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Traditionally Lent is a time of self-reflection when we disrupt the routines of our lives to metaphorically follow Jesus into the wilderness to prepare us for the Paschal mystery. It is a time when we consider our own fragility as human people, explore life’s difficult questions and our need for God.  

This last year of pandemic has been like one long wilderness experience.  We are by no means out of the pandemic woods yet, but we can see a time when we might be able to share a public life together again, and breathe more easily. It is important at this moment to pause and ponder what we have learned and how we might respond as individuals and a Church in these times

To help us journey together in reflecting on our wilderness experience the Parishes by the Wall are holding a series of Lent talks with invited guest speakers.  We will explore Old Testament wilderness themes and Jesus’ time in the wilderness to consider how we might discern opportunities for growing hope, faith, hope and love in these times.

Five sessions will take place on Wednesday evenings during Lent via Zoom from 7:15 – 8:30

24th February: The Rev’d Claire Robson, Diocesan Director of Ordinands: 

‘Beginning with Baptism: Listening to God’s call to Ministry in the Wilderness’

3rd March: The Very Reverend Michael Sadgrove, Dean Emeritus of Durham: 

‘Wilderness BC’

10th March: The Rt Rev'd Christine Hardman, Bishop of Newcastle: 

‘Growing Church, Bringing Hope in these Times’

17th March: Paul Hutchinson: Former Director of Corrymeela Peace and Reconciliation Centre, Northern Ireland and international mediator and peace practitioner

Angles and Wild Animals: Jesus in the wilderness and what he found there.

24th March: The Rev’d Dr  Benjamin Carter, Vicar of Haydon Bridge and Beltingham with Henshaw: 

Pitching God’s Tent in the Wilderness

How to attend
We would be delighted if you could join us. To register please use this link


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

You will need to save this link as it will then allow you to join the meetings each week for the whole course.