Lent & Easter

Coronavirus update

Services in both churches in the parish have been cancelled due to the current outbreak. Read more about the advice from the UK Government and the Church of England.



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 started meeting for the five sessions in early March 2020. Three groups will study a York Course, “Superstar”; the other group will consider the “I am sayings of Christ”.
Update: some of the groups are finding new ways of meeting together online and by telephone to share their responses to the study material. Thank you to everyone for the interest and to the organisers.


Lent Lunches 2020

The below events have been cancelled due to the restrictions to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

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 took place on 28 February 2020 to 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. The next Lent Lunch took place on 6 March 2020.

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)

The below events have been cancelled due to the restrictions to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

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)



There will be changes to the below due to the restrictions to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
Thank you for your understanding.

A weekly email is being sent to parishioners with details of online services.

Join us for our Easter services (services are currently cancelled, as above)

Palm Sunday, 5 April 2020

​9.30am​    Service - this will begin in the Square 

Monday to Wednesday, 6 - 8 April 2020

7.30pm​     Details to follow

Maundy Thursday, 9 April 2020

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

Good Friday, 10 April 2020

10.00am​            Walk the Way of The Cross
The starting point this year will be the car park of the WOW clinic. It will finish at the Meeting Place, North Street for hot cross buns.

​​​1.30pm​ - 3pm     Ninety minutes ‘At The Cross’

Holy Saturday, 11 April 2020

2.00 to 4.00pm    Children's activities. including Easter Egg Hunt in St John the Baptist Church and the Churchyard

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

Easter Day, Sunday 12 April 2020 (more information shortly)

5.30am      'Son-rise' early morning service (details to follow)

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

​​9.30am​      Parish Communion

​​​11.15am​    Easter Communion at Woodmancote


Lent and Easter messages 

Lent 2020 - Revd Andrew Doye's March article.

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 is currently unlikely to happen due to the restrictions to limit the spread of coronavirus.



Easter flowers

Easter flowers in the churchEaster flowers are prepared by our floral arrangers.

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


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