St Bartholomew and All Saints

Royal Wootton Bassett

Evening Prayer

followed by a Meditation on  

 ‘Stations of the Cross’

Tuesdays in Lent at 5.00pm

20, 27 February

6, 13, 20 March 2018

(A small amount of incense will be burnt at this service)

Could you walk a mile in Jesus’s shoes? The Stations of the Cross bring us closer to Christ as we meditate on the great love He showed for us in His most sorrowful Passion!

The Stations of the Cross provide us with great material for prayer and meditation. Tracing Jesus’s journey from condemnation to crucifixion increases both our sorrow for our sins and our desire for His help in avoiding temptations and in bearing our own crosses. Meditating on Christ’s passion can help us become more like Him in imitating His virtues of obedience, humility, charity, patience and perseverance.


21st & 28th February

7th & 14th March 2018


 ‘The Croft’

Please sign up list in Church to make soup, buy bread and cheese, and help in the kitchen!

Donations from lunch will go to the

‘Church Times’ sponsored


Exodus: an unexpected journey

A Lent course with a difference

Saturday February 17

9:30 am – 3:30 pm    

Thursdays 22 February,

1,8,15 March  

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Monday 19th March

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Holy Trinity Academy Quemerford Calne SN11 0AR

Please click for more details

Lent 2018 leaflet pdf[3346].pdf


Lent is the period of 40 days which comes before Easter in the Christian calendar.

Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter.

By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ's sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days.

Whereas Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus after his death on the cross, Lent recalls the events leading up to and including Jesus' crucifixion.

Why 40 days?

40 is a significant number in Jewish-Christian scripture:

In Genesis, the flood which destroyed the earth was brought about by 40 days and nights of rain.

The Hebrews spent 40 years in the wilderness before reaching the land promised to them by God.

Moses fasted for 40 days before receiving the ten commandments on Mount Sinai.

Jesus spent 40 days fasting in the wilderness in preparation for his ministry.

Why is it called Lent?

Lent is an old English word meaning 'lengthen'. Lent is observed in spring, when the days begin to get longer.

The colour purple

Purple is the symbolic colour used in some churches throughout Lent, for drapes and altar frontals.

Purple is used for two reasons: firstly because it is associated with mourning and so anticipates the pain and suffering of the crucifixion, and secondly because purple is the colour associated with royalty, and celebrates Christ's resurrection and sovereignty.

Mothering Sunday

Mothering Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Lent.

Traditionally, it was a day when children, mainly daughters, who had gone to work as domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother and family.

Today it is a day when children give presents, flowers, and home-made cards to their mothers.

Holy Week

starts with

Palm Sunday 25th March

Details of Holy Week Services will be posted here soon

Good Friday 30th March

Easter Day 1st April