the Council Room, St Anne’s Hall

A space to talk about death, dying and funerals and a chance to air your thoughts on a subject we don’t often talk about. Following the successful session we ran in November, another opportunity, this time during the day, to use a resource from the Church of England offering 50 unique cards each with a thought-provoking question to get the conversation started. Tea and cake will be provided.

Words on wellbeing

Friday 9th March, 1.30-3.00pm in St Mary’s West Room

The discipleship team have produced a resource with 50 unique cards each with a thought-provoking question to get the conversation started on healing, wholeness and wellbeing. Help us try it out. There will be tea and cake.

Moseley at the Movies

February 21st & March 21st, 7.30pm (venue to be confirmed, check pew leaflet)

We all enjoy a good story and most of us enjoy watching a film. Stories provide us with the chance to reflect on our own story and watching a film offers the opportunity to see how our story, the film’s story, and God’s story, all interact. The films we watch during Lent will invite us to reflect on an aspect of healing, wholeness and wellbeing, and will lead us into discussion.

Thursdays Thinkers

All things are possible: a study course produced by the United Society Partners in the Gospel exploring how faith in God can change the world

Thursdays 22nd Feb, 1st, 8th, 15th, & 22nd March, 10.00-11.30am, St Anne’s Vestry

Sessions will explore: What does it mean to prosper? What does it mean to fulfil our potential? What does it mean to care for the environment? What does it mean to love our neighbour? What does it mean to live in partnership with God?

Mental Health

Beginning the conversation: explore mental health including how to offer support.

Tuesday 27th February, 7.30-9.30pm, St Mary’s Church, led by Richard Hawkins, trainer Birmingham MIND

Joining the conversation: Mental Health, Inclusion and the Church, a reflective engagement

Wednesday 14th March, 7.30pm, St Mary’s West Room, refreshments from 7.15pm. A participatory workshop to include some input and a series of activities for you to explore. You may find it helpful to have a look at the booklet “Mental Health, the Inclusive Church Resource”, edited by Jean Vanier & John Swinton, (published by DLT). A copy is available to borrow.

Book of the Term

Wednesday 28th February, 7.15 for 7.30pm, St Mary’s West Room

Where memories go, why dementia changes everything by Sally Magnusson, available from Waterstones. A copy is available to borrow.

Scriptural Reasoning on the theme of health and wellbeing

Tuesday 6th March, 7.30pm, St Anne’s Hall

We hope to be joined by friends from KSIMC Clifton Road and the Progressive Jewish Synagogue as we together read and reflect on our scriptures, exploring the texts and their possible interpretations across faith boundaries. To find out more about Scriptural reasoning see


Silentspace takes place every Wednesday evening at 6pm in the Lady Chapel at St Mary's Church. Each session begins with a short introduction, followed by a period of silence for approximately 20-30 mins, and then a concluding prayer and blessing.

Expressing yourself through art and art materials

Monday 12th March, 7.30pm St Anne’s Hall

Led by Steph Evans, this session will be participatory: come ready to have a go!

Two Saturday events

Growing a healing ministry in our Benefice: Saturday 3rd March, 9.30am - 3pm, to be held in St Anne’s Vestry. A look at the breadth of God’s healing, and how the whole church can be a healing community. Led by Revd Hazel.

quiet day 180317Benefice Quiet Day: Saturday 17th March, 10am - 4pm, to be held at Riverside House, 21 Alcester Road, Moseley. The day will be led by Juliet Fletcher and Revd Kathryn Darby on the theme of Wholeness and Healing.
Download the Programme and Booking Form (click the image on the right). Also available from the welcome desks in St Mary’s & St Anne’s.

Walking the Labyrinth as a path to healing –
A safe space to walk, and reflect, and be.

The Labyrinth is an ancient path known to have existed for over 4000 years. A portable labyrinth will be laid out on the floor in the central space in St Anne’s for the beginning of holy week. Walking the labyrinth path prayerfully offers an opportunity to be inwardly observant, to pay attention to feelings, to explore challenges, and to be open to new thoughts and ideas.

Monday 26th March, 7.30pm: introduction to the labyrinth, with the opportunity to walk it. St Anne’s will also be open on Tuesday 27th March, 1.00-3.00pm, and Wednesday 28th March 10.00am - 12noon for you to walk the labyrinth.