St. Mary's Church - Programme of Activities and Events -2016

Last Updated: Wednesday, 20 January 2016 17:39
Written by Clive Sills

Programme of Activities and Events -2016

We estimate that nearly 400 people of all ages visited the St Mary’s in the week around Christmas. Many of the activities were informal and quite joyous. As we move into 2016 there is a programme of activities and events for those wishing to be involved with the Church.
In February we start the Lent season, before the period starts there will be a Mardi Gras celebration dinner at All Saints’ Hall on 9th February, 7.30pm. As the name implies it will be based on the celebration in New Orleans with Creole and Cajun food. Around the world this is the last day of celebration when historically all the sweet and meat items were eaten before the period of abstinence. In England you were shriven on Shrove Tuesday and ate the last of the flour in pancakes and sweet jams and honey. In Spain it is Carnival, eating the meat.
So on Ash Wednesday this becomes the penitential season and people gave up fine food and meat. Many still have a go, perhaps having simple dinners once or twice a week. There are services in churches and Langport and the surrounding area have Ecumenical events. There is a service at St. Mary’s on Ash Wednesday at 7.30. Quaker, United Reformed, Roman Catholic and Anglicans meet together. It is followed by 5 weeks of Wednesday meetings for study on Christian ideas. These will be held at the URC church on Bow Street, each Wednesday at 7.30pm. Anyone is welcome to attend either individual meetings or the whole season. After Lent comes Easter and a new dawn.